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In communication with local health officials, USD-379 will continue to encourage but not require the use of masks during summer weights, team sessions, and camps at USD-379 facilities, CCCHS athletics director Greg Ferguson said in an e-mail to parents.

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The City of Wakefield announced that Governmental Assistance Services (GAS) started conducting door-to-door surveys of Wakefield residents this week. The surveys, which will help to determine the low-to-moderate income rate within the city, are being conducted on behalf of the City of Wakefield.

Clay County Commissioners decided in a special meeting Wednesday morning to opt out of the statewide mandate for requiring masks that Gov. Laura Kelly said she’ll be issuing to go into effect Friday.

Brooklyn Gordon, the daughter of Ashley and James Gordon, Clay Center, is competing in the National American Miss Pre-Teen Pageant on Aug. 9-11 in Columbia Mo., for the state level. She is already selected to go to Nationals in Orlando, set during Thanksgiving week.

Sheriff Chuck Dunn told commissioners on Monday he’d like to buy a drone with funds set aside for next year’s budget.

Matt Martin, outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for Southeast Missouri State (SEMO),  told Lions Club members he learned the meaning of hard work and determination growing up on a farm near Clay Center.

The Clay County Fair has been scaled back this year, but the Fair Board is still planning on doing most of what they would normally do for a fair, Fair Board president Mike Argo told County Commissioners Monday.

Clay County Emergency Management is already receiving questions about the Governor’s announcement of mandatory mask use and when you will be required to wear a mask (See related story).

Flint Hills Media Group Director of Communications Alicia Paul was the guest speaker at the June 25 meeting of the Clay Center Rotary Club. Paul used her time as speaker to inform the assembled Rotarians of improvements to The Dispatch’s printing press which have included adding color printi…

Clay Center Police are following up on a few leads and they will catch whoever is responsible for the vandalism, Mayor Jimmy Thatcher said at Saturday’s rally.

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On Saturday several hundred people gathered in a unity rally on the Courthouse Square to show vandalism with racial slurs will not be tolerated here and the community stands in solidarity with those affected by it.

Over the years, when I  was teaching about nature and the environment, at various contests my students were asked to find plants that had a rosette. Sometimes they were simply asked to bring back a specimen from an area and identify it by matching it to a name on a list. Common mullein was a…

More people showed up to help remove graffiti than were needed yesterday afternoon in a call by Bryce Dolan, KCLY news director, for the community to come together and help those affected by a rash of racial slurs spray-painted on private buildings and public property Monday night (see relat…

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued a public health warning for blue-green algae for the gather pond for Milford Reservoir yesterday .

Clay County Economic Development Group with assistance from North Central Regional Planning Commission applied for Community Development Block Grant funds that will be re-granted to local businesses.  

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CCCHS Valedictorian Rhett Koppes said the Class of 2020 has created many great memories together. For him, that includes the sport of wrestling, which has not only given him great memories,  but also “a crooked nose, several black eyes and some wicked cauliflower ear” as well as  “many valua…

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The opportunities the Class of 2020 missed out on because of the coronavirus and how  they will meet similar challenges of the future, was a message graduates at CCCHS  heard from speakers at commencement on Saturday.

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Wakefield High School students didn’t let the cloud cast over their last days at Wakefield High School keep them from remembering their time there well or discourage them from seeing a bright future ahead.

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At commencement, 15 graduates of Wakefield High School were recognized with awards and scholarships and announced their plans following high school. All but one graduate is planning to attend college.

School officials will live-stream CCCHS 2020 Commencement ceremony on the school Tiger News Television Live Youtube page, Saturday, June 20th at 9 a.m. You can also view the ceremony for both CCCHS and WHS live on The Dispatch’s Facebook page.

This weekend will feature a regular zoo for the Alternative Animal Sale at the Clay Center Sale Barn, 1774 Meadowlark Road, with ostriches, ems, a zebra, a camel and a baby kangaroo among the more exotic animals up for big.

USD-379 will hold kindergarten round-up for the 2020-21 school year for Lincoln Elementary and Wakefield School on Thursday, July 30. Round-up for kindergartners will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary gymnasium; and at Wakefield School, at 6 p.m.

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Last night Clay Center City Council learned they’ll save quite a bundle by refinancing the pool bonds, which is back on the table, Administrative Committee Chairman Jim Brown reported.

This year’s summer reading will be shortened, but there’s still a lot of fun packed into four weeks of activities, children’s librarian Pixie Knepper said at yesterday’s kick-off event for the Clay Center Carnegie Library’s summer reading program.

CCMC is among several hospitals statewide being recognized for its exemplary achievements to improve patient safety. CCMC received this recognition for working toward the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust goals set by the Centers for Medicare & Med…

Tomorrow night, the Clay Center will  approve several  actions for a Community Development Block Grant, to including holding a public hearing, and a couple of resolutions -- one giving them the legal  authority to apply for the grant through the 2019 Kansas Small Cities Community Development…

Clay County District Court and Clay Center Municipal Court are both back in action after several months of being closed because of the coronavirus. But city prosecutor Joel Mason told Rotarians yesterday, like a cruise ship, courts can’t stop on a dime and they can’t go from 0 to 60 either.

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The Clay County Fair Board has decided to cancel most events associated with the Clay County Fair, but as of today, is still planning the 4-H shows and competitions, and events that can be moved outside so social distancing can be accommodated.

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The Clay Center Refuse Department is tentatively planning on resuming the curb-side recycling collection program on Monday, June 15, 2020. The department appreciates your cooperation and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please welcome Blake Greufe, Administrative Intern to Clay County Medical Center (CCMC). Blake is currently working on his Master of Health Administration at University of Missouri.

Beginning today, the Kansas Department of Transportation has started work on two projects for a surface recycle and chip seal on K-82 in Clay and Riley counties. Work on K-82 will begin at the K-15 junction and head east approximately 11 miles, through Wakefield, to US-77.

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Clay County Commissioners received welcomed news -- they’ll have about $120,000 to give to local businesses to help them through the coronavirus crises.

On Monday, the USD-379 school board hired two special education teachers, a social studies teacher and seven paraeducators for the 2020-21 school year and a bunch of summer help from May 26 to June 30, including:

Catholic Charities will be distributing food to families on Wednesday, June 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. or while supplies last. They will be located in the parking lot West of the Parish Center and will be doing a “drive-through” distribution.

Clay County moved into Phase 3 yesterday, allowing restrictions put in place to guard against the coronavirus to be relaxed even more -- most significantly, the limit on mass gatherings to be increased to no more that 45 people.

School officials are moving forward with plans for school and extracurricular activities to pretty much return to normal by the fall. While they’re planning for the best possible outcomes, they’re all planning to be better prepared for the worst-case scenario -- having to go back to online s…

At tonight's school board meeting, a fifth-grade teacher has asked for approval for a field trip that could not be taken this spring because of the coronavirus be allowed to take place for next year’s fifth graders.

The Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that they and McGee Fireworks will host a display of fireworks celebrating Independence Day at dusk on July 3.