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  • Hometown drivers win at Phillips Co. Raceway

    Mixed up weather wasn’t enough to keep raceway fans from seeing some hometown drivers capture first-place finishes last weekend at the Phillips County Raceway, Friday and Saturday, May 29-30. Locals Colt Gibbs and Garrett Sporhase earned the checkered ...
  • It's the Pitts

    Yard sheep It is during our darkest hours that we come up with our best ideas. That was certainly the case with my latest get-rich-quick scheme, Ewes In The Yard, Inc. In the middle of our ongoing drought, I was driving through a residential area in tow...
  • Extension Corner

    Redecorate with the Home Environment project 4-H members have the option of choosing from approximately 45 state 4-H projects when they initially enroll in 4-H. Members also have the opportunity to participate in various county-only projects. All of the...
  • Thinking About Health

    High deductibles may mean lower premiums but a costly trade-off A few weeks ago I got an email from Judy, a reader who wanted to tell me about trouble she’s had paying her medical bills, particularly those for prescription drugs. Severe daily headache...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoJune 3, 2010 The U.S. Department of Energy hosted a Public Scoping Meeting for Environmental Assessment for the proposed NECO Wind 30 MW Community Wind Power project planned for Phillips and Logan counties. The meeting was held May 27 at th...
  • College news

    Ryan Krogmeier and Bradley Cumming were named to the President’s List at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling for the 2015 spring semester. In order to qualify for the President’s list, students must earn a 4.0 GPA. Dominic Krogmeier and Jeremy T...
  • Rain falls 20 days last month

    Holyoke receives wet weather most of May; hail bashes BallynealIf April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, imagine what this year’s May showers will bring in June. Many parts of the state, region and country have been hit with large amounts of...
  • Rain falls 20 days last month

    Holyoke receives wet weather most of May; hail bashes BallynealIf April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, imagine what this year’s May showers will bring in June. Many parts of the state, region and country have been hit with large amounts of...
  • Rising above expectations

    Around 220 people got a good glimpse of the impressive new shuttle loader facility and circle track at CHS Grainland’s open house Thursday, May 28. “The system is working better than we dreamed it could,” said Rick Unrein, CHS Grainland genera...
  • Rising above expectations

    Around 220 people got a good glimpse of the impressive new shuttle loader facility and circle track at CHS Grainland’s open house Thursday, May 28. “The system is working better than we dreamed it could,” said Rick Unrein, CHS Grainland genera...
  • Around Town

    Rodeo set for this weekend The CJRA rodeo will be in Holyoke this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Phillips County Fairgrounds. Open team roping is also set for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Grandstand admission is free....
  • Hospital board is confronted with community concerns

    A full board room had the East Phillips County Hospital board greeted with several concerned Holyoke citizens at its Tuesday, May 26, meeting at Melissa Memorial Hospital. Main worries community members expressed were in regard to the walk-in clinic, sche...
  • Hospital board is confronted with community concerns

    A full board room had the East Phillips County Hospital board greeted with several concerned Holyoke citizens at its Tuesday, May 26, meeting at Melissa Memorial Hospital. Main worries community members expressed were in regard to the walk-in clinic, sche...
  • Supt. transition moves steadily

    Transition in the Holyoke School District Re-1J superintendent position is moving smoothly as John McCleary prepares to take the reins July 1. Reporting at the May 19 school board meeting, McClearly said he feels they’ve had an excellent transition pro...
  • One cent postal increases set

    Very minimal postage rate increases are set to go into effect Sunday, May 31. A raise of one cent will affect the cost of mailing letters over one ounce and postcards. It is important to note that the cost of first-class stamps will not be changing from ...
  • Film premiere includes local talent

    It has been just shy of a year since filming began in Haxtun for the indie Hitchcockian thriller “At Granny’s House.” Now after several months of post-production work, “At Granny’s House” will be premiering Saturday, May 30, at the Peerless T...
  • General Assembly reviews 51 bills on education

    The 2015 legislative session was not lacking for drama on the issue of education. The General Assembly reviewed 51 bills on K-12 and higher education during the session. The bills included rural school reporting requirements, statewide assessments and whe...
  • Students present birdhouse projects to Ballyneal Golf Club

    On the last day of school, Friday, May 22, the fourth-grade class at Holyoke Elementary School presented the birdhouses they had made on Earth Day to representatives of Ballyneal Golf Club. Ballyneal Superintendent Lance Lauer and Assistant Superintenden...
  • Attendance rewarded

    Kindergartners who had three or fewer absences and no tardies during the school year were recognized at a special breakfast for their families Thursday, May 21. Teachers Kerri Gardner, Cynthia Bahler and Tressa Amann emphasized the entire family deserved ...
  • Awards given to 4th-grade entrepreneurship winners

    Holyoke Elementary School’s fourth-grade class learned valuable entrepreneurship skills during the recently-ended school year. The fourth-grade entrepreneur unit teaches economy and financial literacy. Students become entrepreneurs by making a product ...