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Special: Coronavirus and Hamilton County, Kansas

Special: As a small town weekly newspaper we generally avoid state, national, and international news. They are well covered by more other, timely sources. 

Regarding the Coronavirus, If I write a story on Monday or Tuesday by the time it’s published on Thursday the information could be obsolete. As information changes quickly, Steve Phillips, the Emergenxy Management Coordinator said, “Your primary source for information should be the KDHE -Kansas Department of Health and Environment website- http://www.kdheks.gov

USD 494 Superintendent Paul Larkin said, “I am in daily contact with the Kansas Department of Education. Commissioner Randy Watson holds a daily Zoom meeting with the Superintendents.”

Dr. Watson said, “it is a time to be vigilant but not panic.”

In my opinion, I believe because we are a border town, checking the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is good as well as many of us travel to Holly and Lamar often. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Follow actual sources on social media like your school district, etc.

And I hope this information helps. 

 

NEWS

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BRINGING OUT OUR BEST

While some emergencies can bring out the worst in people, the COVID-19 pandemic has some of our own responding by helping others both near and far.  One example is the Sonny and Verna Rundell family.  They received a call explaining that Sonny’s niece, Jamie... [More]

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Special Easter Bunny Coming To Syracuse Saturday night

From the desk of the Easter Bunny: The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance in Syracuse this Saturday evening. He will be hopping through town (in the back of a pickup or flat trailer) starting at 5:00 pm, to give a big Easter wave to families, starting on the west end of... [More]

Special Updated School Lunch Delivery

April 3, 2020 From USD 494 Superintendent Paul Larkin  Due to discussions during our final food delivery planning meeting and in an attempt to reach more children, we have made a couple of changes to our previous plan.   Instead of having a bus parked at the... [More]

Special 2020 Census Call or Respond Online

The 2020 Census is here but like everything else it looks different due to COVID 19.  Did you know you can call to answer questions in English or Spanish? Or go online.  It has never been easier to self-report.  Households can call 844-330-2020 to provide their... [More]

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Small Town Sunday Night

Sometimes stories are just better told in pictures. Last Friday the Stay at Home order was issued for Monday, March 30th. Then Saturday the wind blew 54 mph. And the news  hit telling of positive Coronavirus tests in Finney and Stevens Counties, in Baca County, Colorado,... [More]

Special School Lunch Delivery begins Monday, April 6

From USD 494 Superintendent Paul Larkin:  April 1, 2020   The USDA has changed some of their requirements due to COVID-19.  To make breakfast/lunch pickup easier on families students will no longer need to be in the car, beginning April 6.  To meet the... [More]

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Special Coronavirus Getting Closer

COVID 19 is moving fast! The daily update from KHDE can’t even keep up! Stay home if you can!  There is a case in Finney County, KS; Stevens County, KS; Baca County, CO; Texas County, OK.

Special Hamilton County Stay At Home

  STAY AT HOME ORDER Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a Stay at Home Order for the entire state of Kansas.  Hamilton County Health Department, Hamilton County Health Officer, and Hamilton County Emergency Manager are informing the public of the following MANDATORY... [More]

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OPINIONS

Big Picture moments

It’s been three days and you haven’t had a sip of water, does it matter to you who gives you your drink? Usually not. Survival mode is being so desperate for basics like food, water, and shelter that it doesn’t matter how you get it, you just do. When your... [More]

In The Middle

I’m not going to lie, lately I have been a bit down. Like many of us, normal is gone. The school doors are shut to our children, the playground is empty. The bunko nights, book clubs and get togethers at our favorite restaurants are on hold.  I was planning an open... [More]

Can You FInd The Bright Side

My first day in news in 1996 was covering some of the TWA Flight 800 crash. It was a Boeing 747 that exploded and crashed over the Atlantic Ocean. It was tragic and sad and 230 people were dead. After swearing I would never return to news, I bought a small town newspaper. What... [More]

I'm Alive!

How often does the weather stop you? Have you said it’s too windy or too cold? Years ago when I was working at WNBC news,  I took some vacation days and embarked on an adventure. I went bicycling through Ireland about 30 miles a day with a group of friends. We biked... [More]

Excitement on Main Street

I love watching people shine at what they do well. A teacher who challenges every student in their class, a coach that motivates their team, a business that sees the potential and pushes for more. I have noticed lately a movement in our town.  There are so many neat things... [More]

My View from Main Street USA

Everyone is battling something - death of a loved one, a difficult relationship, a broken friendship. Our family’s journey is like anyone else’s filled with challenges but similar in that we love a lot, cry sometimes, argue and grow stronger. We don’t know when... [More]

My View from Main Street USA

I wanted to share a bit of my background and history to explain my vision.  I worked in television news in the 1990s as a video editor for WNBC-NY. We had one hour to put together promos, or teasers, to get you excited for what was coming up. Looking back the formula... [More]

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    SPORTS

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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 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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    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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    Syracuse Loses to League Rival In final Road Game

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    SHS Varsity Basketball

    The Girls Varsity Basketball competed in Tribune on Tuesday the 11th. They put together yet another four solid quarters.  They came out ready to play and it showed. At the end of the first quarter the score was 18-7. As the game continued to go on the girls never let up... [More]

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    Varsity Girls BBall

    Last Friday, the varsity girls basketball travelled to Elkhart to compete. After losing to Elkhart at the championship game for the High Plains League Tournament, they wanted to dig deep and pick up a win on Elkhart’s home court. At half time it was a tied ball game, with... [More]

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    Junior High Basketball Tournament

    The junior high boys and girls competed in the Hi-Plains League basketball championship from February 5-8. Both the A and B boys teams played well enough to qualify for the championship games that were played in Meade on Saturday the 8th. The A boys competed hard but fell short... [More]

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    Varsity Boys Go 2-1 in HPL Tourney, Bring Home 3rd Place Finish

    Varsity Boys Go 2-1 in HPL Tourney, Bring Home 3rd Place Finish Round 1: (5) Syracuse vs (4) Southwestern Heights The Varsity boys opened the first round of the High Plains League Tournament as the 5th seed. The Bulldogs and the Mustangs met up earlier this season in a pre-Christmas... [More]

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