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Sometimes entirely out of the blue, you are surprised by something. The events that I describe for you now occurred late last week as I was off on many History Mysteries missions throughout the week. This day, however, I received a phone call inquiring if a person might be able to stop by fo…

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Outdoor concerts and activities are synonymous with summer, offering Kansas residents an opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather. But these traditions often have a connection to the health of your eyes and ears, so it is important to be mindful as we celebrate the summer and all that goes with it.

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Sometimes entirely out of the blue, you are surprised by something. The events that I describe for you now occurred late last week as I was off on many History Mysteries missions throughout the week. This day, however, I received a phone call inquiring if a person might be able to stop by fo…

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One of our best engineers can work through the night, requires no machinery, and doesn’t even expect a paycheck. He’s also many a farmer’s nightmare, but many a rancher’s blessing. He’s the beaver. For some people, the beaver is bad news for their ponds, crop ground, culverts, and trees, but…

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Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. — 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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It would be wonderful if we could get a couple of inches of rain about now. The crops look great, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve had rain, and our yards are getting dry cracks in them. A couple of months again we were wanting the rains to stop. We don’t want flooding rain, just nour…

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We had more vandalism in the park at the north shelter house. Surveillance cameras are being accessed to see if those responsible can be found. We have such a nice park it is too bad that there are those who want to do damage and ruin things. We are asking anyone who may have seen anything t…

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When assembling a windmill wheel, it’s advisable to weigh off the individual sections, as the weight of the individual blade sections can vary by more than two pounds. Weighing them, and then carefully positioning the blade sections opposite each other based on weight helps the assembled whe…

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Saturday will be a big evening in Muscotah. We will be welcoming Erik (Anderson) Dylan at the Muscotah City Park at 5:30 p.m. Erik was born and raised in Muscotah and is a rising Nashville song writer. He will perform some of the songs he has written followed by a relaxing evening visiting w…

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July has arrived in northeast Kansas in typical fashion — hot and dry. For a while, we didn’t know if we would ever get out of the rainy, cool weather of the months of spring. The crops are standing tall and much of the corn is already tasseled. Gardens have been producing in abundance, but,…

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Heat up your Weber and get ready for backyard barbecue season. Whether you’re hosting an Independence Day bash or just enjoying the sunset from your deck, grilling and summer go together like hot dogs and mustard. Kosher.com, the premier online community for kosher cooking and living, welcom…

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The Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas, remind Kansans of the importance of safety around fireworks during this Fourth of July holiday season.

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The Brown County Free Fair is a time honored tradition which our 4-H families contribute to immensely. Youth work all year on a variety of 4-H projects to be exhibited and judged at the fair. From bucket calves to photography, there is something for everyone at the fair. This year the Brown …

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Is there an area of your life where you feel behind? I think almost all of us can say “YES” to that question. We are behind in our finances, in a relationship, behind at work, behind in spending time with your kids. If you were to look at a baseball scoreboard that represented each area of y…

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It is HOT in Doniphan and Brown County! It’s miserable to have to work outside with the temperatures in the upper 90’s, but the crops have been waiting for warm sunshine. They are looking great--standing tall and the corn is a deep green. Some gardeners have said their gardens had to be real…

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Back in Part XIV, I promised in XV that I would list all of the descendants of John & Dorothy Bowlby Lanning taken from the guest register book that was at all the summer reunion picnics from the early 1940’s into the mid 1960’s that were held at Sycamore Springs. I will still do that bu…

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As summer approaches and the temperatures outside continue to rise, so does the possibility that scammers impersonating your utility company are going to show up at your doorstep or call over the phone.

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We are hoping the 4th of July will be its typical hot day in Highland. Lots of activities are planned throughout the day and evening. If you have not made a donation to Roger Gormley, or leave it at the Bank of Highland, it’s not too late to do so to cover costs of the fireworks and other ev…

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“Let’s Get Salty” – Matthew 5:13

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The Memorial Auditorium was erected in 1920 to honor of Veterans who fought in the Spanish American War, the Civil War and World War I. The auditorium owned by the City of Hiawatha and financed through a “general obligations bond.”

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With July 4th quickly approaching, the planning committee is requesting donations to help fund the celebration. Donations may be left at the Bank of Highland in the “4th of July Fund” or given to Roger Gormley, Committee Treasurer. You can phone Roger at 442-3373.

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July is going to be a busy month in town. Saturday, July 13 will be Erik Dylan Day at the park. Erik will perform at 5:30 p.m. featuring some of the songs he has written. A pulled pork supper will be served starting at 5 p.m. The meal will include a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, baked …

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As many of you know, I am a father to four beautiful daughters. As a dad, I have been asked all sorts of questions by my kids. What my kids are starting to realize as they get older is, I don’t have all the answers. They know this because their questions are getting harder and my answers are…

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One of the top priorities of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism (KDWPT) is to provide access for hunting opportunities in urban areas and in a state that is 98 percent privately owned that task becomes even more important and difficult.

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To some, purple coneflower is no more than a weed. To the Native Americans, the purple coneflower was invaluable as a treatment for rattlesnake bite, anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic, immune system stimulant, insecticide and was also claimed to be a cure for gangrene, and rabies.

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Edmond Needham Morrill was born on February 12, 1834, in Westbrook, Maine and died on March 14, 1909, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 75.

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A meeting was held last week to make plans for Erik Dylan Day on Saturday, July 13. Serving will start at 5 p.m. with Erik performing some of the songs he has written starting at 5:30 p.m. Erik is looking forward to a nice fun relaxed evening in the park with family and friends. Mark the dat…

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I would like to make the public aware of a local person circulating a petition to lower the speed limit from 65 mph to 45 mph on US 36 highway in the location known as the Wal-Mart curves, west of Hiawatha.

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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the New Testament Church. For a Pentecostal Christian, it is the day the power we experience in the gift of the Holy Spirit began as we know it still today. Pentecost is a reminder of everything Jesus accomplished in His time on earth. Peter s…

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Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today kicked off National Homeownership Month by highlighting USDA’s ongoing role to help residents of America’s small towns and cities purchase homes in rural areas.

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Flooding along the Missouri River and fears of some new dams breaking is still the topic of conversation in northeast Kansas. I understand the governor visited in the area today and was escorted to different flooded areas by Taylor Seed Company of White Cloud. The weather is predicted to giv…

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As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with Methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well.

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Experts say that with all the wet weather in many parts of the country this spring, most of us can expect a bad year for mosquitoes. But rather than have them ruin your outdoor activities this summer, why not invite beneficial bats to your backyard for chemical-free pest control?

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Want to Change the World? Try Lectio Divina.

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Did you know that in February 1857, Claytonville, Kan., held the appointment of the county seat of Brown County, Kan.? In August 1857, the courthouse was built, which was a 20 by 30 building. The once established courthouse of Claytonville will later be repurposed as a schoolhouse until it w…

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During the first ten years of business, several additions had been made to the plant and additional machinery installed, such as the two Vane churns, each with a churning capacity of over 2,000 lbs. of butter and the erection of a can storage building measuring 46’ by 80’ which was completed…

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Every summer, the attorney general’s office sees a spike in complaints about door-to-door salespeople. Many different products and services are sold door-to-door, but in particular, home improvement services are much more prevalent during the summer.

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Congratulations to Clayton Higley from Horton High School and Tucker Smith from ACCHS on their qualification to attend State Track Meet in Wichita last weekend. We are quite honored to have two local boys participating. Good job!

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When disaster strikes, you may have only a short time to make what might be a life or death decision. One of the most important things you can do is to be aware that a danger is present. Most of the injuries and deaths happen to people who are unaware or uninformed. For this reason, it is cr…

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More rain and it’s causing flooding again. Every evening it brews up a storm — lightning, thunder, strong winds, then the rain pours down. We’re supposed to have a couple nice days this week, then the rain returns. Everything is lush and very green, and I like that better than dry, shriveled…

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Many products get publicity and special recognition during the year. But in Kansas, if any product deserves its own month, it’s beef. That is why Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has declared May as Beef Month in the state. This declaration makes the 35th consecutive year beef has received this honor.

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My rain gauge measured 2.5 inches of rain when I left for church Sunday morning. I’m not sure if that’s a correct reading for Saturday and Sunday’s rainfall, but it seemed like more than that to me. At times the weather was stormy and at other times it fell almost silently. We need a little …