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Wed
18
Nov
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It Amazes Me...

by Tory Duncan

I’m always amazed, to say the least, when I kick back long enough to “re-hash” the prior week before I pen the Bull column as to how some weeks I work my brain pretty hard to share my personal thoughts for the week. Some weeks, however, I work the ole gears in my head overtime in wondering what to share and yet other weeks, like this week, I find myself wondering just how in the world am I going to fit all my thoughts into just 21-inches?

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Wed
18
Nov
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While The Coworkers Are Away

by Ashley Swanson

The world is currently in a distressed state (more than usual), so hopefully, this “lighter mood” can give you a good chuckle or two. There have been many times over the past almost-year, when it’s been just Scoop and myself—either after hours or on the weekends. When I’m by myself, I love to blare music...any kind of music and it’s usually pretty loud. Not disrespectfully loud, just....well, loud.

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Wed
11
Nov
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State Volleyball, 2009...

by Tory Duncan
 
Seems just like yesterday... to ME, that the week of state volleyball had three of our four county schools in the 2009 state championship tournaments. Clay Center, Sandy Creek and Sutton all advanced to the big show at the end of the 2009 season.
 
Wed
11
Nov
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Talented Students

by Ashley Swanson
 
One of the things I love about my job is being able to witness the immense talent the students in this county have to offer. I have always loved One Acts...well, just plays in general, because they give people the opportunity to be someone else for a while. You get to dress up in clothes you wouldn’t normally wear (or maybe you would. No judgement). And you get to bring the words on pages to life in creative ways.

 

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Wed
04
Nov
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Social Media

By Ashley Swanson

Social media has become a huge part of our every day lives and, for many, it’s something we can’t live without. On Tuesday, as I made my way up to Sutton’s school for an assembly, I told myself I would stay for 20 minutes and then leave. After all, it was press night and I still had stuff to get done. Well, after being there for five minutes, it was clear that I was going to stay for the entire speech. The assembly was based around social media and how to properly use it and the dangers of using it.

Wed
04
Nov
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It’s What I Do...

By Tory Duncan

What happens in a day in your life? Is it eventful? Is it challenging? Is it mundane? I would have to share that, in a day for me, no single day is the same, never has been, never will be as long as I hold down my current career. Without a doubt, each day, while the routine is the same... Monday is wrap up writing and ad sales. After our deadline hits at 5, layout time begins for each weekly paper. Then on Wednesday, it becomes “catch your breath day,” at least a little bit. Thursday and Friday...and of course the weekends, nearly always have something going on that carries all of our staff around the county trying our best to get everywhere.

Wed
28
Oct
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An Eventful Weekend

By Ashley Swanson

This past weekend has been one to remember, at least, it has been for me. On Friday, the Sutton Mustangs worked hard to shutout Superior. There were a few times where Superior just got a little too close to their end zone, but were quickly stopped or pushed back by the Mustangs. Saturday morning and evening was packed with a vendor show and the Haunted Road Rally. The vendor show offered a wide variety of items, and it looked as if people were enjoying talking with others and scoping out the goodies on tables.

Wed
28
Oct
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Lighter Mood...

By Tory Duncan

I had quite the experience late last week, ending my work week (at least in the office) on Thursday before heading to Milford for the Southern Nebraska Conference volleyball championship match between Sutton and Sandy Creek. Then, I went on to Lincoln for board.meetings on Friday and Friday night with the Nebraska Press Association. With that much drive time over the course of two or three days, it lent me time to reflect upon just how lucky I truly am in getting the luxury of covering successful schools not just athletically, but more importantly, the fact that I truly do feel lucky to follow and cover school districts that are successful across the board in terms of educational experiences and extra curricular activities.

Wed
21
Oct
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Trust in our Leaders...

by Tory Duncan
 
You know, as I sit at my desk thinking out loud, well, within my head, I’m really stuck in “school mode,” with my thoughts for the week. All three schools in Clay County have had their share of tough decisions facing them over the course of the past several weeks, and even in some cases, over the course of the past several months.
 

 

Wed
21
Oct
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Stepping Up...

by Ashley Swanson
 
With hard work, dedication, and some optimism, a person can do anything. But to be an EMT, first responder or firefighter, being brave needs to be added to the list. In our rural Nebraska area, all of our EMT and firefighters are volunteers—every last one of them. To be a volunteer, a person has to be dedicated; willing to leave their families at a moments notice; willing to work toward the position; and despite their shaking skin and rapid heartbeat, they have to be brave...and that’s not something that can always be accomplished.
 

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