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I have had many requests to provide another holiday safety message to the public, with issues concerning safety during the holiday season.

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That was an interesting week of football. There were some definite plusses and minuses for the Kansas City Chiefs, so let’s take a look at those while keeping an eye on the upcoming contest with the New England Patriots and the overall playoff picture.

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Division in our country and community has become the norm. From political parties to the vote on a sales tax to the firing of a Fire Chief, it seems as though our community is more divided than it ever has been. But how did we get here? What is the root cause of division?

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Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. I am sure that due to the storms north and west of us some had to change their plans. Christmas is only three weeks away and there will be programs, shopping, wrapping gifts, and getting together with family and friends. What a busy t…

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I have had many requests to provide another holiday safety message to the public, with issues concerning safety during the holiday season.

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With the winter season upon us and holidays around the corner, it is important to remember how to stay safe by preparing for severe weather at home and on the roads. Winter storms can range in severity, and a lot can happen when a dangerous winter storm strikes, ranging from street and inter…

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Many are planning their big Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Hope the weather is not stormy for those wanting to travel.

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Bye week is upon us, and I don’t know if it could have come quick enough. Not only does the break give fans a chance to catch their breath (and maybe get some Christmas lights hung), but the late bye gives the Chiefs finally have a chance to get fully healthy as they prepare themselves for t…

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Our church family was sad to hear of the passing of Norleen Dawe Martin. Norleen, her sister Linda, and brother were adopted by Bob and Georgia Dawe of Sparks. The family attended Fanning Community of Christ for many years. The kids were musically talented and Georgia taught Sunday School ch…

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The weather has been pretty nice this past week. I am sure that many have been busy raking leaves, getting their homes winterized and other jobs to get ready for the cold weather ahead. A lot of the harvest is done and farmers are now busy putting on anhydrous getting ready for next spring.

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What a difference a week makes. After a win against the Vikings that looked like it would set the Chiefs back on the path toward a division title and a playoff bye, a setback against the hapless Tennessee Titans and their erstwhile quarterback situation felt like a monumental blow to the tea…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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As a parent of a child with food allergies, it can be stressful constantly making sure your child is safe around food. You have to notify their school so they know which treats cannot be served in the classroom. You have to make sure other parents know of their allergy so they don’t serve sn…

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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.

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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…

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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…