Category: Partly Nonsense

Wal-mart: a different animal

I wanted to weigh in on the Wal-Mart store (formerly the “mystery busi­ness”) that is wanting to come to town and claim an even bigger market share than it already has. Truth is, its established super stores are losing sales year after year and need to find a way to take even more money in. Therefore, Wal-Mart has come here […]

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HHS boys’ teams in new book

Most people my age know what streaking is. The Hills­boro High School boys’ basketball teams of 1998 and 1999 also know what streaking is, but of a different kind. They put together 41 straight victories over those two years to hold one of the longest winning streaks in Kansas high school boys’ basketball history. • The point is that those […]

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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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