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“Country Music,’’ the eight-part documentary film by filmmaker Ken Burns will go down as one of the most important Americana stories of our generation. It took Burns eight years to finish the eight-part film and most of the work, he said, was deciding what had to be left out from the mountain of...
The Kansas Board of Regents has voted unanimously to change qualified admissions standards for the state’s six public universities, ending a mandate enacted about 20 years ago that required applicants to first complete a pre-college curriculum in high school. Instead, high school grads wanting to...
At a recent meeting of the Holton school board, there was some discussion about the district’s plans to be part of an education-redesign pilot program in the state. This year, it was announced Holton teaching staff and administrative leaders are formulating the plan for redesigning education here...
Today is the 18th year that we are commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation. Some high school kids studying the terrorist attacks in history and government classes today were not even born when the tragedy occurred. In the blink of an eye, the tragedy that impacted all Americans that...
The United States Postal Service says it has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. On the other hand, the prosecution of fraud cases is reportedly down 35 percent from 2014. In 2015, about 6,416 fraud cases were prosecuted...
Twenty people were killed in a mass shooting at a shopping complex recently at El Paso, Texas. Within 24 hours, another massacre occurred when someone killed nine people, including his sister, at an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio. Two massacres, 13 hours apart. Twenty-nine people dead and...
You would have to travel around the world to see many of the 962 species at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The Omaha zoo is just two hours north of here by auto and well-worth the excursion. Most of the scenic drive is along U.S. Highway 75.   In August 2014, the Omaha zoo was proclaimed...
Watching U.S. astronauts land on the moon, on live television, and then walk on the moon, with my family back in July of 1969 made a powerful impact on the 10-year-old boy that was me. My parents were in their mid-30s. My oldest brother was 18; my sister was 17; and my little brother was 5. I don’t...
From our business location on the south side of the Holton Town Square in recent weeks, we watched the Holton Street Department crew across the street along the courtyard tear out the old curb and guttering along that stretch of Fourth Street, then pour and finish new ones. From a distance, we also...
You can take fish oil supplements and eat lots of turmeric. You can invest in a language class, puzzle books or a few hours of exercise every week. There are countless methods to (allegedly) improve your memory and cognitive functioning. The brain-training and assessment industry is expected to...

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