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Warmer Week Ahead

Decision Weather: November 27th:
Photo: Chelsea Schmitt
Dry conditions and a slow warming trend can be expected through the middle of the week. Highs today will be on the cool side due to the lingering snowpack and only reach the lower 40s, but for Tuesday and Wednesday highs are expected to reach the 50s. Low temperatures will be in the teens.

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Events Around the Colby Area

In Rexford:
Seniors in Action
The Seniors in Action Coffee Chat is held on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Red Barn in Rexford, Kan. For more information contact Bev Vaughn at (785) 443-1467.

In Gem:
Gem Lions Annual Pancake Feed
Come out and support the Gem Lions club for their Annual Pancake Day, December 13th, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.. They will be serving pancakes, sausage, eggs and pie. Free will donations with net proceeds to community betterment projects. For more information contact Sandy Johnson 785-443-2297.

In Goodland:
Elks Annual Christmas Dinner
Dance and Silent Auction Fundraiser - Featuring Jimmy Dee & The Fabulous Destinations
Saturday, December 2nd at Lowell Coleman VFW Post 1133 - 824 Main St. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. $50.00 per ticket. To purchase tickets, contact any Elks Member or call 785-890-6251. Bring everyone along for a fun night out!

In Colby:
Light Parade on December 2nd
Get ready to light up the night! Join us in downtown Colby at 5:45 p.m. for the 26th annual


CCC Events and Notices

Tuesday, November 21st - Trojan Basketball
The Colby Community College Basketball Lady Trojans will take on Dodge City at the Colby Event Center (1200 S. Franklin, Colby) at 5:30 p.m. followed by Trojan men at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 26th - Trojan Basketball
The Colby Community College Lady Trojans's JV Basketball team will take on Haskell at 2 p.m. at the Colby Event Center (1200 S. Franklin, Colby).
Saturday, December 2nd - Trojan Basketball


Events Around the Atwood Area

In Atwood:
Thanksgiving Dinner
A shared community noon Thanksgiving Day dinner is being planned at the Masonic Lodge in Atwood. Turkey, dressing, potatoes and drinks will be furnished. Bring side dishes or desserts.

Fried Chicken Dinner


WPAA Upcoming Shows

Christmastime is here and the Western Plains Arts Association invites you to swing into the season with After Midnight, and then celebrate “Away in a basement” with the hilarious Church Basement Ladies.

Both programs are made possible through major grants from The Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundations for Logan County and Thomas County. Admission for each program is by WPAA season ticket or adults $20, students $10 at the door.


After Midnight swing band

After Midnight, Colorado’s premier swing band, will share their infectious music Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. central at the Cultural Arts Center, Colby.

Award winning clarinetist Roger Campbell leads the hottest jazz band since the swing Era. Colorado’s Premier Swing Band is the only sextet featured in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at Red Rocks. Swinging hard for nearly 25 years, this extraordinary group of musicians has performed hundreds of concerts. They conquer dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. You’ll hear great swing music recently made popular by the likes of Dianna Krall, Michael BublĂ©, and Harry Connick Jr.

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Church Basement Ladies

Mark your holiday calendar for Thursday, Dec. 7. The Church Basement Ladies are returning to Oakley High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. central with “Away in a Basement.”


Veteran's Day Events

Jag-K Veterans Day Breakfast

Colby Middle School and Colby High School invites all veterans to be honored at a Veterans Day Breakfast at the VFW located at 220 N. Lake Ave. in Colby. The breakfast will include Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and O.J. Saturday, November 11th from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Local Artists Wanted for Monthly Art Walk

COLBY -- Artists from northwest Kansas are invited to show their pieces in the Nov. 16 Third Thursday Gallery Art Walk at the Colby Community College gallery.

"Every piece will be local," said CCC art instructor Rebel Mahieu. "We want artists at all levels—amateur and professional, and all mediums are welcome."

This Month at Pioneer Memorial Library

Wednesday, November 8th
Honoring Veterans
Join us at the Pioneer Memorial Library (375 W 4th) at noon to listen to Humanities Kansas Speaker, Murl Riedel talk about "A New Generation of Veterans: Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan." If you plan to attend please contact the library at (785) 460-4470 or email them at This presentation is sponsored through a humanities grant.

Library Story Time Hours


Halloween Events

Downtown Trick or Treat on Halloween!

The Downtown Business Association, City of Colby and Colby/Thomas County Chamber invite kids 12 and under to downtown Colby for Downtown Trick or Treat on Halloween! Participating businesses will have a special flier on display in their window. Free trick or treat bags will be handed out in front of Colby City Hall. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m.

Halloween 'N Horses




July 4th Celebrations

Celebrate July 4th at Lake Atwood

Plan a day of fun at Lake Atwood the Fourth of July. There will be bike races for youngsters,
evening blue train rides around the lake for kids, horseshoe tournament, food vendors, a patriotic salute to America, talent show and live music before a spectacular fireworks display at dark. Everything is free except the food.

Colby Fireworks


Golf Tournaments with NWKS Foundation for Hope

Northwest Kansas Foundation for Hope Golf Tournaments!

Goodland: July 1st- 4 Person Scramble
Registration at 8:00 a.m. (MT), Tee off at 9:00 a.m. (MT)
Registration Fee: $300 per team, includes lunch and hole prizes.
Competition for Best Dressed Team!
Contact Sara- 785-405-0074


Two Juveniles in Custody for Atwood School Fire

June 7, 2023 - A joint investigation with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Atwood Police Department, and the Rawlins County Sheriff's Office have completed the investigation of the fire that occurred on Monday at the Rawlins County/Atwood Jr and Sr High School.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be incendiary, or Arson.

Jackie Stiles Basketball Camp (Location Change)

Sponsored by: RCHS Lady Buffaloes Basketball

June 12, 2023

One Session Only for All Ages- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. will now be held in McDonald, KS at Cheylin High School.

Bring your favorite basketball!

**Need a ride? Leaving at 12:45 p.m. from the front of Rawlins County Elementary School, USD 105 will provide a bus for



Easter Hunts

In McDonald:
Held at Wheat Haven Home starting at 11:00 a.m. on April 8th with lunch following. The hunt is sponsored by McDonald Area Development.

In Atwood:
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children up through 5th grade at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th at the high school football field in Atwood. Hosted by Radiant Chapter Eastern Star.

In Colby:
Colby Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt is for children 1-9 years old and will be held Saturday, April 1st at Fike Park beginning at 10 a.m.. Over 1,800 plastic eggs will be filled with coins, candy and local


Rawlins County Schools Sport Calendar

High School Basketball

Friday, Jan. 6 - Wallace County - Away

Monday, Jan. 9 - Oberlin - Away

Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Triplains/Brewster - Home

Friday, Jan. 13 - Greeley County - Home