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  • Visitor's view of Brittney's recovery

        Many of Brittney Ferguson’s friends haven’t been able to visit as often as they would like, myself included. One advantage, though, of our rare visits is a different view of the recovery process.     Connie, Brittney’s mom, has often comme...
  • KOGA radio station meets Amherst

        Listeners to KOGA on Dec. 10 who tuned in during the middle of the program may have heard discussion of a “vibrant community,” complete with a paved go-cart track, lighted model airplane flying field, a golf course, grocery and hardware stores,...
  • Colglazier to attend historic presidential inauguration

    By Jes-c Brandt    Megan Colglazier, an HHS junior, will be present to witness an historical event in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20. As a student at the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference, she will be watching as president-elect Barack Obama is sworn...
  • Educators' Code of Ethics reviewed by the school board

    By Brenda Johnson Brandt    An official Code of Ethics for educators in Holyoke was reviewed by Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education at its Jan. 6 meeting. It will return to the Jan. 20 meeting for adoption.    The Code’s preamble states the educator ...
  • City employees to receive wage increases in 2009

    By April Peregoy    It’s good news for employees of the City of Holyoke, who can now expect to see higher numbers on their paychecks in 2009.    With the increase already accounted for in the 2009 budget, Holyoke City Council approved a 2009 wage ...
  • NJC graduates 17 RNs

     Northeastern Junior College in Sterling recently held a special graduation and pinning ceremony for 17 registered nurses. Graduates included Megan Hensley and Jessica Koberstein of Holyoke and Jessica Skomp of Lamar, Neb. Deana O’Gorman of Holyoke al...
  • Brittney shares a Christmas smile

        Christmas this year was undoubtably unlike any the Ferguson family could have imagined. During this holiday season, though, the Fergusons were blessed with an amazing Christmas present: Brittney’s smile. Connie described her daughter’s smile as...
  • 5 wrestle in Rocky Mountain Nationals

        A first-time national championship was earned by HHS Dragon wrestler Chad Stroh when he won the 18 and under, 125-lb. class in the Rocky Mountain Nationals Who’s That Tournament Saturday, Jan. 3.    In the same tourney, HHS freshman Mark Edmon...
  • European tour planned

     Holyoke High School Science Club is looking for people in the community to join them on an educational tour from Athens to Rome May 27-June 4. So far seven people have signed up for the European trip, according to Tracy Trumper, local science teacher...
  • Lost items returned, local resident inspired

        Nobody likes to hear bad news, but sometimes the good news that comes with it can be a huge inspiration.     Dorothy Ortner recently ran into her own share of bad news, but fortunately it was coupled with not only good, but with great news.   ...
  • Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind

    Resolute Resolutions    Before the New Year becomes not so new and the resolutions begin to fade into forgetfulness, this week’s article harps again on the benefits of exercise. I hope that by learning a bit about exercise and its benefits for your b...
  • It's the Pitts

    What Would Grandpa Say?    I don’t know quite what to say or think about what is going on in this country, although I do wonder what great leaders like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Ronald Reagan would say. I bet Will Rogers and Mark Twain w...
  • Message for Xmas thieves

    Dear Editor,    A note to those Christmas thieves who took our ornamental concrete donkey: You left the cart and the man that goes with it. You might as well complete your despicable thievery and take everything.    P.S. It was a special gift from a...
  • It's all about the economy

    By K.C. Mason    DENVER—That’s the consensus of the four Republican men and one Democratic woman who will be representing most of northeastern Colorado in the 2009 General Assembly that convenes Wednesday in Denver.    To be sure, Sens. Greg Bro...
  • Commissioners adopt 2009 budget

        Phillips County Commissioners adopted the 2009 county budget Tuesday, Dec. 9. The county mill levy has remained at 28.28 since 1992, and the commissioners again adopted the mill levy of 28.28.                          2008 Mill...
  • Memories of Depression era shared by Regent Park residents

        Drought, starvation, grasshoppers, rabbits and, above all else, dust. These are the recurring subjects mentioned over and over by those recalling the hard years of the 1930s, or “dirty thirties.”    Life during the years of the Great Depress...
  • 2008 weather largely similar to last year

        The 2007 weather report depicted the year as mild, and predicted similar weather for 2008. This year has, however, brought higher highs, more precipitation and an equally chilling low. Most striking were the higher amount of variation in temperatur...
  • Be prepared for the switch to DTV

     The Feb. 17 date set for the transition from analog to digital television is quickly approaching. All major full power television stations are being required by Congress to convert to digital broadcasting.  Region One Translator Association, which af...
  • County updates project progress

        Besides working on the 2009 budget, Phillips County Commissioners were also involved with several construction projects during the month of December. Updates on these projects were given by the board when they met Wednesday, Dec. 31.    First, t...
  • Christopher Hansen claims Holyoke's 1st Baby of the Year honors on Jan. 3

    By Brenda Johnson Brandt    “Okay, Cowboy,” said a proud J.J. Hansen as he carried his son Christopher to his wife Samantha so they could participate in the “First Baby of the Year” photo shoot at Melissa Memorial Hospital.    Christopher Ma...