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The choices we make

I’m in a rather philosophical mood today. I think it started when I stepped out my back door and...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Some final words

For those of you who haven't heard yet, this will be my last official personal column at the Thermop...

 

Keeping up with tech

I’ve been pretty lucky to be “tech savvy” up to this point. Sure, I’ve had to ask my kids...

 

The pros and cons of chickens in town

“I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. Now I’m just waiting to see which one comes...

 

Love-hate relationship with snow

I have something of a love-hate relationship with snow. On one hand, I really don’t like driving...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    October 3, 2019

Enjoy it while it lasts

“The sky’s blue again!” These were the excited words of my boys as they headed out to the car...

 

Things will slow down

I think one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves as adults is, “after this week things will slow...

 

Bobcats prepare for homecoming

Homecoming football games have been a decades long tradition for Hot Springs County High School,...

 

Kind of like a squirrel

I believe fall is my favorite season of the year. I can pull out my sweaters and other snuggly, soft...

 

What some hard work will do

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you put in the love, patience and time. This past summer...

 

Let's enjoy the last of summer

There were a few mornings this week when we all awoke to temperatures in the 50-degree range. Some...

 

Surviving the storm

The recent hailstorm and the damage it brought with it brought to mind similar storms I grew up with in the Nebraska Panhandle as a boy. They were a c...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Back to the old routines

Well, summer vacation has officially come to its close, though there’s still a few weeks left in...

 

Lifting each other up

Well, the summer swimsuit body didn’t magically appear this year either, but I’m ready for flann...

 

Some days the pig may bite you

Fair week is always a busy one for us here at the newspaper. We’re out shooting every event that...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Come out to the fair

This next week will be busy with the county fair. Vehicles will be going in and out of the...

 
 By Rex Clothier    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Remembering the past

It took a persistent persuasion to convince my dad that he needed a break from caring for my mother in the nursing home, and that the semi-annual...

 
 By Cindy Glasson    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Welcome back HSCHS Alumni

They say there’s no feeling like coming home again and for the Alumni of Hot Springs County High...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    July 11, 2019

We're all in it together

What a crazy couple weeks it’s been. Golf ball and pea size hail, fireworks, changes on the...

 
 By Cindy Glasson    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Put your political views in your pocket

Without a doubt, the political climate in our nation has been rocky at best over the past 10 years....

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    June 27, 2019

One heck of a scene

If you were anywhere around town this past weekend, you knew where all the action was, as the Hot...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Enjoy more than just the day

This Sunday marks one of two days throughout the year recognizing our parents, with Father’s Day....

 
 By Cindy Glasson    Opinion    June 6, 2019

A lot to see in a lifetime

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the one that...

 
 By Cindy Glasson    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Be aware

I was lying on the couch the other night and looked down at my feet. I swear my feet are becoming...

 
 By Mark Dykes    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Another year in the books

This Sunday marks the graduation for the Hot Springs County High School Class of 2019. It’s been...

 

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