Great night for basketball

This past weekend was a great week for me for watching basketball: the Trojans and the Jay?hawks.

The high school boys? game with Nickerson was special for me. This year?s squad is very young and lacking in varsity experience. It showed during the game, but as the game extended into one overtime and then two overtimes, it became apparent to me the team gained the experience it needed to finish the job in fine fashion. I believe the lights are on now for future games.

I recorded the Jayhawks? big comeback against Florida and watched it when I got home from the high school games.


If you haven?t read the letter to the editor by Corey Maddux of Hillsboro in last week?s Free Press, it?s definitely worth a second look. He writes eloquently about the benefits of shopping with local merchants and how this fits togeth?er with ?community.?

We know many of you keep your Free Press issue until the next one arrives, based on our audit. But in case you didn?t keep it, the letter is available on our website, if you have the Internet.

Go to the website and click on Opinion/Letters to read it, or click on ?Read This Week?s Issue? to use digital edition and go to Page 4.


A very important event is coming to Hills?boro Jan. 8. Please check the ad on Page 16A of this issue. The event is titled ?Thinking Outside of the Big Box.?


I don?t know about you, but to complete a job around the house, I always need one more thing from the store?after I have purchased what I think I will need.


Old equipment makes it hard to find parts. Take electric toothbrush replacement brushes, for example.

I used to be able to go to the local pharmacy or Alco and pick them up. Not so anymore. I know they are available online, but I would rather get them here.


Are you a stacker or do you deal with stuff as it comes and then file it or throw it away? I have never mastered this area.


Looking forward to going to the Cotillion to see Mike Finnigan and the Phantom Blues Band this month with friends. The Cotillion has been on Wichita?s west side forever. It was where I saw the New Cristy Minstrels and Paul Revere and the Raiders back in the day.


This is the second column I have written for this week. The first one I wrote was mistakenly deleted from the server. It is just as well, as I wasn?t feeling good about it anyway. No one will ever know, as it is gone forever. It was just a pile of words.

When I worked at the Wichita Sun back in the 1970s, someone wrote a letter to the paper expressing that the more we wrote the less it meant. That may be the case here.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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