• 0

November is National Hospice Month, and for many people it’s also the beginning of the holiday season when extended families gather to celebrate. These gatherings often include discussions about caring for loved ones who are no longer able to care for themselves. This is when it is good to u…

  • 0

There was a good turnout for the Half Century Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, Nov. 4. A special thank you to Margaret Jacobs for preparing the turkey, dressing and gravy. There was a wide selection of salads and vegetables to compliment the meal and the dessert table was full of pies, cakes a…

  • 0

To say I was disappointed to hear the vote on the 1/2 cent sales tax to support Hiawatha Community Hospital was defeated is an understatement. It is a mystery to me as to why anyone would vote “no.” The campaign behind the defeat must have been influenced by someone who has tunnel vision. To…

  • 0

That was a big win, folks. There were a few reasons to believe that the Chiefs could overcome the visiting Vikings, but more signs pointed to a hot Vikings team stealing a win in Arrowhead. Picking up a win against another division leader is big at any time, but without your starting quarter…

  • 0

It’s that time again, where are minds and hearts flutter with joy as we spend time with our families on the approaching holiday season. Planning is under way for many of us. Scheduling the holiday gatherings. Deciding on the menu. Preparing our homes to welcome our family and friends.

  • 0

The thrill of the hunt can continue at the dinner table if the game isn’t handled properly along the way. Game meats are excellent sources of protein and similar in composition to domestic animal meats. Calorie and fat contents vary with the age and species of the animal.

  • 0

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?” To forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, that answer is yes! Simard’s research in British Columbia is completely reshaping how we think about trees. Her research? How trees talk to each other. Now, they don’t vocalize their…

  • 0

I should know by now that being in a hurry is not good. Monday, Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day not Labor Day. I apologize to all veterans and their families for the mistake. I still hope that everyone will take a few minutes to honor those who served our country. All banks, post offices and govern…

  • 0

A group of young ladies has brought another trophy home to DWest. Emma Albers, Claire Cole, Chloe Clevenger, Lillie Clark, Aly Gobin, and Elle Williams traveled to Wamego on Saturday to participate in the State Cross Country contest. They grabbed the Regional Contest which qualified them for…

  • 0

Eight weeks have gone by and the Kansas City Chiefs, in the midst of the “meat” of their loaded schedule, are perhaps the league’s shakiest 5-3 team. You could also call them the most dangerous 5-3 team in the league. It’s hard to remember a season that has seemed as out of sorts and askew o…

  • 0

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

  • 0

There was a crowd for Helen Hamon’s auction on Saturday. Helen’s family brought her down for the sale and she had a chance to visit with family and friends.

  • 0

We’re supposed to have a rainy/snowy week, but I hope it holds off for a while. The harvesters are getting lots of crops into their bins or hauling it to elevators. It’s always nice to finish harvesting before Thanksgiving, but I don’t know if that will happen this year. It may be really col…

  • 0

The purpose of the guest column is to provide an update on Hiawatha Community Hospital. The current state of the hospital is still at risk without the sales tax support. To put our financial position in perspective, is our Days Cash on Hand (DCOH). Our DCOH is 4 days for unencumbered cash. T…

  • 0

In the United States, Halloween is the second in popularity only to Christmas, which still globally brands itself as a “Christian” holiday. One of the reasons for this could be simple economics: Halloween is cheaper to celebrate. Like, WAY cheaper. In 2018, Americans spent nearly $721 billio…

  • 0

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.

  • 0

So far in this series, I have written about how this organization began as well as how it operated. There is no doubt that the early success of this organization may never have fully been realized were it not for the creativity of one of its founders and directors, Ralph Tennal, publisher an…

  • 0

A beautiful SunDAY has ended in a rainy Sunday night. The forecast is for it to last until Tuesday, but I hope that ain't so. Harvest has been going so well but Mother Nature is in charge, so harvesters will catch up on other things. They'll rest when the snow flies.

  • 0

The ghosts, goblins, princesses, lions, pirates, cowboys and much more will gather in the park on from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 for the Trunk or Treat. There will be trunks decorated with lots of candy available and a haunted hayrack ride. If you would like to bring your vehicle, decora…

  • 0

Church. What does that word even mean these days? Our American understanding of church focuses on a structure where “those religious” people go. For many, it means a building where they were drug to on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. For others, church is associated with a…

  • 0

I just got home from a long weekend in Branson, Mo. I haven’t been there for years, and gosh, has it changed. It has lots of new roads/streets which make it easier to get around. Carolyn Saunders, Kathy A. Twombly and I boarded an Elite Tours bus in St. Joe last Thursday morning and returned…

  • 0

The Outreach Senior Citizen Supper was a success on Sunday evening. Forty two people enjoyed a fried chicken supper with all the trimmings. Outreach would like to thank all those who came and enjoyed the evening. This supper is a long time activity to honor the senior citizens.

  • 0

Well I definitely read the last couple of weeks wrong. After the first three weeks of the season, I think most Chiefs fans were getting comfortable with the notion of an invincible football team. Sure, there were some injury concerns, but we can do without Tyreek Hill for a few weeks if Dema…

  • 0

In the previous election, the healthcare sales tax brought to light the significant amount of division in our communities. In particular, the division between Horton and Hiawatha is what I heard discussed the most. This is a division that has existed for generations. The question is why are …

  • 0

Black walnuts are ready to be harvested when the hull can be dented with your thumb. You can also wait until the nuts start falling from the tree. Either way it is important to hull walnuts soon after harvest. If not removed, the hull will leach a stain through the nut and into the meat. The…

  • 0

My name is Shannan Flach, CEO at Kingman Community Hospital in Kingman, Kan. In 2016, we found ourselves in the exact same situation that Hiawatha Hospital is in. We were a private non-profit hospital with no county, district or city financial support. Even after cutting every plausible expe…

  • 0

It was one of those weeks when the more I completed, the more I had to do. These are not my favorite kind of weeks. So frustrating.

  • 0

It’s Bingo time! Saturday, Oct. 19 will be the next Cancer Support Bingo at the city building from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the afternoon with refreshments and lots of prizes to choose from, including some for the Christmas holiday. Proceeds go to help local cancer patie…

  • 0

My deepest sympathy is with the family and friends of Nancy Tilton. Nancy was visually impaired, but that did not stop her from doing wonderful things for her church and her community. She created beautiful bulletin boards at the HUMP Church and she made all kinds of crafts for special occas…

  • 0

Well I read that one wrong. In claiming that last weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions would be a walkover, I underestimated both the Lions’ ceiling and the Chiefs’ floor. In readjusting my views on the season, it is good to see that on their worst day (that we have seen with Patrick Mah…

  • 0

Some of my favorite days of the year are March 13, May 5, June 1 and June 18. These dates are the birthdays of my daughters. This means that on each of these dates we get to celebrate as a family. The whole family always seem to be excited as we celebrate together. We play games, open presen…

  • 0

Many people associate springtime with asthma attacks, in large part due to increased exposure to pollens as flowers and plants start to bloom. But some studies show asthma attacks spike during the fall, when more people — especially children — go to the hospital because of asthma-related com…

  • 0

Our Muscotah Cancer Support Group participated in the Brown County Relay for Life on Saturday evening in Hiawatha. There were many booths and lots of good food at the event. The relay was moved inside because of the rainy cool weather. The luminarias bags lined the room and up the hall going…

  • 0

Did the booming thunder interrupt your sleep Saturday night? I was glad we didn’t get the heavy rains and hail that other areas received. The weather is supposed to warm up so maybe the harvesters can get back in the fields soon. Paul has harvested several fields and said the yield was prett…

  • 0

In the early days of Kansas territory history, no one desired to live in town; everyone had a homestead. As a result when the school district begins the formation of schoolhouses, a school is placed approximately every three miles.

  • 0

Another week, another win in the books for the Kansas City Chiefs, as they continue their Super Bowl-or-bust season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues his vicious assault on the NFL record books, racking up yardage and touchdowns at a mesmerizing pace and without regard for who surrounds…

  • 0

Though light pruning and removal of dead wood are fine this time of year, more severe pruning should be left until spring. Consider pruning to be “light” if 10 percent of less of the plant is removed. Dead wood does not count in this calculation. Keep in mind that even light pruning of sprin…

  • 0

For many years the Lanning picnics were held north of present-day Morrill, KS. just off to the west of what is now known as Dewberry Road between 310th Street on the South and 320th Street on the North in a clearing called Miller’s Grove along the banks of Pony Creek. I have in my possession…

  • 0

Where has the summer gone? I feel like it was just yesterday and we were celebrating 8th Grade and Senior Graduations and Mother’s Day. Vacations were planned with many visits to the lake for boating, camping, and smores by the fire. The next thing I know I looked up and its August. What a w…