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The Hall of Fame Committee for Clay Center Community High School met recently, and two individuals were selected for induction in the Class of 2022. The two chosen were Forrest Hartner and Nicole Ohlde-Johnson.

Greenwood Cemetery, an official Wreaths Across America (WAA) location, will host a wreath-laying ceremony, joining more 3,000 other locations across the country for National Wreaths Across America Day. Coordinated and led by local volunteers, fundraising groups have raised funds throughout t…

Clay Center Dispatch staff Jamie Hoehn, Melanie Musselman, Vera Davies, Tricia York, Gary Davies, and special helper Lillia Matheney would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The team spent Monday decorating the front window of the Dispatch offices. (Courtesy photo)

The Clay Center Elks spread a bit of Christmas cheer this weekend with their annual toy distribution. The Elks distributed toys to 40 families with 120 children at the event on Sunday. In addition to toys, they also distributed 22 bikes and 1 go-cart to help bring Christmas cheer to families…

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King Herod sits on his throne at the First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center’s ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. (Courtesy photo) 

Bluestem Electric Cooperative trustees and staff held a construction site visit at the Leonardville Substation Solar Field project being constructed by Today’s Power, Inc. (TPI).  The utility-scale 750kW solar field is located south of Bluestem’s Leonardville substation located at highway 24…

In the ongoing mission of A Mural Movement to “put paint where it ain’t”, artist Scotch! (right) and his assistant Jalen (left) began work on an enormous mural along the northside wall of Happy Hippie Studios on Fifth Street earlier this week. The San Antonio-based Scotch! said the approxima…

Christmas is a time for cheer, but for families struggling to make ends meet, it can be a difficult time of year as well. Thankfully, local organizations like the Clay Center Elks step up during this time of year to make sure everyone can have a Happy Holiday.


Lynn Ellis, 69 of Riley, passed away November 25, 2021 in Manhattan.

Fern William Turner passed away peacefully on November 24th, 2021, surrounded by family memb…

Miltonvale, Kan. -- Anne M. Girard, 100, of Miltonvale, passed away November 21, 2021 in Con…

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Clay Center, Kansas -- Helen Irene Urban, age 89, died November 16, 2021 in Clay Center, Kan…


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2212:30 p.m. CCCMS Site Council Meeting 5:15 p.m. WJH Basketball vs. Elyria Christian @ Home TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 164 p.m. CCCHS Scholars Bowl @ Bennington 4:30 p.m. CCCMS 7th/8th Girls Basketball @ Abilene WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17Q2 Progress Report 8:15 a.m. WHS ASVAB THURSDAY, …

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 8 a.m. Clay County Commission @ the Courthouse. Moved to Tuesday when Monday is a holiday. 9 a.m. Exercise Class @ Wakefield Community Center9 a.m. Coffee @ Apollo Towers12 - 3 p.m. Lighthouse for Christ  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 9 a.m. Bible study Madura church 1:30 p.m. Bin…

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The Clay County Health Department will be holding a walk-in vaccine clinic later this week. No appointment is needed to receive the pediatric COVID vaccine for ages 5-11, COVID boosters, and the Flu vaccine for all ages.

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The Clay Center Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be held Friday, November 19 at the Catholic Parish Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 pm. This drive will be by appointment only. All donors and volunteers will be required to wear a facemask, whether you have been vaccinated or not. If you don…

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Every year, food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and faith groups offer free Thanksgiving meals across our country, including right here in our backyard. The First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center will be serving a meal from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellow…

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There will be a pair of benefits for local Crohn's disease fighter, 7-year-old Rory Mellies, taking place later this month on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center.


The CCCHS Drumline took first place in the Orange and Black Pack skit competition last Tuesday at the After Dark in t… more >>

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Birth Announcements

Happy Birthday

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Harold Hartner will be turning 105 years old on November 8, 2021. Happy Birthday cards and wishes may be maild or dropped off to:

Happy Anniversary


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Note: This report is generated through the Hometown Welcome Wagon on a monthly basis. New residents receive a package of gifts and gift cards from local merchants, including a 30-day subscription to The Dispatch.

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Note: This report is generated through the Hometown Welcome Wagon on a monthly basis. New residents receive a package of gifts and gift cards from local merchants, including a 30-day subscription to The Dispatch.


Later this week, December 2-4, is the Wichita Farm and Ranch Show at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane. This is the 25th year Tradexpos has brought vendors from across the nation to the Wichita area for farmers and ranchers to see the latest in products and services for their agricultu…

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It could certainly be called the end of an era in Clay County when an estimated 200 or more people turned out for the auction of the Noffsinger Veterinary Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 11. The auction included the buildings and land as well as equipment and other items Dr. Clifford Noffsinger …

Thanksgiving 2021 certainly needs to be different than Thanksgiving 2020.  Our family is larger than the four who were together last year for both Thanksgiving and again for Christmas!  We very carefully followed the 2020 instructions.  How did your family manage with all the strict instruct…

Insight Kansas

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Lead exposure among Kansas children deserves attention

River Valley Extension District

Holidays can be stressful. Your plans may include hosting, traveling, giving gifts, preparing meals, and more. Consider a few of these tips to not let finances add to your stress during this upcoming holiday season and eventually the new year. 

It is hard to believe, but the holiday season is quickly approaching in the River Valley Extension District. 

The deadline to sign up for Pasture Rangeland and Forage (PRF) insurance for the 2022 calendar year with a crop insurance agent is December 1, 2021. 

4H News

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Did you know that there are more than 25 different birds mentioned in the Bible? One of the most famous Scriptures in the New Testament involves the hen. Jesus laments over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to i…

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Greetings to all as we look forward to our holiday seasons, however we worship. Thanksgiving time is always a special time for family and friends to gather and look back on the year falling behind us, and look toward the Advent Season as we once again anticipate the birth of Christ.

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It was a cool sunny morning this week as we gathered together for worship at Countryside Bible Fellowship. We opened with the hymns “To God be the Glory” and “America the Beautiful”. 

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On Sunday, October 24, 2021, thirty members and guests of the Linn Zone Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) met for the Fall Event at Immanuel Lutheran Parish Hall, Bremen, Kansas. Pastor Aaron Finker had opening devotions on Ephesians Chapter 5.

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Thank You. Two Simple Words.

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All Christians are Saints

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Conversation Piece

In our daily disarray of living, Thanksgiving forces us to pause and reflect for one day on all the good things we have, although each year, I tell myself we should celebrate it every day.

There’s growing concern that social media is eroding face-to-face time, a phenomenon known as social displacement.  If you’re old enough to remember, opinions were once shared exclusively at the dinner table or office water cooler and extremist political views weren’t posted socially to try …

Home Country

That certain … crispness? … in the air reminds me of one of my favorite story assignments over the past thousand years or so. I was a reporter/columnist/feature writer for The Anchorage Daily News, and since I had a tolerance for eccentricities in others … well, they called me the weirdo reporter.

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Dogsled: A True Tale of the North

Community News

With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1, and tuition and room and board at a four-year college costing around $27,000 - $55,000 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2022’s Best College & University Rankings report, as well a…

It was a cool cloudy morning this week as we gathered for worship at Countryside Bible Fellowship. We opened with the hymns “what Manner of Love” and “Blessed Assurance”. The scripture reading was from Psalms 37 where king David reminds us that the wicked will not prosper and will eventually…

On October 20, thirteen ladies braved the cold weather to play our last organized golf for the season. Ramona Derousseau and Paige Taddiken were in charge of the scramble.   The team of Ginger Walker, Sandi Wiemers, Carol Bosch and Rita Wollenberg won the scramble.  Twenty ladies were presen…

Laity Sunday was observed Oct. 17 at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church worship service. Averi Schurle rang the bell and lit the altar candles as Alvena Wilgers played a lovely piano prelude.

The Alonzo F Dexter American Legion Auxiliary Unit #101 met Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Legion Post.  President Karen Reed called the meeting to order according to ritual with Chaplain Jeanna Fancella giving the opening prayer and all reciting the Preamble and giving the Pledge of Allegia…

Arts, Entertainment and Leisure

The following recipes are used together. For best results, do not buy a store bought pie crust. Use these recipes to create an incredible dess…

This was always my brother Craig’s favorite. When he would come home it would always be at the table. I don’t get to see him often so making i…