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The fire departments would also like to thank all the farmers and others who show up with tractors and discs and trucks filled with water whenever a field fire happens.

The ballot issue before City of West Point voters contains some of the legal jargon ballot issues are known for, but the issue really isn’t that complicated. And this ballot issue needs the support of the voters.

Its true. Television cameras do add ten pounds to their subjects. I noticed that when I watched a segment of a replay of Monday night’s 1st Congressional District candidate debate that was shown on NET.

This is a sore subject with some people, but because we prefer to take our walking orders from those who know a heck of a lot more about it than us, now is not the time to let our guard down when dealing with COVID-19.

I’m beginning to wonder if all those in charge of updating information on the weather forecasting apps know where West Point, Neb. is located.

The calendar says high school football season, but the weather says July 4. Doesn’t matter, because I’m looking forward to another step to normalcy: the start of another high school fall sports season.

As if things weren’t hard enough for Nebraska’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

Weekly newspapers like West Point News have joined others in urging support for Congressional action to prevent slowing of the mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Because last week’s West Point City Council meeting lasted until 7:30, giving me just an hour to wrap up the stories before the front page needed to hit the press, a story on what didn’t happen wasn’t able to be included in that week’s issue.

Cuming County’s Agricultural Society, more commonly known as the Fair Board, made some tough calls about this year’s Cuming County Fair last week. Some will disagree with the board’s decision. More, we think, will agree that the board made some good calls.

Talk about lighting up the sky. And lighting up the mood of hundreds of people at the same time. That’s what the West Point Volunteer Fire Department and some other volunteers did Saturday night with another of their impressive fireworks shows.

Fireworks are in no short supply in West Point again this summer. And even though I’m in that old geezer era, I really don’t have a problem with that.

Two months ago, Nebraskans cast nearly 400,000 mail-in votes, helping set a primary record for voting. When all was said and done, 471,000 voters cast ballots in the election, easily eclipsing the previous record of 413,015 voters set during the 1972 primary.

In just 10 days, another effort appreciated by many will light up the sky. It’s the annual West Point 4th of July fireworks show. Yes, the show is happening even though some other events we’ve grown accustomed to won’t take place that day.

We welcome news that some of the directed health measures have been relaxed and businesses are able to provide customers a bit more elbow room. Still, we need to keep in mind that social distancing is important and will be with us for quite some time.

Had space allowed last week, I would have offered some comments about the protests and riots that broke out across the country following the senseless death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police officers.

I looked at West Point News Production Manager Gus Wesche last Wednesday and said, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” He replied, “I’m with you.”

Thanks to Cuming County Economic Development, the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation and several other area businesses and organizations, businesses in the county have a chance to take part in a program to help them get back on their feet after the COVID-19 disruption.

Good news: Cuming County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to begin reopening the courthouse. It won’t be a rush to normalcy, but it’s a first step in the wake of the corornavirus pandemic that shuttered doors to local government offices and many businesses.

I’m not sure when it became in vogue for officials of any political party to heap so much praise upon others in their party for doing their jobs, but it’s something we now live with daily. And it’s not limited just one party. It might be that it’s always been that way but we just hear it mor…

Having had the chance this week to sit down with a couple of doctors and two others involved in healthcare in the Franciscan Care Services family, I can tell you that the hospital and clinic are taking steps to prepare for the worst this coronavirus might throw at them but praying for the best.

Alex, our youngest son, works for Google. The other day he showed us a Google website that documents peoples’ “mobility changes” in response to the coronavirus pandemic throughout the country.

I feel sick. Not because of any virus, but because of the toll this is taking on local health care providers, businesses, churches and hundreds of local events. That said, it’s time for all of us to step back and take a deep breath.

If all goes well, West Point News will be covering three teams next week at the Nebraska State High School Girls’ Basketball Championships. We know we will be covering three teams Friday at districts. And we are fortunate that two of those three teams will be playing at the same location. It…

Worth more than just consideration: The Legislature would provide additional funding for career-readiness and dual-credit education initiatives under a proposal heard last week by the Education Committee.

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Today is I Love Public Schools day. It’s also Catholic Schools Week and School Choice Week. And in March it’s Lutheran Schools Week. Whether you are a supporter of public schools, religious schools, home schooling or other private education, most of it is available right here in West Point.

It’s Christmas, and no one wants to read an editorial about taxes and spending, impeachment or any other topic pertaining to our government.

As we near the end of another year, here’s something I’d like you to keep in mind (although the majority of you would like to forget): 2020 is another election year.

The West Point Volunteer Fire Department is breaking from a several-year tradition and will not be holding a New Year’s dance this year. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need your support.

The year was 2014, and a headline on the front page of the October 9 West Point News read: “Zapped! West Point City electric customers hit with 20% rate increase.” That headline, by the way, won first place in the Nebraska Press Association’s 2014 contest for best headline writing.

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