My career is newspapers has been marked by many things and people that are joyous, interesting and inspirational, but one of the sad aspects of this job is something none of us can avoid: death.
As they say in some circles, it’s been another week in Paradise in West Point and Cuming County. As we continue to cover the news that’s important to you, our readers, here are some tidbits that stuck out to me this week.
As Willis Mahannah sails off into the sunset of retirement this week, the 36 years he’s helmed the West Point News have no doubt left an indelible mark on the community.
This week's letters to the editor is a tribute to retiring managing editor Willis Mahannah. We've opened this up for all readers in honor of his 36 years of service to the West Point community and Cuming County.
When I was 7, my mom sent me to the grocery store to buy a can of soup. I can’t remember if it was mushroom or chicken noodle or tomato, but it doesn’t really matter.
A comment heard often at this year’s West Point Chamber of Commerce Partners in Progress banquet was that West Point’s “sense of community” is what attracts people to move here and helps keep them here.
At least two families in Burt County lost their homes and most of their possessions in Saturday’s fire that swept through northern Burt County into Thurston County. This area is known for helping its neighbors, so those inclined to do so can purchase gift certificates to donate to the victim…
We were given a grim reminder this week why we don’t make a practice of chasing after fire trucks headed out to rural field fires. Darren Krull, chief of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department, was killed while responding to a large fire in southwest Nebraska. The vehicle he was in was struck …
Being married to the person who managed the West Point swimming pool for several summers – and still assists at the pool when needed – I can attest to the poor condition of that recreational facility.
We’ve heard it before and we’re hearing it again from those who hope to be the next governor of Nebraska: “The property tax system is broken and needs to be fixed.” Specifically, those running for state offices usually point a finger at the formula that sets the amount of state aid schools r…
Any time a community loses an anchor store from its Main Street it’s not good. West Point is losing one of its anchors this Friday when Tom’s Rexall locks its doors. The drugstore served the West Point community for more than 100 years. It became Tom’s Rexall Drug in 1969 when Tom Ernesti to…
As much as I want West Point News coverage teams to make it to state tournaments, this might be the year it’s best that only two are headed to the state basketball tourney.
The chances of Nebraskans seeing significant tax cuts in the coming years grew by $775 million Monday, thanks to a rosy new forecast of state revenues. The new projections would push the state’s cash reserve fund to a record $1.7 billion by the end of the two-year budget period.
It’s not often on weeks when I know we’ll need a column to fill space that I have one done until late Monday. This week, however, I had one ready to go Friday.
It’s unlikely that anything else will happen this Legislative session that will have a major impact on property taxes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some good discussion taking place that will, eventually, lead to some significant changes in property, income and sales taxes in this state.
With so much negativity in our world, let me share a story that I consider pretty uplifting and positive. It involves kindergartners, which as I’ve said before, are the people in this world that we should try to model our behavior after.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson filed a lawsuit in Douglas County District Court last week to block a temporary mask mandate now in effect in the City of Omaha. The mandate was issued last Tuesday by Douglas County Health Director Lindsay Huse.
Nebraska hospital officials on Monday again warned that hospitals are struggling to find enough beds and staff to treat patients, and virus hospitalizations are expected to increase dramatically over the next couple weeks as the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus spreads.
Giving credit where credit is due. And credit is due West Point Public Schools for the growth its students have made in the last three years on the mandated state assessments.
Coming soon — we hope — to US-275 in West Point is a pair of radar speed signs, also known as driver feedback signs or radar speed displays to help slow speeders down by alerting them of their speed.
If we’ve reached the point where we think a retired Nebraska football coach encouraging people to get vaccinated to prevent COVID is better than hearing the same advice from a healthcare worker, we’re in trouble.
What took place last Tuesday at the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District Board of Directors meeting was eerily similar to an LENRD board meeting back in 2016. The hot button issue at both meetings: dams. Last week it was a study to determine if a series of dams would help reduce flood da…
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. We can’t help but think Congressman Don Bacon and Sen. Deb Fischer feel they’re in that corner after voting to support the infrastructure bill that narrowly passed through the house last week.
One never knows who you might find on a country road in Cuming County. Monday afternoon when I ventured out to find a possible harvest photo it was Robert Koenig from Elkhorn, who I spotted walking on River Road a couple of miles east of Indian Trails Golf Course.
After writing for several weeks about budgets, taxes, levies and levees, this week I’m switching gears. Sports is what got me into this business and, quite frankly, is what I’d rather be writing about each week. So, here goes...
Elsewhere on this page, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts shares some success stories about what has been done to reduce property taxes. He has every right and good reasons to do so.
More proof that it’s time I put myself out to pasture came in the past two weeks after someone from West Point called to discuss the highway traffic through the city.
A couple of people this week inquired about an editor’s note that we included last week about the paper not being able to use some State Fair photos because they were copyrighted.
- Babies say cheese for local photographer
- Local pro-life advocates celebrate Supreme Court ruling on abortion
- ‘Get ’yer fireworks here…”
- Project Connect downsized to one location
- YOUTH SWIMMING: Dolphins capture 3rd in team race at home swim meet
- LEGION BASEBALL: Juniors capitalize on Tekamah miscues
- Suspect in Lantz fatal accident bonded to district court
- Dear West Point, Van Gogh’s artwork is at your fingertips
- Denise G. Glissman
- LEGION BASEBALL: Seniors deliver shutout win in RBL opener
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