West Point News readers will notice the byline for Teresa Hasenkamp in this week’s issue. It’s part of some staff changes that have taken place the past few months at West Point News and Wisner News-Chronicle.
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.
If everything had gone as planned, this week we would be saying thanks that the 4-lane U.S. 275 expressway from Scribner to West Point was under construction.
Last night (Tuesday) gave me another example to see West Point’s Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad in action. Joining them were West Point Police officers and several employees from Franciscan Care Services (FCS).
Knowing Karl Maack was a blessing I enjoyed for the past 27 years. He died on Oct. 31, and I’m among those who will miss him. Karl was funny, he had a remarkable memory, he was a loyal friend and he was a strong Christian.
It’s hard to believe that almost a full year has passed since the American Veterans Park in West Point was dedicated. On a day with weather similar to today’s (Wednesday), hundreds of people showed up to celebrate the park and honor those for whom it pays tribute.
Pardon me for taking a break from commenting on matters relating to budgets, rural zoning and other city, county and school matters. It’s just that every now and then I need to return to my roots to keep my sanity.
What role should the news media play in our democracy, and what are the obligations of citizens and journalists in today’s news media environment? Those were some of the questions addressed during three community conversations in Nebraska last fall.
Opinions vary on the West Point Trails & Pathways project that is underway in Wilderness Park. Some like what’s been done while others are unhappy about the paved paths and amount of dirt work that took place.
West Point’s City Council is starting to consider the not-so-encouraging task of deciding how to pay for the upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant and distribution system.
Local budget hearings aren’t exciting events, but they are important. Important enough, the State Legislature thought, that in March it passed a new law requiring local governments to hold a second public hearing if they were preparing to collect more in property taxes than the year before.
Maybe it was just the heat. Or the humidity. Or both. Or maybe it was just me not being 33 years old anymore. Whatever it was, Sunday’s 30th annual Last Fling ’til Spring Car Show felt like the steamiest Last Fling I can remember.
It took a bit of restraint not to comment on the news reports about West Point’s water issue that were aired on WOWT the past couple of weeks. But after seeing the one that aired after last week’s West Point City Council meeting, we feel we have to provide some clarifications.
A recommendation from the State Department of Health and Human Services last week that West Point residents are advised to drink bottled or filtered water raised the level of frustration of both city officials and local residents who have been dealing with the water issue for more than a year.
This week I have some space to address a couple of questions that came my way the past few months. One was about local government meetings and why I wasn’t asking any questions.
Sometime soon, we think, there will be other key public hearings that residents of Cuming County will want to pay attention to. The Cuming County Planning Commission (PC) is nearing the end of its preliminary review of current rural zoning regulations and will need to hold a public hearing i…
As much criticism as elected officials have taken in the past few months, I’d like to thank them for their work. They, not I, were the ones who put their names on the ballot to make decisions that aren’t popular with everyone.
This week’s Capitol News column, printed elsewhere on this page, calls attention to an important issue that needs to begin this summer. The chair of the Legislature’s Revenue Committee wants the Governor to join in a discussion now so that a new tax package can be ready for lawmakers in January.
I confess, I wasn’t in town for West Point’s annual 4th of July celebration. I think I’ve hit just about all but two or three in my many years of working at the West Point News.
Surprised. That was our reaction when hearing Friday that Jerry Wordekemper had submitted his resignation as President/CEO of Franciscan Care Services in West Point. He will leave that position in three weeks.
During the recent Nebraska Legislative session we suggested state lawmakers consider an excise tax on e-cigarettes, similar to the tax imposed on tobacco products in the state. That’s a tax imposed in addition to the state sales tax.
After seeing results of some of the tests of the water samples that passed through the filters brought to West Point last week, we’re optimistic that the city is on the correct path to lowering the amount of manganese that has shown up in the water.
The headline on the front page of Monday’s Omaha World-Herald certainly caught my attention. It read: Boost in schools’ state aid may not lower property taxes.’
West Point’s water quality issue is a cancer that, to date, is growing and for which no cure is within easy reach. If the city had an easy answer, it would patent it and make good money selling it, because other communities are also seeking answers to similar issues.
Unless something happens in the waning days of the Nebraska Legislature, lawmakers will adjourn once again without having enacted much in the way of property tax relief for agricultural land owners.
We’re unsure about what it’s like in other communities, but West Point and area high school seniors are fortunate to be able to apply for and receive so many local scholarships to help them with their post-secondary educations.
Services for Norman Abrahams, age 87, of West Point were held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Bringewatt as officiant. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery, West Point. Norman died Wednesday May 1, 2019, at Fremont Health Center.
Services for Marian Thompson, 102, of West Point, were held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church with Reverend Priscilla Hukki as officiant. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery. Marian died Friday, May 3, 2019, at Premier Estates in West Point.
District 16 Senator Ben Hansen writes in this week’s Legislative Update: “I want to see how the sales tax increases will affect the budget of everyday Nebraskans before making a decision on the bill.”
The ribbon cutting last week at the new Donald E. Nielsen Career and Technical Education Center in West Point is just the beginning of what area educators envision will be a win, win, win for students and a future workforce.
We’re not sure what kind of a world we live in when our state senators have to pass a bill to ban tattooing of eyeballs, but that’s evidently where we’re at.
To put it as mildly as I can, cancer stinks. It’s a disease that I’m guessing very few families, if any, have been able to escape.
- Highway meeting brings concerns about traffic safety in West Point, flooding
- William Nagengast
- US-275 expressway work could begin in 2021
- Bancroft’s Soll is County Firefighter of the Year
- Water treatment filter system plans approved
- These students are ‘all talk’ as speech season kicks off
- Bluejays come up short
- Margaret Woerman
- Duck is in the name and on the menu at new restaurant
- Jody Woldt is Cuming County EMT of the Year
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