Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:38Confirmation that Tabor College student Marcus Manny was text messaging at the time of his fatal car accident only adds to the tragedy of his death. We hope people of all ages take this news as a sobering warning: When you’re behind the wheel, focus on driving. Your life, and the lives of those who share the road with you, are in your hands. Take it seriously.
This warning is particularly urgent for our youth, who feel they are invincible and technologically adept. That’s a dangerous...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:46My wife wants me to wear a sign around my neck that says I’m in a beard growing contest so that my new scraggly look has an explanation for the public. It’s best to grow a beard when you’re sick and indisposed for a while so no one has to see it during the early stages.
In the back of my mind I’m thinking I may not make it to the end of June judging. I have a couple of trade shows and conferences in between where the hairy look would be detrimental.
The power outage last week didn’t affect everyone. While our computers didn’t work for about an hour I walked over to Baker Bros. Printing to see if they knew any more than I did about no power. I heard a manual typewriter clicking in the background and found that Jim...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 02 May 2007 07:43New TAPP approach seemed to work well
This year the junior and senior parents met and decided to try something different for the Trojan After Prom Party. We still provided a safe, fun atmosphere for the students without alcohol or drugs, but we chose to bus the students to The Alley, a recreational facility in Wichita that has go-carts, bowling, billiards, and arcades.
The TAPP committee also provided extra activities like karaoke, card tournament, chair massages and inflatable activities.
In the past, TAPP provided activities and games in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds, but this option required extensive decorating to create a fun, festive atmosphere. The extensive decorating also required extensive time commitment.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:47
Two front-page stories about two car accidents. The outcomes are about as extreme as they can be. In one, a student at the local college dies in a one-car accident that seems to lack a clear cause. In the other, a carload of local residents walk away from a two-car, nearly head-on collision that could well have been catastrophic. Tragedy in one case, celebration in the other. Questions of “Why?” and “Why not?” abound in this mix of events. Clear answers may never surface, but surely we can agree that the line between tragedy and celebration can be mighty thin. Some say the determination is in Divine hands while others refute that. Regardless, we are reminded to live each day of our lives prepared for either outcome. —DR
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:54We just spent a few days in Atlanta with the Camelis and had a great time as we always do.
I kept looking for signs of a recession but couldn’t find any. The airports were crowded and parking lots full as usual. I think the Atlanta airport was even more crowded than in times past.
The Camelis’ pizza place was having some of its best days ever while we were there, but then maybe no one gives up buying great food at any time.
It was our first chance to meet Wolfie, the mutt from the pound who has been a new member of the household since the boys returned home from the Marion County Fair visit last summer. He is a frisky and friendly guy and well-behaved, for the most part.
Nancy looked in the boys’ bedroom when we arrived...
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