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Parenting classes offered as means to help parents find the tools to be better parents helped several in the community facing custody issues or removal of children from their home, Erin Mellies, of Pawnee Mental Health told Rotarians yesterday. Rotary Club helped sponsor the class.

Yesterday a rare cat the like of which has never walked through our doors before visited The Dispatch office. The African Serval named Sir Xerxes Maximus, is the first one in Kansas according to its caretaker, Laura Sibson, who is taking care of him on behalf of its owner, her son Doug Simpson.

At 12:15 p.m. Clay County Commissioners met at the Clay County Park in Wakefield to view the damage and to discuss the cost of repairs of the park shop versus building a new shop, according to the minutes of Monday’s meeting.

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The Clay County Highway Department is now assisting with clean-up of Clay County Park in Wakefield, prepared and cleared roads for ice that fell over the weekend and completed a few other projects Interim Highway Administrator Jeff Germann reported to county commissioners on Monday.

The USD-379 school approved a calendar for 2020-21 that has an earlier  start date than the current year  (three days earlier), two weeks for Winter break -- three weeks instead of two -- and a spring break set for the third week of March.

The Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry on Jan. 15 will be at a new location, the Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot at 15th Street between Lane and Huntress Streets. The address is 1330 15th St.

Clay Center’s Tractor Supply will open in the old Shopko/Pamida Store on Feb. 1 with a formal grand opening on Feb. 8, said Jon Wohler a district manager for Tractor Supply who oversees stores in Kansas, a few in Missouri and one in Nebraska.

Elizabeth Anne Mall has released two Contemporary Christian singles with producer and sound engineer James Kocian through Firstcom Music.  Firstcom Music is a division of Universal Publishing Production Music that creates music for film, broadcast, advertising, digital media and corporate pr…

This week K-State Research and Extension kicked off a “Women in Agriculture” farm Management Educational Series with a sign-up for the series at a “Ladies Night Out” at the 15-24 Brew House on Monday.

In the flood of 1993, areas near Milford Lake and the Republican River were underwater from roughly late July until October. Some species of plants could not tolerate that long submersion and died off. One of these plants was a shrub named wahoo. I don’t know if any of these small trees have…

One of Lincoln Elementary’s “Wildly Important Goals” this year was to improve both student and staff attendance. For the second consecutive year, the school have done that in the first semester! #usd379

The Clay Center City Council is already working on the next round of Street projects, which the council's Public Services Committee approved to go out for bids on Tuesday. They also talked about how they should address repairs to Fifth Street.

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…

Sheriff Chuck Dunn announced at Monday’s Clay County Commission meeting that after 18 years as Sheriff, he will not seek another term.

Last night the Wakefield City Council and the members of the Wakefield Library Board agreed to work together to resolve a few issues with the library building.

The Winter Concert at Clay Center Community Schools is traditionally a concert featuring a guest artist. This year’s guest is Todd Strait, a well known percussionist with a 40-year career playing in New York with the pianist Marian McPartland, touring with notable artists like Woody Herman, …

After considerable discussion, Clay County Commissioners agreed Monday not to get involved in grading roads for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) in the Milford Lake Wildlife Area..

Ted Thoman, Jamestown, Kansas, was presented a Quilt of Valor by the Nathan Edson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The presentation was made on Dec. 14, 2019 in Clay Center.

The Clay Center Community High School Hall of Fame committee recently met and selected three individuals to induct into the CCCHS Hall of Fame in 2020. These individuals are Tom Carlson, Laird McIntosh and Kelly Rankin.

Robert Lee, who portrays the town’s Santa for the Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce, said he’s heard kids ask for a lot over the 10 or so years he’s been Santa -- and not all of them toys or gifts you can hold in your hands.

County Commissioners pressed Clay County Park Manager Mike Carney to take steps to clean up the park in Wakefield next to Milford Lake now that the lake is back to normal levels.  Commissioner Thurlow stated that he has had complaints that individuals are not able to get to the boat docks.

CCCHS students Cooper Coffman has been selected by  the Kansas Music Educators Association to be part of the State Choir.

The Clay Center City Council voted 7-1 in favor of rezoning the southwest corner of US-24 and K-15 from residential to commercial last night. The location is where Leiszler plans to build a Short Stop convenience store.

On Monday, Commissioners signed contracts on two bridges that Husker Steel will replace in 2020, bought a saw for a skid loader and took care of other matters for the Highway Department.