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Wed
14
Aug
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When hurt becomes the norm

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Sometimes I look back at old newspapers, including the not-so-old ones of last year.

I did the same thing recently, and in next week’s paper, last year (hopefully that made sense), we—Tory, Jordyn, and myself—wrote about all the awful things that had been occuring. Kidnappings, shootings, etc.

Fast forward a year and really nothing has changed. We had two consecutive mass shootings. People are killed every day for one reason or another. There have been so many car accidents this summer I’ve lost count of how many lives were taken.

I saw a post shortly after the two consecutive mass shootings that started with “Every time there is a mass shooting...” and another person commented back that he should say “every time” like it was normal for mass shootings to happen and, therefore, acceptable.

 

Wed
14
Aug
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It’s back to school, time to get busy

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Back-to-school time is always a busy time. Families chase events of all types from athletic events to many other school functions.

That same pace is shared by the staff here at the Clay County News. But with this column, it’s also time to remind us that back-to-school also changes a community. Each community sees a change of pace and a great deal more activity on the streets and at our schools.

It brings to mind that our mindsets as a community needs to wake up a little, especially during the start and end of each school day.

 

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Wed
07
Aug
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Time flies when you’re not paying attention

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RAMBLES

Except for the Clay County Fair, Clay Center’s Fourth of July Celebration, and Harvard’s Car Show, July was decently mellow in terms of how busy we were.

The summer months, for us anyway, tend to be a bit more chill than the rest of the year.

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Wed
07
Aug
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A weekend for a road trip and memories

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BULL

Last weekend I had the luxury of taking a little road trip along Highway 2, and a few other highways in Nebraska. It was a trip to learn some lessons amongst my 54 years of life, but also to just pay attention to the things I missed when I was younger, as I traveled back through some of these small towns.

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Wed
31
Jul
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Harvard Car Show a good time for all

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Harvard’s Car Show is definitely a good way to spend some hours on a Saturday.

Simply put: it’s a good, fun time.

There’s old cars parked throughout the park; the horseshoe tournament is entertaining to watch, as well as listen to—the teams talk fun smack, and their comebacks are pretty funny; kids are having fun with the activities and playground; teams are having fun trying to earn a point during the sand volleyball tournament; and there’s a ton of conversation happening.

Car shows in general are fun to attend, in my opinion, because I have a love of history instilled in me, and what better place to find and learn about history than a car show?

Each vehicle has a story to tell, none like another. One vehicle, a sleek purple beauty with a thin stripe of orange lining the circumference of the car was built in memory of this person’s father.

 

Wed
31
Jul
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It was noticed that I broke my streak

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Breaking my streak of consecutive weeks with the Bull has seemingly not gone without notice.

I had written somewhere around 525 to 530 straight Bull columns before I decided, while on my first week-long vacation in 10 years, to “skip it,” thinking “I doubt that people will notice.”

Well, it was noticed by many, as after Thursday, during my travels around the county and running into a lot of people, maybe the Bull is a weekly fix for some, yet for others, maybe it really doesn’t matter either.

Anyway, it did come to my surprise how many people noticed that on the top of page two is the Bull, except for last week.

Well, like it or not, I’m back this week and the Bull starts a new streak.

 

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Wed
24
Jul
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An undying love for books

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By Ashley D. Swanson

In my attempt to reduce time on social media, and reduce screen time on my phone altogether, I started reading again.

Honestly, I couldn’t remember the last time I read a book prior to the end of June, into July. Which is sad, because I adore reading and haveduring my high school years—spent an entire summer reading in between working.

And I have a ton of books laying around my house—I even have my own miniature library...which got too big for the mini library and spread out into the living room and my room, but I digress.

 

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Wed
24
Jul
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IN THE POSTAL KNOW

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Ozenbaugh

The “Dog Days of Summer” have definitely been upon us. I hope everyone is coping with the heat, especially those who work outdoors. I know the USPS stresses to our carriers to stay hydrated (drinking LOTS of water) and taking breaks (either in the shade or in air-conditioned buildings). Everyone should be familiar with the signs of heat illnesses. Do you know them?

Heat exhaustion—faint or dizzy, excessive sweating, cool, pale clamming skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid, weak pulse, and muscle cramps.

Heat stroke—throbbing headache, no sweating, body temperature above 103, red, hot and dry skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid & strong pulse, and may lose consciousness.

 

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Wed
10
Jul
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Baseball backed by strong coaching

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Sports were not a favorite activity of mine—or even interesting to me—until college.

In high school (and even some college) I was a theatre nerd. I was, and still am, a huge fan of fine arts.

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Wed
10
Jul
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One of many bonus’ of small town life

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There are so many times in my life that I’m glad I grew up the way I did, living in small town America, where everybody knows pretty much everybody.

Yes, at times, small town life can be a little tough on the privacy. This is because everybody pretty much knows everybody.

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