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Family, football, food, and a second serving of football, basically sums up a typical Thanksgiving Day for myself.

Dying is inevitable. It is an accepted truth. The odds of dying are the best odds you’ll ever be given. Have you ever considered the odds of being given life? Well, if death is the best odds you have in life, your being alive is the worst odds you can imagine.

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Halloween is just around the corner and all the kids will be in their costumes going trick or treating at various events being held around the county or door to door in neighborhoods. Some adults like to get in on the fun too and dress up in a costume.

Fall is officially here. The leaves are turning brilliant and vibrant shades of reds, orange, maroons and yellow. We had our first week of frosty chilly mornings that reminded us that summer is officially over and we have entered a new season.

Fall is officially here. The leaves are turning brilliant and vibrant shades of reds, orange, maroons and yellow. We had our first week of frosty chilly mornings that reminded us that summer is officially over and we have entered a new season.

Diversity as defined by American Entrepreneur Malcom Forbes, is the art of thinking independently, together. There is likely not a more inclusive ideal that should define our existence in Northeast Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s Office says that there are nearly 15,500 unpaid volunteer firefighters serving in 472 fire departments having a total of 575 stations across the state. As National Fire Prevention Week approaches, Oct. 9-15, now is a great time to thank the men and women wh…

Yes, this is a column on Saturday night’s Husker game. As a disclaimer, if you want a sports professional’s opinion on the game, I will defer you to my colleague Mike O’Brien who could give you an excellent review of the game with adequate sports analysis. But if you are interested in an acc…

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October is finally here. October is a very personal month for me and not only because it’s my birthday month. It’s personal to me because during the month of October people talk about fire prevention and breast cancer awareness. Both close to my heart because my dad was a firefighter and my …

Sitting at a computer in my home office playing around with a digital photo editing program in early 2000, I was surprised to hear a knock on the door that morning. Even more surprising was to find the now late Dewaine Gahan, co-publisher of the Oakland Independent and Lyons Mirror-Sun stand…

Soon lines will form at co-ops across the area as farmers anxiously await to unload the fruits of their labor as they race against time to bring in this year’s crops. Unlike many other production jobs, planting and harvest take place during a specific window of time each year. Often dictated…

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Although I use social media for journalism work, college football fan rivalry chatter and promotion of articles, the fact is, I’ve never really enjoyed nor liked the medium that’s taken over the world in the past 15 years.

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One year. Wow has it already been that long because it sure doesn’t feel it. For those who don’t know, it was about a year ago that I was hired as the sports reporter for the Wisner News-Chronicle by former owner Tom Kelly.

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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.

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.

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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…

Elections and our subsequent right to vote are part of our identity as United States citizens.

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 …

Nebraska lawmakers last week passed a bill that supposedly will provide $900 million in tax relief when all parts take effect.

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.

There’s just a wee bit of Irish ancestry in my blood, but there was a lot more reason for our family to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day this year.

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.

One of the foundational jobs of newspapers is to constantly inform and update its readers on what’s going on in their communities.

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.

Before the new year arrives, West Point News would like to propose a toast to our readers. Thank you for staying the course as we tried to do the same.

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.

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