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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition


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  • Plumb honored as Outstanding Ag Teacher

    Aug 31, 2023

    HAXTUN'S JEFF PLUMB received the honor of Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher by the National Association of Agricultural Educators recently. Plumb is now in his 24th year as ag teacher at Haxtun High School. Each year the NAAE honors the highest quality agricultural education programs while recognizing leadership in civic, community, agricultural/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding educators are honored for serving as a catalyst for student success in education....

  • Vandenbark earns McGuffey Award from CASB

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Aug 31, 2023

    With the current school year underway, the Frenchman Board of Education met in late August to take care of final staff placements, approve necessary invoices and recognize one of their own for their service to the District. The local school board met in Fleming on Aug. 22 and as most meetings do, opened with staff reports from administration. Superintendent Steve McCracken said Fleming started the 2023-24 school year with 222 students, that number is an increase of two from the year prior....

  • Haxtun BOE finalizes language for upcoming ballot question

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Aug 31, 2023

    The Haxtun School District Board of Education met twice over the past two weeks. One meeting in mid-August just ahead of the start of the 2023-24 school year and the other earlier this week to approve final wording for the District’s ballot question to voters this November. The latest meeting opened at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning with an agenda that tasked board members with approving a formal resolution to authorize a ballot issue along with the ballot language for elections on Nov. 7. According to information from the School District, the B...

  • Increasing opportunities for HHS students

    From Haxtun Schools|Aug 31, 2023

    This year Haxtun High School juniors and seniors are able to participate in the Innovation Learning Opportunities Pilot program, which is a component of the Rural CoAction grant received from NEBOCES to increase opportunities for our students. The Colorado Department of Education’s Innovation Learning Opportunities Pilot program allows students to have a “variety of learning experiences that usually occur outside of the classroom … designed to enrich students’ education and support them in successfully transitioning from high school to postsec...

  • Under the Wire

    Gary Hodgson|Aug 31, 2023

    I was riding my horse checking cows a few days ago in a pasture bordered by a corn field. The cows looked great, every so often old “Freckles” was grabbing a mouthful of grass high enough he didn’t even have to put his head down to get it and the sun was beginning to take the fall chill out of the air. In this idyllic setting, guess what I was thinking about? Cutting corn silage. How weird is that? Stranger yet, it wasn’t my corn field. In fact, I have never owned a cornfield. If life keeps me o...

  • Fearless Faith

    Ken Frantz|Aug 31, 2023

    We are born of generations that covet finishing on top. From sports to academics to making the most of position, wealth, power and influence. Excelling is an admirable trait within its boundaries and most of us agree that striving to be our best is a discipline worth nurturing. What happens, then, despite best efforts, we fail to reach the pinnacle of our endeavors? Is it failure or opportunity, disappointment, or enlightenment? Reasons can be found to covet second place, but in the natural...

  • Times Past

    Aug 31, 2023

    13 Years Ago Sept. 7, 1938 Miss Nina Tenney, formerly of Haxtun, and Frank Rueter of Wauneta, Neb., were married last Sunday afternoon at Lincoln, Neb. The ceremony was performed by a Methodist minister of that place. Instructors in the rural schools, by district are as follows: Everett Harte, 1; Mrs. Mae Tremaine, 3; Minerva Nelson, 6; Minerva Flaker, 7; Mrs. LeRoy Austin, 8; Lucille Colglazier, 19; Mrs. Mary Olson, 11; Mrs. Dan Young, 10; Alice Fair, 12; Ethel Harmon, 14; Geraldine Morgan, 16;...

  • Lady Bulldogs shine in stellar performances to go 6-2 to start season

    Aug 31, 2023

    The Haxtun Lady Bulldogs are off to a stellar start in the 2023 volleyball season boasting a 6-2 record in just the first few weeks fall sports action. This year's team, led by Head Coach Don Schelling and Assistant Coaches Marissa Schelling, McCall Etl and Doug Kamery, kicked off the season with back-to-back tournaments and a home game against the Holyoke Dragons. The Lady Bulldogs' season started as they traveled to Julesburg for the annual Sedgwick County fall tournament on Saturday, Aug....

  • Wildcats take week one win over Wildcats

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Aug 31, 2023

    The Wildcats of Fleming made a four-hour trek last week to open their 2023 football season in Walden against the Wildcats of North Park. Under the leadership of this year's seniors - David Betley, Wyatt Cochran, Matix Haney and Christian Polly - the local Wildcats cruised to their first victory of the year by an impressive score of 61-33. Junior Derek Houser stepped into the starting role of quarterback in the season opener. He completed three of five passes for 44 yards on the day. Freshman Dane Cunningham and Betley found themselves on the...

  • Lady Wildcats go 4-1 in 5-match opening week

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Aug 31, 2023

    The Fleming Lady Wildcats opened their 2023 season with a busy, five-match week spanning two days of play. The season opened last Thursday, Aug. 24, with a match at Peetz. The Lady Wildcats swept the Lady Bulldogs taking their first three set victories of the year. On Saturday, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Sterling to play on the Northeastern Junior College campus at the Bank of Colorado Event Center. The High School Spectacular Tournament featured two pools consisting of Merino, Holyoke, Otis,...

  • Frank Waitley

    Aug 31, 2023

    If ever there were a man who lived his dream in a life that he loved, it is Frank Allen Waitley. Frank reached his final destination and checked in with his Savior, who joyfully welcomed Frank to Heaven on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. Born May, 10 1938, Frank was the youngest son to Roy and Bessie Waitley. Growing up on a farm in Atwood, Frank dreamed of being a cowboy. He spent his youth longing for real jeans and cowboy boots. Frank graduated from Sterling High School and earned a track scholarship...

  • Mollie Sanger

    Aug 31, 2023

    Mollie Margaret Sanger passed away Aug. 21, 2023 in Sterling at the age of 93. Mollie was born in Sterling to Mollie (Seewald) and Albert Lauer on Jan. 20, 1930. She attended Crook School. On Jan. 8, 1949 she married John J. Sanger. They were married for 64 years until John's passing in 2014. Mollie was a homemaker and mother to nine children. She enjoyed bowling, golf and a night of dancing. She also loved competitive games of Scrabble, Yahtzee and Pitch where her happiest moments were bidding...

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