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Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • The Haxtun-Fleming Herald will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, 2023-Jan. 5, 2024

    Dec 21, 2023

    We look forward to celebrating our 50th year in 2024 and appreciate your continued readership and patronage! Wishing you countless blessings through the holidays and in the coming year, Candie Fix, Spring Atchison & families...

  • Entertaining Elves

    Dec 21, 2023

    FLEMING PRESCHOOLERS (l-r), Cyrus Haynes, Vance Muller and Karlee Iseli perform in front of a large audience in the Fleming Performing Arts Program's "A Pirate Christmas" held Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Fleming gymnasium. This year's program featured preschool through 12th grade entertainers....

  • County Commissioners approve 2024 budget

    JR Krueger, For The Haxtun-Fleming Herald|Dec 21, 2023

    At the Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 Board of County Commissioners meetings, the Board considered requests from county staff; attended to contracts, personnel-related decisions and matters pertaining to the landfill; and addressed other miscellaneous items as listed below. They also approved Board meeting dates for 2024. The most significant decision made on Dec. 15 was to adopt the 2024 budget. Resolution No. 2023-12-15-02 appropriated $8,757,781 to the General Fund and eight others such as the Road and Bridge Fund and Human Services Fund. Resolution...

  • Fleming Town Council passes several resolutions as well as budget

    From the minutes|Dec 21, 2023

    The Fleming Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Stefan Betley at 6:30 p.m. The following council members were present: Cathy Castillo, Bill Langridge, Suzanne Wales, Alex Gapter and Bonnie Jackson. Andrew Muller was absent. Also Present: Keith Beck, Lewis Frank and Michelle Asfeld. Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Betley shared that no communication had been received from the Logan County Chamber, therefore item #1 under Action Items, would be tabled for the...

  • Fuesz competes in Las Vegas

    Dec 21, 2023

    As a top-10 year-end money earner in the tie-down calf roping permit standings within the Professional Cowboys of America Association, Cash Fuesz participated in the Permit Finals held in Waco, Texas in October. Finishing this event in the top five allowed him a birth into the Permit Challenge of the Year held at the Southpoint Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 7. Fuesz competed in two rounds winning second in both rounds with 10.4 seconds on both runs and winning the average. He used...

  • Under the Wire

    Gary Hodgson|Dec 21, 2023

    The Christmas season is upon us. It’s a wonderful time of the year. Brightly lit Christmas trees surrounded by presents wrapped in colorful paper and bows join traditional school programs and church services honoring the reason for the season. Each family has their own special traditions that mark their Holiday Season. The Hodgson family has their own unique way of celebrating the upcoming season of gift giving. You can tell Christmas is just around the corner. Everyone in the family begins t...

  • Fearless Faith

    Ken Frantz|Dec 21, 2023

    The creek north of the old place was still, silent and unmoving. Ice ledges intruded from the banks, enabled by low temperatures and periodic early winter snows. Steeply carved banks of overgrown brush were also silent, no movement visible in the tangle of bare branches and undergrowth. It was a picture of seasonal rest and waiting in anticipation of a distant spring. Glimpses of the creek from gravel roads offered up similar conclusions. The creek bottom was deep in slumber. Like so many things...

  • Son Up to Son Down

    Audree Edwards|Dec 21, 2023

    “That, my dear, is the last time you will get that picture.” This is the text message I received from my mom after I had sent her a photo of my oldest talking to Santa at the fire hall. In the photo, he’s giving him a bit of a side-eye and the gap between him and Santa is the widest it has ever been. Each year, he tends to scoot a little further away and it feels like every inch he moves away from Santa is one inch closer to his childhood being over. I still remember his first Christmas. He was...

  • Strokes from other Pens

    John McCord|Dec 21, 2023

    The Second Amendment The Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I’ll try to break this down so even a democrat can understand it. A right means it’s a God given right you were born with not a privilege handed down by the government. The people means you a citizen of The United States of America. To keep and Bear means to possess or to keep on your person or in your home to have in your possession to bear means to have and use for protection or whatever legal use you want. Shall was a very strong word at the time … i...

  • Strokes from Other Pens

    Paulina Fix|Dec 21, 2023

    Doc Tempel, It’s been four months without our beloved German Shepherd, Blade, and as we wind down for bed in our household — we continue to experience the oppressive grief of losing our pack leader. Most people would say that losing a dog is like losing a member of your family but I’d akin it to losing a limb. When Blade died, I told my family in full virtue that I didn’t love anyone like I loved that dog and they bore witness to my grief and knew I meant it. Reflecting on the experience of losing Blade, it dawned on me that a veterinarian’s jo...

  • Times Past

    Dec 21, 2023

    13 Years Ago Jan. 4, 1939 Boys and young men who have an inclination or ambition toward the art of fisticuffs, will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent at a smoker to be held at Haxtun Tuesday, Jan. 24. The amateur boxing card is being arranged by the high school athletic department. From 40-50 rounds of boxing will be arranged. Mrs. Amanda E. Frese, a resident of the Crook community for 25 years, passed away in Sterling Saturday morning. She had been ill only a few days. Bryant New...

  • "Two Great Programs; One Healthier You" to be offered locally in 2024

    Haxtun Health and CSU Extension|Dec 21, 2023

    Haxtun Health and Phillips County CSU Extension partner up to bring you Two Great Programs; One Healthier You, in 2024. Revitalize your New Year with a dynamic infusion of health and wellness! Haxtun Health and CSU Extension have joined forces to present not just one, but two extraordinary programs designed to propel you toward your aspirations in 2024. Beginning in January 2024, the Haxtun Health Weight Loss Program will seamlessly intertwine with CSU Extension’s “A Healthier Weigh,” ensuring a comprehensive and enriching journey towar...

  • Tommy Thompson

    Dec 21, 2023

    Tommy Glenn Thompson, the son of Maurice Glenn Thompson and Effie Bernice (Colglazier) Thompson, passed away in Haxtun on Dec. 14, 2023 at the age of 87. He was born June 11, 1936 on the George Heginbotham ranch his father had leased six and a half miles south and a half mile west of Holyoke. He attended grade school at Prairie Gem for four years until it closed and then he went to Holyoke for one year. His parents moved southeast of Holyoke after they purchased the Stickle farm and he attended...

  • Lady Bulldogs wrap up first half of season at Holiday Tournament

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up the pre-season schedule with the annual Holiday Tournament at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling last week. The team will be off for Christmas break until early January when the Lady Bulldogs return to the court on Jan. 5 in Prairie. Haxtun took on Wiggins, Holyoke and Prairie in the tournament last week. Despite a loss in all three contests, the ladies battled through 12 quarters of basketball on the hardwood at NJC pushing through injuries and absences. Thursd...

  • Bulldogs take 3rd place at NJC Tourney

    Candie Fix, Managing Editor|Dec 21, 2023

    The Bulldogs took third place in Northeastern Junior College’s annual Holiday Tournament last week. Haxtun wrapped up the first half of the season and will be on Christmas break until the team returns to the court the first week in January. Tournament play opened on Thursday as the Haxtun Bulldogs faced off with the Eagles from Dayspring Christian Academy. Haxtun put 36 points on the board in the first two quarters for a 15 point advantage at half time. Another 27 points in the second gave the Bulldogs a 63-37 victory over DCA. Three Bulldogs h...

  • Lady Wildcats go 2-0 in Winter Hoops tourney

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Dec 21, 2023

    The Fleming Lady Wildcats went 2-0 last weekend at their annual Winter Hoops Tournament. The Lady Wildcats hosted Arickaree, Gilpin County and Flagler for Friday/Saturday action on the court. Last weekend's wins put them at 2-3 on the season. On Friday, the Lady Wildcats defeated Flagler to open the tournament. Fleming took a 51-22 win in that contest. On Saturday, the hosting team earned a 20-point victory over Arickaree in the tournament championship. They came back from a four-point deficit...

  • Fleming Wildcats finish weekend's play at 1-1

    Spring Atchison, Office Manager|Dec 21, 2023

    The Fleming Wildcats hosted Arickaree, Gilpin County and Flagler last weekend for a Winter Hoops Tournament. The Wildcats opened with a win over Flagler on Friday, but fell to Arickaree on Saturday. Friday’s match up with the Flagler Panthers played out fairly even quarter-by-quarter with Fleming trailing by just one at the half. The Wildcats gained the lead in the third, outscoring Flagler by six and tacked another five onto to that lead for a 31-21 victory. Saturday’s contest against the undefeated Arickaree Bison saw Fleming down 61-36 at th...

  • SCF boys' and girls' teams compete at Wray

    Dec 21, 2023

    On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Sedgwick County/Fleming wrestlers traveled to Wray to participate in the 61st annual Bob Smith Invitational. The team finished in fourth place out of 15 teams. Results from wrestlers competing out of Haxtun and Fleming are as follows: 120-pound Kaiden Schelling went 3-1 and placed second for the day. He won by fall over Jose Gonzalez of Wray in 1:21; won by fall over Shiloh Dellamia-Van Overmeiren of Chatfield in 2:37; and won by major decision over Caleb Deines of...

  • Fleming preschoolers request gifts

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, This Christmas, I am three years old. This year, I have been good some of the time. What I would like most this Christmas is a domino stacker and a scooter. And I promise to leave out cookies for you! Merry Christmas, Santa! Love, Berkleigh P.S. Please say Hi to the elf for me! Dear Santa, This Christmas, I am three years old. This year, I have been good all of the time. What I would like most this Christmas is a Christmas train and a orange tractor with a trailer. And I promise to leave out three cookies for you! Merry Christmas,...

  • Haxtun preschoolers prepare for Santa Claus' yearly visit

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, I would like make-up and an Elsa dress. How are the reindeer? Oakley Bishop, 3 years old Dear Santa, I would like the new theater Paw Patrol toys, a charger for my watch and some cat food for Cheeto. Merry Christmas! Love, Hallie Hiller, 3 years old Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I want to Barbie camper and a car. What else I want is some buildings. I am thankful for my mommy and my daddy and my baby brother. Love, Addison Anderson, 4 years old Dear Santa, Can I have an IPad and new shoes? How are your reindeer? Love, Alena Heermann,...

  • Haxtun kindergartners send Christmas wishes to North Pole

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, Can I please have a tooth brus that goes on and off? Love, Anna Dear Santa, Can I please have Cory Carson toys? Love, Lawsyn Dear Santa, Can I please have a snow dragon? Love, Titus Dear Santa, Can I Please have a CaLendaR? Love, Thomas Dear Santa, Can I please have PBS kids on my iPad? Love, Parker Dear Santa, Can I please have a mini helmet? Love, Oliver Dear Santa, Can I please have an ipad? Love, John Dear Santa, Can I please have Goo ji tzu toys. Love, Bryan Dear Santa, Can I please have indomins Rex? Love, Carsen Dear Santa,...

  • Fleming kindergartners look forward to receiving annual Christmas gifts

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? I would like a giant stuffy owl. How is Mrs. Clause? Lydia Gerk Dear Santa, How are the elves? I would like LOL doll. I like you. Emmy Dear Santa, How are the elves? What is your favorite cookie? I’d like a stuffed animal for Christmas. Joseph B. Dear Santa, Can I work with you? I want a phone for Christmas. I would like a robot and snake too. Merik V. Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? I want a race car track. I love you. Bruce Dear Santa, How is the sleigh? How is Mrs. Clause doing? I would like a balance b...

  • Haxtun first graders offer Christmas gift ideas to Kris Kringle

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, How are you? Is your sleigh ready? May I have nine 500 baseball packs? Thank you. Love, Easton Dear Santa, How are your elves doing? Can I ask for a golden shitch? Than you. Love, AJ Dear Santa How are. You and your family? Can I ask for a remote controlled transtormer? Thank you! Love, Izik Dear Santa, How are the reindeer doing? Good? Can I ask for a real truck that drives and shifts gears? Thank you! Love, Tracen Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? May I please ask for a kite with horses on it? Thank you. I hope you fly safe!...

  • First graders at Fleming Schools promise good behavior

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I am proud because I have been helping mom and dad. I am working on dishes at home. For Christmas I would like a real horse. Love, Grady Dear Santa, How are you? I have been good for my mom and dad. I want for Christmas some clozs and some lite up clozs and 2 pokemon stuffies and 4 sqishmelos. I can’t wait to open my presents! Love, Harper Dear Santa, How are you? I have been good this year in 1st grade! I need a pirate costume for the consort. I want a puppy. And I relly want to see you. Love, Izzy D...

  • Haxtun second graders send questions and lists to Santa Claus

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dear Santa, Why do you allwas come on December? Thank you for the Venum toy you gave me last yer. I would like fortnight and some money $50. Have a merry Christmas! Your Friend, Ben Dear Santa, How did you make your workshop? Thank you for the presnts last year. I would like an iphone 15 and a wadr bottle and a gint pokemon card. I need an infinity supply of ramen. Have a holly jolly Christmas Santa! Your Friend, Jakson Dear Santa, Wen were you born? Thank you for giveng me prezns last yere. I woud like an ifone 15. I need a VR set. Have a...

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