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  • Honor Band has record number of participants

        Holyoke Honor Band, held Monday, Jan. 19, featured a record number of participants in both the junior high and high school  bands. Students were pleased with the energy and enthusiasm of both visiting clinicians.    Eleven JH students and 12 HS...
  • Wieland earns Eagle Scout rank

        As proud family and fellow Scouts looked on, Dustin Wieland became the latest Boy Scout from Holyoke Troop 32 to earn his Eagle rank at a special Court of Honor on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Lions Den in Holyoke.    Scoutmaster Glen Fricke gave the ...
  • Beavers, Biesemeier sworn in as Phillips County commissioners

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  • Varsity girls 1-1 for the weekend

     Moving into the new year the Holyoke Dragon girls’ basketball team split over the weekend, defeating Merino 58-54 on Friday, Jan. 9  and losing 33-39 to Wiggins on Saturday, Jan. 10. “It was a bittersweet weekend of basketball for us. We got a v...
  • Sterling HS swimmers defeat Skyline 99-84

        HHS girls competing on the Sterling HS swim team had a good day Tuesday, Jan. 6, defeating the Skyline swimmers 99-84 in a dual at the Sterling pool.    Holyoke coach Adria Colver said it was a good meet. Several swimmers dropped times despite t...
  • Dragons continue winning streak, annihilating Merino and Wiggins

        Taking a two-week holiday break didn’t affect the Dragon basketball team’s winning streak. The varsity boys blew away the weekend competition to remain undefeated after eight games so far this season.    Returning to the home court, the Drag...
  • Dragons power up to win Boulder Valley Invite

        Dragon wrestlers made a name for themselves Saturday, Jan. 10 when they won the Boulder Valley Invite in Niwot. It was a big notch for a small-school team.    The championship trophy spoke well for the only 2A team in the tournament. The competi...
  • Sagehorn attends ag tour of China as state FFA officer

        Most people who travel to other countries hope that while they’re there, they can meet new people and experience a culture different from their own. Yet, between all the tourist stops, few get the opportunity to actually witness the way ordinary ...
  • Budget planning, graduation, athletics among board topics

        Basic budget planning for next year and the future, graduation requirements and athletics were targeted in detail at the Jan. 3 work session of the Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education.    Additionally, the board debriefed the self-evaluation work w...
  • Psychobabble

        Therapists are frequently questioned about the effect of the Christmas holiday on mental health emergencies. It makes sense, of course, when I think of how nuts I feel after a week of extended family.      Holiday stress is certainly no laughin...
  • It's the Pitts

    Neighborin’ (Best Of)    The art of neighborin’ is a concept foreign to most city folk. Urbanites can live beside each other for years without ever sharing pie or its recipe. The folks next door are just people to keep up with.     It’s not ev...
  • Extension Corner

    Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living WellH-A-P-P-Y  N-E-W  Y-E-A-R H-ealth. “The first wealth is health.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson. Make health a priority in 2009. A-ttitude. “Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” ...
  • 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...