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  • Furry friends can boost health

    There are many therapeutic benefits to pet ownership. It’s been well documented that a furry friend can reduce blood pressure, and therapy dogs are used in hospitals nationwide to help patients heal. While the relationship between people and animals ha...
  • Internet helps to teach kids

    Over the past years, many of the nation’s schools have been severely hamstrung. Massive federal and state budget cuts have made vital education resources hard to come by in the classroom. But in an odd twist of fate, many of today’s students already ...
  • Tips on how to prevent identity theft

    Identity theft is on the rise, as approximately 10 million Americans fell victim last year. While nothing can guarantee you won’t become a victim yourself, there are many ways to minimize risk. “No matter if you’re shopping, drawing money from the ...
  • Don't resolve to quit smoking; plan to

    Instead of quitting smoking cold turkey on Jan. 1, one should put together a plan to quit, experts recommend. Research shows setting a “quit date” as part of a plan to quit smoking that is shared with family and friends leads to a better success rate ...
  • Suicide prevention and intervention available in northeast Colorado

    It’s a startling fact. By the end of today, approximately 80 people in the United States will take their own lives. 1500 more will try to do so. What does that mean? It means every minute of every day, someone in America is attempting suicide. And ever...
  • Become educated about drug addiction

    Every minute of every day, around the clock, five people try an illicit drug for the first time. That adds up to nearly three million people per year. Tragically, more than half of these initiates are under 18. People using drugs go through several stage...
  • Holyoke's white Christmas

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  • Hospital billing issues addressed, explained

    Problems concerning patient billing were addressed and explained to East Phillips County Hospital District board members at their Dec. 22 meeting. It was brought to the attention of board members there is a problem with accounts receivable. A handful of ...
  • Christmas is midpoint for foreign exchange student

    Since her arrival to Holyoke in August, Switzerland native Severine Barras has been welcoming new experiences with open arms. The recent holiday season has been especially full of chances to explore American culture. Thanksgiving is, of course, a distinc...
  • Top news stories and events of 2009 reviewed

    Jan. 1 Shelly Larson steps down as Melissa Memorial Hospital’s CFO. Jim Rush of Oregon is hired to act as interim CFO. Jan. 8 Christopher Matthew Hansen, son of J.J. and Samantha Hansen of Lamar, Neb., is born at MMH on Saturday, Jan. 3, claiming Hol...
  • Christmas a reminder of Ferguson's progress

    “It’s hard to believe where she was last year,” Connie Ferguson commented as she reflected on her 20-year-old daughter Brittney’s progress. In a time of year that’s big on family, the Fergusons have spent this holiday season thinking about how d...
  • Random drug test policy changes proposed

    Recommendation for changes in Holyoke School District’s random drug testing (RDT) program were presented to the local school board at its Dec. 15 meeting. The revised policy will return to the Jan. 19 board meeting for first reading. Random drug testi...
  • Golf course focus of city meeting; budget studied

    A golf course sub-committee was formed at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting with budget issues and communication being the focus for the group. Council members approved a $7,500 reimbursement, but not after bringing up and looking at questions concerning ...
  • Event Center benefits from Petteys Memorial Foundation gift

    Phillips County Event Center is completed and has been utilized by different groups with others planning on using the new facility in the near future. Funding for the project came from all different areas and supporters. Pictured from left at the Center a...
  • Toy Drive completed with gift wrapping

    Gift wrapping toys for the My Little Angel Toy Drive was the last step before distribution in this year’s endeavor. Among the elves assisting with the Saturday morning wrapping are those pictured from left, Josie Murray, Troy Stewart, Tiffany Watson, Lu...
  • The Laughing Mom: humorous tales of motherhood

    Fever in the night One night not so long ago, I woke up at 1 a.m. to find my daughter hot. I felt her head, her arms, and her legs to make sure I wasn’t imagining it. Hot, hot, and hot. I felt my own head, arms, and legs just to compare. Then I grabbed...
  • It's the Pitts

    How are you wired? (Best of) Have you ever had your weight or your age guessed at the county fair by a clown posing as a soothsayer? I’ve got news for you... the carnival clairvoyant is not just pulling a number out of thin air. These hucksters look f...
  • Think fire safety this season

    For most of us, the holidays represent a treasured time of year, and we work hard to make it special for the people we care about most. We decorate our homes with great thought and detail and entertain friends and family by hosting parties and cooking ela...
  • Dragon's Wagon relocates to Event Center

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  • Board of health approves new inspection program

    The licensing of swimming pools and spas across northeast Colorado was a topic of conversation during the Dec. 16 Board of Health meeting, as members voted to implement the new swimming pool and spa voluntary program beginning Jan. 1, 2010. At the boards...