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West Point Eagles Club’s 2nd Annual Smoke Off will be held on Saturday. President Kevin Landholm says this includes a Cornhole Tournament. Landholm says there will be cash prizes for the Cornhole Tournament. The Bar & Beer Garden opens at 8:00 a.m. Landholm says the entertainment will be provided by a couple of local musicians. […]

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September 23, 2020-  Four Corners Health Department COVID-19 Updates The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 25 in the Four Corners District: York County has 11 new cases for a total of 162, and 104 have recovered. Seward County has 7 new cases for a total of 246, and 145 have recovered. […]

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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Entrepreneurs and small business managers are invited to attend free, virtual workshops that are a continuation of the Emergency Readiness Series, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Women’s Business Center. Workshops offered in October include: “QuickBooks Basics” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Client Retention” on Thursday, Oct. […]

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September 21, 2020—Four Corners Reports a Second COVID-19 Related Death in York County A second COVID-19 related death is reported in York County by the Four Corners Health Department.  A man in his 50s who had been hospitalized has died; this is the 7th COVID-related death in the District. The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases […]

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GACC is in the process of preparing their High School Juniors for the ACT. Principal Kate Hagemann. Hagemann says GACC continues with their Enkindle program this week. Hagemann says to keep checking updated activity schedules online before heading out to a game as there have been a number of alterations this week and next. Click […]

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Franciscan Healthcare Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics will be held Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Nielsen Center and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Franciscan Healthcare ER Driveway. Communications Coordinator Emma Stokely says people should have their insurance information ready. Masks are strongly encouraged. For more information, head to […]

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Burwell, NE – As of Friday, September 18, 2020, two hundred and forty-eight (248) COVID-19 cases have been reported by Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD). The increase of 34 cases in the last week is the largest one week increase LBPHD has reported since the health department received its first case in April. The […]

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Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary in West Point will be holding a drive-by Burger Bash on Wednesday. Vice President Mary Lauritzen provides some background information for the organization. Lauritzen says a spring time salad luncheon and a fall bazaar with crafts and food is usually held, but those can’t be done anymore cause of the coronavirus pandemic. […]

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September 18, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 20 in the Four Corners District: York County has 9 new cases to total 151, and 99 have recovered. Seward County has 6 new cases for a total of 229, and 142 have recovered. Polk County adds 5 new cases for 48 cases […]

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September 16, 2020—Please join us for our County Community Briefings taking place via Zoom tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 17).  These briefings provide important local COVID-19 updates, and you will hear from community leaders about how they are addressing issues during the pandemic.  The briefing schedule is York County (8:30 am), Polk County (10 am), Seward County […]

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Fall Turkey Hunting Season opened in Nebraska on Tuesday. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner. Wagner says people can also harvest fall mushrooms. Wagner also talked fishing with JD Gibbs as part of their weekly chat on Wednesday on 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica program. For more information, head to outdoornebraska.org. Click here to listen to […]

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Since August 1st, Madison County has experienced over a 76% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes 132 new positive cases in just the past 14 days, which ranks Madison as 5th highest among all 93 counties in Nebraska over this time period. This rate of increase, understandably, has City and Public […]

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West Point-Beemer Superintendent Bill McAllister on Tuesday announced some potential changes to the school’s COVID plan at Monday night’s School Board Meeting. McAllister spoke with KTIC News about what could possibly change. McAllister says an adjustment to the protocol will be to only send siblings home if the person with the symptoms has serious symptoms. […]

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OMAHA, NE – The 23rd annual Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference is Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference will be held online via Zoom. The online conference is free for general attendance. Continuing nursing education credit is available for select sessions at a cost of […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board met for their regular monthly meeting Monday night. Superintendent Bill McAllister has the latest coronavirus information for the school district. McAllister says 192 total people have missed school due to COVID-19, including 83 due to contacts, 64 cause of symptoms, and 7 positive tests. 4 students, 1 teacher, and 2 […]

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LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. CT today is 37,841, an increase of 2,180 from last Friday. There were 30 new COVID-19-related deaths in the state, for a total of 434. A total of 28,816 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.   The daily average of positive cases for Sept. […]

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September 11, 2020—The Four Corners Department has been notified of two additional COVID-19 related deaths within the District.  A man in his 70s from York, who was hospitalized, has died, and is the first COVID related death in York County.  Seward County has now had its third death, a woman in her 80s, who had […]

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(Lincoln, NE) on Tuesday, State Treasurer John Murante thanked Governor Pete Ricketts for issuing a proclamation declaring September ‘College Savings Month’ in Nebraska. Treasurer Murante says NEST529 is a great college savings program and explains how it works. Studies have shown that planning early and having a dedicated savings plan – such as NEST529 – […]

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Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner talked fishing during Wednesday’s weekly chat on 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program with JD Gibbs. Wagner shares his secrets on how to “Catch the Big One”. This Saturday is free fishing and state park entry permit day in Nebraska. The two also talked hunting, and Wagner says the […]

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September 9, 2020—It is with sadness that the Four Corners Health Department must report another COVID-19 related death, a woman in her 70s from Butler County, who was hospitalized.  This is the fourth COVID-19 related death reported in the Four Corners District. The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 12 in the […]

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6th graders at West Point-Beemer Public Schools are going to remote learning this week. Elementary Principal Doug Gross. Gross says the 6th graders will not be able to attend school or any school activities during the quarantine time. Students at West Point-Beemer have finished up some testing, according to Gross. Gross says all West Point […]

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September 7, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 8 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 4 new cases for a total of 197 cases, and 112 have recovered. York County has 2 new cases to total 122, and 93 have recovered. Butler County increases by 2 cases to total […]

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The risk dial moved from a 2.46 down to a 2.35 this week, which remains within the elevated risk level. There were changes in the following variables: We had decreases in the following Cases Number of individuals needing contact tracing WCDHD uses a three week average for each variable when calculating the Risk Dial.  This […]

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A groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of new agriculture facilities at Northeast Community College will be held next week in Norfolk, Neb. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., at Northeast’s Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex, 2301 E. Benjamin Ave. (intersection of Highway 35 & Benjamin Ave). Social distancing will be encouraged and […]

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As nursing homes and assisted living communities prepare to loosen visitor restrictions in place due to the coronavirus, the Nebraska Health Care Association is requesting your assistance to keep seniors safe and healthy. In April, the Nebraska Health Care Association put out a plea for 5,000 cloth face masks to help in the fight against […]

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KTIC’s JD Gibbs hosted Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner on Wednesday for their weekly chat during 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program. Wagner reminds people of the unique lodging available at the different State Parks. For more information, head to outdoornebraska.org. Wagner says Hunting Season is well underway in Nebraska. Wagner says Teal Duck […]

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September 2, 2020—Please join us tomorrow (Thursday) for one of our County Community Briefings that take place every 2 weeks on Thursdays.   Times and connection information are listed on the Four Corners website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov. The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 6 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 3 new […]

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  The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone in Nebraska, with lay-offs, furloughs, school closings, and more. The West Central Nebraska Development District is teaming with the Southeast Nebraska Affordable Housing Council (SENAHC) to help landlords. Funding is available through a Community CARES Grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that […]

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Concordia University, Nebraska and Bryan College of Health Sciences have partnered to provide students an opportunity to receive both a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) while only adding a single semester. Through this partnership, students will start at Concordia, and then become dual-enrolled at Bryan […]

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West Point-Beemer Public Schools announced earlier this week that masks must be worn at certain sporting events this week and next due to an opponent being in Code Orange. High School Principal DJ Weddle says if anyone is in Code Red they won’t play. Masks must be worn at Thursday night’s Volleyball Triangular, Friday’s home […]

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Omaha, Neb. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) launched a pilot program to recruit work-from-home customer service representatives in Norfolk, Columbus and greater Omaha, demonstrating its commitment to Nebraska’s economic development, a sustainable remote-working environment and localized member support. As part of the pilot, 10 new employees started Aug. 31, with more to […]

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Changes are noticeable in West Point’s Water. That was the word at Tuesday night’s West Point City Council Meeting. City Administrator Tom Goulette provides a Water Treatment Plant Project Update to KTIC News. Goulette says the high demand on the system is a challenge right now as they are pumping anywhere from 1.2 to 1.5 […]

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West Point-Beemer Superintendent Bill McAllister gave a Coronavirus Update at Monday night’s August End of Year School Board Meeting. Those were the figures as of noon Monday, according to McAllister. The Board also held a Budget Hearing during the meeting. McAllister shares spending and total budget figures. McAllister anticipates revenue being $11,173,000. He shares more […]

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August 31, 2020—A third COVID-19 related death is being reported in the Four Corners District.  The recent death of a Polk County man is the first COVID-19 related death recorded in the county.  He was in his 70s and had significant underlying health conditions. “We offer our most sincere sympathies to his family, and ask […]

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KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has a new tool to track the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. Through a partnership with TestNebraska, UNK will begin randomly testing students, staff and faculty for the novel coronavirus, allowing university leadership and health officials to more closely monitor case numbers. “This testing will give us […]

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LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. CT today, is 33,436, an increase of 1,810 from last Friday. There were 16 new COVID-19-related deaths in the state, for a total of 392. A total of 25,282 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.   The daily average of positive cases for Aug. 22-28 is 259, compared […]

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August 26, 2020-The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 17 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 9 new cases for a total of 170 cases, and 100 have recovered. York County has 5 new cases to total 111, and 80 have recovered. Butler County has 2 new cases for 78 […]

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West Point-Beemer Superintendent Bill McAllister gave a COVID Update during the school’s weekly update with KTIC Radio. McAllister says the school is currently unable to social distance 6 feet apart during lunch. West Point-Beemer is holding Budget Hearings next week. McAllister said. McAllister says preschool started Wednesday. Click here to listen to Interview with McAllister 

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State health officials say Phase 3 directed health measures (DHMs) that are in effect until Aug. 31 are being extended through Sept. 13, but will transition to Phase 4 after that date unless hospitalizations dramatically change. A total of 66 Nebraska counties are currently in Phase 3, and once moved to Phase 4 would continue […]

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Picture Day is being held at GACC this week. Elementary Principal Paula Peatrowsky. Peatrowsky says there are 264 Elementary Students at GACC this year. A fair is being held Wednesday night for GACC High School Students. Peatrowsky said. Peatrowsky says parents and students are welcome at anytime, and there will be at least 13 different […]

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SEWARD, Neb. – In a joint decision made by the presidents of the competing institutions, the 2021 Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) has been canceled (as announced on Tuesday, Aug. 25). Concordia University, Nebraska was scheduled to host what would have been the 70th annual CIT on Jan. 29-30, 2021. Instead, Walz Arena in Seward will be […]

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The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 18 in the Four Corners District: York County has 7 new cases to total 106, and 80 have recovered. Seward County has 6 new cases for a total of 161 cases, and 100 have recovered. Butler County has 4 new cases for 76 cases total, […]

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The COVID-19 Community Risk Dial for the week of August 24th is yellow.  Residents of southwest Nebraska should use caution when at gatherings or in public, including wearing a mask and avoiding high-touch surfaces.  Choose outdoor activities when possible and avoid close contact in enclosed spaces. Those who are at higher risk of complications from […]

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LINCOLN – This morning, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt held a press conference to discuss the start of the 2020-2021 academic year in Nebraska’s K-12 schools.   John Wyvill, Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, joined the Governor and Commissioner Blomstedt.  He […]

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At Monday’s Special West Point City Council Meeting, the Council unanimously approved Amendments to the City’s Economic Development Program, including an amended Economic Development Plan and directing that the amendments be submitted to the qualified electors of the City for their approval at the 2020 General Election. City Administrator Tom Goulette. This is due to […]

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KEARNEY – Lopers heading to the Nebraskan Student Union to purchase textbooks or grab a bite to eat will notice several changes as the fall semester begins. The University of Nebraska at Kearney is implementing a number of safety measures there as part of its plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19. UNK DINING During […]

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LINCOLN – The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. CT today, is 31,626 an increase of 1,638 from last Friday. There were 15 new COVID-19-related deaths in the state, for a total of 376. A total of 23,608 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.   The daily average of positive cases for Aug 15-21 is 234 compared […]

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Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department is reporting 170 COVID-19 cases within the nine-county district. Forty-three cases have been reported in the last two weeks. Approximately 58% of the new cases have been reported as community spread. Community spread is defined as the individual not being able to identify a known exposure for […]

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the new dates for its postponed fall championships on Thursday. Its National Administrative Committee (NAC) convened to approve the new dates, and in some cases, new locations, for the spring of 2021. In the last week of July, the NAIA Council of Presidents (COP) […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – As schools across Nebraska prepare to re-open for in-person instruction, Test Nebraska has released the locations, dates and times for the month of August, as well as a partial list of September and October dates.   “We want parents to pay particular attention to any possible sign of COVID-19 symptoms,” said Director of […]

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KEARNEY – The start of a new school year is always an exciting time at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. This year will be no different. UNK is kicking off the fall semester with its annual Blue and Gold Welcome Week, a signature event that celebrates new and returning Lopers while giving incoming freshmen […]

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August 19, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 12 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 7 new cases for a total of 146 cases, and 98 have recovered. Butler County has 3 new cases for 70 cases total, and 57 have recovered. York County has 2 new cases for […]

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  Lincoln- Secretary of State Bob Evnen has decided to mail an early ballot application to every registered voter whose county did not already do so. The effect will be every registered voter in Nebraska will receive an early ballot request application in the mail. “For voters who have concerns about voting at the polls in November, […]

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KTIC’s JD Gibbs and Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner once again discussed fishing during 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program on Wednesday. Wagner says now is the prime time to catch Catfish. Wagner adds quite a few largemouth bass are being caught on surface lures. Wagner says hunting season is just getting underway. Wagner […]

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School is back in session at West Point-Beemer. Superintendent Bill McAllister says things have gone well so far. McAllister adds the school district had very productive in-service days last week. He says preschool will begin on Wednesday, August 26th. Fall MAPS Testing is coming up soon, according to McAllister. McAllister adds a lot of time […]

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The “Sound of Music” is being held the first two weekends of September at the West Point Community Theatre. Director Marlene Wiechman gives the performance dates and times to KTIC News. Wiechman says there will be two performances on the 6th as only 50% occupancy is allowed for each show. Masks are recommended, and temperatures […]

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  When the fall semester begins next week at Mid-Plains Community College it will look different from any other semester in history. MPCC officials have spent months consulting with state and area health officials to prepare for the resumption of on-campus instruction. Classes were moved to remote formats in March to limit exposure to the […]

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Between August 1 and August 17, 2020, Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) was notified of 38 new COVID-19 positive cases throughout the district. Of those new cases, 17 reside in Custer County. Through contact tracing, LBPHD has identified at least 5 different “clusters”. A cluster is a location or event that has multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases associated […]

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August 17, 2020—The past 3-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 7 in the Four Corners District: Seward County has 5 new cases for a total of 139 cases, and 86 have recovered. York County has 2 new cases for a total of 97 cases, and 75 have recovered. Butler County remains at 67 […]

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High School Students at GACC start school on Tuesday. Principal Kate Hagemann says the start of this school year is extra special. Hagemann says the first day for Elementary Students is Friday. GACC will hold a preschool open house this week, according to Hagemann. Hagemann says Elementary Students will do their benchmarking and open house […]

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YORK, NE — More than 105,000 free meals have been served to the children and families of York Public Schools since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The innovations that made that possible will help Lunchtime Solutions and York schools continue to provide healthy meals to students into the new school year. “We want to […]

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Miles for Heroes Freedom Fest will be held on Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th in Scribner. Joel Marreel tells KTIC News about the Entertainment that will perform that Friday. Marreel says tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door. Marreel tells KTIC News about events happening that Saturday. Marreel says registration […]

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School starts on Tuesday for High School Students at GACC and on Friday for Elementary Students. High School Principal Kate Hagemann discusses their back to school plan with KTIC News. Hagemann says there will be one way hallways, limited locker access, a different seating arrangement at lunch, and how kids get the food. She adds […]

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August 14, 2020—The past 2-day total of COVID-19 cases has increased by 15 in the Four Corners District: York County has 6 new cases for a total of 95 cases, and 72 have recovered. Seward County has 5 new cases for a total of 134 cases, and 83 have recovered. Butler County has 3 new […]

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KTIC’s JD Gibbs hosted Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner on Wednesday for their weekly chat on 840 KTIC’s Midday in MidAmerica Program. The two talked about the slowdown in the park system due to school’s resuming and how that’s a great time to get some less populated time at a state park and rec […]

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The “2020 Cuming County Fair” is officially underway in West Point, despite the unusual circumstances surrounding coronavirus. Thursday around 10am, many exhibitors were still setting up and finalizing preparations for the annual summer event. Friends greeted each other as they walked the fairgrounds on a humid, breezy morning with a forecast high of 87. Everything […]

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Sioux City, Iowa-The Great Plains Athletic Conference Council of Presidents (GPAC COP) has affirmed its commitment to playing a fall athletic season.  In reviewing the data and incidence of COVID-19 in the region, the GPAC COP believes that health and safety mechanisms can be put in place to create a positive fall sports season. To […]

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August 12, 2020—It is with sympathy that Four Corners Health Department and the Seward County Attorney/Coroner announce a new COVID-19 – related death, a male in his 40’s, in Seward County.  This is the second COVID-19 – related death in Seward County, as well as the Four Corners Health District.  The Seward County Attorney/Coroner, Wendy […]

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The West Point-Beemer School Board discussed and approved a new Title IX Policy at Monday night’s meeting. Superintendent Bill McAllister. McAllister says $15,000 was transferred from the general fund to the lunch account as they will use disposable trays in the cafeteria this year. $50,000 was transferred from the general fund to the activity account. […]

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Note: Highway 6 will perform in place of Sheila Greeland. The 2020 Cuming County Fair will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point. Fair Board President Brian Meiergerd runs down some of the events. Meiergerd says the Demo Derby starts at noon on Sunday, and the Open Horse Show […]

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