Kaitlyn Thomas says her last goodbyes to her goat, Zach, before the junior livestock sale at the Phillips County Fair on July 28. The sale, which was held in the new Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center, was an emotional day for many in 4-H and FFA. — Johnson Publications

Returning letterwinners for the HHS softball team are pictured from left, Brooke Schneider of Revere, Haley Van Overbeke, Shianne Willmon, Molly Brown and Haley Mavis of Haxtun, and Sirissa Casady of Julesburg. Not pictured are Gabi Gordon and Sarah Razo. — Johnson Publications

Local

A stray dog is pictured in an alley near the intersection of Reynolds Avenue and Furry Street in Holyoke. — Johnson Publications

    The sound of the attack jolted Marcos Lopez out of bed.
    It was around 2 a.m. July 11 when Lopez said two stray dogs got into his yard and began to fatally maul his dog, Loki.

    As work on the pavilion at the fairgrounds continues, Phillips County has come up with a wry new motto for the project — “It ain’t done yet!” — which was announced at the Phillips County Board

A skittish Officer Cooper (Zander Salyers) tries to keep his distance as Jimmy’s body (Dillan Tharp) slumps toward him. — Johnson Publications

    Optics are everything in politics, and Ralph Vanlandignham is determined to make his wife, Eloise, look good.

Sports

Returning letterwinners for the HHS softball team are pictured from left, Brooke Schneider of Revere, Haley Van Overbeke, Shianne Willmon, Molly Brown and Haley Mavis of Haxtun, and Sirissa Casady of Julesburg. Not pictured are Gabi Gordon and Sarah Razo. — Johnson Publications

    While the past few seasons have been growth years, fifth-year head coach Sherman Kage said he’s confident the seniors of Dragon softball are going to bring much-needed leadership and experience

    Holyoke High School boys golf starts this week with the Brush Bunker Hill varsity invitational at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.

    Preston Taylor of Hastings, Nebraska, recently competed at the 37th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, July 30-Aug.

Ag & Business

Kaitlyn Thomas says her last goodbyes to her goat, Zach, before the junior livestock sale at the Phillips County Fair on July 28. The sale, which was held in the new Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center, was an emotional day for many in 4-H and FFA. — Johnson Publications

    At the mouth of the chute that led to the auction floor, Zach the goat stood on his hind legs and put his hooves into the hands of Kaitlyn Thomas.

The race against the clock is just as fierce in the youth division of the July 26 barrel racing. — Johnson Publications

    From little riders completing their first ever race to seasoned veterans, barrel racers from around the region flocked to Phillips County Fairgrounds last Thursday, July 26, for some competitio

Melanie Nauriza tackles a climbing obstacle with help from Cody Hatch during the Phillips County Fair. — Johnson Publications

    Visitors at the Phillips County Fair had the chance to try scaled-down versions of obstacles from the hit reality TV show, American Ninja Warrior, on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.

School

    It is estimated that 2,200 children under the age of 18 become established smokers every day. When youth smoke, they are also at a higher likelihood to use alcohol and other drugs.

    Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses and a major risk factor for suicide. Like all mental illnesses, depression does not discriminate.

    Ready or not, here comes the 2018-19 school year. The first day of school in Holyoke School District Re-1J is Thursday, Aug. 16.

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