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Wed
12
Apr
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Confessions of a coffee addict

By Ashley Swanson

When I first had my sip of that black, bitter liquid steaming out of that white mug, I was really little. I was sitting with my grandpa, dad and uncle and was told that if I was going to sit up at the big table with the guys, I had to drink coffee.

Well....fast forward about an hour or two and I distinctly remember taking a sip and deciding it was disgusting as my cup turned cold. I was later excused from the “big table.”

Moving forward, I rarely ever had coffee growing up, and if I did, it was super sweet and was more a latte (lots of sweetner and cool whip) than actual coffee.

However, my brother and I did take turns brewing a pot of coffee for our dad each morning so we could fill his thermos before he headed off to work...I loved the smell of coffee back then, and only the smell.

Wed
05
Apr
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Spring sports weather is hard on a guy

By Tory Duncan

How many times over the past week did you hear... I need some sun? It became very apparent while taking in a few hours of the Thayer Central track and field meet in Hebron that Mother Nature is a little goofed up.

Most of the month of March (until the spring sports season began, anyway) was really a month of warmth and sunshine, but since the start of track and golf seasons for our local schools, weather hasn’t been the nicest to the athletes and fans alike.

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Wed
05
Apr
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Someone make time stand still

By Ashley Swanson

Time always moves faster after daylight savings time, or so it seems.

Once we jump forward an hour, all-of-a-sudden, it’s May and people are graduating and Memorial Day is here and then boom, summer’s over and it’s back to school and wouldn’t you know it, I think I hear sleigh bells...

...Okay, so maybe not that fast, but honestly, it does seem like that some years.

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Wed
29
Mar
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Gearing up for the end of the school year

By Tory Duncan

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, it turns my thoughts toward spring weather, activities of a different sort, with the return of community celebrations and activities taking place outside.

Track and golf athletes may not be happy with the start of their respective seasons, with cool (even cold) temperatures and rain plaguing the start of the spring sports season, but we all know that it will soon change to much better weather to better enjoy a track meet, or take in a round of golf.

Several communities have begun planning their summer community festivals, with talks going on throughout the county for the summer activities.

Baseball season...well, practice anyway...is well underway. Ag producers are working diligently to prepare acres and acres of ground for the pending planting season, leading us into the growing season.

Wed
29
Mar
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In the postal know

By Ozenbaugh

As I write this on Sunday, March 26, I'll share a Postal tidbit that today is the tenth anniversary of the Forever stamp. Forever Stamps are first-class stamps that you can buy at the current first-class postage rate, and they remain valid even if that rate rises in the future. The design for the Forever Stamp, an image of the Liberty Bell, was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service on March 26 in 2007. It officially went on sale on April 12, and sold for forty-one cents each. In the first year, the USPS sold more than six billion Forever stamps.

In the last ten years, the Forever stamp has changed prices eight times--from .41 in 2007, to .42 in 2008, to .44 in 2009. It then did not change until 2012, to .45, to .46 in 2013, and to .49 in 2014. It went down to.47 in 2016, and back to .49 in 2017.

Wed
22
Mar
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Finishing up a season well done

By Ashley Swanson

Speech is coming to a close pretty soon, actually, Thursday to be exact. Thursday marks the annual state speech competition, where students from all across Nebraska come together to compete against people they’ve come across before, and people they’ve never seen.

For Clay County, we have nine students going—eight from Sutton and one from Sandy Creek, and it was a tough battle to get there.

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Wed
22
Mar
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American agriculture...It’s a way of life

By Tory Duncan

American agriculture, we celebrate the hardworking men, women, and most definitely, families, this week with it being National Agriculture week and National Agriculture Day, which by the time most of you have read the Clay County News this week, has come and gone.

Nevermind the fact that our salute to American agriculture has come out during the week, as time to celebrate the vast amount of families that produce what we put on our plate each and everyday.

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Wed
15
Mar
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All in the family...Duncan style

By Tory Duncan

No, Archie and Edith Bunker, along with Meathead and Gloria, aren’t my focus this week. However, you have to admit, at least in my mind, that was a classic show.

Nope... this week, I speak of “All in the Family,” in terms of MY family.

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Wed
15
Mar
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Thankful for a place I call home

By Ashley Swanson

Facebook likes to remind people about their past by popping up stories and sharing them with you privately.

A year ago this week, I posted this article written by a man who was angry with the fact that all Nebraska was known for was Runzas and Husker fanatics. He then went on to say other reasons why Nebraska should be recognized for more than a sports team and some fast food.

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Wed
08
Mar
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It’s Newspaper in Education Week

By Tory Duncan

This marks a week, that to any newspaper involved with students at the high school and college levels, even in the elementary classrooms that, I truly cherish.

Since moving to Clay County to take over this newspaper, our team at the Clay County News has been involved in some way shape or form in working with all three Clay County High Schools’ journalism students.

What I have found, as well as many of my collegues in Nebraska, that working with students, is not only just as rewarding as an editor of a newpaper, but it has also become a way in which to reach out to students that show an interest in community journalism and to bring home those students that have received formal education in college, or at the community college level.

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