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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today issued updated directions for Nebraskans on COVID-19 quarantine standards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations Wednesday following research to better understand when COVID-19 transmission is most likely to occur. The new recommendations shorten the window for quarantine. For those with […]

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Unified Command has announced another dozen COVID related deaths in the Panhandle and an additional 283 new cases since last reporting. The deaths include a Box Butte County woman in her 50’s, a Dawes County woman in her 80’s, a Dawes County woman in her 90’s, a Dawes County man in his 90’s,  a Cheyenne […]

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Central Community College is offering a two-week course designed to fulfill a necessary requirement for individuals seeking a local substitute teaching certificate. Human Relations Awareness will be taught online Dec. 7-18 and the class is self-paced. The cost of the one-credit course is $107. Some of the concepts covered will include understanding of the values […]

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The chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriations Committee says at this point, there’s really no telling what the new legislative session will look like when lawmakers return to Nebraska’s capital city next year. During Wednesday’s virtual Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce, State Senator John Stinner of Gering said it’s really […]

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The Gift Giving Tree at BankFirst in West Point is an opportunity to make the season a little brighter for residents at St. Joseph’s Retirement Community and St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point. Community President Nadine Hagedorn tells KTIC News how the public can take part. Return the gift wrapped or in a Christmas […]

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The West Point City Council met virtually on Zoom Tuesday night. Engineer John Zwingman provided a Water Treatment Plant and Water Main Project Update to the Council. Zwingman also shared some Manganese and Iron Numbers. Zwingman says one issue is they’re using more chlorine than they had initially calculated. The City flushed the mains at […]

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Seventeen additional COVID-related deaths in the Panhandle are being reported. This brings the total deaths in the Panhandle to 67. The deaths are being announced as follows: Box Butte County: One female in her 50’s Two males in their 70s Dawes County: One female over 100 One male in his 90’s Cheyenne County: Three females: […]

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During Monday night’s Scottsbluff City Council meeting, members discussed a resolution aimed at encouraging residents and businesses to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The resolution  stated the City of Scottsbluff would urge all worksites, faith-based institutions, health care and educational settings and more to: Avoid the Three C’s (Crowded Places, Close Contact, […]

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Four Corners reports 4 additional COVID-19 related deaths as of Monday (11/30/2020): A York County man in his 50’s, who was found deceased at his home. A York County man in his 80’s, who was under medical care. A Polk County woman in her 80’s, who was under medical care. A Butler County woman in […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in December for a virtual discussion on big game management via Zoom. Staff will talk about big game harvest results and season structure and will take questions on several topics, including big game management, depredation, permits, antlerless harvest, trophy management and diseases, among others. Zoom […]

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WEEKLY UPDATE November 30, 2020 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It can be such a heartwarming time of year as we consider the people and life experiences we can be thankful for. It also brings a change in expectations for the days ahead. Even before Thanksgiving was over, people were decorating for the […]

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KEARNEY –Thirty-nine (39) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Saturday, November 28. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Saturday include: Buffalo County –26 Dawson County – 12 Kearney […]

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Phelps Memorial Health Center has begun to administer the newly-released monoclonal antibody treatment known as Bamlanivimab for targeted COVID-19 positive patients. The first dose of the new antibody was given through infusion at Phelps Memorial last week. “With Covid-19 so prevalent in our area at this time, we are glad we can provide this treatment […]

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  Lincoln – For the first time in more than a century, Nebraskans will grapple with celebrating Thanksgiving and December holidays (including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa) during a global pandemic. It’s natural to want to gather in-person for the holidays – and realizing that might not be possible can be emotionally tough for adults and kids […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State’s work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect hospitals.  The Governor reported that coronavirus hospitalizations have stabilized in recent days.  He urged Nebraskans to continue taking precautions to slow the spread of […]

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United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Devin L. Ashford, 33, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today after being found guilty by a jury of Sex Trafficking of a Minor; Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion; Production of Child Pornography; and Interstate Transportation for Prostitution.  Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced […]

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West Point Public Schools provided a COVID-19 Update with KTIC Radio during this week’s Weekly Update. High School Principal DJ Weddle says quarantine numbers are down. Mr. Weddle says students are now wearing masks all day except for when they eat lunch. Mr. Weddle also discussed a shortage in the number of available substitute teachers […]

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It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy.  In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss, Americans have faithfully carried on Thanksgiving traditions.  During challenging times, it’s even more important to remember the […]

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Panhandle continues to grow as the pandemic surges further into November, with public health officials calling for universal masking. Unified Command announcing on Monday afternoon that since Thursday’s briefing there have been 393 new cases, and the risk dial remained in the Severe,  red category. The number […]

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St. Paul Lutheran School in West Point has a Virtual Book Fair going on right now. The school’s Jill Recker tells KTIC News more about it. Recker says Thanksgiving Break starts on Wednesday. St. Paul is also putting on a Holiday Fundraiser. Recker said. Recker says this year’s Children’s Christmas Program will be held without […]

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Again, Thanksgiving provided opportunity to be grateful, create and consume amazing food, share smiles and love to re-invigorate for the work ahead. This year, of course, is different than others in many ways. As COVID-19 numbers surge and hospitalizations increase across the State, we are reminded about the need to keep ourselves and our families […]

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A Gering educator shared his personal experience with COVID during Gov. Pete Ricketts Monday morning press conference. Gering High School teacher Tyler Thompson spoke via Zoom about contracting Coronavirus and urged Nebraskans to take this seriously.

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  KEARNEY –Seventy-six (76) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Sunday November 22. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Sunday include:  Buffalo County –48  Dawson County […]

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KEARNEY –Eighty-nine (89) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Saturday November 21. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19.   New confirmed cases for Saturday include: Buffalo County –56 Dawson County – 9 […]

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KEARNEY –One hundred and sixteen (116) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Friday November 20. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Friday include: Buffalo County –67 Dawson County […]

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  KEARNEY –One hundred and sixteen (116) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Friday November 20. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Friday include: • Buffalo County –67 […]

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Lincoln – Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, as well as other public health events, can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an epidemic or pandemic. These feelings of distress and anxiety can occur even if you are not at high risk of getting sick. However, as COVID-19 […]

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KEARNEY –One hundred and ninety (190) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Thursday November 19. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Thursday include: Buffalo County –117 Dawson County […]

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Five additional COVID-related deaths in the Panhandle are being reported: a Cheyenne County male in his 70s, two Morrill County males, one in his 60s and one in his 90s, a Scotts Bluff County male in his 60s, and a Sheridan County male in his 90s. This brings the total deaths in the Panhandle to […]

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A Message from Stuhr Museum’s Executive Director Chris Hochstetler Stuhr Museum family and friends, The Corona Virus Pandemic has been very trying for all of us and our beloved Stuhr Museum has also been challenged by it. We are a place that thrives on the visits and interactions with all of you. Unfortunately, the pandemic […]

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North Platte, Nebraska – COVID-19 Risk Dial Update The risk dial moved from a 3.65 up to a 3.77 this week, which remains in the severe risk level. There were changes in the following variables that contributed to movement in the dial: We had an increase in the following:  Measure ID R5: ICU Availability […]

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                                                             NSEA Seeks Declaratory Order from State Board of Education; Requests interventions and protocols be adopted as specific safety criteria under which Nebraska schools will operate and […]

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COVID-19 cases have increased rapidly across TRPHD in the past 3 weeks. Daily case averages are doubling in 10-14 days, and the number of reported deaths has also risen in the past month. There are reports of multiple outbreaks across the district, including in more than one long term care facility. Around 40% of currently-occupied […]

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Despite Covid-19 limitations and play casts plagued by illness, the twenty-first annual Gator Play Production festival was held Thursday at Wisner-Pilger’s Fine Arts Auditorium.   Five schools performed at the Festival–Winside, “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner”; Lutheran High Northeast, “I Don’t Mind That You’re Ugly”; Homer, “Matilda, Jr.”; West Point-Beemer, “The […]

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Right now, we’re facing one of the biggest challenges our state has ever encountered.  In recent weeks, coronavirus hospitalizations have been rapidly rising with many people severely ill and more deaths.  There are over four times as many Nebraskans in the hospital with coronavirus now as there were at the beginning of last month.  As […]

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GERING – With the heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, and the rising number of positive cases, Mayor Kaufman and Gering City Council Members are urging Gering residents to strictly adhere to CDC recommendations and State of Nebraska Directed Health Measures to help curb the threat of exposure.  Now more than ever, anyone attending community or […]

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore joined health care, education and community organization representatives online Thursday morning launching a new statewide COVID awareness campaign called ‘Do Right, Right Now’. The Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Community Foundation had teamed up to develop the unified campaign, and as it grew, leaders from […]

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Panhandle Public Health District provided the community with an update on the latest COVID-19 numbers since their Monday afternoon update. PPHD said during their Thursday update, there have been 444  new positive cases. By county, the new cases are as follows: Banner- 3 Box Butte- 53 Cheyenne- 33 Dawes- 31 Deuel- 2 Garden – 1 […]

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(Omaha, Neb.) Nov. 19, 2020 – COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all Nebraskans. As an important initiative to help fight this pandemic, the Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Community Foundation teamed up to develop a unified campaign to Do Right, Right Now. This caring but urgent call to action is critical to getting […]

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  KEARNEY –Ninety-five (95) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Wednesday November 18. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Wednesday include:  Buffalo County – 51  Dawson […]

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  LINCOLN – The latest statewide total of COVID-19 cases stands at 103,805 as of Nov. 17. A total of 86 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the last seven days, for a total of 816. A total of 54,604 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.   Daily hospitalizations over the last seven days increased by 118, […]

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Four Corners reports 1 new COVID-19 related death as of Wednesday (11/18/2020): A Polk County man in his 80’s, who had been hospitalized. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the district to 22.  Polk County increases to a total of 12 COVID-19 related deaths; Butler County has 4.  Seward and York County have […]

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The Firearm Deer Hunting Season opened in Nebraska last weekend. Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner reminds hunters of some steps to follow before firing at a Deer. Wagner reminds hunters of the new Telecheck Deer check-in system. Wagner says hunting deer requires a lot of patience. Head to outdoornebraska.org for more information. Click here to […]

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KEARNEY –Two Rivers Public Health Department in Kearney is saddened to report seven additional deaths in the district as a result of COVID-19. The individuals were a male in his 70s, a female in her 80s, and a male in his 80s from Buffalo County. Additionally, a male in his 70s from Phelps County, 2 […]

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Goshen County Health Officer Dr. Marion Smith have issued a public health order requiring all adults within Goshen County to wear Face Coverings in certain public places- with exceptions- effective immediately. As of Monday, there have been 19,298 confirmed cases of COVID in Wyoming and  339 in Goshen County. Public health officials also have noted […]

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  LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding customers that most of the services offered by the DMV can be safely done online as state DMV and county offices seek to de-densify and reduce in-person interactions. Dozens of services are available online, including common services such as renewing a driver’s license, state ID card […]

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The Columbus Area United Way is putting on a Ducks on the Square Event on Thursday in conjunction with the downtown tree lighting event. Executive Director Hope Freshour. The event will take place at Frankfort Square near the Platte County Courthouse in Columbus. The United Way is also putting on a Virtual Duck Race on […]

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West Point Public Schools provided a COVID-19 Update in their weekly interview with KTIC Radio. Superintendent Bill McAllister. McAllister says 33 Elementary Students are quarantined. Masks are required beginning Wednesday. The School District is putting on a Virtual Book Fair right now. McAllister said. McAllister says Speech Sign Up will be held on Wednesday. Click […]

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LINCOLN – On Tuesday, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to provide an update on the State’s coronavirus response.  He reminded Nebraskans that the State will move to more restrictive health measures when coronavirus hospitalizations reach 25% of the state’s staffed hospital beds.  The Governor also renewed his call for Nebraskans to keep six […]

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Seven COVID-related deaths in the Panhandle reported, Panhandle total deaths 31 The following COVID-related deaths in the Panhandle are being reported: Cheyenne County female in her 70s Dawes County female in her 60s Dawes County female in her 80s Dawes County male in his 70s Kimball County male in his 90s Morrill County female in […]

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Area health leaders spent nearly one hour Monday night addressing the Scottsbluff City Council about the spike of COVID-19 cases in the area, and what preventative measures could be done by the city to help flatten the curve. Regional West’s President/ CEO John Mentgen, CMO Matthew Bruner, Dr. Jeff Holloway, and legal counsel Paul Hoffmeister […]

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A total of 115 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Four Corners District in the past 3 days (November 14-16): Seward County had 47 new cases for a total of 1,031. York County had 31 new cases for a total of 845. Butler County added 21 new cases for 445 total cases. […]

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State Health Officials warn of some new scams that could target Senior Citizens around the Holidays due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. One of those Scams is the COVID-19 Vaccine Scam, according to Public Information Officer Barb Tyler. Tyler says the other type of scam related to COVID is businesses calling Seniors to say they can […]

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GACC is holding a virtual book fair this week. High School Principal Kate Hagemann. The school’s website is gaccbluejays.org. Hagemann says they are also holding Food and SPA Paper Drives this week. Hagemann made her comments during this week’s Update with KTIC Radio. Click below to listen to Interview with Hagemann:

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Nebraska Educators Reply to Teaching During Covid-19 Survey Nearly 1 in 4 Teachers Say They Plan to Leave the Profession; More than 92 Percent Say Mask Mandate Needed Survey Data available at: https://www.nsea.org/survey   November 16, 2020 – Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has Nebraska educators overwhelmed, worried about their students, and their health and safety, […]

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LINCOLN – Today, during a press briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Pete Ricketts provided an update on the State’s work to slow the spread of the virus and protect hospitals.  The Governor reviewed Nebraska’s recently announced plan to tighten or loosen health restrictions in phases, based on trends in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.  A chart outlining each […]

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The COVID-19 Community Risk Dial for the week of November 16th is red, meaning residents of southwest Nebraska are at severe risk of contracting COVID-19.  The risk level was raised due to high levels of community spread across several counties and the threat of the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed.  The number of available hospital beds […]

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POLK- High Plains Community Schools will cancel classes temporarily. The cancelation of classes began today. They posted this tweet earlier.   Please see the update from HPC and local Health Departments concerning the surge in COVID cases pic.twitter.com/vRRERkVCsd — HPC STORM (@HPCSTORM) November 16, 2020

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Panhandle Public Health District provided the community with an update on the latest COVID-19 numbers since their Thursday afternoon update. Additionally, the Panhandle’s risk dial jumped further into the red, severe category following last Monday’s jump from orange to red. PPHD says since Thursday’s update, there have been 551 new positive cases. By county, the […]

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Lexington Community Foundation’s Give BIG Lexington initiative distributed checks on Thursday to five non-profit organizations involved in the weekly food distribution program in Lexington this past year. Orthman Manufacturing has had a hand in it since it’s beginning as a corporate partner. Orthman CEO John McCoy said the origins started back in May as their […]

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As of Friday, November 13, the Four Corners Risk Dial has moved to 3.25, which is now in the Red Severe COVID-19 Risk Level.  In the previous week, the setting was 3.0. This represents an increased risk factor of 0.25.  At this time, Four Corners strongly urges our communities to Avoid the 3 C’s:  Crowded Places, […]

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  KEARNEY –One hundred and ten (110) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Saturday November 14. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Saturday include: • Buffalo County – […]

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KEARNEY –One hundred and thirty-one (131) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Friday November 13. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Friday include: Buffalo County – 59 Dawson […]

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska will take a phased approach to public health restrictions based on the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients.  As soon as the percentage of coronavirus-related hospitalizations increases above certain thresholds, restrictions will be tightened.  If the percentage of coronavirus-related hospitalizations declines below the thresholds […]

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Cities of Gering, Scottsbluff, Terrytown & Scotts Bluff County Joint Release (GERING) – Cities of Gering, Scottsbluff, Terrytown and Scotts Bluff County have been monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases and how it has affected our communities. Since the beginning we have diligently worked with health officials to create plans to mitigate this virus and […]

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AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM RICK MYLES, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Dear Scottsbluff Families, As we navigate the increase in COVID-19 cases in our area, Scottsbluff Public Schools continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. National data released this week show Scotts Bluff County is #11 in the Nation in highest incidence […]

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Today, Regional West Health Services issued a letter to the Mayors of Scottsbluff, Terrytown, Gering, and the Scotts Bluff County Board. The letter from President John Mentgen and Chief Medical Officer Matthew Bruner requests the highest consideration that the communities require and enforce CDC guidelines for everyone- including masking- as the best approach to impede […]

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1 in 4 Heartland Children are Food insecure, and don’t have access to needed meals. That’s according to Food Bank for the Heartland Communications Manager Angie Grote, who says they have seen a rise in the percentage of those needing help. Those coming to a Pantry should stay in their vehicle as volunteers will load […]

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Firearm Deer Season opens up on Saturday. Nebraska Game and Parks’ Greg Wagner has some safety tips for Hunters. Wagner says deer check in is being done by telecheck due to the Pandemic. Wagner tells Hunters in Rural Areas to wear clothing that distinguishes themselves from an animal. For more information, head to outdoornebraska.org. Click […]

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LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference to give an update on the State’s response to the pandemic.  He reported that coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to increase across the state, rising to a high of 885 this week.  The Governor urged Nebraskans to avoid the “Three Cs” and to use other tools to […]

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There have been 147 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 2 days (November 10-11): Seward County had 56 new cases for a total of 942. York County had 42 new cases for a total of 746. Butler County added 27 new cases for 408 total cases. Polk County […]

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The West Point Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Christmas Promotion is right around the corner. Tina from the Chamber tells KTIC News about this year’s Promotion. Tina says shoppers will get double punches on Super Savings Sunday next Sunday the 22nd with many retailers open from noon to 4:00 p.m. Shoppers will have a chance to […]

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West Point-Beemer called off School on Tuesday. Special Education Director Lynette Mitzel has this message from Superintendent Bill McAllister. Mitzel says the Junior High Boys Basketball Game at Tekamah-Herman scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. Winter Sports Practices for the High School begin on Monday. Click below to listen to Interview with Mitzel:

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Election Day has come and gone-at least for Nebraska. The year 2020 has been very different than any we have ever known and the election cycle has been no different. In District 17 for instance, the registered voters in rural Wayne County voted by mail while registered voters in the City of Wayne voted had […]

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Burwell, NE – As of Friday, November 6, 2020, 786 COVID-19 cases have been reported by Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD). In the past two weeks, LBPHD has added 243 new cases. The breakdown by county below shows the number of positive tests since the start of the pandemic, the number of those considered […]

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November 6, 2020—Four Corners Health Department COVID-19 Updates:  Latest Cases, Data, and Reporting 1 New Death As of Friday, November 6, the Four Corners Risk Dial has moved to 3.0, which is squarely set between Orange and Red.  In the previous week, the setting was 2.63 in the Orange.  This represents an increased risk factor […]

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska is seeing yet another increase in known coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as health officials urge residents to wear masks and avoid large gatherings. State officials reported 2,124 new cases statewide and 720 active hospitalizations as of Thursday evening. The numbers have been trending sharply upward over the last two weeks. […]

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  KEARNEY –Fifty-four (54) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Saturday November 07. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Saturday include: Buffalo County – 33 Dawson County – […]

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KEARNEY – Like most Nebraska school administrators, Roger Thomsen struggles to find substitute teachers who can fill in for his regular staff. “It’s a chore,” the 7-12 principal at Amherst Public School said. “My list went from around 35 last year to eight this year.” The statewide substitute teacher shortage was a problem before the […]

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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be issuing emergency supplemental allotments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who receive benefits for the month of November on December 8. On November 5, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, DHHS […]

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  KEARNEY –One hundred forty-two (142) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven-county region it serves for Friday November 06. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Friday include:  Buffalo County – 92 […]

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WAYNE, Neb. (Oct. 19, 2020) – Creative fusion underscores the Wayne State College Brass and Percussion concert Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, go to www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program is accessible by selecting the event […]

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KEARNEY –Two Rivers Public Health Department in Kearney is saddened to report three additional deaths in the district as a result of COVID-19. The individuals were a female in her 60s and a female in her 90s from Buffalo County, and a male in his 60s from Franklin County. Community Health Nurse Jodi Sowl expressed […]

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The Risk Dial for Cuming County is now in Code Red. West Point-Beemer Superintendent Bill McAllister talks about what the school is doing in relation to that. McAllister says high school games and practices will continue. He adds not enough students have tested positive for COVID-19 to prompt a significant change. McAllister made his comments […]

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KEARNEY –Two Rivers Public Health updated the weekly risk dial on Thursday, November 5. The level of risk has elevated farther into the red “Pandemic” level. Many factors go into determining the level of risk each week. The following factors contributed to this week’s determination: Testing availability has expanded over the past week due to […]

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Case numbers have steeply increased, with 171 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 2 days (November 3-4): Seward County had 70 new cases for a total of 746. York County had 48 new cases for a total of 620. Polk County had 29 new cases for 263 cases […]

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CCC Students Travis Andersen, of Clarkson, and Jamie Culver, of North Bend, are two of nearly 1,400 CCC students to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the CARES Act to assist with COVID-19 related expenses. Andersen tells KTIC News the assistance gave him everything he needed to do his […]

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The West Point City Council met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Nielsen Center. City Administrator Tom Goulette provided a Water Treatment Plant Project and Water Main Project Update to the Council, and spoke with KTIC News after the meeting. Goulette says Rutjens Construction will be back in West Point in the […]

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More good news on the Nebraska economy this past week. Due to the growth seen as the State reopens, the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board raised the State’s revenue forecast for the current Fiscal Year 2020-21 by $285 million, by $118 million for Fiscal Year 2021-22, and by $307 million for Fiscal Year 2022-23. Responding […]

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There have been 139 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 3 days (October 31-Nov 2): Seward County had 67 new cases for a total of 676. York County had 44 new cases for a total of 571. Butler County added 20 new cases for 324 total cases. Polk […]

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Because of COVID-19 concerns, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will not run check stations this firearm deer season. Instead, all deer will be checked in electronically via Telecheck. This decision was made to avoid close contact between check station workers and hunters during the Nov. 14-22 firearm deer season in an […]

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Unified Command confirms 534 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle and 159 recoveries since last reporting on Thursday, October 29. The investigations are underway, all close contacts will be quarantined.   Exposure Type Community 18% Close Contact 26% Travel 0% Under Investigation 55%   With the large rise in new cases, PPHD officials said the […]

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Four Corners Health Department COVID-19 Updates:  Latest Cases, Data, and Reporting 2 New Deaths There have been 84 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 2 days (October 22-23): York County had 32 new cases for a total of 446. Butler County added 13 new cases for 259 total […]

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NORFOLK, Neb. – An author from Omaha will be featured during the final Visiting Writers Series event of the fall semester at Northeast Community College. David Mullins will read from his work during a virtual presentation on Wed., Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. His presentation may be viewed through Zoom at northeast.zoom.us/j/5864654319. Mullins, an associate […]

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The Four Corners District records another 2 COVID-19 related deaths: A Polk County man in his 80’s who was under medical care; and A Polk County woman in her 90’s who was also under medical care. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the district to 15.  Polk County has had 9, Seward County […]

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  LEXINGTON, NEBRASKA – The Latino population in several Nebraska communities now has access to an additional news source. “Noticias De Mi Pueblo” or “My Town’s News” has expanded its focus to Hastings, Madison, Nebraska City, Fremont, and Schuyler. The YouTube channel was started in June 2019 spotlighting the community of Lexington. “The purpose of this newscast […]

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  LINCOLN – The latest statewide case total is 65,376, as of Oct. 27. There were 55 new COVID-19-related deaths in the state over the last seven days, for a total of 620. A total of 42,633 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.   The daily average of positive cases for the last seven days is 852, compared […]

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West Point-Beemer provided a COVID-19 Update during Wednesday’s weekly update with KTIC Radio. Middle School Principal Brendan Calahan has the latest. Calahan says none of the quarantined students or staff members are quarantined due to a contact at school. The Duke Talent Search recognizes 7th graders nationwide who have scored in the 95th percentile on […]

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Two additional COVID-related deaths in Dawes County have been reported. A male in his 70s and a male in his 80s, bring the total deaths in the Panhandle to 14. “We share our deepest condolences with the family and friends of these two gentlemen. We must take all increased safety measures to protect our most […]

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KEARNEY –Two Rivers Public Health Department in Kearney is saddened to report one additional death in the district as a result of COVID-19.  The individual was a male in his 80s from Buffalo County. Community Health Nurse Jodi Sowl extended her sympathies to the families. “On behalf of our team, I would like to extend […]

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Due to an increased number of student COVID cases, student exposure risk, and quarantined students, Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has decided to transition to online and hybrid delivery of courses. These changes do not include the Douglas Campus where operations and delivery of classes will remain the same. “We are not closing the campus […]

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Nebraska officials say health care providers and elderly and vulnerable residents will be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccination when it becomes available as early as this year. Gov. Pete Ricketts and public health officials say they plan to give those groups top priority in their plans to distribute their limited share of […]

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There have been 67 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 3 days (October 24-26): Seward County had 43 new cases for a total of 517. Butler County added 12 new cases for 271 total cases. York County had 9 new cases for a total of 455. Polk County […]

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Public Health officials in the Nebraska Panhandle say that the number of new positive COVID-19 cases continues to skyrocket at a record pace. During their Monday afternoon briefing, it was announced that the Panhandle has seen 326 new cases and 150 new recoveries since Thursday. The new cases by county include: Scotts Bluff: 168 Box […]

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Today, Nebraska health officials discussed the state’s plans for future distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. DHHS Incident Commander Angie Ling says that part of this planning includes ensuring an effective distribution network for the vaccines,  so as soon as those first doses arrive they can quickly get into the arms of Nebraskans. […]

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Four Corners Health Department COVID-19 Updates:  Latest Cases, Data, and Reporting 2 New Deaths There have been 84 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 2 days (October 22-23): York County had 32 new cases for a total of 446. Butler County added 13 new cases for 259 total […]

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St. Paul Lutheran School in West Point will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences this week. Jill Recker notes a difference in how those will be conducted. Recker says the conferences are being done by appointment. Students will be recognized for their grades this week. Recker has the details. Recker says students with perfect attendance will […]

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Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington has been notified that a student has positive for COVID-19. This is the third student case. Public Health officials are working directly with this student to determine contact tracing and will directly contact any individuals who are determined to be at risk due to close contact. Close contact refers to […]

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The West Point Chamber of Commerce held a Social at the Nielsen Center on Friday in partnership with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry as well as Northeast Community College. NE Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Bryan Slone talks about how the Pandemic has affected Nebraska and how the state has dealt with […]

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What about Trick-Or-Treating during a Pandemic? Halloween is one of the most exciting and traditional holidays for children. Trick-or-treating may be discouraged or even cancelled in some regions this year due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. If children do trick-or-treat, remember additional safety measures. Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a chance for increased […]

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Lincoln – Nebraska public health officials have confirmed another 977 coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 61,285. The number released late Thursday tracks with a recent surge in cases that led Gov. Pete Ricketts to reimpose some social-distancing restrictions to avoid overwhelming Nebraska’s hospitals. State officials say 559,625 people in Nebraska have gotten tested […]

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KEARNEY –Seventy-seven (77) new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Two Rivers Public Health Department in the seven county region it serves for Thursday, October 22. Please check the Two Rivers website for more detailed information for our citizens on current COVID-19. New confirmed cases for Thursday include: Buffalo County –38 Dawson County – 20 […]

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There have been 75 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the Four Corners District in the past 2 days (October 20-21): York County had 27 new cases for a total of 414. Seward County had 23 new cases for a total of 445. Butler County added 15 new cases for 246 total cases. Polk County […]

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Doug Anderson visited with Jeremy Kirby from Divots Brewery in Norfolk. Kirby says Divots continues to grow. Kirby says they should be making beers at their new brewery by the end of the year. Doug also visited with Kirby about the beers they have to offer. Kirby tells KTIC News that Divots offers a lot […]

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The Heirloom Market, held in Bayard on Saturday, October 10, has been listed as a community exposure site. Anyone that attended the market should monitor for COVID symptoms through October 24 and if they begin experiencing any symptoms, immediately go get tested and quarantine at home. Due to recent disease investigations indicating confirmed COVID positive […]

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