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  • 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...
  • Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) is on its way

    The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) is a permanent disaster program created by the 2008 Farm Bill that replaces the previous “ad hoc” crop disaster program. Unlike previous disaster programs that paid for losses by unit and crop, the SU...
  • Grainland honored in Circle of Safety

    Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, announced the recipients of the company’s second annual Circle of Safety Awards. This year a total of 44 policyholders from across the state were recognized. Included in that grou...
  • Time to think about seed choices

    Following harvest, it’s time to think about next year’s seed choices. Regardless whether the crop is corn, soybean, sorghum or others, new seed will need to be ordered from a dealer representing a seed company. A farm manager’s best strategy for cho...
  • Dragons pick up two convincing wins on the home court

    Holyoke boys’ basketball came away with two convincing wins both at home Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19. Haxtun came to town Friday and Holyoke won the Phillips County Shoot-off 55-38. Sedgwick County entered the gym Saturday and the Dragons had no tr...
  • Lady Dragons win against Haxtun, fall to Sedgwick Co.

    With two games on their home court last weekend, HHS Lady Dragon basketball captured a big win over Haxtun Friday, Dec. 18 but fell to Sedgwick County Saturday, Dec. 19. “We continue to play hard but struggle with our shooting,” said coach Arlan Scho...
  • UNC Christmas Classic: good exposure for HHS wrestlers

    By Brenda Johnson Brandt In a huge, well-run wrestling tournament with quality competitors, HHS performed well and gained good exposure at the Dec. 18-19 University of Northern Colorado Christmas Classic in Greeley. Coach Duane Stroh said he was very pr...