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  • 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, ...
  • Dragons drop 2 at Haxtun, fall to Burlington at home

    In rescheduled ballgames last week, the Dragons fell 1-9 and 2-4 at Haxtun Tuesday, April 19, and lost to Burlington 3-5 in Holyoke Saturday, April 23. The games were originally scheduled for March 19 and 29, respectively, but were postponed due to weath...
  • Swimmers dive in to 2 more meets

    HHS swimmers competing on the Valley boys team dove in to two meets last week. Valley hosted Estes Park for a dual Thursday, April 21, and the team competed in the Mustang Invite at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton Saturday, April 23. Ag...
  • HHS girls golf grabs team 1st

    It was a day of many firsts for Holyoke girls golf at the Friday, April 22, Wray JV/Varsity Invitational. Most exciting was the outcome — the first team first of the year for the HHS golfers. The team placed first ahead of Wray, Cheyenne Wells, Brush, ...
  • Wright ranked in CSU’s top 10

    McKenzie Wright, granddaughter of Dennis and Lynda Hagemann of Holyoke, posted a personal record mark of 5’ 9.25” to win the high jump by two full inches at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, April 22. A sophomore at Colorado State Universi...
  • Big numbers, winning times for HHS

    A big meet turned into a late night at the Wray Valko Von Tonder Invitational Thursday, April 21. With both junior high and high school teams competing at the same meet, it was after 10 p.m. before all events were through. “It was neat to be in Wray 70...
  • HHS beats wind at Akron Invite

    Even battling the wind at the Saturday, April 23, Akron Invitational, the HHS track team continued to improve, achieving personal bests in some areas. Coach Dusty Sprague was very pleased with the Dragons’ performance, although illnesses and wind were ...
  • JH Dragon track rules in Wray relays

    Junior high Dragon track had a strong showing at the Thursday, April 21, Wray Valko Von Tonder Invitational. Relays were stacked with two or even three different Holyoke teams racing in each. The girls team took first overall out of eight competing teams...
  • FBLA reviews year, installs new officers for 2016-17

    A review of the year’s fundraising and service activities, as well as installation of new officers, highlighted the year-end program for the HHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. Kayla Marshall opened the program, which was held in the HHS...
  • Snapdragon Floral receives 1st dollar

    Christy Kage receives a first dollar of profit certificate from Chamber of Commerce director Carissa Mill for Snapdragon Floral, Christy and Sherman Kage’s new local flower shop. The business officially opened Monday, April 18.  —Johnson Pub...
  • Neil Diamond tribute in Holyoke this Sunday

    Denny Diamond and the Jewels — his sons Spenser and Lucas — are bringing to Holyoke a tribute to Neil Diamond Sunday, May 1, at the Holyoke High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. This is the final performance in this season’s Phillips County Arts Council...