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Town Crier | Charlene Shepard: The Poet of Coal Creek

Charlene Shepherd

The Poet of Coal Creek was back in the hospital recently. Charlene Shepard fell off a bar stool a while back and broke her hip and I suppose she was back for an adjustment. I was in room 309 waiting for my wife to be fitted with a neck brace following a cervical discectomy when […]

February 5th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »

Town Crier: Going to miss my friend Oren Long

Oren Long

by Clarke Davis The last time he called was to ask who said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He never had a computer, but he knew who had access to Google. Oren Long, a long-time contributor to these columns, died Saturday as a result of a car accident near his home on the […]

December 24th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »

Town Crier: December 1, 2011

Town Crier

A man whose journalistic endeavors filled these pages for five years died last week. Frank Williams along with his wife, Leola, owned and edited the Vindicator from Nov. 1, 1962, until the Wilson-Davis partnership showed up Jan. 1, 1968. The couple sold out without any particular plans but ultimately bought and ran the at Glasco […]

December 4th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »


drought cracked earth

by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent Livestock & Natural Resources When you think back about your childhood and think about your role models, picking out the most influential teacher is easy. Looking into your family clan and picking your role model takes a few more years of reflection. My mother was a great role […]

November 10th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

The View From Rural Route #8

Rural farm life

Rural America is in trouble. At least that’s how I see it as a member of a rural county’s board of commissioners and also as a rural Kansas writer since 1973 when I graduated from Kansas State. Rural folks, I maintain, can no longer afford themselves. By that, I mean the lonely residents cannot afford […]

September 14th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Rural Route #8 | Read More »



by Jody G. Holthaus Meadowlark Extension Agent There’s just something about the fair dust, even a few weeks after the fair, I’m finding it everywhere. I think it’s part dirt, part manure, part sawdust, part sweat and tears. You’d think after working 30 fairs, I’d get used to it. My experience with “fair dust,” late […]

August 21st, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Fenceline | Read More »

The President’s speech to the nation on the killing of Osama bin Laden


President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the mastermind of the September 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people has been killed in Pakistan by U.S.-led forces.

May 8th, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Read More »

Town Crier: Time is right for recycling program

by Clarke Davis The first Earth Day was observed 41 years ago and we are just now having a serious discussion in this town about a recycling program. Back then, emerging from the Age of Aquarius, there were rivers and lakes so full of chemicals and sludge they could no longer sustain life. Smog in […]

April 30th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »

Town Crier: April 14, 2011

by Clarke Davis I’m sentimental about small town, homeowned cafes. It was Vi’s Cafe in Gray, Iowa, that provided me one of my first jobs deep-fat frying chicken for the mobs that crowded in after the ball games. When big agriculture forced my parents off the farm, a small cafe and hotel in western Kansas […]

April 18th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Town Crier | Read More »

Great Expectations

“Great Expectations,” a novel by Charles Dickens written in 1860, tells how wealth inspires great expectations. . .”

February 24th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,Oren Long | Read More »

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