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Before I begin this week’s story, I must correct the error I made in Dad’s story last week.  My computer spell check did not know that Dad’s favorite phrase was “Dag nab it” not Gag nab it! Sorry for the typo!

EDITOR: I was appalled at the racial slurs article in last weeks paper (published June 24). I’ve lived in Mississippi and Louisiana (New Orleans) and I’ve never seen anything like it

One of the great honors of my life has been the opportunity to uncover and retell the remarkable story of Mai DeKonza (1870-1959) of Clay Center. I did not meet her in person, but I have become acquainted with her through her writings, newspaper accounts, archival material, and court records…

Yesterday was Father’s Day when we recognize and honor fathers in our world.  When I was born, my dad was six months from being 50 years of age in   October 1929 when the markets crashed and the “Great Depression” was here.

A shopping trip to Fairbury was about the same as going to Belleville except we went Northeast instead of Southwest.  Getting car sick was the same both ways.

At Monday’s school board meeting, several school board members told administrators and coaches they have their full support for whatever they decide they should do in scheduling extra-curricular activities.

Because of Mother’s huge garden and the orchard of fruit trees on our farm, it was not necessary to make frequent trips for shopping.  When it was necessary to buy some items, the two towns most often visited were Belleville, or Fairbury, Neb.  This child dreaded the words “we need to go to …

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It has been a long winter, made to seem longer by fearing coronavirus spreading throughout our country and into our home state of Kansas.  We have learned ‘stay in shelter’, ‘social distancing’, and need to ‘wear masks.’

In reference to the re-opening plan --Yes, it needs some revisions. It is what was implemented with Phase 2 as things stood last week where state guidance is concerned.

Mom’s garden was full of good vegetables and had a row of large rhubarb plants along one side.  She spent many hours hoeing and pulling weeds as this garden was part of basic survival for the family during the Depression years.  Little help was available to her as both Leonard and Gladys had…

We know you’ve heard it before, and we know you probably roll your eyes every time you hear it. But now, more than ever, it’s important to shop local.

No Stardusters. No That’s Entertainment! No Spring sports or activities. Little to  no recognition of other honors like the academic letters presentation ceremony. There is so much that hasn’t taken place this Spring.

Earlier I wrote of being six months old when the Stock Market crashed in October 1929.  Since I was raised during that Great Depression, I plan on writing the next two weekly columns about those earlier years and how our family worked together for survival.

Despite its name, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) does not require the business to write paychecks.  The owner’s income, IRS Schedule F line 34 or Schedule C line 31, is considered the owner’s paycheck.  

The last six weeks at The Dispatch have been pretty lonely, as most people have stayed home while restrictions have been in place because of the coronavirus.

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So what’s going to happen in Clay County at 12:01 Monday morning when the newest Executive Orders for management of the COVID-19 Pandemic go into effect in Kansas and how will it affect me?  That is the most frequently asked question this week.  We’ve been working hard to study the orders th…

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Living on a nearly isolated farm in the early 30s has no comparison to farm homes that are seen today.  Those farms can be described as isolated because there were only 2 or 3 located on many sections of land and neighbors did not live close.

At a recent council meeting, Clay Center Mayor Jimmy Thatcher said something that desperately needed to be said, and we commend him for having the courage to say it.

How candidates running for the US Senate are handling the coronavirus to score political point during their campaigns are a real eye opener to what kind of person they are.

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There are not a lot of birthdays that are remembered in detail like the last birthday on the farm when this writer was “8”. We were preparing to move from the farm to Haddam, Kansas. There is some background needed before I write about the actual birthday.

My mother’s sisters have been mentioned in my columns because they were an important part of my part living on a Kansas farm during the Great Depression years. It is time for a short paragraph of family history.

While most of us have to stay home during this corona virus crisis, or at least work as much from home as we can; let us take a moment to appreciate all those who don’t have that option -- those businesses, employers and workers who continue to operate as either “essential businesses” or per…

This week Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address a flood of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow.

As I write, we have been told to stay home as much as possible, maintain social distances, and practice good hygiene (we should not need that reminder) due to our health endangered by Coronavirus.  I see time each can do some projects that may have been waiting and I see families having some…

Recently The Dispatch has received pressure from members of the public to release or seek out the name or other identifying information about the first person in Clay County to test positive for the coronavirus.

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Clay County Health Care providers, Clay County Medical Center, Long Term Care facilities, USD- 379, and elected and appointed officials from Clay County and the cities within Clay County make up our Clay County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Clay County EOC members have been meeting …

Clay County Emergency Management received reports from a neighboring county that their residents were reporting that they received phone calls from people telling them they were with the federal government and they needed to have bank account numbers in order to deposit the money promised by…