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  • Lighting contest winners announced

    Jeff and Olga Sullivan’s decorated home and yard, pictured above, earned them second place in this year’s annual Christmas lighting contest. The Terry Martin and John Schneider homes, pictured below, received third place. The annual contest is sponso...
  • First Baptist Church halfway completed

    Work on the new First Baptist Church located just south of Melissa Memorial Hospital is about 50 percent complete, according to Pastor Gordon Penfold. Master Builder Associates of Doniphan, Neb. have been busy enclosing the structure so work inside can be...
  • Holiday season continues through Day of the Epiphany

    Celebrants of the Christian faith and Eastern Orthodox Christian religion may want to wait a few days after Christmas to start packing away their decorations and cease celebrating the holiday season. That’s because it is customary to commemorate the Epi...
  • 55 families adopted during holiday season

    Fifty-five families will benefit from the kindness and generosity of others this holiday season. Above from left, Hank Hassler, Bryce Worley and Erik Vieselmeyer pack boxes with canned items Monday morning, Dec. 19. Adopted families will receive a box ful...
  • Billings graduates from UNC

    Alexandra Britt Billings was among those graduating from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Dec. 9-10. Billings, who student taught at Holyoke Elementary School this semester, received a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies. Bill...
  • Price of U.S. postage stamp to increase

    AP—It will soon cost a little extra for a postage stamp. It’ll cost a penny more to mail a letter next year. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday, Nov. 1 that it will increase postage rates Jan. 22, including a 1-cent increase in ...
  • Health department welcomes new director

    Board of Health members conducted their first official business with their new district public health director, Tony Cappello, during their Dec. 14 meeting. Cappello joined the staff at the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) Nov. 30, replacing Jo...
  • Club report

    Challengers 4-H Club The Challengers 4-H Club held its second meeting of the year in the Biesemeier Room at the Phillips County Event Center Dec. 11. Before the meeting, the club enjoyed their annual chili meal, went Christmas caroling and exchanged gift...
  • Holyoke boys split games against Brush, Sedg. Co.

    Holyoke boys’ basketball team wrapped up the 2011 portion of their schedule after splitting games with Brush and Sedgwick County on the home court this past weekend. The Dragons enter the break with a 3-2 season record. Friday night, Dec. 16, the Drag...
  • Pelle finishes 3rd in Old Chicago NCCT

    HHS senior Broc Pelle was the only place-winner for the Dragons at the Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17. Pelle was defeated in the quarterfinals by t...
  • Girls head into break with two losses, look to 2012

    Two losses were marked in the record books for the Lady Dragons as they finished out their 2011 games last weekend. Defeated by Brush 35-52 and Sedgwick County 32-43, the HHS basketball team looks to add some victories as they continue the majority of the...
  • C girls fall to Brush

    Holyoke C team girls’ basketball fell to Brush on the HHS court Friday, Dec. 16. The Lady Dragons lost 12-38 to a Brush team that was able to connect with the basket and hold a strong lead over Holyoke. Stefani Razo scored 10 points for the Dragons, a...
  • JV girls win one, lose one

    Holyoke JV girls’ basketball finished last weekend with a loss to Brush and a win over Sedgwick County, both on the Lady Dragons’ home court.  Holyoke JV 17, Brush 41 HHS lost a disappointing 17-41 game to Brush Friday, Dec. 16. The Lady Dragon...
  • JV boys split with Brush, Sedgwick co.

    Holyoke’s boys’ JV team came away with one win and one loss this past weekend. They fell to Brush 43-58 Fridday, Dec. 16 and beat Sedgwick County 58-17 the following night. Holyoke 43, Brush 58 Holyoke hung right with the Beetdiggers through three q...
  • Boys C team wins 2

    Holyoke boys’ C basketball team came away with two victories last weekend. Friday, Dec. 16, the Dragons downed the Brush Beetdiggers 50-43 and the following night, took down Sedgwick County 21-4 in two quarters. Wyatt Powell led the team against Brush ...
  • Vieselmeyer boys earn honors in NE

    Austin and Alex Vieselmeyer of Amherst earned top honors at the Nebraska State Angus Association Junior Heifer Show in Kearney, Neb. Dec. 11.Austin VieselmeyerAlex Vieselmeyer Vision Axe 1448, owned by Austin, won grand champion steer. Alex owns Vision ...
  • Transgenic corn advances outlined

    Advances in transgenic technology and insect resistance management are occurring at a rapid pace, and it can be hard to keep current. There are now more than 23 Bt transgenic corn products in more than five product lines that are resistant to certain ins...
  • Think penstemon for the garden

    What are penstemons? Penstemons are great bedding plants for use as annuals, half-hardy or perennials. There are two main groups: American and European penstemon. In the American group there are 275 species that grow throughout the United States, Guatem...
  • Phillips is a disaster county

    Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, Oct. 19, requested a disaster designation for four Nebraska counties due to losses caused by severe storms with excessive rain, flash flooding, hail and high winds that occurred May, 23-Aug. 11. Nebraska primary counties ...
  • USDA announces CSP sign-up period

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Jan. 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by...