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13
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Not One Stranger

by Ashley Swanson 
 
It’s evident that in Clay County’s 4-H program, no one is a stranger—everyone is welcome with open arms and no one is left out in the dust. The same kind of small community feeling was seen during the fair this past weekend; it makes me proud to call these small communities my home and those living in them, my neighbors.

 

Wed
13
Jul
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Still Amazes Me...

by Tory Duncan 
 

One would think that after my eighth Clay County Fair, that life might get a little tiresome. This year, thanks in part to a great staff, the fair enabled me a little more “soak in time,” because of support from a great crew...Thank you Ashley, Jeana, Melissa, Karla and Teri.

 

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Wed
06
Jul
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Ready, Set, Go...

by Tory Duncan
 
After all the fanfare and glitz of the county fireworks displays, a great celebration in Clay Center and a three-day weekend, it’s time to power through the month of July, a busy, busy July. The busy pace of the summertime fun certainly seems to drive the summer faster and faster each year, especially the older I seem to be getting.
 
Wed
06
Jul
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Fireworks...

by Ashley Swanson
 
Fireworks are easily in my top five things to take photos of—especially now that I was told an easier way to capture them. Fireworks, it seems, have always had the ability to quiet people, to keep a gaze that is otherwise often found in front of a screen, and they always seem to amaze.

 

Wed
29
Jun
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Busy Fun...

by Ashley Swanson 
 
Wake up, take photos here and there, laugh, have fun, eat delicious food, sleep, repeat. That’s kind of the schedule myself and those staying with me had this past weekend. Friday afternoon kicked-off Dugout Days events with swimming pool activities. I love this event because the kids look so ready to compete in the games set up for them, but it’s fun competition. They’re ready to jump head first into the water and just have fun.

 

Wed
29
Jun
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Stepping Up...

by Tory Duncan 
 
I have to admit, as much as I try to assist and sup - port each community in Clay County, both through our paper or just me personally, from time to time, I find it truly amazing how people can complain that something is wrong, when in fact sometimes they don’t know how much work goes into setting up a community festival, a county fair, a sports tournament, or events that bring people home or to our communities. Have we really come to the point in the world where the only comments to share are of a negative nature?

 

Wed
22
Jun
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As If You Didn’t Know...

By Tory Duncan

I don’t think that one can ever say that the summer thus far has been slow, especially those of you chasing baseball or softball games all over the place, or those that have hit the road for family reunions or even vacations. Yes, even vacations it seems, can be a “rat race” at times. 

 

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Wed
22
Jun
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An Incredible Feat

By Ashley Swanson

When someone puts their mind to something, it usually means they are goal-oriented and will stop at nothing until their goal has been reached. Their minds can’t be swayed, and although the journey may be difficult at times, they push on, unwilling to be brought down by the hills. Over the last few weeks, it seems, we’ve had several people traveling through the county, either on a bike, vehicles/ motorcycle or their feet. This past Thursday, however, when another runner and her crew came through the county, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I knew them. 

 

Wed
15
Jun
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RAMBLES

By Ashley Swanson
 
Sunday afternoon marked the first 4-H show in Clay County for the year; it was the Regional Dairy Goat Show. Despite the heat, kids, their parents and goats traveled from Polk, Lancaster, Webster, Harlan and other counties for the show, toting their equipment and sporting their 4-H shirts.
 

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Wed
15
Jun
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BULL

By Tory Duncan
 
It was extremely fitting this past Friday night that Terry and Kelley Owens of Harvard were both honored by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association’s 35th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in Grand Island. Why extremely fitting, you might ask? Here’s the best way to answer that question. When in Harvard, ask someone about the Owens and their family.

 

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