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During the past four years, the number of insurance agents living in Kansas has grown by nearly 1,000. As of last month, the total stood at more than 23,700. Together with the out-of-state agents who are licensed to sell insurance in the state, Kansans have more than 139,000 licensed agents …

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Topeka —Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansans to increase their awareness of diabetes and its potential management for healthier lives.

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Half Century met for their monthly lunch meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. There was a great turn out and the food was plentiful. A short business meeting was held following the meal. It was decided to have a $5 gift exchange for the Christmas lunch on December 3rd. A man should bring a man’s gift …

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Eight years ago I was fresh out of college with a brand new nursing degree. Unfortunately, at that time nursing jobs were scarce. I recall applying for over 100 jobs hoping that I could find an exciting career in ER or ICU. I was offered one interview at NEK Home Health and Hospice. To be ho…

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It seems like nearly every week we hear news reports about another company or organization whose data has been breached, putting its customers’ information at risk for identity theft. While there is little you can do to prevent the companies you do business with from getting hacked, there ar…

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At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 there will be a Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Horton. Please plan on attending and lining the streets to honor all veterans in our area. This is a yearly tradition in Horton and hopefully the weather will be sunny and warm.

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A Veteran’s Day Assembly will be held at Doniphan West High School at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12. This will be a K-12 assembly to honor our local veterans and their families. Refreshments will be provided after the assembly. All are welcome. Sponsored by D-West JH/HS Kay Club. You may phone (785) 44…

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Daylight Savings Time ends this coming weekend. Set your clock back one hour. It will be lighter in the morning but will get dark a lot earlier in the evening.

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A correction to last week’s column: Dan and Tina (Scott) Halling of Stow, Ohio are the maternal grandparents to little Brodhi who is a patient in the hospital since his premature birth last month. His parents are Chris and Madyson (Halling) Fennell. They keep us updated on Facebook as to Bro…

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Being young and starting a family is an exciting time — full of opportunity and anticipation. Unfortunately, young families are often the most vulnerable to life’s uncertainties. While many are in their peak earning years, they need to be prepared for potential unknowns.

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We had just started our vacation, or so I thought, when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said “Hurry up; it’s time to go home.”

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At first glance, soil sampling would seem to be a relatively easy task. However, when you consider the variability that likely exists within a field because of inherent soil formation factors and past production practices, the collection of a representative soil sample becomes more of a challenge.

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The first organizational meeting of the Nemaha CO. Cooperative Creamery was called to order on January 28, 1926 at the Lanning Hotel in Sabetha, KS. by A.F. McClanahan. It was moved by Drex Burke and seconded by E.F. Ukele that John C. Lanning act as secretary of this meeting, and the motion…

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Get the kiddies ready in their Halloween costume for Trunk or Treat at the Muscotah Park on Saturday, October 27th starting at 6 p.m. Bring all those ghosts and goblins to the park for candy and treats. Several people will have their trunks decorated and filled with goodies. Join the fun by …

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Following many gloomy, rainy days, the past few days have been absolutely autumn perfection at its best. One of the maple trees in our yard is a bright red/orange while the other two are yellow. Fall flowers are splashing color in yards and sumac is decorating the roadsides. I’d like to find…

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A few days ago as I was shopping at Aldi with my family, I spotted an item that brings me great joy...Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer! This simple object reminds me not only of the great tastes of life we begin to experience during our fall season, but also that we have begun transitioning our …

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I am a week behind so there is a lot to catch up on.

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My winter coat felt cozy when I left for church this morning. The gloomy, damp, and foggy weather was supposed to turn to snow showers, but that did not materialize. Thank goodness. We need a couple weeks of warm sunshine before wintery weather stays. Sunshine is predicted for the afternoons…

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Postage increases will make their annual appearance in January of the new year, as the struggling U.S. Postal Service picks its targets for some hikes while leaving other mailers with a closer-to-inflation increase. USPS has seen a deteriorating financial picture all year, with Congress unab…

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How can a person support organizations that help people in need? Some may choose to give their time and abilities through volunteer service while others may provide financial support. Charitable giving provides an opportunity to engage both your head and your heart in making a difference. Th…

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What makes you happy?

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Halloween can be a fun-filled evening of candy, bone-chilling haunted houses and creative costumes. Unfortunately, Halloween can become a real nightmare if proper safety precautions aren’t followed, and there’s more to remember than just making sure your candy is safe. Certain safety measure…

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Don’t you bet Noah got tired of 40 days and 40 nights of rain? We’ve had constant rain for the last 2.5 days and it’s getting on everyone’s nerves. Rain is always welcome and needed, but the harvest was going so well that the guys wanted to keep going. It gave them time to run maintenance on…

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Fall activities are underway at Hiawatha Parks & Recreation. October will prove to be a busy month for HP&R Director, Stacy Jasper, as several new and 2nd annual events are coming up.

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I would like to take this opportunity to remind folks about social media and what should and should not be shared. There have been recent events where people have put too much information on social media sites. Most of these folks are very caring, helpful people and tend to give very graphic…

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In recent months several families in our community have experience terrible loss. Furthermore, those lost have had major impacts on many others in our area through their contributions to many lives in various ways. When these things happen, we try to make sense of it and struggle to deal wit…

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As we enter the last quarter of 2018, Kansans have been fortunate to have the statewide estimated non-flood storm damages for the year be at the lowest level in the past 10 years. With low storm damage estimates come the correspondingly low number of claims filed.

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Wow! How about those cool crisp mornings? Fall has arrived. The weatherman says that warmer weather will be here this week, but cooler temps by next weekend and rain. The days are already getting shorter with Daylight Savings Time to end on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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A while back, a friend recommended Kroil ®Penetrating Oil for loosening rusted parts. Because he is not known for giving compliments easily, I took notice of his recommendation and ordered a can directly from Kano Labs in Nashville, Tennessee. It arrived a week later. I decided to go ahead a…

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I hope the weather where you are is as perfect as ours has been for the past several days. Autumn has arrived in all her glory--sunny, a little cool, with colorful mums, sumac, and tree leaves in every hue. Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks,and mums are decorating porches and yards and will carr…

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The vast majority of Americans (75 percent) would consider working with a travel agent to plan their vacations, while some 27 million travelers plan to do so just within the next year, according to new research from AAA Travel. The outlook remains positive for years to come, with younger tra…

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What a difference a week can make. After a special city meeting Monday night, Sept. 17, Mike Snavely will be back as our city man. At present the trash pickup will remain the same but will be discussed at our next city meeting on Oct. 8.

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Everything has a starting point. Some of you were started on purpose. Some of you were started on accident. Some of you were started by a miracle of modern medicine.

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This has been a sad week for our area. Learning of the motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Shawn Simpson broke my heart. I did not know him well, but I knew him to be a loving husband, father and son. I feel such sympathy for his young family, his mother, and siblings. Words do not …

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If you’re having trouble paying a bill, contact the company immediately to work out a payment plan. Whatever you do, don’t ignore letters and calls from your creditors, according to KHEAA.

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Mike Snavely, long time city man for Muscotah, has turned in his resignation. With his resignation the city council has decided to discontinue the weekly trash pickup effective Oct. 1. Residents who now have their trash picked up on Wednesdays will have to make their own arrangements. The co…

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We had just started our vacation, or so I thought, when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “Hurry up; it’s time to go home.”

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In the Ancestor Trail’s June 2018 Part XIII, I covered the descendants of Peter & Lydia Lanning and Lydia’s parents Peter & Elizabeth Brougher, but their remains two more of Peter & Lydia’s descendants well worth mentioning. In chronological order, born to Peter & Lydia were:…

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With approximately 40 vendors, unique food choices, contests and activities for all ages, the 2018 Maple Leaf Festival will be the largest family event in Hiawatha this fall. The one-day festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 22 and will begin at 10 a.m. This year the festival’s hours have exte…

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There were two deaths this week in the community Amy Smith and Tom Wilson. Our sympathy goes out to the Smith and Wilson families for their losses.

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I heard a story a while back about a minor league baseball team. The team was going through a rough time, especially one of their relief pitchers. One day at a home game, the manager decided to make a pitching change. So, he made the call to the bullpen to put in the struggling pitcher.

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Topeka | Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, urges Kansans to know how to handle flood insurance questions following the Labor Day weekend weather events in Central Kansas.