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  • Rationale detailed for fall student testing

    Using detailed informational graphics to chart student testing, Holyoke school district assessment coordinator Kimberlee Bennett and Supt. Bret Miles highlighted the value of MAP testing in the fall of each school year. Their report was presented at the ...
  • Bike trail put on hold, new ordinance adopted

    Application for a grant for the first phase of a bike/pedestrian trail will be put on hold after city council members decided at their Oct. 20 meeting that everything isn’t in place to move forward. Councilman Ray Bailey, along with City Clerk Kathy Ol...
  • Sagehorn receives American FFA Degree

    Elisa Sagehorn, member of the Holyoke FFA Chapter, recently received the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention Saturday, Oct. 24 in Indianapolis, Ind. Earning the degree means Sagehorn is one of a select group of individuals to be recognized ...
  • Accident near Paoli claims life of Nebraska man

    Carl Bartels, 44 of Enders, Neb. died in a two-vehicle accident two miles southwest of Paoli on Sunday evening, Oct. 18. Bartels was traveling west on County Road 22 when his 1993 Chevrolet S-10 struck Richelle Chappell, 26, of Wray who was traveling sou...
  • Spanish Flu of 1918: a look back at the brutal, relentless pandemic

    I had a little bird, It’s name was Enza.I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. Instead of singing “Ring Around the Rosie,” referring to Plague hundreds of years ago, children jumped rope to this rhyme in the early 1900s. Quite the opposite of the me...
  • Schools see nearly 20 percent out due to flu, illness

    With flu in headlines throughout the United States, it isn’t any different here in Holyoke. With flu season upon us and other illnesses circulating throughout the community, students in the Re-1J school district have been affected as well. The school d...
  • 6-year-old bravely calls 911

    Everyone has been taught to call 911 in an emergency, but what will it be like in a real-life emergency situation? “I wasn’t even scared to call 911,” said 6-year-old Serina Almeida. She was given the opportunity to implement what she had been tau...
  • Supporting the troops

    With hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops continuing to be stationed everywhere from Iraq and Afghanistan to Germany and Japan, American citizens at home are continuing to mobilize to show their support of our men and women overseas. Individuals and busi...
  • Another Perspective

    Wedding creates connections from around the world It was a great weekend with a mix of Canuks, Auzzies and Yanks. And although we came together from different countries, we all spoke the same language and shared a common interest in the same bride and gr...
  • Teaching kids to use internet and social networks safely

    Teaching kids to use the Internet properly at an early age will help them perform better at school and later in life when they enter the workforce. It’s all about training them to use such tools as search engines, social networking sites, e-mail and bl...
  • It's the Pitts

    Food For Thought (Best Of) The grocery store manager came running down the aisle screaming, “What are you doing opening those bags and eating those potato chips inside the store?” “I’m just following directions,” I said, pointing to the label ...
  • When Pigs Flu

    Growing up, my mother told me that pigs would someday fly.She forgot to tell me that when they do, I’d feel like death, or dieDay one hit and I felt off, but I was not persuaded.I kept my smile to ward it off, but its insistence never faded.Come noon or...
  • Dealership burns to ground in early Saturday morning fire

    Emotions were still running strong Tuesday as owner Sid Harchelroad talked about the early Saturday morning fire that destroyed the Harchelroad Motors building in Imperial, Neb. “There have been a lot better days,” he said. When Harchelroad arrived ...
  • Business opens Monday despite fire

    Sid Harchelroad planned for contingencies while his new shop was being built for Harchelroad Motors in Imperial, Neb. But Harchelroad said he never had any contingencies for what happened early Saturday morning. Harchelroad was awakened early Saturday b...
  • Asthma: you can control it

    Too many people suffer needlessly from asthma. Unfortunately, some people with asthma “get by” by avoiding doing things that might make their asthma worse. But people can reduce suffering and live an active life despite asthma. Asthma can be controlle...
  • Asthma not going to stop 9-year-old

    Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd in a series of articles on asthma. This series is part of an asthma awareness project network in eastern Colorado being done by the High Plains Research Community Advisory Council. By Linda Zittleman, High Plains Resear...
  • Ruminant program held in Nov.

    Each year the Colorado State University Small Ruminant Work Team conducts an annual Small Ruminant Program. This year’s program will be held in northeastern Colorado at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke Saturday, Nov. 14. The program will con...
  • Softball team finishes 1-1 in district tourney

    An 8-1 win over Yuma, followed by a 0-14 loss to Burlington in district softball action Saturday, Oct. 17 ended the Dragon season with a 6-14 record. “Holyoke got its chance to show Yuma what they were really made of,” said coach Ashley Clayton. “A...
  • Dragons finish 1-3 in regular-season softball outings

    Finishing out its regular season last Wednesday and Thursday, the HHS softball team defeated Weld Central 11-5, while suffering shut-out losses to Platte Valley, Burlington and Strasburg. The games were postponed from the previous Saturday, Monday and Tu...
  • Timm receives AVCA player of the week

    Holyoke volleyball player Kendra Timm was recently selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Player of the Week in the state of Colorado. She was presented with a certificate and custom patch to commemorate her accomplishment for the...