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Grace Lutheran Church Devotional: Jonah 3:1–5, 10

| Administrator | Grace Lutheran Church Devotionals
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth.

Behind the Grindstone: Unnamed Horse

| Administrator | Behind the Grindstone
The story begins “Back in the day”
As all good stories start this way
It is said the west was wild
Years before the homesteads filed
A bout the time the sun went down
A stranger rode into town
Hitched his pony at the local saloon
Thinkin’ he’d howl at the moon
And do a little socializin’
Never once realizin’
That he would set history on it’s course
An unnamed man on an unnamed horse
And so he became socialized
The more he became liquidized
Wobbly kneed and blurry eyed
He couldn’t howl although he tried
But contrary to what most folks think
Horses too become fond of drink
And many a cowboy were willing to pay
To see a horse put a pint away
Soon spraddle legged and wobbly kneed
He had become an unstable steed
When leavein’ time had finally came
Man and horse were somewhat the same
Both had become inebriated
Though the act is over rated
He could not mount although he tried
Newfound friends got him astride
And tied the reigns in a knot
Off they went at a lopsided trot
And with this unsteady gait
They wandered cross the real estate
The tracks were followed the next day
By a coyote driftin’ along that way
Thinkin’ with his coyote zeal
A dying horse would make a meal
But his hopes soon got sunk
The horse weren’t dying only drunk
Now other critters saw the track
And wandered up and wandered back
And soon the track became a trail
Cattle driven to the rail
The cattle trail now was made
On the path the horse had laid
Which soon became a wagon track
Wanderin’ to and wanderin’ back
Adding miles to the route
With all of it’s wanderin’ about
Years have come and years have passed
And pavement covered the trail at last
Following on the wobbly course
Laid down by a drunken horse
And many a passerby
Would wonder at and question why
A road out on the prairie flat
Would weave and wander around like that
When asked why this trail was made
With all it’s twists and bends were laid
And why the road which was now paved
Followed the trail that dipped and waved
And wandered cross the country side
Like the lost without a guide
No one remembers why of course
Long forgotten the drunken horse
The answer comes without fail
We were just following anothers trail

To the Difference Makers

| Breanna Echols | Breanna Echols
With the upcoming release of my song “Cease Fire” l am learning just how much work goes into creating and releasing music.

Long Time Gone and the Lady Eagles Win First Ever Basketball Crown

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
As mentioned in last week’s edition of the Kiowa County Independent, the Eads Alumni Association is going to honor the 1984 Eads Girls’ Basketball team that brought home the school’s first ever girls basketball championship on February 9th at the Eads Gym between the varsity girls’ and boys’ games.

Happy Trails with Dawni O'Bryan: My Uncle, Dr. Richard Fell

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
In the ranching and rodeo world, one thing you can be sure of is the love and compassion that the men and women in this industry have for their animals. For one, these animals can be worth a lot of money and it behooves them to take great care of them.

Examine, Stretch, Express

| Kelcie Martin | A Sea of Grass
Before the 2009 club hits started playing, and before I used all of my strength to lift 2 pound weights in a power yoga class, we were given a message by our instructor.

Grace Lutheran Church Devotional: Romans 6:1–11

| Administrator | Grace Lutheran Church Devotionals
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!"

Long Time Gone and "Bye, Bye, Bent County"

| Karlene McKean | Long Time Gone
This is a story about the original Bent County that was established in 1874 and encompassed the areas of present-day Bent, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Prowers, Otero, and Lincoln counties. It’s also a story about the corruption that controlled the county seat of Bent County located in Las Animas.

Behind the Grindstone: Snowflakes

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Of fragile flakes the poets write
Falling on the winter’s night
Like feathers of the purest white
Oh, the snow, what a delight

As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian: Where to, 2024?

| Rich O'Brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
We’re off and running in this new year dubbed twenty-twenty four or two thousand twenty-four. Where is this new year going to take me? Or should I say, “Where am I going to take this new year?” I am responsible for how I use these next three hundred sixty-five days, isn’t that correct?

Long Time Gone and the History of Kiowa County Banks

| Jennifer James (EHS Junior, Class of 2001) | Long Time Gone
The following story was written 25 years ago as part of the series created by the Eads High School history project—Kiowa County: A Retrospective at the Dawn of a New Millennium. This series was written by EHS juniors and seniors in 1999—as the new century was about to come on to the scene.

Day-to-Day With Doris

| Doris Lessenden | Day-to-Day With Doris
Happy New Year now 2024 to you Dear Readers. I wish and pray for you all to have a happier and heathier year ahead.

A Sea of Grass: New Year, New Virus

| Kelcie Martin | A Sea of Grass
I woke up on the first day of 2024 feeling better. As most of you know I spent most of December battling viruses and spreading Christmas cheer.

Those We Welcomed in 2023

| Administrator | Lifestyles
A list of the 28 babies we welcomed into the world this year.

Those We Lost in 2023

| Administrator | Lifestyles
A list of the 58 people we said goodbye to this year.

Day-to-Day With Doris

| Doris Lessenden | Day-to-Day With Doris
Even though it was cold and snowy out on Christmas Eve, the Eads and Haswell Community Churches had their traditional Christmas Eve services with the lighting of the candles on the Advent Wreath and singing of carols and scripture shared. Lay Leader Pam Lessenden at Haswell posted a photo of 19 of the happy children after the service.