Category: Partly Nonsense

50 years with my Nancy

It’s hard to believe, but we have been living in Hillsboro for the past 40 years. We moved to Hillsboro in March 1977 when Don Wipf offered me a job at the Hillsboro Star-Journal. I had been the production manager at the Wichita Sun, KAKE-TV’s 100,000-circulation free newspaper. When the Sun set in February 1977, it was losing about $8,000 […]

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Brother helps me out again

Brother Mark was here a couple of weekends ago for the high school graduation of relatives in Newton. I said awhile back that I was going to ask him to set up my stereo tuner, which had lost all of its settings because of service I had done on it recently. I read manuals and my eyes roll into my […]

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Another good time in Atlanta

I flew from Atlanta to Wichita over the weekend and my arms are still tired. We now qualify for the TSA pre-check, which I’ll have to say is much easier than what we went through in the past. We didn’t apply for it. It just started showing up on our boarding passes when we printed them out. Or maybe they […]

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Sign up for fast internet

I am 100 percent convinced that our future lies in having smoking fast Internet in this town. I have had people tell me that their children who have moved away would move back and bring their jobs and families with them if we had the 1 gigabyte fiber service up and down. If you are interested, and want to help […]

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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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