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  • Farmers now have chance to direct $3.3 million to American nonprofits

    Farmers now have the opportunity to contribute $3.3 million to organizations in their communities. To honor and support the tradition of service organizations in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to...
  • Approaching school year to chase away lazy summer days

    While summer doesn’t officially end until Sept. 23, students throughout Holyoke School District Re-1J will see their summer vacation come to an end Thursday, Aug. 14, as they head back to the classroom for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Back-to-...
  • Steven Smith awarded Master of Theology

    Steven Smith of Pasadena, Calif., received his Master of Theology degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena June 14. He is the son of Rock and Rochelle Smith of Chowchilla, Calif., who call Holyoke home during the summer months. Steven is the grandson of t...
  • It's the Pitts

    The green game My grandpa wanted me to be a lawyer because as a child, I was argumentative and always on the lookout for an easy buck. But I never wanted to wear a suit or be cooped up all day with crooks and ambulance chasers in some courtroom. I still...
  • Investor Guide

    Social Security and baby boomers’ retirement plan For baby boomers born between 1943-54, full retirement age for full Social Security is age 66. This contrasts to the age 65 that was FRA for decades since the Social Security Act was passed in 1935. Fo...
  • Thinking About Health

    What happens when we get too much health care? Several years ago the prestigious Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. health care. Many Americans get too much at the same time ...
  • Peekin' into the Past

    Five Years AgoAug. 6, 2009 Phillips County Commissioners reported at their July 31 meeting that the Phillips County landfill office was broken into Tuesday night, July 28. Stolen goods amounted to $1,200 worth of equipment, including computers, adding ma...
  • Around Town

    Community calendars coming soon The Holyoke Chamber of Commerce/Holyoke School District community calendars will be available at Back-to-School Night Wednesday, Aug. 13, and will be available to the public Thursday, Aug. 14.   Toy show is Sunday ...
  • Learning on the fly: Drone use could soar in near future

    Drones. In the past, the term evoked images of military and intelligence gathering operations, but the unmanned aerial vehicles have traveled from war zones to America’s rural setting as producers are looking to utilize the technology to contribute to t...
  • Learning on the fly: Drone use could soar in near future

    Drones. In the past, the term evoked images of military and intelligence gathering operations, but the unmanned aerial vehicles have traveled from war zones to America’s rural setting as producers are looking to utilize the technology to contribute to t...
  • Railroad crossings in need of upgrades

    After discussions with OmniTRAX, the railroad company with tracks that pass through Phillips County, the local commissioners have yet to see any progress on updating railroad crossings. At their July 31 meeting, commissioners said pictures were taken of ...
  • Railroad crossings in need of upgrades

    After discussions with OmniTRAX, the railroad company with tracks that pass through Phillips County, the local commissioners have yet to see any progress on updating railroad crossings. At their July 31 meeting, commissioners said pictures were taken of ...
  • 1950s elevator model re-emerges

    When the nearly perfectly preserved model of the Amherst Elevator was discovered in a storage Quonset in Amherst, not much was known about the origins of the scaled-down version. What was known, however, was that the model would be a perfect addition to G...
  • 1950s elevator model re-emerges

    When the nearly perfectly preserved model of the Amherst Elevator was discovered in a storage Quonset in Amherst, not much was known about the origins of the scaled-down version. What was known, however, was that the model would be a perfect addition to G...
  • Saturday’s parade highlights ‘America’s Best’

    American flags lined main street as the Phillips County Fair parade made its way up Interocean Avenue in Holyoke, greeting a large crowd of people Saturday, July 26. A variety of floats and other parade entries showed off “America’s Best,” which was...
  • Colglazier continues MMHF involvement as exec. director

    After eight years as treasurer and member on the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directors, Nancy Colglazier has accepted the position of MMHF executive director, effective Monday, July 21. In 2006, Colglazier was recruited to join the boar...
  • Goldenstein falls in love with I Hate Collection

    A love-hate relationship. That’s what could describe Ron Goldenstein’s new business venture, the I Hate Collection. Thirty years ago, Goldenstein fell in love with the “I spade” concept, and the idea has been brewing in his mind ever since. Now,...
  • I'm Just Cookin'

    Dig in to dirty desserts If you haven’t had the feeling of sand between your toes this summer, we’ll just have to remedy that by bringing the sand to you. Summer sand pudding is one of the recipes in my dirty dessert collection. Dirty ... as in dirt....
  • MMH staff applauded by board

    A number of Melissa Memorial Hospital employees and departments were praised for their work at the East Phillips County Hospital District board meeting Tuesday, July 22. MMH administrator John Ayoub pointed to patient-survey results from the past four qu...
  • Feed My Starving Children meets goal of food packaged

    There were so many volunteers at the fourth annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack™ event in Imperial, Neb., last weekend that more meals for hungry children could have been packaged if supplies had been available. Coordinator Dick Banks said 830 ...