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Wed
11
Jul
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The ultimate road trip...in my book

By Tory Duncan

Traditionally this is the week that I lend my words to the Clay County Fair, and even though my thoughts aren’t directed that way, before I dig in to the Bull this week, be sure to support the kids and families that work their tails off to reach the point of the annual event.

It is, and always has been, one of my favorite events of the year!

This past week was to be my “little getaway” from the pace of a usual work week, but because of a few things here and there, it just didn’t work out to get away.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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Push forward despite obstacles

By Ashley D. Swanson

When I was younger, and even into college, I was an avid writer. Now, I know how that must sound. I’m an avid writer now. But these things I was writing were stories, ones that came from my mind and usually spiraled down in a chaotic explosion…meaning I never finished these stories.

Being an avid writer now means finishing the stories, and having them come from real people with real stories in real situations.

Let me tell you a short story now, one that wasn’t made up, but is instead of how far a dream can go if you work hard enough to achieve it.

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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A hurting time for journalists

By Ashley D. Swanson

Reading through countless news articles Thursday morning, I still couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that someone walked into a newsroom and killed five journalists and injured two staff members.

What is wrong with people? It’s a question I asked myself, and others, many times since that day.

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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First Amendment campaign begins

By Tory Duncan

This past week has led me to a whirlwind of thoughts that kept changing by the day, sometimes by the hour, which I am used to during the busy school year, but not necessarily during a routine summer week.

Wed
27
Jun
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Live your life for you, not social media

By Tory Duncan

Duncan’s at it again many of you will say...you’d be right! However, I’m cheating a little bit to “preach” my thoughts.

This past weekend I found a piece written by York Public Schools Superintendent Mike Lucas. Man did it hit home and make sense, not just for students but adults alike!

I traveled to Albion Saturday to take in the Six-Man All-Star football game and made it north in time to stop at the local Pizza Hut and have lunch. In the place were fans from both Nebraska and Wyoming...full families and groups of what I assume are friends and it just totally blew me away how many people were glued to their phones, with four to five people sitting at the same table...doing the same thing.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Hanging with some of the best

By Ashley D. Swanson

The first responders of Clay County, and just any first responder for that matter, have my immense respect.

What they do comes at a price—they miss or have to leave family functions; some situations can be tough on their mental well-being; at times, the hours are long; the trainings take quite a bit of time...but through all of that, first responders never complain about having to help someone who’s having the worst day of their life; they never think someone else will get to the call; they’re present, even at the worst of times.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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Adulthood is hard but worth it

By Ashley D. Swanson

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they have to grow up. Where they have to fully accept they’ve become an adult, and soak in all the responsibilities that come with being an adult.

The moment probably starts for some when they’re in high school. When they get their first job and have to pay for their gas.

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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The summer fun is set to begin

By Tory Duncan

Once in a while a little break is always welcome, especially after the month of May in this business with the end of the school year, graduation, state events, district events and all sorts of things going on, the month of May seems like it lasts 12 months. 

Now that we’ve had a little bit of a break, although we’re always packed with plenty to do, the summer, in my mind, really kicks in with the big weekend of Dugout Days and Edgarfest, and then throw on top of that Clay Center’s Fourth of July celebration, the end of June kicks in our official start to summer activities and community events.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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Complaining: the bane of happiness

By Ashley D. Swanson

Many lessons are learned growing up—that’s why they call it growing.

You learn by making mistakes, and hopefully you don’t make them again, or they’re less severe the next time around.

We had one TV station throughout junior high and high school, so the entire family knew the programming schedule.

 

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Wed
13
Jun
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Numbness...sometimes it hits you hard

By Tory Duncan

Sometimes it just hits you hard. I’ve kind of prided myself on being a “mostly” level headed thinker. But this past week, with big news hitting our coverage area I do find myself a bit numb...to say the least!

Thursday morning in small town Grafton, which I realize anything can happen anywhere, a young thief walked in and gained enough money to maybe get him into Iowa...was it really worth it?

 

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