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It's Fair Time

| Kelcie Martin | Lifestyles
I would say I have been slacking, but I think I have been doing the exact opposite. I apologize in advance that this isn’t as well crafted, thought out, and linguistically pleasing as some of my other pieces from the last few months.

As Time Goes by with Rich O'Brian: Peace by Piece

| Rich O'brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
Peace! Just what is it? What is peace? I might say, “I have peace of mind.” Or, having made a tough decision I might say, “I’m at peace with the situation.”

Long Time Gone and Names Our Places Have

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Have you ever entered a building, turned onto a street, or visited a geographic area where you wondered how that particular place got its name? Locally, there a quite a few places of interest that were named for people who either built them or were important enough to be remembered by having a place named after them. For instance, we all head down the walking paths or the roads south of town and eventually arrive at Jackson’s Pond.

Happy Trails with Dawni O'Bryan: Faired Out

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
Come Sunday afternoon following a county fair, the statement, “I am faired out,” is heard from many parents, volunteers, and participants. There are those of us that tend to overindulge in the fair activities and we can narrow it down to a few reasons for such.

As Time Goes by with Rich O'Brian: Shocked & Dismayed

| Rich O'Brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
I confess. The long-running television series, Jeopardy, is a favorite of mine.

As Time Goes by with Rich O'Brian: Work

| Rich O'Brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
Now, please don’t allow the title of this column keep you from at least giving it a shot before you shoot it down.

Behind the Grindstone: The Revelation of Creation

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
I’ve lived my life close to creation and critters. It’s hard for me to understand how it’s possible to walk through creation and not come to the conclusion there must be a creator.

Long Time Gone and the World of Possibilities

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
For many years, scientists have been intrigued by the role the five senses play in the life of human beings. There were often long standing debates (of course there were, we’re talking about scientists) regarding which sense—sight, taste, touch, hearing or smell—had the greatest impact on the human experience.

Long Time Gone and the History of the Office of Kiowa County Superintendent of Schools

| Excerpt from "Kiowa County" by Roletta Teal and Betty Jacobs (1976) | Long Time Gone
Another school year is approaching and soon the 2023-2024 school year will launch with new teachers, new classrooms, new schedules, new athletic teams ready to kick off a busy year filled with a lot of learning, experiences, and growth. The small schools in the region are led by Superintendents who are the top administrators and call the shots making recommendations to the school boards.

Day-to-Day With Doris

| Doris Lessenden | Day-to-Day With Doris
Happy 77th Wedding Anniversary the Don and Esther McCoin of Eads! Joyce Berry shared that good news after she visited them in their Prairie Pines apartment. Joyce, Alice Glover and Loretta Seibel went to the weekly Coffee Hour that is held on Thursday afternoons at Prairie Pines Assisted Living after it was announced at Brunch last Thursday.

Happy Trails with Dawni O'Bryan: Life Isn't Always Fair, But Oh, When It Is

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
When it is county fair time, life is about the fair, life is the fair, for at least a week, for the families, exhibitors, and volunteers that make this special event possible every year. Great preparation has gone into the many projects, activities, and events held during the county fair.

Behind the Grindstone: Roundin' Up Sheep

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Now Shorty had lots of sheep
Sheep from here to there
In every pasture on the ranch
Sheep scattered everywhere

Thoughts, Things, and Trivia by Jack

| Jack Johnson | Thoughts, Things, and Trivia by Jack
A correction to last week’s discourse on children in Africa, instead of northwest Africa, the region is the band of countries between the Sahara Desert and the equator.

Long Time Gone: When Haswell Lost Their School

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
More than 30 years later it’s a difficult subject to approach because out here in Kiowa County, and really all small towns across the country, people learn to get along even when major disagreements and hurtful outcomes threaten to tear the community apart. They have to, because when it comes down to it, we realize we are all doing the best we can and we have to learn to move on because we only have each other even when we sometimes adamantly disagree with our family members, neighbor, fellow workers, and the general community.

Pain Can Be a Gift

| Breanna Echols | Breanna Echols
If you have followed my articles for a while, you have probably heard my opinion that perspective is everything. Well, I’d like to share my perspective on pain.

Resist the Convenience

| Kelcie Martin | A Sea of Grass
Someone once asked me if my family saves money when we preserve food every summer. They were surprised when I confidently told them no.