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  • See it like C Lee

    Nice catch Once a year, thousands of cowboys and cowgirls travel to the city of sin to watch 10 exciting rounds of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). I wouldn’t call myself a cowboy by any means, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t pack a pair of boots, ...
  • Another Perspective

    Santa creates interesting emotions Ho! Ho! Ho! Such is the language of one jolly bearded guy who wears a red suit with white fur around the cuffs and collar. You find him here, there and everywhere this time of year. Years ago . . . decades ago, my mom...
  • The Laughing Mom: humorous tales of motherhood

    No buttons for the snowman Roy and I are rather stressed out this year—him with work and me with preparations for our second baby. With that in mind, we decided to let Melise, our 2-year-old, create all the ornaments for our tree. That would save us t...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoDec. 22, 2005 In anticipation of a three-to-six-month leave from her administration position at MMH, Arlene Harms, along with East Phillips County Hospital District board members, has secured an agreement with Haxtun Hospital and their admi...
  • Kafkas lose garage in fire

    The suburban that was parked inside Dan and Shonna Kafka’s garage that burned down early Thursday morning, Dec. 16 was a total loss. A Ford Ranger pickup parked just outside the garage was also a complete loss. The barn pictured in the background was pa...
  • Kafkas lose garage in fire

    The suburban that was parked inside Dan and Shonna Kafka’s garage that burned down early Thursday morning, Dec. 16 was a total loss. A Ford Ranger pickup parked just outside the garage was also a complete loss. The barn pictured in the background was pa...
  • Promethean board demo rates 'wow' reaction

    “Wow” was the response of Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education members after a demonstration of Promethean board instruction from JR/SR high math teacher Lynette Hudiburgh. Having worked with the new technology since August, Hudiburgh showed sample lesso...
  • Promethean board demo rates 'wow' reaction

    “Wow” was the response of Holyoke Re-1J Board of Education members after a demonstration of Promethean board instruction from JR/SR high math teacher Lynette Hudiburgh. Having worked with the new technology since August, Hudiburgh showed sample lesso...
  • Peñas' lighting display shocks judges for first

    Lights at Sergio and Socorro Peña’s home shined just bright enough to grab the attention of this year’s judges and capture the first-place prize in the annual lighting contest. Lighting displays were judged three separate nights during December in an...
  • Peñas' lighting display shocks judges for first

    Lights at Sergio and Socorro Peña’s home shined just bright enough to grab the attention of this year’s judges and capture the first-place prize in the annual lighting contest. Lighting displays were judged three separate nights during December in an...
  • Local volunteer gives back

    After having grown up in Holyoke and investing so many years in this community, Nelda O’Neal and her husband Dale are finding ways to give back. Volunteer jobs are keeping this retired couple busy, whether it’s Meals on Wheels, the Melissa Memorial H...
  • Local volunteer gives back

    After having grown up in Holyoke and investing so many years in this community, Nelda O’Neal and her husband Dale are finding ways to give back. Volunteer jobs are keeping this retired couple busy, whether it’s Meals on Wheels, the Melissa Memorial H...
  • Elves, snowmen and a little rock-n-roll

    Amid all the holiday festivities taking place this month, elementary students, family and friends got all wrapped up in the annual Christmas program Tuesday night, Dec. 7 at the HHS auditorium. Kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade students, under ...
  • Choirs spread Christmas cheer at annual concert

    Just like Buddy said in the movie Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Holyoke junior high, high school and select choirs certainly did that at their Christmas choral concert Thursday, Dec. 9. Under the dire...
  • A somewhat smelly Christmas for the Swedes

    Not many people enjoy spending an entire day getting a holiday meal ready in the kitchen only to have the house smell like stinky fish. But for Swedish families, a fishy house is just part of the Christmas holiday. The culprit, Lutefisk, a traditional di...
  • Extravaganza deemed a success

    Numerous people visited Heginbotham Library Sunday, Dec. 12 for the 4th annual Extravaganza. Librarian Laura Roth said it was a very successful day as over $700 was raised. Gwen Triplette and Yvonne Wernet, pictured above, browse over the goodies while Ka...
  • Church finds creative way to count down to Christmas

    First Christian Church in Holyoke has found a creative way to count down the 25 days of Christmas. On day 17, staff took $17 worth of change and created the Nativity scene pictured. Other ideas include a reindeer turned giraffe made out of 25 Fireball can...
  • Edmonds, Pelle named Outstanding Wrestlers

    Seven teams reported for a successful Larry Stroh Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Holyoke Saturday, Dec. 11. When the coaches’ votes were in, Outstanding Wrestlers (OW) for the day were both from Holyoke. Mark Edmonds won the lower weight OW award and...
  • JH boys win East League tourney

    Holyoke junior high boys basketball A team won the LPAA East Tournament held at St. Anthony’s Saturday, Dec. 11 to advance to the LPAA Championship. The boys beat Sedgwick County 36-17 and then took down Haxtun in a close 49-43 game to earn first place...
  • HHS boys come up short in Yuma

    After splitting their first two games of the season, the Holyoke Dragons traveled to Yuma Saturday, Dec. 11 to face the Indians. The boys fell behind early and were unable to claw their way back for a victory, falling 40-58. The Dragons got off to a slo...