Veterans list still growing

We continue to receive calls from veterans who are not yet on our list of more than 4,100 from Marion County who served our country. We publish the list twice a year and encourage updates and additions to the list at any time.

You may email them to the address at the end of this column, or call our office and leave the information. We update our master list the minute we get a name so it will be as current and accurate as possible the next time we pub?lish it.


Our company just finished the veterans book that honors veterans from Harvey County, our neighboring county to the southwest. It will be distributed in Newton and Halstead on Veterans Day and Thursday, Nov. 13, in Newton.

Many men and women from the Harvey County communities put their lives on hold while serving in the military. We were honored to hear their stories of sacrifice and service.


Our church has had plumbing issues involving sewer lines. I will compare it to having one?s arteries clogged after about 50 years of living?relatively clean living, I might add.

It has been quite an experience going through the process of finding the problems and then coming up with a plan to fix them.

One of the most impressive operations was to watch Warren Dalke, of Dalke Construction, operate his backhoe with ultimate precision to find the tap into the city sewer some 10 feet down in the alley behind the church.

I asked him how long he has operated a backhoe; he said 50 years?ever since he got out of the service.


This year Veterans Day falls on a Tuesday, which is our normal mailing day for the Free Press.

In order to get the newspapers in mailboxes on Wednesday per normal, we needed to complete our mailing operations on Monday this time. It means finishing the paper on Sunday night instead of the usual Monday night.

Fortunately, our inserters are able to switch days for the most part and make the schedule change operational.

It didn?t hurt either that our friends at the post office reminded us of the potential scheduling problem on Nov. 11.


This year Christmas and New Year?s fall on a Thurs?day, which is the most ideal day for our printing and mailing schedule.

So every seven years we slip through the holidays without missing a beat.


We were invited to dine at the Tabor College cafeteria Friday night.There is so much good food to choose from that if I ate there regularly I would weigh 400 pounds.


Leaves on trees are great in summer because of the shade they provide. Now that they are finding their way to the ground, it?s not so great.

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