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  • Spanish Flu of 1918: a look back at the brutal, relentless pandemic

    I had a little bird, It’s name was Enza. I opened the window,And in-flu-enza.Instead of singing “Ring Around the Rosie,” referring to Plague hundreds of years ago, children jumped rope to this rhyme in the early 1900s. Quite the opposite of the ment...
  • Schools see nearly 20 percent out due to flu, illness

    With flu in headlines throughout the United States, it isn’t any different here in Holyoke. With flu season upon us and other illnesses circulating throughout the community, students in the Re-1J school district have been affected as well. The school d...
  • 6-year-old bravely calls 911

    Everyone has been taught to call 911 in an emergency, but what will it be like in a real-life emergency situation? “I wasn’t even scared to call 911,” said 6-year-old Serina Almeida. She was given the opportunity to implement what she had been tau...
  • Enrollment up

    While the official school count is subject to change until the finalization date of Nov. 10, preliminary figures presented at the Oct. 6 school board meeting show a sizeable increase in enrollment from one year ago. Actual students in K-12, as well as ot...
  • Random drug testing audit done

    Concerns were raised last spring about the integrity of the selection process used for random drug testing (RDT) of Holyoke students in grades 7-12 involved in extra-curricular activities. As a result, the school district employed an outside firm, Keith ...
  • Extension on Heginbotham Library restoration approved

    A request for an extension for work on the Heginbotham Library Exterior Restoration project was discussed at the Tuesday, Oct. 6 City Council meeting. Tom Balding was present to listen to the council’s ruling on the project. Balding requested an extens...
  • Flu vaccine set to arrive any day

    Where is the flu vaccine? A question some may have asked lately. Well, the answer is simple. It’s coming. Yes, but when? That answer is also simple. Soon. A nationwide shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine has been seen and officials expect the vaccine ...
  • Phillips Co. 4-H achievement recognized

    County 4-H members, leaders and families celebrated the 2008-2009 4-H year with their annual achievement program at the Peerless Center in Holyoke Sunday, Oct. 11. Club and individual awards were presented at the program, which concluded the Oct. 4-10 Na...
  • Tips to avoid the flu

    Do you cough without covering your mouth while standing in the lunch line? Or sneeze loudly into the air when squeezed onto the morning bus? Nearly all Americans (96 percent) have seen people do things like this, and a shocking three quarters say they ar...
  • See it like C Lee

    The leaves didn’t fall Unless I have been in a coma for the last few months, don’t remember fall ever happening. It was summer, then it got a little cooler and then that white stuff started falling. Chalk it up, second week in October and we have ...
  • It's the Pitts

    Horse Shoo-ing Just like that moose in Vermont who fell in love with a Hereford cow named Jessica, other species go bonkers over me. I hasten to add that there is nothing sexual about my attraction. It’s just that I get along better with animals than I...
  • 'My Little Angel' toy drive to honor memory of children

    Paying tribute to the memory of children who are no longer living, the My Little Angel toy drive is being launched for the holiday season in Holyoke. Initiated by Brett and Josie Murray, the drive’s purpose is twofold. First, the drive will raise funds...
  • Fire prevention week celebrated

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  • Phillips Co. wins second place in 'Build a Better Mousetrap' contest

    Phillips County Road and Bridge Departments have been recognized for the second place national award in the 2009 “Build a Better Mousetrap” contest for their magnetic road debris collector. The department designed a hydraulically operated bar magnet ...
  • Crazy Prices Store opens this week

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  • Nebraska/Colorado crop clinic to be held in Sterling

    Colorado and Nebraska are jointly hosting this year’s crop clinic on limited irrigation systems Dec. 2-3 in Sterling. The clinic’s goals are to provide education for farmers and their advisors on the following topics: ­ —understanding crop growth ...
  • Asthma: do you have it?

    It turns out, sometimes people with asthma don’t know they have it. They may think they just have a bothersome cough or allergies. Common symptoms of asthma include: coughing (especially at night), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, pain o...
  • Yuma shuts out Dragons

    Yuma came to town last Tuesday, Oct. 6, slapping the Dragon softball team with a 10-0 shut-out in six innings. It was a disappointing loss for Holyoke, according to coach Ashley Clayton. “Mentally, the Dragons were not on their game, making many costly...
  • Yuma proves tough, Dragons set to travel to Highland

    On a windy, rainy and snowy night, the Holyoke Dragon football team traveled to Yuma to face yet another tough conference foe. Yuma jumped out to a big lead early, winning the contest 49-6. The game pitted the Dragons against a third straight team that h...
  • Spitz golfs at state

    HHS golfer Coleton Spitz played in the 3A state tournament at Cougar Canyon Golf Course in Trinidad on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5-6. Spitz carded a 106 on the first day and followed up with a 101 on Tuesday for a 207 total. Peter Hassan of Alexander Daw...