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At Monday’s school board meeting, several school board members told administrators and coaches they have their full support for whatever they decide they should do in scheduling extra-curricular activities.

We know you’ve heard it before, and we know you probably roll your eyes every time you hear it. But now, more than ever, it’s important to shop local.

No Stardusters. No That’s Entertainment! No Spring sports or activities. Little to  no recognition of other honors like the academic letters presentation ceremony. There is so much that hasn’t taken place this Spring.

The last six weeks at The Dispatch have been pretty lonely, as most people have stayed home while restrictions have been in place because of the coronavirus.

At a recent council meeting, Clay Center Mayor Jimmy Thatcher said something that desperately needed to be said, and we commend him for having the courage to say it.

How candidates running for the US Senate are handling the coronavirus to score political point during their campaigns are a real eye opener to what kind of person they are.

While most of us have to stay home during this corona virus crisis, or at least work as much from home as we can; let us take a moment to appreciate all those who don’t have that option -- those businesses, employers and workers who continue to operate as either “essential businesses” or per…

This week Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address a flood of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow.

Recently The Dispatch has received pressure from members of the public to release or seek out the name or other identifying information about the first person in Clay County to test positive for the coronavirus.

With eight confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kansas -- three more added this weekend -- and more expected this week as the virus continues to spread, we want our readers to remember one thing, if they remember nothing else.

The similarity between the name of Corona beer  to the deadly coronavirus is causing some confusion, with some people wondering if the virus is caused by the beer.

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Now in their second year of re-design, USD-379 schools are  now making changes to prototypes that have been tried out and are “pivoting” on those successes. They’ll soon launch those prototypes and pivots as permanent changes.

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Last week we had a reader come in and complain that celebrating Presidents Day in February instead of George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday diminishes those two men’s accomplishments.  The holiday has been revamped to celebrate all presidents, not just those two men.

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Yesterday the National Weather Service (NWS) reported those affected by flooding in the Missouri River will face an above-average risk for flooding this spring, which will impact decisions here.

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Get ready for plastic bags becoming a thing of the past. This week the Wichita City Council voted unanimously to form a task force to consider how to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic bags in Wichita, noting how they’re difficult to recycle and are not biodegradable.

On Thursday, the Clay County Economic Development Group will celebrate businesses accomplishments for 2019 and recognize leaders within the community with entrepreneurial awards. The Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce will also recognize accomplishments of its members for the year at the a…

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Here's an interesting fact you may not be aware of — when the city of Clay Center first became a city in 1875,  there were two things the city council put on the agenda as things that needed their immediate attention -- dogs and pool halls.

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Of all the crazy, nasty weather Kansas is known for, what we hate most are its ice storms. Though normally fairly rare, this kind of weather has been on the rise as we see more warmer-than-usual winters where temperatures hover around freezing instead of far below freezing.

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More than a month has passed since the Clay Center City Council passed a controversial re-zoning  decision that allows Leiszler Oil to build a gas station at the corner of US-24 and K-15, a decision that a majority of Clay Center residents did not support.

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An urgent e-mail from Kris Kobach, campaigning for the US Senate, states that Kansas needs our help in passing an amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion.

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Last month, the last official action of outgoing Highway Administrator Ronnie Tremblay was to blast the Clay County Commission for how they had treated an employee of the Highway Department who had health issues.

A former Fort Riley solider infantry soldier who prosecutors describe as a Satanist plotting to overthrow the U.S. government now wants a plea deal.

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This new year is bound to be an exciting one, whether it has to do with the great things going on locally or what's happening at the state level, nationally, or globally.

This is the time of year to be thinking of resolutions for the new year. Whether or not you stick to your resolution for the whole year or just make it through February, think of tapping local resources when you need help keeping that resolution.