This one’s ‘bigger than the Eagle’

It?s the end of August, which means we have the opportunity to feature area athletes from six high schools and Tabor College in our annual fall sports ?Extra Point? special section in the Free Press this week. Each high school has a minimum of two sports but others have three or four with Tabor having six different competitive teams.

It takes a tremendous amount of effort on the part of our news and sports team as well as our advertising and production crew to make it all come together.

And we couldn?t do it without the cooperation of each of the coaching staffs and the advertisers who make it possible to cover the costs of bringing this information to you. As publisher I thank all who helped make it happen.

The timing of it coincides with the monthly Buyer?s Edge, so this is the one week during the year that we are, as I like to say, ?bigger than the Eagle.?

  • I saw a commercial for chicken pot pies the other night and thought about how many I had eaten as a kid. It was an easy meal and had everything in it.

    I quit eating them about the time they quit making crust on the sides and the bottom. It must have been a cost-cutting move.

  • We received some glass slides for the ?Marion Memories? photo book that are quite amazing. I did a little research on them and found the slides were used extensively around the turn of the century. (Not the last one, but the one before that).

    The slides are like window pane glass but have an emulsion on one side, which is what was exposed by the photographer?s camera. From them the photographer could make multiple prints. I learned that most of them have a thumbprint on them somewhere. We will identify them when the book is published later this fall.

  • Many people think football season has already begun with the NFL preseason.

    In my view it doesn?t begin until the high schools and colleges hit the fields, which is this weekend.

    The price of a ticket for high school and small-college games is still the best deal around.

    There is also some excellent volleyball, soccer, tennis and cross country to follow.

  • I?m wondering how many small businesses have a disaster plan in place should something like a ?disaster… hit.

    In the Kansas newspaper business alone I know of offices hit by fire, flood and tornado in the past few years. The flood and tornado occurred this year.

    Are your computer files backed up on site and off site? If a vendor has a problem, do you have a Plan B for materials, supplies and services? How long would you be out of business, or would you just be out of business? Have you considered business-interruption insurance?

    I don?t think Hillsboro will ever flood, but other perils could come to pass.

  • Until about 20 years ago, if you had real estate or household goods or an estate to auction off, C.H. Bud Seibel was the one many folks called.

    Bud was a hard-working, good-hearted man and didn?t know a stranger. His farming background was an asset to him in his work. He, along with his sons Clint and Clyde, invested in our community with spec homes and a new office building at 501 S. Main, which is now home to Leppke Realty and Auction. His name is still on the sign.

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