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INVESTING IN US

When I think of news anymore I think of quick sound bytes that don’t really tell a story. They are fast tiny tidbits usually biased in one direction or the other.  “Breaking news! Fire! President’s Executive Orders!”

Nothing seems to go deeper. It’s usually the latest President on the latest Executive orders. And it is usually biased towards whether we like those orders. If we do, this is great. If we don’t it’s the President has too much power. A few people get on social media and rant about a former faux pas (an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.) in the person’s history. Some true, some out of context. And some flat out false. But it seems there is always an agenda attached.

In fairness this newspaper has an agenda as well. It is to create an atmosphere of growth and a connection to our history, as well as help foster a mindset of we are strong; even stronger when you engage and participate in our town. 

This week’s Syracuse Journal contains longer stories that require time, something we don’t seem to have much of these days. But they tell a story. A company invested in our town but there is history with it. We took time to investigate and report to give you a bigger picture of the community.

Once upon a time I thought I was competing with social media but now I see that I have something different to offer. Social media is great for the quick score, the latest breaking news. But our newspaper offers something more.

I hope you take some time to read the stories to invest yourself in the community, in our past and in our future. Each week our town grows with new people, new business opportunities and a chance to connect deeper with each other far and wide.

Whether you open a business here or volunteer at a ball game or event, you invest in the town. You invest in our future.

So many communities have lost this. Larger media outlets purchase their hometown paper and the community loses its rich history  when the next generation comes along and  knows nothing about it’s past.

It is said that history repeats itself. How do we engage the youth to take the time to read, investigate and think critically?

As I look for opportunities to reach the youth, I am not sure how to make a TikTok video of a newspaper. Some would say the newspaper is a dinosaur. But I believe to have true independent journalism, we must go against the grain and invest in our small town. Maybe that means buying an ad in this paper, maybe it means volunttering at a community event. This community has a rich history of investing in each other. I pray that we get to continue that legacy by journaling our history and our accomplishments.

Our little town has so much here. The largest sand park in Kansas, a bowling alley, golf course, movie theatre, swimming pool, and plenty of wide open spaces.

I pray COVID-19 has given all of us an appreciation of what we have and what opportunities are available in our little treasure of a town.

Thank you for reading and supporting us. We appreciate each and every one of you.

OPINIONS

Good Enough

In the movie Big Hero 6, the main character Hiro is coasting and not achieving his potential. Feeling sorry for himself for having lost his parents and directionless, his brother brings him to his college and introduces him to his professor. The professor engages him in conversation... [More]

Failure?

How do you handle failure? Honestly, I am terrible at it. I spent years with the belief that I was no good versus my decisions were bad. And never once did I see that it was learning experiences. I just saw all the bad and it was mounting. In case no one told you that attitude... [More]

You Can't Legislate Love

I shared a cute and funny TikTok video with my cousins. TikTok if you don’t know is an app of short video clips. Some funny, political, tips and tricks for cleaning, how to maximize utilization of your iPhone and much more. My cousin was adamant he would never use TikTok... [More]

SELF CARE - WHAT'S THAT?

I am a wife. I am a mom. I own a business. I have a house to take care of a child to get places a family to feed and bills to pay. We have animals to take care of. I have responsibilities! And I am blessed to have so much on my plate! I remember the times my plate was empty... [More]

Showing My Scars

You know what I am really good at? I can see what you all need to do to be better. That person over there needs to work out more. You, over there, you need to stop complaining. And that one there, you need to do better at time management. As I celebrated Easter this year, I... [More]

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

Neale Donald Walsh, author of Conversations with God said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” How do you do with different and change? I like to think I love change but it turns out I only love the change that I create. If someone else changes something... [More]

When Did We Decide Our Leaders Had To Be Jesus?

As I grapple with the severity of today’s issues of gun control, racism, immigration, and vaccine passports I am overwhelmed. Maybe it’s great that issues are coming to a head. Or maybe it’s terrifying because the last presidencies as well as this one are... [More]

Perfect?

Have you ever tried to teach your child a concept? And you try over and over and over again yet nothing seems to work. You get exasperated and frustrated with them. You have tried soft and kind harsh and serious and still nothing. You know they are smart great kids but in this... [More]

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SPORTS

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SHS SPORTS WRAP UP

Baseball: The Bulldogs faced the Goodland Cowboys at home on Thursday, April 8, losing game one, 2-22 and game two, 1-17. Head Coach Dustin Doze said the Bulldogs really struggled throwing strikes again and they had too many errors. We need to clean things up if we want to... [More]

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Spring Sports Start

One year ago, athletes and coaches were beginning practice for their spring sport, some practicing during spring break, others enjoying the break from school. Soon they found out their break was extended a week, some with great joy, others with apprehension. Then came the unfortunate... [More]

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SUBSTATE HEARTACHE

Substate began and ended quickly but these Varsity teams left it all out on the court. In heartbreaking last second baskets, our basketball season was over. The boys lost by two points in the last five seconds and the girls lost by three. A wrap up of the season will come in... [More]

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HEADING TO SUBSTATE

The SHS Bulldogs faced the 4-A Holcomb Longhorns for the final home game of the season, with the varsity teams unable to win. The boys will be the number three seed in first sub state match up at home, Monday, March 1, against the number 6 seed, Stanton County. This will be the... [More]

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Junior High Bulldog Basketball

The Syracuse Jr. High basketball season has come to end following the High Plains League Tournament last Saturday. And what a season it was. It began when Head coach Jeff Mathias resigned from basketball due to his wife Tori’s health concerns. “The kids love... [More]

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BOYS TAKE THIRD IN HPL TOURNEY

The varsity Bulldogs have finished the annual High Plains League Tournament and now looking toward the rest of the season. They will travel to Johnson to face the Stanton County Trojans Friday, January 29.  Junior Varsity boys and girls will play at 3:45, varsity girls... [More]

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HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE TOURNEY BEGINS

Syracuse High School varsity basketball teams began the High Plain League Tournament this week. The Monday Tuesday games were hosted by Stanton County and the Thursday, Friday Saturday games will be in Syracuse.  According to Athletics Director, Dan Delgado, this is the... [More]

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UNDEFEATED 8-0 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM MEETS RIVAL LAKIN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

The Syracuse High School boys varsity basketball team is having a record year!  With Tuesday night’s 58-22 win against Moscow, the Bulldogs have secured the number two seed in the upcoming High Plains League Tournament (HPL) held at Syracuse January 11, 12, 14, 15... [More]

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NEWS

KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List

  KDHE amends travel quarantine list State of Colorado removed, specific Colorado counties added TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to remove the state of Colorado but has added more than 20... [More]

Venneberg Laid To Rest

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Gary Venneberg took his final ride from Mesa, Arizona to Syracuse, Kansas in the saddlebag of his brother's motorcycle. His brother, Greg, brought Gary's ashes back to Syracuse to be laid in the family plot. Greg journeyed 981 miles on his Harley Davidson... [More]

KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List

KDHE amends travel quarantine list TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to add Colorado and the countries of Cabo Verde, India, Maldives and Seychelles.  Several locations are removed from the list... [More]

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HIGH WINDS NO MOISTURE - DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IN SEVERE WEATHER?

Over the weekend the promise of rain brought hope to many farmers desperate for some moisture on their wheat. Instead, emergency alerts went off that a tornado was spotted somewhere nearby. As many headed to their basements, a wall of dust came upon us with gusts of 59 knots... [More]

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No One's A Stranger

Last Saturday a small group of walkers descended upon Hamilton County. Walkers or Volksporters, walk 5k’s or 10k’s all over the country, some all over the world.  This particular group was led by the Sunflower Sod Stompers from Topeka. Their walk began and... [More]

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EARLY MORNING DUI WRECK

A woman Driving Under the Influence (DUI) on Main Street in Syracuse on Tuesday morning caused a three vehicle wreck. Thankfully no one was hurt.  At 5:07 AM Drewsilla Hope Escamilla of Lakin, Kansas, was driving south on Main Street when she swerved to the east side of... [More]

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COMMUNITY EFFORT BRINGS CAR SHOW SUCCESS

It’s Friday morning and City Administrator Brian Bloyd is using a blower to clean the sidewalks before he drives the street sweeper up and down Main Street in preparation for the annual Crusin’ Into Summer Car Show.  The National Honor Society students gather... [More]

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The Syracuse Journal Wins 15 KPA Awards

The Syracuse Journal is proud to announce we are now a 2021 Kansas Press Association award winning newspaper. There were 2100 entries across the state.  We won 15 AWARDS!!  We had five first place awards, four second place awards, and six third place awards. Krista... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Emogene (Oliver) Ochs

Emogene (Oliver) Ochs passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the age of 96, at the Hamilton County Hospital, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on July 31, 1924 in Syracuse, Kansas the daughter of Oscar Marion Oliver and Emma Louise (Beu) Oliver. Emogene began her life in Syracuse,... [More]

Merle Ray Neugebauer

MERLE RAY NEUGEBAUER May 8, 1953 - April 28, 2021 A Memorial Service for Merle Neugebauer will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Per Merle’s request cremation... [More]

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Margaret Elizabeth (te Velde) Houtsma

Margaret Elizabeth (te Velde) Houtsma, age 81, of Syracuse, Kansas went home to Jesus on Monday, April 19, 2021.   Margaret was born on July 8, 1939 in Artesia, CA.  She was the first of nine children born to Harm and Zwaantina (Deurwaarder) teVelde.  Margaret... [More]

Erica Dawn Schulz

Erica Dawn Schulz, age 47, passed away at her home in Syracuse, Kansas on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. She was born on March 8, 1974 in Syracuse, Kansas, the daughter of Patrick Dean Riley and Harriet Joan (Frazier) Riley. Erica began her life in Syracuse and grew up in various... [More]

Judy Grogan

Funeral Services for Holly, Colorado resident, Judy Grogan will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Holly United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Judy will be... [More]

Troy Logan Cartwright

Troy Logan Cartwright was born in Tribune, Kansas on December 12, 1960 to Lowell and Jan (Peterson) Cartwright of Kendall, Kansas. Troy passed away April 13, 2021 at his home in Syracuse, Kansas.  His growing up years were spent on the farm north of Kendall.  Troy graduated... [More]

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Jerald Allen Bushman

Jerald Allen Bushman was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, on March 27, 1931, to Herschel and Pearl (Pittman) Bushman. Jerald passed from this earthly life to his heavenly home on April 8, 2021, at his home in Enid, Oklahoma, at the age of 90 years and 12 days. A memorial service... [More]

Beverly Finkenbinder

Beverly Finkenbinder, 77, of Loveland passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, surrounded by her family. The youngest of three children, Beverly was born in Emporia, Kansas in 1943 to Aaron & Geraldine Bailey. She graduated from Syracuse High School in May 1961 and in June married... [More]

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