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2020 Wheat Harvest

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Wheat harvest in Hamilton county brings joy, tears, frustrations and warm memories. Many locals share the pain of the wheat hit by high winds, drought and hail. 

Some remember fondly last year when yields of dry land wheat hit 100 bu/acre.  Some remember years where combines never came out of the sheds. 

And some remember the summers with their family pushing each other for weeks to get the wheat in the bin and tempers flaring at each other. 

Wheat harvest embraces family, hard work, hurrying to get it in the bin, warm harvest meals and lots of breakdowns along with black biting flies and temperatures in the triple digits. 

We traveled around the county to see just a bit of this year’s harvest. The custom cutters for the Huser and Einspahr families call Alberta, Canada home. With a drone, Brittany Van Driesten of Driesten Harvesting grabbed the top two great shots from the north part of Hamilton County. 

It inspired me to set off around the county, as much as time allowed, to take pictures of the many faces of harvest. 

Emma Simon harvests wheat with her dad in the combine  for a while, then hops in the grain cart with her grandma, Janice Simon. When asked what she liked best about wheat harvest, Emma replied, “I like harvesting the grasshoppers.”

Trucks line up at the elevators in Syracuse, Coolidge, and Kendall, to unload wheat and hurry back to the field. Some bring coolers of lunch and others stop to share meals with family. 

It is a hurry up and get it in the bin despite the breakdowns and the   beautiful yet sometimes untimely rains.

Even the breakdowns help businesses. A+ Auto and Diesel and Superior Car Care had a dozen service calls to the fields. T and W Tire were called out two to three times daily. 

American Implement reports over 30 service calls as well.

Bulldog Pizzeria threw their hat in the ring with prepared harvest meals. Owner Jordan Spears said, “Owning the pizzeria has brought awareness of how much business comes to our town with harvest.” 

Skyland Grain’s Region Manager Justin Scott said, “It’s definitely down from last couple years. Lack of rain and some bad weather including hail along with weather that came in during harvest made it an interesting time.”

He added, “By the end of the weekend, we should be down to just a few producers cutting.”

NEWS

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Where Are They Now? With Dale Vanderpool

In 1940, the legendary “Babe” Ruth wrote in a magazine article, “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”  This quote is so adequately personified in Dale Vanderpool, this month’s “Where Are They Now?” quest to find... [More]

Sheriff's Office update on Keayra Bliss and one in custody

On 08/01/2020 at 05:07 AM the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing 13 year old female.  The investigation revealed the 13 year old left the residence at 12:32 AM on 08/01/2020 on her own. KBI was contacted and the information did not meet the criteria... [More]

SCHOOL TO OPEN

In our constant changing world, school is no different. Guidelines continue to change daily, and sometimes hourly. School Enrollment information went out and quickly they had to change it as more than 45 people cannot be in the building at one time, which begs the question How... [More]

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News Around Town

This week's paper is filled with county fair results and the Senior Edition insert for local . Strong wind gusts came through on Saturday evening with rain and pea sized hail bringing flying debris, knocking down tree limbs, and ripping off roofs. Winds were clocked at 71 mph. ... [More]

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The 2020 County Fair Begins

THE 2020 Hamilton County Fair, Holy Guacamole, was set to begin Friday with a kick off parade, a street dance, and Saturday night a free barbecue and a ranch rodeo. Last week The Syracuse Journal reported the Fair Board’s decision to cancel the Demolition Derby and other public events. They added that they would cancel sponsorships for other public events as well. 

The Syracuse Saddle Club worked hard to bring a Ranch Rodeo to the County Fair but Tuesday night  announced “Due to recent changes, the Syracuse Saddle Club has voted to postpone the Ranch Rodeo to September 19th. ”

Free High School Diploma Online Program Launches In Kansas

(Kansas) - A new program aimed at the 10 percent of Kansan adults who do not have a high school diploma is launching in the Sunflower State.

The Central Plains Diploma Completion Program is completely online and free to Kansans across the state who are over the age of 20 and have completed at least some of the 10th grade. The program is hosted by the Central Plains Unified School District 112 in conjunction with online education company, Graduation Alliance.

Ranch Rodeo Postponed

Due to recent changes, the Syracuse Saddle Club has voted to postpone the Ranch Rodeo to September 19th. More details will be available soon!


"On behalf of the Syracuse Saddle Club, we appreciate the outpouring support from our community and hope to see you all in September." President Ty Raven

A Coming Home Story

I told my friends in Kansas City that I was heading home to attend my mother’s funeral. Many thought of my home as Kansas City, but I have always referred to Syracuse as “home”. My good friend Ted Kitten, a Kendall native, who has also lived in Kansas... [More]

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OPINIONS

Nothing to Say

It’s 10:00 AM and I have nothing to say. The paper is supposed to be at the printer right now. I spent last week and the entire weekend putting together a ten page paper and a 20 page fair insert. I have no opinion on anything. And my few moments on social media leave... [More]

Ask Me about 4-H

I stink. I have unopened bags of sheep feed in my vehicle I left overnight. My hair was wet when I got in my vehicle and now I am in my office and I smell.  Or I think I do. I haven’t had a sense of smell in 30 years at least.

I remember once walking down the street in New York City and I said to a friend, “Wow that steak smells great.” She burst out laughing and said, “Michele, that’s a bag of trash.” Oh.

Too Much Government?

My first job out of college was making coffee, ordering and serving food to clients, cleaning the edit rooms, and washing dishes in the kitchen of a video post production facility in New York City.  This was not my forte as I dropped so many glasses, that when they built a new facility they added carpet. Don’t say you don’t make a difference. LOL!

Back to my subject. A young lady who worked there called the Labor board complaining that we had to work on July 4th.

The owner got mad and took away our health insurance. Once he owed the wrong people some money and suddenly changed the rules that we would not be paid for another month. For people living paycheck to paycheck, this would break us. At the time I dreamed of a union job. I longed for the government to step in and help.

I Have Questions

Do you remember the scene in the 1998 sci-fi classic movie Armageddon, when everything is falling apart and they think Earth is doomed, and they have one last chance to save it?

 Colonel Sharp tries to follow his orders and Bruce Willis gets in his face and says, “Why are you listening to someone who is 100,000 miles away?”

That’s sometimes how I feel about our state government. We are way out on the edge of Kansas. Not Topeka. Not Florida or New York. We don’t have tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people here. 

It's a Miracle

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  My husband left early to go pick up a part for the farm. As he was leaving my daughter decided to go with him. ... [More]

Where Is The Love?

I began a large rant about mandatory masks. I started describing Carbon Dioxide  buildup in cloth masks verified by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). But then my friend got news that her son’s twenty hour surgery for a brain tumor that has grown again  is scheduled... [More]

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Hard Work and Good Memories

My first car cost $400.00.  The fuel gauge didn’t work, and the window didn’t roll down.  So when I got to toll booths I had to open up my door to put the coins in. As a 17 year old that was a little embarrassing. It broke down often sometimes overheating.... [More]

Here's To The Diplomats

Have you met certain people that are able to diffuse situations quickly? The diplomats. Their goal is to get from point A to point B with as little drama as possible. Not putting their heads in the sand but rather leaving emotions out of things and moving forward. Most of us... [More]

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SPORTS

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Future Bulldog Girls Summer Basketball Camp

This is the third year for the camp and according to organizer and high school girl’s head basketball coach, Kendra Fyler, she wants to be able to reach out to younger girls, to build relationships and help them develop a love for sports. The first year she tried working with specific grades, but she feels there is a higher energy level with the four grades together. 

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SCHOOL SPORTS

This is the second week coaches and athletes have been able to practice for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Of the coaches interviewed, they all agree the athletes are working hard, have a positive attitude and they think it is due to their excitement of being back to practice... [More]

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Schwieterman Runs Half Marathon

Although Sunday, May 17, 2020, was not the day local resident Kaylee Schwieterman imagined, it was still a monumental day.  Schwieterman, along with her brother planned to run a half marathon in Denver Colorado, in honor of the 20th year of their grandmother’s death,... [More]

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HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE

Kansas State High School Association recently announced the All-League honors for the 2019-2020 basketball season.  According to Syracuse High School Athletics Director, Dan Delgado, the recipients are chosen by selections made by each individual coach.  The players... [More]

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Varsity Boys Come Up Short at Sub-state

Syracuse met Pratt Skyline in Elkhart on Saturday night for the Sub- state finals, after beating Wichita County High School 48-36 in the semi finals. Packed stands and excitement filled the air as both teams came to win. In a great battle, the score changed hands by just a few... [More]

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VARSITY GIRLS MOVE ON TO NEXT ROUND OF SUBSTATE

Last Thursday, Senior night, the varsity girls basketball team went up against Leoti for a makeup game. The girls started off strong right away and never let up making it another great team win. The three seniors on the team are Areia Bustillos, Carly Kullot, and Margo Stum. ... [More]

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VARSITY BOYS ADVANCE TO NEXT ROUND OF SUBSTATE

AUSTIN PLUNKETT/PHOTO BY KRISTA NORTON The boys took on Stanton County Tuesday night in the first round of the Substate games. Coming off of a loss against Leoti on Thursday night 49-46, On the Leoti loss, coach Bryce Simon said, “Our program was two minutes away from... [More]

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Syracuse Loses to League Rival In final Road Game

The Syracuse Bulldogs Boys Basketball team travelled to Lakin on Friday, February 21st for their final road game of the season. The Bulldogs, sitting at 14-4 on the season, after coming off of their third straight win in a 69-18 trounce against Sharon Springs, the boys were seeking... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Faye Arlene (Hasik) Klinge

Faye Arlene (Hasik) Klinge, age 83, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. She was born on February 20, 1937 in Menlo, Kansas, the daughter of Frank Hasik and Lily Clara (Collins) Hasik. Faye attended Menlo Consolidated School... [More]

Evelyn Bodey

Evelyn Bodey 1920-2020 Valley Memorial-Lamar Graveside services for Holly, Colorado resident, Evelyn Bodey will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, Colorado.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Valley... [More]

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Bernard Dean Haflich (Haf)

Bernard Dean Haflich (Haf), died on July 18, 2020 at his home in Garden City, Kan. He was born on Sept. 6, 1936 to Victor and Ila Haflich in Garden City. Haflich graduated from Garden City High School in 1954. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps., and was stationed in... [More]

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Laura Kathryn Crotinger

Laura Kathryn Crotinger, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at her home in Tribune, Kansas.  She was born on July 24, 1952 in Tribune, Kansas, the daughter of Gene and Julie Ann Wedman Moritz, Sr.  A lifetime resident of Tribune, Kansas, she was a cosmetologist and florist.

 

William “Billy” George Roth

William “Billy” George Roth, age 84, passed away at the High Plains Retirement Village on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Lakin, Kansas. He was born on July 18, 1935 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of William Peter Roth and Lillian (Phillips) Roth. William was a lifetime resident... [More]

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J. Fred Miller

J. Fred Miller, beloved son, devoted husband, amazing father, and proud papa, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. SERVICE: Mary Ellen, Jennifer and Kelly invite J.’s friends to join them in a virtual service on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Please... [More]

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Donetta Ann Westeman

Donetta Ann Westeman, 77 of Syracuse, Kansas passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Stanton County Hospital.  Donetta Ann Donnel was born on August 5, 1942 in Syracuse, Kansas the daughter of Preston and Bertha Donnel.  Donetta grew up on the family farm north of... [More]

Claudia Jean Bezona

Claudia Jean Bezona 1937-2020 Valley Memorial-Holly Funeral Services for Granada, Colorado resident, Jeanne Bezona will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment... [More]

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