Ford deal is a real benefit

Drive 4 UR School has become a big deal in this area. It is put on by Hillsboro Ford to benefit all Marion County schools.

This year more than $4,000 were raised for the schools in Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Goessel. Hillsboro received the largest amount of because of the numbers who showed up to drive. I’m sure the other schools’ numbers will grow as word gets around. This is the first year the three other schools have participated.

Ford Motor Co. donates $20 to the school for each person driving one of the new vehicles designated for driving that day. The paper work is painless and you even get a hot dog or popcorn to boot.

Since I am not a regular driver yet, my wife was designated to drive this year. I wanted her to drive the biggest truck on the lot with the duallys, but she couldn’t get in because it was so high off of the ground. She drove a regular pickup instead.

When I didn’t get to ride in the big truck, Marlin Bartel heard the commotion and offered to take me for a ride in it. I didn’t realize how nice big trucks are nowadays. We guessed the sticker price about $10,000 lower than it was, but if you have enough money to buy a truck like that, what is a measly 10 grand?

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When you get up in the morning, you never know what is going to happen that day. This past week, my cell phone rang and the voice sounded familiar, but I couldn’t figure out who was on the other end of the line.

I noticed it was a 405 area code, so I knew it was Oklahoma—but still no face with the voice. Turns out it was David Hanigar, who worked with me during the early stages of our new company—only 18 or 19 years ago.

I have thought about him and wife Kim (Dr. Hanigar) many times through the years and wondered how they were doing.

Now I know. He is a pastor at a large church in Midwest City, Okla.

After watching KU try to play football a couple of times this season, I can’t help but think about Dave Ranney’s suggestion that they host farmer’s markets in Memorial Stadium in the fall.

We went to hear the Quebe Sisters in Emporia last Friday night as part of a relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Super show, great cause.

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