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In December of 1941, America entered World War II and thousands of United States soldiers and civilians were sent overseas. Shortly after America entered the war, the Nazi Press Chief and head of the Nazi propaganda machine, Otto Dietrich, scoffed at the idea that the US was a threat to the …

If you’re looking for a meal with history and a great story, look no further than Chef Boyardee. The story begins with great ingredients — many Chef pasta dishes contain no artificial flavor, colors or preservatives. And while you’re no doubt familiar with the satisfying taste of Chef Boyard…

The old saying goes, “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” It is important to know your history, not just the big names and key dates, but also the little details that can help us better understand a historic figure or the era in which they lived.

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Tootsie Rolls are something that might remind you of Christmas,  riding down to the corner store as a kid, or a tasty treat you got during Halloween. But did you know that these delicious candies helped change the tide of a Korean War battle?

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

The farm home in which my first eight years were lived was surrounded by many trees and buildings.  Crops were planted close to the yard to have full harvests.  My Dad was a crop farmer and did not raise cattle or hogs other than what was necessary to provide milk and meat for food.

When summer returned, the hot Kansas sun and the ever present wind would bring some complaining from adults.  This little girl loved playing outside using her imagination skills.  I would take small tree branches to make the outline of walls of a house and use shorter branches to make door o…

With eight confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Kansas -- three more added this weekend -- and more expected this week as the virus continues to spread, we want our readers to remember one thing, if they remember nothing else.

The Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash in October 1929, six months after this writer entered the family.  Sister Gladys wrote that as a baby, she did much of my care because she loved doing it.  If I cried at night, she was the one who held me in a rocking chair and in later …

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The similarity between the name of Corona beer  to the deadly coronavirus is causing some confusion, with some people wondering if the virus is caused by the beer.