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Long Time Gone and the Japanese Balloon Bombs that Terrorized the Mainland

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
This past week the country has directed their eyes to the skies as at least four objects, thought to be coming from China, had entered North American, and more specifically American, sovereign air space more than likely spying on American and North American weapons capabilities.

Long Time Gone & Powerful Stories of Love

| Administrator | Long Time Gone
Valentine’s Day has come again to the High Plains and Arkansas Valley of Southeastern Colorado. In recognition of this love-filled day we dug up one of our favorite Long Time Gone articles written by Priscilla Waggoner five years ago—in February of 2019.

Long Time Gone and the Holiday Tournament that Defines Christmas in Southeast Colorado

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
This original piece was written in 2018 and defined the Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament in all its glory. Unfortunately, the tournament was forced to take a leave of absence in December of 2020, but was generally back, if not hesitantly so, last year 2021.

Long Time Gone and Those Destined to Bring the Christmas Cantata to a Community

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
For over 60 years, Eads, and specifically the United Methodist Church in Eads, was the home to the annual Christmas Cantata. Tommy and Philomene Liesen directed the multi-community choir for most of those years.

Long Time Gone and Building the New School House in 1916

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Last week’s election brought positive news for those who supported the funding for building a new K-12 School in the McClave School District. The passing of a tax hike in order to build the new school comes with a sizable bill and there was most definitely a slight divide in those who supported the school tax hike (57.

Long Time Gone and 135 Years at the Eads Post Office

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Kiowa County was developed due to two distinct historical occurrences that promoted Westward Expansion in the United States. The first was the development of the railroad, in Kiowa County’s case, the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and the second was the federal Homestead Act that brought thousands of landseekers to this neck of the woods hoping to establish a new life as a landowner.

Long Time Gone and Four of the "Original 40" Tell Their Story at the Kiowa County Fair 40 Years Ago

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
The Kiowa County Fair & Rodeo held on the second weekend in September each year has become the one time of the year that people who have moved away from Kiowa County come back to reminisce with old friends of days gone by. One of those special Fairs back in 1984, nearly 40 years ago, featured the presence of four legendary cowboys who were there at the Fairgrounds in Eads to tell their story about the 40 cowboys who experienced an astounding three-month cattle drive that started in September back in 1929 and is still one for the record books.

Long Time Gone and Power of Media in Deciding What Narrative is True

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Prohibition is a topic that is barely remembered among citizens of the United States unless they are fans of mobster movies such as Bonnie & Clyde, The Untouchables and Scarface.

Long Time Gone: Haswell Celebrates the Glorious Fourth

| Lloyd P. Johnson | Long Time Gone
If there is one holiday that seems to call for being celebrated in a small town located on the wide, open plains of Southeastern Colorado, it’s the fourth of July. Just the thought conjures up images of parades, picnics with hot dogs and watermelon, three legged races where it’s difficult to know who’s having more fun—participants or spectators.

Long Time Gone and the Summer of the Three Rattlesnakes

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
It’s early summertime and the kids are out in force helping with chores and the many brandings going on at the ranches across the area. It is time to enjoy the long hours of daylight and the warm—soon hot—weather. But with warm weather, and kids doing farm chores comes some dangers and one danger everyone should be aware of this time of year is the dangerous presence of rattlesnakes.

Long Time Gone and the Harrowing Life of Leland Frost: A Memorial Day Story

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
As the country celebrates one of the most important holidays we can observe, Memorial Day, it is only right to take a few minutes to reflect on those people who gave their lives in military service to the citizens of the United States, like you and me, so that we may remain free. In particular, there were many local men, some from Kiowa County, who gave their lives on the scattered battlefields of numerous wars in which we have been involved.

Long Time Gone: Stories of a Life Well Lived as Told by Hazel Krueger

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Publisher’s note: This Long Time Gone piece by Priscilla Waggoner was originally published in the Kiowa County Independent on May 18, 2016. With the loss of Hazel Krueger on Friday, we felt it only appropriate to rerun the article in her honor.

100 Years of Fortitude

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
We were saddened to hear this week that Zelda Peterson passed away just short of her 102nd birthday. As early as last year Zelda was still getting around amazingly well and chalked up her longevity to a positive attitude and the love that surrounded her throughout her life.

16 Paces: The Story of Polly Collins Johnson and the Collins Ranch

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
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Long Time Gone and the Tigresses of Cheyenne Wells

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
1978 CHEYENNE WELLS GIRLS TEAM - STATE RUNNER-UP: (Top Row, l to r) Robin Howland, Mgr., Kelly Ackerman, Lisa Harvie, Bari Rae Pedersen, Barbara Simon, Louise Simon, Cami Benge, Delta Walter, Laura Krentz and Coach Tom Falls. (Middle Row l to r) Micelle Halde, Jeannie Smith, Melanie Hapes, Kelly Gerweck, Tami Roth, Shannon Weed, Myra Sparks, Mgr.

Long Time Gone: The Lassie, on Main Street

| C.J. King | Long Time Gone
While on the train, Beverly must have imagined trees and mountains. She was headed toward the lush vegetation and clean air of Colorado with its mountain run-off lakes, rolling hills, and high peaks scratching at the sky.