Category: Partly Nonsense

Ray had a big heart for people

Hillsboro just lost a big man in every way even though in stature he wasn’t very. I always thought of Ray Franz as a big man with a big heart. I first learned to know him when I was in charge of putting together the Paul and Ray’s grocery ad for the newspaper when I was in high school. This […]

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Keys in door lock a surprise

One Sunday morning I didn’t even know that my big key ring was missing…until I went out the front door and found it dangling from the lock. We were really safe that night for sure. I have way too many keys on that double ring. One ring has one set of keys and the other ring has a different set […]

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TC arts center is a big deal

I have been wanting to take a tour of the Tabor College Shari Flaming Center for the Arts across the street from our house ever since it started to take shape in recent months. Ron Braun, who is one of the fundraisers for the new building, was kind enough to take Nancy and me and another person through it the […]

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A hint for help, not skiiing

The other day my winter coat and my down vest were on the bed, so I got excited and thought my wife is taking me on a surprise ski trip.  Not the case. She just wanted me to hang them on the upper bar in the hall closet because I am done using them for the season. • Ski trip? […]

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One of our guys does well

I couldn’t be more proud of our Newton Now managing editor Adam Strunk, who picked up a huge award at the Kansas Press Association’s annual president’s dinner in Topeka Friday night. Here’s a portion of the news release from Doug Anstaett, executive director of KPA:  “Adam Strunk, managing editor of Newton Now, is the winner of the Murdock Award, given […]

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More on column progress

I found another year of my columns and have put them in a new file. What I found to be most amazing is that I didn’t repeat myself in the first two years. I know I have repeated myself over the years, but then who cares? • I know one section of the collection will be titled something like: “I wonder why….” […]

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Time flies on Tabor website

I discovered the neatest thing that is going on with the Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center across the street from our house. On tabor.edu, the college has a time-lapse of the construction project going up since last July. It is a cool thing to watch. Just scroll down on the home page until you see the “Signature Campaign” and click […]

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Early days of mobile phones

The subject of mobile phones came up at the office the other day. The staff members who are much younger than I am were talking about their flip phones and Black­berries. Well, let me tell you… my first mobile phone was a Motorola bag phone. It was housed in a big black bag with its own antenna and everything. I […]

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Island getaway was great

We just returned from a week in Puerto Rico with our good friends the Ranneys, who used to live in Hillsboro. I’d say if you are looking for a nice place to go for a week or so, and a place that is easy to get to, Puerto Rico is the place. And it is a U.S. territory, so you […]

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Grandson is moving ahead

I don’t think I am bragging when I write about my grandson Alex Cameli. He’s attending the University of Georgia in Athens. He told me long ago that he was going to be a bus driver at the school. Now that he turned 19 and is old enough to drive a campus bus, we hear as soon as he takes […]

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