Members of Roy Pfaltzgraff’s harvest crew are pictured with a Massey Ferguson Super 92 combine in 1963; from left, Roy Pfaltzgraff and Ike Pauls, Charlie Watkins (front, center) and Elmer Adrian (on top).

A new administrative team at Holyoke School District Re-1J is already at work to prepare for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Administrators are pictured from left, Shane Walkinshaw, JR/SR high principal; Kyle Stumpf, superintendent; and Andrea Kammer, elementary principal. — Johnson Publications

Holyoke trophy winners in the Northwest Kansas Swim League are pictured from left, front row, Ridley Brinkema, Taige Chappell, Mylee Dirks and Molly Kropp; second row, Teagan Martin, Riley Powell and Rorey Schneller; third row, coach Amy Krogmeier, Marren Dirks, Tayla Martin, Summer Martin and Carter Van Overbeke; fourth row, Lali Marquez, Rylee Schneller, Haley Van Overbeke, Regan Van Overbeke and coach Brenda Krueger; and back row, coach Emily Krogmeier, coach Adria Colver, Ethan Schneller, Traeli Hutches, Keegan Shaw and coach Aly Brinkema. — Michelle Van Overbeke

Local dirt track racing fans flocked to the Independence Day Showdown at Phillips County Raceway on July 4. Attendees were treated to six divisions of races, fireworks, live music and the chance to meet the day’s drivers. Here, Blayne Greene, pictured at left, reaches through the cab of a stock car towards his sister, Kamreigh, who is being held by their aunt, Chelsea Hilzer. The family traveled from Fort Morgan to watch the races Wednesday. — Johnson  Publications

Local

    Though there wasn’t much on the agenda for the July 3 meeting of Holyoke City Council, Mayor Orville Tonsing thought it was important to address the status of the City and the Heginbotham Libra

The Rev. Paul Brunner settles in at his new church, having recently  moved from Northglenn to Holyoke. — Johnson Publications

    Things are looking a bit different in the local Methodist community, with a new pastor and new Sunday morning schedules at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke and the Pleasant Valley Unite

    Centennial Mental Health Center is offering a Mental Health First Aid program, to teach intervention techniques in case of mental health crises.

Sports

Holyoke trophy winners in the Northwest Kansas Swim League are pictured from left, front row, Ridley Brinkema, Taige Chappell, Mylee Dirks and Molly Kropp; second row, Teagan Martin, Riley Powell and Rorey Schneller; third row, coach Amy Krogmeier, Marren Dirks, Tayla Martin, Summer Martin and Carter Van Overbeke; fourth row, Lali Marquez, Rylee Schneller, Haley Van Overbeke, Regan Van Overbeke and coach Brenda Krueger; and back row, coach Emily Krogmeier, coach Adria Colver, Ethan Schneller, Traeli Hutches, Keegan Shaw and coach Aly Brinkema. — Michelle Van Overbeke

    Holyoke Swim Club finished up the summer season at the league meet in Burlington last Friday and Saturday, July 6-7.

Local dirt track racing fans flocked to the Independence Day Showdown at Phillips County Raceway on July 4. Attendees were treated to six divisions of races, fireworks, live music and the chance to meet the day’s drivers. Here, Blayne Greene, pictured at left, reaches through the cab of a stock car towards his sister, Kamreigh, who is being held by their aunt, Chelsea Hilzer. The family traveled from Fort Morgan to watch the races Wednesday. — Johnson  Publications

    It was a hot and dusty Fourth for fans at the Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, with live music and fireworks setting the stage for six divisions of dirt track racing.

    On June 30 in Wray, Holyoke Swim Club competed in the last regular season meet of the Northwest Kansas Swim League, taking second place overall.

Ag & Business

A lifetime involvement in 4-H and the Phillips County Fair began when Merle Jackson became a member of the Better Beef Makers 4-H Club. He is pictured with Duke, his 1955 grand champion steer.

    A lone horse, with no rider, adorned with a blanket, saddle and boots facing backward. It’s a symbol of a fallen warrior and a tradition that dates back centuries.

Members of Roy Pfaltzgraff’s harvest crew are pictured with a Massey Ferguson Super 92 combine in 1963; from left, Roy Pfaltzgraff and Ike Pauls, Charlie Watkins (front, center) and Elmer Adrian (on top).

    Back in the day, cutting barley used to be itchy business, Roy Pfaltzgraff Jr. of Haxtun explained.

    The July 24-29 Phillips County Fair is right around the corner, so it’s time to explore one of the hundreds of ways to get involved at the “Small Town Showdown.”

School

A new administrative team at Holyoke School District Re-1J is already at work to prepare for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Administrators are pictured from left, Shane Walkinshaw, JR/SR high principal; Kyle Stumpf, superintendent; and Andrea Kammer, elementary principal. — Johnson Publications

    Building relationships with staff, students and the community is a targeted goal for the year as a brand-new administrative team leads Holyoke School District into 2018-19.

Holyoke FCCLA members at the 2018 national conference are pictured from left, Lauren Bergner, Kyra Loutensock, Savannah Burris and Makenzie Martin.

    Four Holyoke Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia,

Holyoke FBLA members who attended the national leadership conference are pictured from left, front row, Josie Herman, Kaylee Camblin, Emma Roll, Anna Jelden, Regan Van Overbeke, Jackie Valenzuela and Lali Marquez; and back row, sponsor Marla Camblin, Slaten Burris, Tyler Lamm, Shianne Willmon, Emily Jelden, Haley Van Overbeke and adviser Lori Nelson.

    Twelve local Future Business Leaders of America members had an opportunity to travel to Baltimore, Maryland, June 27-July 2 as they competed at the national level in several events against more

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