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When I was in high school, I was introduced to John Steinbeck’s work. As a high schooler, I devoured “The Grapes of Wrath” while on a road trip across west Texas and made an extreme effort to go see a production of “Of Mice and Men.” 

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Are there tax consequences from receiving a gift? Recipients of gifts are not taxed. However, there are rare situations where the person giving the gift may be taxed.

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We talked last week about the void that sports has left behind, and as stay-at-home orders in the state have started to settle in and we are seeing the bigger picture of what our daily lives are going to look like for the next month or two, I think it’s time to start figuring out some coping…

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Coronavirus- COVID-19. It’s everywhere! Or it has the potential to be. Turn on the news, it’s there! Read the paper, it’s there! Social media, it’s even there! A relative said to me yesterday, “COVID-19 has taken everything from us.” He was speaking of his father who only 3 months ago was di…

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It is almost hard to visualize that once in Hiawatha, there was a factory that would process milk products for local communities! The creamery initially developed for all farmers who were within trucking distance of the factory. The towns impacted by this commerce were Hiawatha, Atchison, Fa…

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The Coronavirus has only gotten worse this week. As of this writing there are 134,945 cases in the United States and 319 cases in Kansas. So far Atchison and Brown Counties have not reported any cases. The governor put the entire state on stay at home rule only going out for necessities.

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It seems there’s new symptoms about COVID-19 every day. This morning the newest symptom is red, puffy eyes. This virus is like a stalker who changes its tactics daily to fool us into not knowing what its true self is. The predictions about its effect on the United States is scary. Doctors, n…

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The Internal Revenue Service and Kansas Department of Revenue have extended the due date for returns originally due April 15th, 2020. The new due date for these returns is July 15th, 2020.

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They were here and then they were gone. Just like that. One positive test for COVID-19 in a professional basketball player, before the rest of us understood the serious nature of what was coming, and the landscape of sports began to quake.

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• Are you scared of losing your health or wealth or of something bad happening to one you love?

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Got dead pine trees? If you are in the eastern half of Kansas, they probably died of pine wilt, a disease that is widespread in that part of the state. If you are in central or western Kansas, pine wilt is less common but it can still occur in pockets.

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The city of Muscotah has closed the community building till further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There will not be any meetings for Half Century, Cancer Support, (including bingo), Outreach and rentals for other activities. Outreach has announced that there will not be an Easter E…

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Well, I think Highland’s news is the same as the World News — Stay home and help slay COVID19. That’s exactly what I have been doing for three weeks. No school for the rest of the semester sounds great. Right? Well, it’s not and the students think so, too. They are used to schedules and want…

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MANHATTAN – A Kansas State University farm analyst says his phone has been ringing frequently as the state’s farmers and ranchers flood him with questions about the recent drop in commodity markets.

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Nearly 2000 years ago, the worst thing that could ever happen, did happen. Jesus, the spotless lamb of God was crucified. Yet, from the worst thing that could ever happen, God caused the best thing that could ever happen: the gates of the Kingdom of God opened wide for all to enter in, throu…

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I would like to inform the public about protocol and procedures that will be effective immediately for the Brown County Jail. This is for the safety and health concerns of all involved as well offering some other beneficial information.

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Well, spring break is over for DWest, so it's back to setting the alarm and putting on make-up again. We will be in our last quarter of 2019-2020 school year. Lots of school activities happen in this last session that will take students out of school during the day, track, baseball, softball…

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Due to the Coronavirus Cancer Support Group has cancelled Bingo for next Saturday, March 21. The next Bingo will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Hopefully by then the situation will be better and things can begin to get back to normal. No one knows how long this will last or how bad it migh…

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If you have children, you may be able to lower your tax liability by claiming the child tax credit. The ACTC was designed to offset the many expenses of raising children and can take the form of either a non-refundable or a refundable credit.

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There is a great story found in John 5 when Jesus goes to a healing pool in Bethsaida and he finds a man who was an invalid for 38 years. And Jesus asks him the strangest question.

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The feelings may still be raw for fans and players alike of Hiawatha High School’s basketball squads, as both the boys and girls teams had their seasons cut short in riveting Sub-State games that felt like an abrupt punctuation to positive seasons for both squads.

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New strawberry plantings should be set early in the growing season so that mother plants become established while the weather is still cool. The mother plants develop a strong root system during this cool period when soil temperatures are between 65 and 80 degrees F. The most appropriate pla…

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Our family and our church family are heartbroken about the passing of Carolyn Whetstine Saunders. I met Carolyn when I was a BlueStreak freshman at Highland High School. She always had a smile and happy mood for all the students and the faculty. She was a year ahead of me graduating in 1960.…

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Half Century met last Monday for their monthly dinner and meeting. Hosts for March were Deb and Lowell Liggat and they had the tables decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. There was a nice crowd including Margaret Jacobs, Norma Pederson, Darlene Doty, Judy Green, Dena Begesse, Floyd and Aletta Os…

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529 plans are state sponsored accounts where you can deposit funds meant to be used for education expenses. If the withdrawals from the account are for education expenses, any earnings on the account is exempt from income tax. In addition to avoiding income tax on the growth of the account, …

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Raspberries and blackberries are perennial plants with biennial canes. In other words, a single plant will last many years but an individual cane will only live for two. In a cane’s first year, it will grow but will not produce fruit. The second year, it will fruit and then die. Though these…

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As a parent I get asked questions all the time from my kids. The problem is that the older my kids get, the harder the questions are getting. With the questions getting harder, I feel like my answer more and more are, “I don’t know, ask your mom.”

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For the first time since 1992, the Kansas Democratic Party will not be holding a caucus to determine how the state’s delegates are apportioned to presidential candidates at the Democratic National Convention. Kansas Democrats should trust that their votes in our state’s Democratic primary wi…

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The heavy burden of high property taxes is taking a toll on Kansans. But, there are solutions. Our local governments should address this crisis with a sense of urgency and stop the practice of backdoor tactics that raise property taxes without a vote.

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Many towns surround the area that comprises the community of Brown County. One city is Baker who owes its existence mainly to the Missouri Pacific Railroad, coming through the area now known as Baker in 1882. Eldred Harrington lived on a farm in the area and owned and operated the grain elev…

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Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 8. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. The days will seem longer with it staying light later but the sun will rise an hour later. It always takes some time to get used to the change.

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Today, Sunday, March 1, was definitely a beautiful spring-like day. I’m sure people were working in their yards and farmers were anxious to begin stirring the soil. However, we better not count on this kind of weather to stay around. It is a nice break from freezing winds and ice. Track team…

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Depreciation is a non-cash expense that reduces the value of an asset. A fixed asset, also known as a capital asset, is a large cost item such as a vehicle, real estate, equipment, or office furniture. As a result of wear and tear, the asset loses value over the period of its useful life. If…

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It’s almost time for the Brown County Free Fairs annual fundraiser spotlight auction. This is the biggest 4-H fundraiser of the year in which area businesses and individuals donate merchandise and services to be auctioned off over KNZA radio on March 9-10. The flier with this year’s items ha…

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I was very pleased to read the Hiawatha World article: “Masons hold Member Recognition Night” (Feb. 24 issue. I am delighted that on March 3, 2020 at 8 o’clock P.M. , the local Masons of Hiawatha will welcome the public as well as Masonic dignitaries from at least three US States to the Hiaw…

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Back in Part V, I identified the background of the creamery’s director and marketing strategist Ralph Tennal and his wife Margaret (a.k.a. Margie), as well as his ideas for the marketing success of the Nemaha County Cooperative Creamery. Up until Part V, I told the story of this business as …

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The House approved of the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act (HB2515) this week, which will provide scholarships to Kansas graduates who agree to complete a certificate or two-year program at a community college, technical school, or trade school in one of 10 high-demand areas for skilled worker…

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February is almost over so time to get ready for March. Monday, March 2nd will be the monthly Half Century dinner at noon at the Community Building. Lowell and Debbie Liggatt are the hosts for this month. Half Century is a group of local residents 50 years of age or older who enjoy getting t…

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Not a lot of “news” to report from our little corner of the world. The cold is still hanging around and it hasn’t snowed for quite a while, but you can still find piles of snow that hasn’t melted yet. We’re supposed to get rain and snow this week, so the farmers get another respite before sp…

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If you use a portion of your home to conduct self-employed income, you may be eligible for the deduction for business use of your home. You can use either the simplified or actual method to claim this deduction. The deduction does not have to be an office and is available if you rent or own …

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I was going through my office the other day looking for something, and then I saw it for the first time in many years. It was my old typewriter.