Category: Partly Nonsense

Carnival drew a crowd

I think everyone in Hills­boro was at the Back To School Carni­val sponsored by the Hills­boro Elemen­tary School Site Council this past Friday night. Food and games were available for everyone. And all for the worthy cause of upgrading the playground and its equipment at the school. The dunk tank was very popular with the kids; dunking Mr. Yoder in […]

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Grit key for direct marketing

My first experience with direct marketing came in the 1950s or early 1960s when I went door to door with my neighbor Stanley Scharping, who was a Grit newspaper boy. I don’t know how many people remember Grit, but it was a national newspaper aimed at the rural lifestyle and those who lived in and appreciated small-town life. Stan had […]

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Big trip is one for the books

Each year I plan this mega trip to several bin­deries in the state north of us to pick up yearbooks for delivery to schools in Kansas. And each year I wonder if I have what it takes physically to pull this off. As the business has grown through the years, so has the number of boxes I need to pick […]

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Don’t let opportunity pass you by

Right after it was over I knew I had blown an opportunity big time. While out walking Sunday morning, I happened to be on my downtown route and a young man drove up and rolled down the window to ask directions to Alco. I am pretty sure he was a Tabor College athlete who was new in town and I […]

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Another year closer to 100

We are on our way to becoming a 100-year-old business. This issue marks the completion of 17 years in the free news­paper business. Only 83 years to go. All businesses that are 100 years old or older started just like us. They had to have the first year, and so on. Joey and Lindsey are about 30 years old, so […]

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Boys’ visit comes to an end

The end of the boys’ visit is here and we checked off many things from our list, but still didn’t get everything accomplished. This time we ended up with three boys in the house, as a friend, Max, joined us mid-week. He will be a senior at Grady High School; all three will be attending high school together. School starts […]

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A week of coming and going

I returned Friday from my Midwest Free Community Papers board meetings in Mankato, Minn.—just in time to work all afternoon and then pick up the grandsons in Wichita at the airport Friday night. They just flew in from Zion National Park in Utah, where they had spent a week with family friends and four other boys about the same ages. […]

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Small city forms at the pool

I hadn’t been to a modern day swimming meet until this past Saturday out at the Hills­boro Family Aquatic Cen­ter. It was quite a sight to see—it was like another small city made out of colorful tents. It was amazing how many people were gathered at the pool with the swimming heats for all age groups clicking off like clockwork. […]

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Stung by email hackers

Note to hackers: If I ever get a hold of you, watch out. Here is the spam email many of you may have received from me last week: Good Day Hope you having a good a day ?………….. I have an important Document for you in the attached so click to uploaded for you to check this out View docs […]

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‘Can do’ women step up

For 10 years, I have observed the women who work here at the Free Press and I am acutely aware that they are all “can do” people. They definitely are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and take on just about any task, which was proven again this week in the harvest fields. Malinda Just, our columnist and proofreader, […]

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