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 …
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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.
During the Great Depression that started with the Market Crash in October 1929, it was the responsibility of each person in a family to share the workload especially farm families surviving the dirty thirties.
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?
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.
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.
One of the most inspiring things I heard last week was the report that the high school football team helped do the manual labor of providing the food distribution in the community last week.
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.
As a second-grader, I asked my grandmother, “Why does the Easter Bunny bring us eggs on Easter? The two don’t seem to have anything to do with Jesus.”
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.
During this time of social distancing, Glavan Ford of Clay Center have something for you to do on your walks, according to a post they shared on Facebook.
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…
Whether you think precautions taken to slow down the spread of the coronavirus is warranted or not, one thing can’t be disputed. All of us are going to have a lot more free time on our hands.
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.
It’s no secret that redesign in still hot and heavy throughout Clay County Schools this, according to an interview with Clay County Schools superintendent Brett Nelson on “Clay Center Now!”
The City of Clay Center was faced with a decision that could have been a difficult one -- do they keep adding to the physical directory at Greenwood Cemetery -- or do they try something different?
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 Clay Center Council is in the beginning stages of something that’s long overdue. They intend to finally do something about the city’s deteriorating sidewalks.
Bills in the Kansas Legislature are proposing a novel idea -- getting rid of a practice that forces the working class to violate the law when they can’t afford to pay a speeding ticket.
Common Ground Ministries pastor Bob Stratton told they Clay Center City Council recently that the organization is all about bringing families together.
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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This weekend we noticed the grass started to green. It was so subtle that you might not have noticed it, but its the first sign that Spring is finally on its way.
Forget the groundhog -- a surer sign that Spring is almost here is the annual preparations for serve weather -- from last week’s storm spotter training to tomorrow’s testing of the tornado sirens at 10 a.m. for the statewide tornado drill.