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Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Schelling snags 100th win

    Jan 18, 2024

    HAXTUN SENIOR Kaiden Schelling, center, is pictured with his parents Don and Kirsten Schelling following his 100th high school career win on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Elm Creek Invitational in Elm Creek, Neb. Over the past four years, Schelling has competed at 106 pounds, 113 pounds and currently competes at 120 pounds. Following a freshman season cut short by COVID-19, he earned a fifth place finish at State in the 106-pound division his sophomore season and a State runner-up finish last year at...

  • Nygaard to fill Schroetlin's shoes as administrator

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    With the new year brings a new face to the role of Phillips County Administrator. Andrew Nygaard took over as County Administrator effective Jan. 1. Former Administrator Laura Schroetlin retried from her position with the County at the end of 2023 after more than 13 years of service to Phillips County. Schroetlin was named County Administrator in 2021. "She has stayed on in a part-time capacity to help with the transition," Nygaard said. "I am very grateful for all of her help, as she has a...

  • Einspahr requests letter of support from Fleming Town Council

    From the minutes|Jan 18, 2024

    The Fleming Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Stefan Betley at 6:30 p.m. The following council members were present: Andrew Muller, Bill Langridge, Bonnie Jackson, Suzanne Wales and Alex Gapter. Cathy Castillo arrived at 6:46 p.m. Also present were Sue Einspahr (left at 6:43 p.m.), Tola Wales, Joelle Gapter, Lewis Frank, Michelle Asfeld and Keith Beck (left at 7:44 p.m.). Additions/corrections to the agenda: Betley asked for any additions or corrections to the...

  • Legislative leaders open 2024 legislative session with hopes of civility

    Marianne Goodland, Legislative Reporter|Jan 18, 2024

    Lawmakers have returned to the State Capitol for the 2024 legislative session. The first two days were full of pomp and circumstance and drama. Legislative leaders led off day one with remarks on how they’d like to see the 2024 session progress and all struck a very similar tone on civility. The end of the 2023 session, as well as the special session in November on property taxes, both produced behavior that has troubled lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Two House Democrats resigned in December, both citing the toxic environment in the H...

  • Under the Wire

    Gary Hodgson|Jan 18, 2024

    This story will sound like it is going to be sad. Don’t worry. It is just the opposite. A few years ago Christmas Eve, my mother passed away. She had lived a long, happy and challenging life. A few days from her 97th birthday, she had emptied her bucket list. In fact probably several buckets, maybe even a barrel or two. Her life was happy because she and my father were married 67 years before he passed on. Another big source of her happiness was my little sister, Pam. Adding to her source of g...

  • Fearless Faith

    Ken Frantz|Jan 18, 2024

    When the snow flies at the first of the year, it is often greeted by nearly completed puzzles, leftovers from recent New Years activities. This year was no different. The first pieces of a picturesque new 1,500-piece puzzle fell quickly into place. A bright white bridge against backgrounds of fall foliage and still reflective waters was little challenge. The geometric shapes and clear cut lines sharply contrasted with the more gentle hues which they subsumed. A small white clapboard structure,...

  • Capital Review

    Mark Hillman|Jan 18, 2024

    Businesses that fuel Colorado’s economic engine can’t be blamed for cringing at the specter of the Colorado legislature’s return this month. Plaintiffs lawyers, however, are not cringing. Instead, the people who pay to put their faces on billboards along our busiest highways are licking their chops. Last year, lawmakers went on a lawsuit binge, introducing a record 25 bills that used private lawsuits for enforcement, rather than entrusting enforcement to a government agency. According to the Common Sense Institute, 43 similar bills have been in...

  • Times Past

    Jan 18, 2024

    13 Years Ago Jan. 18, 1939 "Spring Fever," a farce dealing with college students, was presented last Thursday evening by the junior class. Cast: Irla Pierce, Stuart Exstrom, John Bentson, Robert Reynolds, Merle Monk, Phyllis Knutsen, Maxine Collins, Earl Critchlow, Irene Ahnstedt, Elaine Silvey, Leslie Chryst, Curtis Starkebaum, directed by Miss Marjorie Anderson. Miss Nema Hagemeier, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Hagemeier of south of Haxtun, and David S. Johnson of Sterling were...

  • Banquet dates set for A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center

    Roberta Bigalk, ACPRC Executive Director|Jan 18, 2024

    A Caring Pregnancy Resource Center of Northeast Colorado is gearing up for annual fundraising banquets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive evenings at four locations: Friday, Jan. 26, Sterling Trinity Lutheran gymnasium; Saturday, Jan. 27, Phillips County Event Center; Sunday, Jan. 28, Yuma First Church of the Nazarene; and Monday, Jan. 29, Morgan County Event Center. This year’s banquet theme “Bee Strong” features speaker Evie West, a woman who grew up as a gang member in Los Angeles, but who overcame huge obstacles in her life to choos...

  • Premier Farm Credit to return $6.75 million to member-owners in 2024

    Lee Salyards, PFC Marketing & Communications|Jan 18, 2024

    Local ag-lending cooperative, Premier Farm Credit, will pay a record $6.75 million in cash patronage to its customer-owners in early 2024. The financial services cooperative has returned more than $87 million through its Patronage Dividend Program. This year marks the 27th consecutive year a patronage has been paid. As a customer-owned cooperative, Premier Farm Credit understands that extra capital can make a big difference in a customer’s operation. The checks are a significant benefit to the member-owners and also to local communities. It i...

  • Fleming Schools releases first semester honor rolls

    Jan 18, 2024

    Fleming Schools recently released the list of honor roll students for the first semester. Those on the Superintendent’s Honor roll achieved a grade point average of 4.0. Principal’s Honor Roll includes students with grade point averages of 3.5 to 3.9. Below is a list of all Honor Roll students: Superintendent’s List Seventh grade: Abigail Betley. Eighth grade: Brigette Riemenschneider, Maddox Herskind, Evan Williamson, Brooks Brekel, Piper Withers, Jaron Monroe, Dylon Monroe, Madilyn Johnson and Gabriella Manly. Ninth grade: Hadley Stull...

  • Lady Bulldogs notch home court win over Peetz on Friday night

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    They did it - the Lady Bulldogs notched a win on the basketball court at home Friday night as they captured a 71-27 win over Peetz. The entire team saw action on the court with three girls racking up double digits in the scoring column. Haxtun jumped to an early advantage over the Peetz Lady Bulldogs in front of a home crowd. The home team held the lead throughout the entire game, rolling to a 44-point win for the first time this season. Senior Cassidy Goddard connected with eight field goals...

  • Bulldogs set to take on Sedgwick Co. and Otis at home this week

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    The Haxtun Bulldogs saw action on the basketball court twice over the past week. The first in a home game against the Peetz Bulldogs and the second on the road in Yuma against the Outlaws. Haxtun hosted Peetz on Friday night, taking on the Bulldogs in green. Peetz nabbed an early six point advantage after the first quarter but both teams put 11 points on the board in the second to keep the score fairly even at half time. Haxtun added 13 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth but the...

  • Sedg. Co./Fleming wrestlers compete in Nebraska invitationals

    Jan 18, 2024

    On Jan. 12 the Sedgwick County/Fleming wrestlers traveled to Elm Creek, Neb. to compete in the Elm Creek Invitational. The team finished in second place. Individual results from wrestlers competing out of Haxtun Fleming are as follows: 106-pound freshman Colton Schliesser lost to Scotty Anderson of Sutherland by fall and lost to Andy Hernadez of Lexington JV by fall. 120-pound senior Kaiden Schelling took first place in his division. He won by fall over Kale Martinez of Sutherland in 2:23; won...

  • Lady Wildcats go 1-1; take 1st league win

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Jan 18, 2024

    The Fleming Lady Wildcats hit the road for Friday/Saturday action over the past week. The girls fell to Statton on Friday, but came out victorious in their first league contest of the season on Saturday against Prairie. Friday night’s game put Fleming on the court with the Stratton Lady Eagles. Stratton entered at 5-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Colby, Kan., Lady Eagles. Stratton would advance to 6-1 after defeating the local ladies 54-39. Senior MadiKay Serrato led her team in several categories for the night. She put 12 p...

  • Wildcats take losses to Stratton & Prairie

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Jan 18, 2024

    The Fleming Wildcats suffered two road losses over the past week at Stratton and Prairie dropping them to 3-6 on the season. Fleming opened the week on Friday night with a 70-26 loss at Stratton and took a 43-24 league loss to Prairie on Saturday. Senior Will Bornhoft and freshman Conner Marchant each put up the team-high of six points on the scoreboard at Stratton. Bornhoft led in rebounds with eight. Marchant added five boards. Freshman Treyson Kirkwood followed on the scoreboard with five points. Senior David Betley matched Marchant with...

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