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Stories written by Ron Fields

Next season is the last for ‘Downton Abbey’ »


PBS Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced on March 26 that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who […]

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Prairie fire »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

The smell and sight of spring burning on the Flint Hills evoked this childhood memory. It started with a spark on a rail that jumped into the dry, spring prairie and ignited. Within seconds the southerly wind whipped the fire across the pasture toward our small, rural school. The culprit was an old black steam […]

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Transfer of personal belongings can create celebration or challenge »

Linda Beech

Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove, holiday ornaments, a beloved doll or a yellow pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other members of their family. These heirlooms and personal possessions are known as non-titled property because they do not have a legal title which establishes rules […]

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HAWVER: Turnaround day past, many questions remain for Legislature »


The Legislature has made it past “Turnaround Day” and that’s a relatively big deal. Turnaround is the process of getting bills from most House and Senate committees approved and sent across the Statehouse rotunda to the opposite chamber. The first month and a half of the session has been…distracting comes to mind. We’ve seen the […]

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New radiation equipment installed at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute »

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Hays Medical Center It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks. However, in the near future some may be surprised to learn treatment will take only one week thanks to new equipment at the Hays Medical Center Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. The 14-year-old equipment was removed in […]

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Marilyn June Minkler »

Phillipsburg resident Marilyn June Minkler passed away Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg at the age of 86.  She was born June 19, 1928 in Courtland, KS, the daughter of Melvin & Fern (Sojandler) Kellogg. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Milburn of Phillipsburg; 4 sons, Terry of Tyro, […]

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Curtis Dean Mong »

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Curtis Dean Mong (81) departed this world to stand before his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.  Curtis was born March 8th, 1933 unto John A. Mong & Barbara (Weaver) Mong.  He was the 4th of 8 loving children born & raised on the family’s farm south of Ogallah, on Big Creek. Curtis proudly […]

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Lang Diesel announces winner of Facebook charity contest »


  Lang Diesel Inc. presented a $1,000 check Monday to representatives of Hillsboro Elementary School after the school won its “Win $1,000 For Your Favorite Charity” Facebook contest with the goal of replacing the school’s deteriorating playground equipment and adding safety surfacing. “We are thrilled to make our donation to a project with such a […]

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Geraldine Wittman »


Geraldine Wittman, age 59, of Hays passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1955 in Hays to Fidelis and Ileen (Wacker) Ruder. She attended Hays High. Geraldine was a CNA. She had attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and having conversations […]

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2014: The discouraging year in K-12 education »


Kansas became the second state to take away tenure from K-12 teachers. Previously teachers had to work three years at a school to prove their effectiveness. During this probationary time, they could be “let go” without explanation. After tenure, they could only be dismissed for cause. Kansas teachers lost this due process in April when […]

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Sneak exercise into your holiday activities »

Linda Beech

With the holiday hustle and bustle requiring so much of your precious time, how can you find opportunities to walk throughout your day to reach your goal of 10,000 steps? There are ways to search out those elusive minutes for movement. They are scattered throughout your morning, afternoon and evening, but with a little ingenuity […]

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Geraldine Chittenden Huff »

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Geraldine Chittenden Huff, 94, Phoenix, AZ, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in Murrieta, CA. Geraldine was born in Hays KS on March 3, 1920 to Stanley and Myrtle (Truan) Chittenden. She grew up on the Chittenden farm outside of Hays. “Geri” attended school in Hays and after graduating from high school attended Fort Hays Kansas […]

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Without religious freedom, there will be no lasting peace »


On December 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement. Voting in the shadow of the Holocaust, religious freedom was prominent among the inalienable rights that the world agreed must be guarded for all […]

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