Okie trip was truly High-Def

I ventured into Oklahoma this weekend. Brother Mark leased a building for his new production photography business in Tulsa and needed help moving things from his home to a much-needed larger facility.

Plus, we built a few things, including a large table on wheels and a print-viewing stand. Then came the primer and paint. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a short time.

It was also an excuse to watch the Big XII basketball tournament on his High-Def TV—if only they were televised in high definition.

Well, the championship game was in high definition. It’s a lot easier to see what the refs miss when the resolution is four times greater.


The tournament T-shirts handed out in at the Hillsboro girls’ opening state tournament game Wednesday and again on Friday night were a great touch to an already terrific event.

Thanks to the sponsors who furnished them at no-charge.


Congratulations to our Class 3A state champions and their coaches who cut a wide swath through the sub-state and state tournament games.

After watching the game against Garden Plain on Wednesday, I said to myself, “Who in the world is going to beat us if we play like that?”

The answer was no one.


The Goessel boys’ basketball team and its coaches can be proud of their state-tournament run in Class 1A. A lot of teams would gladly trade places with the fourth-place Bluebirds.


And we can’t forget about Hillsboro High’s chess team, which finished second in the state tournament last weekend in its first year of existence.

I tried playing chess while in college and don’t believe I won even one match.


If you’ve noticed white bunnies popping up around town, they are part of a Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce promotion that runs through Easter.

Each participating business will be offering specials throughout the promotion with a special emphasis the final weekend before Easter.


I took my Kansas ball cap and my Boise State sweatshirt along with me to Oklahoma. When I pulled out the sweatshirt my brother told me I might not want to wear the sweatshirt down there.

After thinking about it for a minute I realized why. But I wore them both on the way back home on Sunday anyway.


I was thinkng that if I don’t set my watch ahead this time, I will be an hour early to everything.


It’s been a long time since Kansas Egg and Poultry Co. has been in business at 124 N. Main. It was a wholesale supplier for grocery stores in the area and had a fleet of trucks that loaded and left town each morning for all of the area towns surrounding Hillsboro.

It occupied the building where Olde Towne Restaurant is now located, and had its warehouse in the Hillsboro True Value Hardware location.

A.G. Stratman was one of the principals in the business and my neighbor, Herb Scharping. was a driver for the company. One of its brands was Jack Sprat.

Since Stan Scharping had the connection, we would go in the warehouse and look around. I never saw so much food in one place.

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