Area Breaking News

COVID-19 Cases and Vaccinations Increasing in Southwest Nebraska

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) and their partners are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases and in the number of people wanting to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccination rates across the health district have reached 40%.  This number includes fully vaccinated as well as partially vaccinated individuals.  A partially vaccinated person is someone who…

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School Meals at No Charge for All Students

Effective for School Year 2021-22, Hitchcock County Schools will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.  The new…

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Benkelman Bricks Begins Next Phase of Project

Maybe you remember the big brick building on the corner of Main Street as Irelands, or Atens or the Napa building, the building has come under lots of scrutiny in recent years and sitting on the city’s nuisance list right now, is greatly in need of repairs. Last year, a group of community citizens came…

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