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St. Paul Lutheran Preschool hope invites you to the pre-school annual spaghetti supper and raffle on Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dine in  or carry out if you are unable to stay for some fellowship.  If you would like to contribute an item to the raffle please contact Melissa Baxter and she can …

The Longford Lions Club will hold a pancake feed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Feb. 23, at the Coachlight Restaurant in Longford. Donations will be taken.

More than 1,430 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University in fall 2019. The graduates are from 89 Kansas counties, 42 states and 30 countries.

Time is running out to enter your works in ‘Art is Ageless’ competition Feb. 19 – 20 at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. This is the 40th year for PMMA’s Art is Ageless program. Artists must be age 65 or older and the work must have been created since Jan. 1, 2015.

Based off of student and parent feedback, Lincoln Elementary decided to extend our Best Choice Label contest until Thursday, Feb. 13. As of Feb. 9, the boys had collected 1,370 labels and the girls 723.

Registration for the Clay Center Parks and Recreation Department (CCPRD) 2020 Spring Soccer season is now open! Despite what the weather is like outside, the spring soccer season will soon be under way.  

The Friends of Milford Lake need your help! The next Milford Friends meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Nature Center for the purpose of launching a membership drive.

A soft taco and nachos meal will be served as a fund-raiser for the Morganville Ball Association from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Methodist Family Life Center. A free will donation will be taken.

Clay Center Elks Lodge will distribute TEFAP Commodities to income qualifying persons on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the lodge, 611 5th St.

The Clay County Arts Council is offering a $1,000 scholarship for 2020. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Applications are available from high school counselors at Clay County Community High School or Wakefield High School. The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who liv…

This month, we will be focusing on the dietary portion of patient care. Linda Yarrow, Registered Dietician and Alice Christensen, Food and Nutrition Services Manager, will be leading students in our program on Monday, February 10 at 6:30pm. They will review dietary restrictions, types of die…

USD-379, USD-334 Parents As Teachers, Infant/Toddler Services, Early Head Start the Clay County Health Department and the Twin Lakes Education Cooperative are once again joining together in a cooperative effort to offer another Free “Child Check” clinic for infants and children up to pre-kin…

The new Tractor Supply store in Clay Center is inviting the public to attend a “private viewing party” to preview the new store at 831 W. Crawford St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

Milford Wildlife Area will be expanding the Steve Lloyd Refuge Area in the southern part of the county near Milford Lake to include an additional 200 acres along the southwest corner up to the private property line, according to a release from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tou…

The City of Wakefield will host the final Comprehensive Plan public meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. at the City Office (609 Grove St.). This event is an opportunity for community members from the City of Wakefield to provide their input for the future of Wakefield.

Wakefield School is asked for band alumni to play with student band members at the home game on Friday, Feb. 7. This game will be the winter homecoming game and the band will play at the girls’ halftime and in between the games. If you are interested in performing with us, contact Toni Croxt…

Previously called Medical Explorer Post No. 2156, this group for high school students will now be known as the Future Medical Professionals program at Clay County Medical Center. Students from any area high schools are welcome to join the program, which meets once a month and immerses partic…

Adult volleyball games through Clay Center Parks Recreation start in the district gym on Prospect Street this Sunday, Jan. 4. Ten teams will play from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with matches on the hour every hour.  Teams will also play on Sundays on Jan. 19, Jan. 26., Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb…

Next weekend, Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, Clay County Youth Basketball Association will host its home tournament at CCCHS in the district and main gyms.

In the coming weeks, Clay County residents will have two opportunities to give blood -- a Red Cross Blood drive will be held at the Clay Center Armory, 217 S. 12th St., from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 10 and another will be held at the Wakefield School gym on from noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 7.

K-State Research and Extension is bringing you another Ladies Night Out event! New Year! New You! New Network! Come and learn about the upcoming 2020 Women in Agriculture Series.

Trail Life Troop No. 618 will be having a pancake feed on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alert Covenant Church, 15820 Green Randolph Road.  A free will donation will be accepted. 

Meadowlark Hospice and Socks for Seniors had a priority this holiday season and that was is to bring holiday cheer along with a pair of new socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our seniors.

The National Honors Society at Wakefield High School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the school’s library at 502 Third Street, Wakefield, from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. To set up an appointment, contest Kelly Hughes at (785) 461-5437 or kellyhughes@usd379.org.     

Clay County Emergency Management has set the annual weather spotter training featuring the National Weather Service from Topeka for 7 p.m., Feb. 27 at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. More information on the training will be released closer to the date.

Many area businesses and offices will be closed for multiple days to celebrate Christmas, including Tuesday and Wednesday, or will celebrate the holiday by closing early Tuesday.

Santa Claus is coming to the Clay Center Carnegie Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Join library staff for a holiday story time with Santa Claus that will include special crafts, snacks and goodies!

The Longford Community Christmas Soup Supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Longford Community Center. Everyone is welcome. A free will donation will be taken. Santa will be there handing out treats for all the good little boys and girls.

Because classes were cancelled, on Monday, USD-379 has rescheduled the Singing Christmas Tree for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Martyn-Snodgrass Auditorium. The Slagle Dance and Baton Studio Christmas recital set for Wednesday has been moved to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the CCCHS Auditorium.

Better Breathers Club is a welcoming support group offered at no charge to people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or other chronic lung diseases. The club brings people together to learn how to manage their condition and improve their quality of life.

The Christmas season is not always easy. If you find it to be difficult, for whatever reason, you are invited to the Clay Center Methodist Church for a service of remembrance and hope at  the church’s Blue Christmas service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. It may bring you comfort.

Clay Center FFA will hold a soup supper at the Common Ground Ministries, 709 5th St., from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. A free will donation will taken to benefit the People Helping People fund. Join FFAers for a great meal of soups and desserts.

American Legion Post 101 is having their Christmas party Saturday night, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. All veterans and their families, members and their families and guests are invited. Santa will be making an appearance, so bring the kids. Meal is potluck with Legion providing the meat. Legion Aux…