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  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoMay 5, 2011 Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan by U.S. troops May 1, nearly 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Members of Grainland Cooperative, with headquarters in Holyoke, voted last week ...
  • Area takes a heavy snow hit last weekend

    Huge snowflakes accumulated for 8 inches of snow and more in a solid spring snowstorm Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. Tree branches fell on power lines, causing power outages, and the town was in a frenzy. How much snow did Holyoke receive? “That’...
  • Area takes a heavy snow hit last weekend

    Huge snowflakes accumulated for 8 inches of snow and more in a solid spring snowstorm Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. Tree branches fell on power lines, causing power outages, and the town was in a frenzy. How much snow did Holyoke receive? “That’...
  • Arena fundraising efforts begin with $1 million goal

    Two newly formed committees have their sights set on nearly $1 million as they kick off fundraising efforts for the proposed Phillips County Fairgrounds pavilion and education center. Phillips County commissioners gave an update on the committees at thei...
  • Arena fundraising efforts begin with $1 million goal

    Two newly formed committees have their sights set on nearly $1 million as they kick off fundraising efforts for the proposed Phillips County Fairgrounds pavilion and education center. Phillips County commissioners gave an update on the committees at thei...
  • New recruits sought at Melissa Memorial

    From med school students to pharmacist candidates, staff recruitment was a major highlight of the Tuesday, April 26, East Phillips County Hospital District Board meeting. In his administrative update, CEO Trampas Hutches reported that discussions were ...
  • New recruits sought at Melissa Memorial

    From med school students to pharmacist candidates, staff recruitment was a major highlight of the Tuesday, April 26, East Phillips County Hospital District Board meeting. In his administrative update, CEO Trampas Hutches reported that discussions were ...
  • Teachers hired for 3rd grade, JH/HS P.E.

    Two more teaching positions for the 2016-17 school year were filled at the May 2 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Education. Christina Lucero was approved for a third-grade position, teaching third-grade reading and third- and fourth-grade science. Wyatt Ji...
  • Teachers hired for 3rd grade, JH/HS P.E.

    Two more teaching positions for the 2016-17 school year were filled at the May 2 meeting of the Re-1J Board of Education. Christina Lucero was approved for a third-grade position, teaching third-grade reading and third- and fourth-grade science. Wyatt Ji...
  • Around Town

    Graduation section features Class of 2016 Holyoke High School Class of 2016 is featured in this week’s special keepsake edition inserted in the newspaper. Biographies, senior photos and more highlight this year’s graduating seniors.   Band con...
  • Lessons from a father's heart: gratitude and pride

    Emerald AwardsHeart AwardSometimes the most important lessons come from the most unexpected people. He’s the first one there and often the last to leave. He’s working on projects at times before anyone else has even noticed the need for them. He’s ...
  • Bieber leads by example to motivate and inspire

    Emerald AwardsLeader Among Us“A selfless, motivated leader who chooses to lead by example.” That’s how Holyoke JR/SR High English teacher Heather Bieber was described by fellow teacher Ashley Clayton, which led to Bieber’s selection as the 2016 L...
  • Small group lessons make big improvements in band program

    Emerald AwardsInnovator of the YearFive sixth-graders bounce into the music room at Holyoke Elementary, lugging with them their big black cases. Instruments are carefully assembled, and music is spread on the stands. Conversations with their teacher invo...
  • Osborne, Kropp offer counseling services

    Rhonda Osborne and Kathleen Kropp are partnering together to offer counseling services in Holyoke to local residents as well as those from surrounding communities. Osborne Counseling LLC and Kropp Counseling LLC are doing business as Life Spoken Counseli...
  • Golfers express insurance woes

    Roughly a dozen visitors were present for the Tuesday, April 19, Holyoke City Council meeting, and about half of them were there for the same reason — golf carts. “The primary concern is the amount of insurance required for a permit,” said visitor ...
  • French ‘garden of love’ awaits Prom attendees

    Those attending the HHS Prom Saturday, April 30, can look forward to a France-inspired night of romance in “Le Jardin D’Amour,” the theme of this year’s event. After a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Phillips County Event Center for Prom-goers, the publi...
  • Kids of all ages get a kick out of soccer

    165 local students age 5 through junior high are out for the Holyoke Soccer Club this spring, making up 16 teams. The two-month-long season began March 28 and runs through May 21. Reese Trumper and Dathyn Dirks take the ball to the goal with opponent Alli...
  • Officials sworn in April 19

    City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Olofson, pictured at right, swears in city council members and the mayor for four-year terms during the April 19 Holyoke City Council meeting. They were all four re-elected due to no opposition, so the April 5 election was cance...
  • Great car count opens PCR Fri. night season

    Exceptional weather and a great car count opened the Phillips County Raceway season Friday night, April 22. Postponed from the previous week due to rain, the rescheduled event was a fun one to watch. Fourteen International Motor Contest Association modi...
  • FFA banquet shows dedication

    Holyoke High School’s FFA chapter celebrated an eventful year of hard work with its annual awards banquet Thursday, April 21. Top chapter awards were presented to senior Austin Vieselmeyer, DEKALB Award and Star Chapter Farmer; senior Sid Struckmeyer, ...