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If all goes as planned, construction of the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s $119.6 million US-275 West Point to Scribner expressway project could begin in the spring of 2021, about two years later than NDOT officials promised in 2018.

Andrew Soll, Bancroft, was honored as the 2019 Cuming County Mutual Aid Firefighter of the Year. The award was presented at the Jan. 8 Cuming County Mutual Aid meeting by Cuming County Mutual Aid President Kory Koehlmoos.

The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame will recognize Dwight Doffin, Wisner, with the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 4. The national award will be presented at the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, TX.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to meet the new president of Northeast Community College during an event later this month in West Point.

Two community organizations have announced they are seeking applicants for positions. The positions are TeamMates coordinator and Wisner Community Development executive assistant.

Those who wish to get an early jump on the 2020 primary are now able to request an early ballot by mail. The first day to submit applications for an early ballot at county offices was on Monday.

A brief meeting was held in Wisner Monday night, with little for the city council to discuss going into the new year. The item at the top of the agenda were three orders attached to the auditorium project, numbered 12 through 14, all of which were approved with a 4-0 vote.

Stress caused by last spring’s catastrophic flooding is still a part of many northeast Nebraskans’ lives, according to a representative of the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project who stopped at several government offices and news outlets in Cuming County last week.

Negotiations between the Wisner-Pilger School Board and the Wisner-Pilger Education Association, the bargaining agent for the teachers, resulted in a 3.86 percent bump for teachers’ total salary and benefits for the 2020-2021 school year.

Construction of the new Wisner-Pilger School AG-ITE Addition moved along at a good clip last week with the structural steel set into place and installation of the cement block walls completed.

Doug Salmen, a 27-year veteran of rural police forces, Monday became Wisner’s new police chief. His selection was approved by a 4-0 vote, ending a search process that involved interviews with several candidates over the last few months.

Those thinking about making a run for a Cuming County Supervisor seat in 2020 now have a little more incentive. The county board, at its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, agreed to raise the pay for supervisors beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

After a year-long remodeling project, the Wisner City Auditorium will open its new doors to the public on Sunday for the Annual Fire and Rescue Soup Fundraiser.

The Wisner City Council Monday night approved the purchase of a cyber insurance policy to cover possible damage from online attacks. The plan is being added to the city’s existing auto and property insurance policy at a cost of $1,100 per year.

Dutch student Tijs Heuvelmans was inspired by his father’s experience as an exchange student and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by applying to the Education First exchange program. That step brought Heuvelmans to Wisner on Aug. 1. He is living with Steve and Heather Ott during h…

Superintendent Chad Boyer reported at Monday’s School Board meeting that the Wisner-Pilger School District received an overall designation as “great” from the Nebraska Department of Education.

Ian Breitkreutz joined an elite group on Saturday when Boy Scouts of America’s highest award, the Eagle Scout award, was bestowed upon him.

Veterans, students and the public gathered at Wisner-Pilger School to honor Veterans Day with a patriotic program.

Family, service, and tradition are the overriding themes behind the new Wisner Volunteer Fire Department tribute mural that was unveiled on Oct. 27. The mural currently memorializes Ken Donner and Brieson Jensen, two Wisner firemen who recently passed away. However, the mural will continue t…

Selma Lande Hegge’s dream of being an exchange student has taken her from Norway to Nebraska. “Because Norway is kind of small country, I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and experience a new language and culture. I feel I have been able to do that here,” Lande Hegge said.

Newly appointed Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Tony Goins had high praise for projects underway in Cuming County, saying Monday he was especially impressed by Pathways 2 Tomorrow. P2T provides educational services to meet the needs of students from Cuming County and beyond.

Monday’s Wisner City Council Meeting was short but not without controversy. After responding to questions from a person in the audience about a non-adgenda item, Mayor Chad Dixon told Russ Schultz that he had made it too personal previously with comments made at council member Cathy Gobar’s …

The Wisner Senior Center attracted nearly 100 guests who were willing to sample a spook-themed feast on Oct. 15 prepared by the Rev. Jared Hartman. The fundraiser luncheon featured “Mummy Dogs,” “Brains and Cheese,” “Bloody Caesar Salad,” and pumpkin pie or apple dump cake.

Cuming County has received another membership dividend, this time in the amount of $11,843, from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA), the county’s property, liability and workers’ compensation coverage and risk management services provider.

Keith Marvin of Marvin Planning Consulting has made his recommended changes to the Cuming County rural zoning regulations that the Cuming County Planning Commission will consider.

Among the items on Monday’s regular Wisner City Council meeting was the second reading on an ordinance to annex the Kane’s Wellsite Addition into the City of Wisner.

The Reverends Les and Coral Parmenter have served the Faith Fellowship Parish, which included West Point Trinity Church, Beemer United Methodist Church, and Wisner United Methodist Church of Christ, for the last six years.

The Wisner-Pilger FFA will be hosting the third annual Feed the Farmers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In response to flooding in Nebraska, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of over $4 million to fund conservation easements in Nebraska counties damaged by flooding and other natural disasters.

You may see a new face around town due to the addition of Teresa Hasenkamp to the Wisner News-Chronicle staff. She began her reporting duties on Sept. 30.

Spirits came alive on Thursday at the Beemer Cemetery, as a trio of decendants spoke during a Spirit Talk event, sponsored by the Beemer Community Club.

Licenses are available for ATV/UTV licensing in the City of Wisner. To receive one, an individual must contact the Wisner city office, which will get into contact with one of the city police officers.

Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 60 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.

The FCC hosted a pair of consumer education events in West Point last Tuesday, meeting first at the city offices and then an hour later at the John A. Stahl Library. The main topic was robocalls, which Eduard Bartholme said there’s been an increase in scam calls recently.

If you ever see a coin on a veteran’s grave, do not pick it up, for there is true meaning for why the coin is laid on the grave.

Members of the Wisner-Pilger communities got a chance Friday night to celebrate with the Wisner-Pilger FFA students on successful corn, soybean and alfalfa crops. The annual test plot night featured a hot dog/hamburger meal, followed by treks to the two separate fields of crops.

A Board of Education meeting was held at Wisner-Pilger school last Tuesday which both set a budget and established the schools property tax request for the 2019-2020 year.

S & L Pole Testing will be performing utility pole tests starting the week of Sept. 9. They will be working in the Bismark township in Cuming County in the CCPPD service area.

The Cuming County Visitors Bureau Promotion Grant Application is available on the Cuming County website under the visitor’s section.