Behind the Grindstone: Born in the Night

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
The night is dark— as the herders sleep
Trusting in—the dogs to keep

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.

Behind the Grindstone: Deacon

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
The old man settin’ there on the porch
His hair and mustache white
The young man with a pencil and pad
Lookin’ for a story to write

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.

As Time Goes by with Rich O'Brian: So, Who are We Now? Part 2

| Rich O'Brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
Last week I cited some of the somewhat disturbing trends I have found in our culture. I made it known I assumed that, while they were problematic to me, I would understand if no one else seemed troubled by them.

Behind the Grindstone: Amoebae

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Well, we are comin’ up on the day that has made November famous. Thanksgiving.

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.

Behind the Grindstone: Hitch Up Your Team

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
It seems in today’s world no one wants to pull their own weight or haul their own freight. Instead of draggin’ their own wagon they hitch their team to the wagon that’s movin’ fastest.

Home for the Holidays: Family Food & Recipes

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
As we enter November, which means the beginning of the wonderful holiday season that runs through to January, I thought it would be nice to bring you a column centered around what makes the holidays special to people out here on the plains of southeastern Colorado. For the most part, the Holidays means HOME—for old and young alike—as we come together to celebrate family traditions and perhaps bring in some new ones, as well.

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.

Humans of the High Plains

| Administrator | Humans of the High Plains
On September 30 Ruthie Hull turned 102 years old. On that day, she was able to return to the family homestead at Mount Sunflower just over the Colorado-Kansas border.

Mrs. Bean's Bookshelf: Our Missing Hearts

| Administrator | Mrs. Bean's Bookshelf
Just published in October, Celeste Ng’s third book is again another Reese’s Book Club pick. I read her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere in 2018 and still remember it.

Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: The Collapse of Summer; Hello October

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
With the chopping of silage near completion and corn harvest beginning, farmers are busy during the month of October. The harvest moons make their appearances for all to see the wonder in the night sky.

Eads Knowledge Bowl at Swink and Plainview Tournaments

| Sue Fox | Lifestyles
The high school knowledge bowl season kicked off with competitions at Swink and Plainview. Knowledge bowl is an academic competition that includes a written test and three to four rounds during which students answer questions presented orally by a reader.

The Final Part: My Story

| Breanna Echols | Breanna Echols
It took me 3 days to tell him how I felt. When I finally did, he explained that he’d felt the same way for quite a while.

As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian: We're Baaack!

| Rich O'Brian | As Time Goes By With Rich O'Brian
Summer’s over, the Hiatus is behind us and Fight Club for men has returned to Eads.
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