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  • Vacation is over, classes resume in Holyoke

    “You got big over the summer,” one girl said to a friend. Others hugged and quickly caught up with friends while enthusiastic teachers welcomed kids back as they walked into school Thursday, Aug. 18. It was both a happy and sad day as students headed ...
  • Erica Brady named director of Economic Development

    “I felt this would be a very good fit,” Erica Brady said regarding her reason to apply for the director’s position of Phillips County Economic Development. Now that she has been hired, she is excited for what the future holds. Brady was hired in ea...
  • Erica Brady named director of Economic Development

    “I felt this would be a very good fit,” Erica Brady said regarding her reason to apply for the director’s position of Phillips County Economic Development. Now that she has been hired, she is excited for what the future holds. Brady was hired in ea...
  • First-day student count up 16 in Holyoke Re-1J

    Enrollment figures during the first few days of school in Holyoke School District Re-1J were very encouraging, with the total being up 16 from the first-week total a year ago. Students started classes Thursday, Aug. 18, and additions and deletions to cla...
  • First-day student count up 16 in Holyoke Re-1J

    Enrollment figures during the first few days of school in Holyoke School District Re-1J were very encouraging, with the total being up 16 from the first-week total a year ago. Students started classes Thursday, Aug. 18, and additions and deletions to cla...
  • 2010-11 school budget slightly underspent

    End-of-year and final quarter financial reports from 2010-11 show a slightly underspent budget, subject to final audit, Supt. Bret Miles told the Re-1J Board of Education at their Aug. 16 meeting. Last December, the district anticipated coming in with an...
  • 2010-11 school budget slightly underspent

    End-of-year and final quarter financial reports from 2010-11 show a slightly underspent budget, subject to final audit, Supt. Bret Miles told the Re-1J Board of Education at their Aug. 16 meeting. Last December, the district anticipated coming in with an...
  • Police chief to begin job soon

    Holyoke’s police force will be back up to three active full-time officers with the hire of chief Bryan Wagner. Council members briefly discussed the issue during their Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting. Council member Steve Moore said the police committee is he...
  • Police chief to begin job soon

    Holyoke’s police force will be back up to three active full-time officers with the hire of chief Bryan Wagner. Council members briefly discussed the issue during their Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting. Council member Steve Moore said the police committee is he...
  • 'Walking for shoes' pastor to spend some time in Holyoke

    Many people walk, run, cycle or even skateboard across the United States to raise awareness for certain organizations. One pastor is trying to collect shoes. Rick Hagans will be a guest speaker at First United Methodist Church of Holyoke Sunday, Aug. 21 ...
  • MOPS play date and registration Aug. 22

    Holyoke Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) formed last year when three local women approached the First Baptist Church of Holyoke, looking for support. Now MOPS registration for their second year is just around the corner. A play date in the park will be hel...
  • Amherst Post Office sees slight change

    A slight change took place late last week with the Amherst Post Office when carrier Louise Krueger began sorting and carrying her route out of the Holyoke office. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been in the news recently announcing big cuts t...
  • No fowling around

    This bird, which onlookers guess to be an osprey, could be seen hanging out at Holyoke City Park Tuesday, Aug. 16. Despite its angry look, the bird was content to be perched on a picnic table shelter or wandering around in the grass, enjoying the cool sum...
  • Golfers get off to hot start

    HHS boys’ golf coach Garrett Gordon reported Wednesday, Aug. 10 that 16 golfers had reported or verbalized intent to compete with the 2011 Dragon golf team. Practice began Monday, Aug. 8. The team had three days of practice before their first tournamen...
  • Practice begins for football team

    Conditioning and drills were on the agenda for the first day of practice for the HHS football team Monday, Aug. 15. Roughly 26 players turned out for the first two practices Monday which was an increase from the number that turned out for the camp held a ...
  • Volleyball team takes to the net

    Roughly 23 HHS volleyball players began practice Monday, Aug. 15. And begin they did. Instead of a normal mid-day practice, coaches decided to get things rolling right away at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning. Players are pictured above later in the day during t...
  • Softball team hits the diamond

    Members of the 2011 HHS softball team began practice Monday, Aug. 15. The team is down in numbers this year with only 10 on the roster so far, according to coach Ashley Clayton. The team will kick off the season Friday, Aug. 26 in Imperial, Neb. They will...
  • Pheasants Forever chapter receives national award

    The Phillips County Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) was awarded the Chapter Hero Award from the Leopold Education Project (LEP) at the National LEP Conference held in Albuquerque, N.M. The award was presented to the Phillips County chapter by Jerry Mill...
  • Local breeders recognized

    Gale L. and Cynthia Haynes of Holyoke own one bull and Vision Angus of Amherst owns three bulls listed in the 2011 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new re...
  • Holyoke ag teacher attends professional development

    Troy Mayfield, agriscience educator at Holyoke High School recently attended a 10-day professional development session in Manhattan, Kan. to teach the Animal Science section of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is an instruct...