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  • Holyoke stomps Akron 73-39

    It was a big win on the home court for the Dragons Friday, Dec. 11, when the boys’ basketball team defeated the Akron Rams 73-39. Maintaining a decent lead from the start of the game, Holyoke shot ahead of the opposition in the second and third quarter...
  • PREACH IT, brothers and sisters!

    Can I get an amen?! Phillips County Players really brought down the house of the Lord with their smokin’ performance of “Sanders Family Christmas,” a sequel to last year’s “Smoke on the Mountain.” Set at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in North...
  • Gun control, violence and mental illness

    Looking at the bigger picture on national trendsWhile a smoking gun is still hot at another mass shooting, cries for more gun control begin resounding through the media and government. With such tragic crimes on the rise, it’s no wonder that people are...
  • Christmas music, enthusiasm add spark to season

    From solos to full group selections, intertwined with appropriate jokes for the season to brighten the spirit, the Christmas Choral Concert Monday, Dec. 14, was a delightful experience. Under the direction of vocal music instructor Marcia Dalton, the con...
  • Tips, tricks and substitutions to try for this year’s holiday treats

    Everyone knows that Santa’s belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly, but that doesn’t mean anyone wants theirs to match. With cookies, candies and fudge in abundance, not to mention family feasts and parties galore, merry-makers have a decision to mak...
  • Not all heroes wear capes

    Superheroes of all shapes and sizes were a fitting tribute to Cassidy Hale during the first spirit theme night at the HHS basketball games Friday, Dec. 11. Cassidy, an HHS sophomore, died in an accident in September, but her courageous spirit and love of ...
  • HHS hosts Fort Morgan in brief dual

    While there were only three varsity and two JV matches wrestled Thursday, Dec. 10, the HHS wrestling team gave the home crowd a taste of their season when they hosted Fort Morgan for dual action. Holyoke won two of the three varsity matches that were act...
  • Swimmers meet Estes Park, Windsor

    Scored as a double dual, Holyoke swim team competed with Windsor and Estes Park in Windsor Thursday, Dec. 10. Teamwise, HHS lost in total points to the two larger schools, but several Dragons earned personal best times for some strong performances. Addi...
  • 6 Dragons wrestle at Banner County

    While only six Dragons competed on the mats in the Banner County Invitational in Harrisburg, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 12, three finished in the top three. At 113 lbs., Eric Rojo placed second and Jesus Trejo third for the Dragons. Sid Struckmeyer also earned...
  • Lady Dragons honor Hale in Friday’s home opener

    In their home opener against Akron last Friday, Dec. 11, the Lady Dragon basketball team lost 29-47 to the defending 2A state champs. Despite the loss, the night was one of special importance. The superhero theme night was a tribute to former HHS sophomo...
  • Make ‘A Healthier Weigh’ a New Year’s resolution

    Preparations are under way for the 2016 “A Healthier Weigh” 12-week challenge. The health and fitness challenge encourages increasing activity, making wise food choices and living a healthier lifestyle in 2016. This is the 10th year for the challenge...
  • Boys’ JV basketball defeats Akron Rams

    Holyoke junior varsity boys’ basketball had a great game against Akron Friday, Dec. 11, with a 50-36 victory. With 10 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second, the halftime buzzer sounded with a 27-20 Dragon lead. Second half saw 13 points in ...
  • Boys’ C team wins

    HHS boys’ C team defeated Akron in basketball Friday, Dec. 11, 27-4. The Dragons made a strong showing with eight points in the first quarter and six points in the second for a 14-2 halftime lead. Second half saw another six points in the third and se...
  • JV girls defeat Akron

    Holyoke junior varsity girls’ basketball defeated Akron 27-18 at home Friday, Dec. 11. With four and eight points in the first and second quarters respectively, Holyoke led 12-10 after the first half. Another nine points in the third and six in the fo...
  • C girls play in Imperial

    An additional outing for the girls’ basketball C team was scheduled Monday, Dec. 7, in Imperial, Neb. Holyoke lost to Chase County, Neb., 27-32. The Lady Dragons were outscored 7-10 in the first quarter and 5-8 in the second. Their efforts in the seco...
  • HJHS squeaks by SedgCo for LPAA east division win

    Scoring the winning basket with four seconds on the clock, Holyoke’s boys’ basketball team defeated Sedgwick County 24-23 to win the Lower Platte Activities Association east division championship Saturday, Dec. 12, in Holyoke. Sedgwick County beat Ha...
  • JH boys fall to Yuma

    In its last regular-season game, Holyoke’s junior high boys’ basketball team suffered its first A team loss of the season, 28-34, at Yuma Tuesday, Dec. 8. “I failed to have the team prepared for the game,” said coach Jim Yakel. “Consequently, w...
  • Phillips County Gun Range sees improvements

    With assistance from grant funding, Phillips County Gun Range has received new signs, benches and shades, making it a safe and enjoyable place for rifles, pistols and archery. The gun range originally opened in 2005 at the location east of Holyoke known ...
  • Phillips County 911 Authority proposes surcharge increase

    Phillips County 911 Authority Board submitted a request to the Public Utilities Commission to raise the monthly surcharge on phone lines to $1.75 per month. If the change is approved, it would not take effect until the spring of 2016. The current $1.25 s...
  • Samantha’s Salt

    The best news you’ll hear all Christmas (Reflections from Luke 2:1-20) God became a man and lived on earth. His father and mother, Joseph and Mary, sought a place for Mary to give birth, but there was no room in the inn. Jesus came by the most humble m...