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Staying In My Lane

I jumped on Instagram because I love looking at the photos that people captured. From portraits to candids it is like a museum and I feel so much there. It warms my heart and increases my passion for photography. Thought admittedly I haven’t had a chance to just go shoot for fun in a while. 
However today was different. Today Instagram reminded me of tiktok - lots of videos interspersed between photos and I no longer enjoyed my Instagram experience. 
  I want Instagram to be Instagram with photos and tiktok to be videos that I laugh, cry, and learn. 
  What does this have to do with the newspaper? Often times I get frustrated that the newspaper isn’t the first to share something or wonder how relevant it is. But watching my Instagram become tiktok I realize the newspaper isn’t supposed to be social media. It isn’t supposed to be anything besides the newspaper. 
  The stories in the paper are a little deeper, a little longer and often used for reference. 
I don’t go to our local library to watch a movie with popcorn and a drink, I go to check out books. I go to the theater for the movie. 
And that is where I am about the newspaper. I want it to be different than what is online. While some things may be similar, sitting down with the newspaper to read about the kids in the community or an obituary or our history is a completely different experience. And while I often rack my brain on how to be more relevant, more like social media, 
  I realize that the newspaper is enjoyed for not being social media. 
I enjoy reading ebooks because of their convenience and ease of use. But there is no substitute for sitting down with a good book, or a newspaper, and a cup of coffee. 
  After writing this I had a customer come in pleased with our coverage. And wanting to buy a subscription for a family member. When I stay in my lane and do what works for the newspaper, things flow a little easier. When I try to do too much, or try to be something I am not then I get in trouble.
Story of my life. In my younger days the most trouble I ever got into was trying to be something I wasn’t with people who weren’t friends. It absolutely was my own fault, not theirs.
 I tried to be things I wasn’t meant to be, with people that were not for me. 
And they weren’t good for me.
  It reminds me a lot of sailing a ship. You don’t just set your course and walk away. You have to continually correct. Checking in with myself and seeing what needs adjusted and who I am spending time with and how I am spending my time all factor into where I am headed. If I am focusing on someone else that is a great sign that something is off. 
  So how about you? Are you tailoring yourself to be like someone else? It can happen without realizing it. While we follow trends sometimes like skinny jeans or flared,  we can sometimes get caught up in others and not what makes you unique.
The world doesn’t need more of them. It needs more of you being you. Are you celebrating that? Maybe you should.

OPINIONS

The Jug of Oil Will Not Run Dry

Our community and surrounding areas are in desperate need of rain. We pray, we hope, we watch the sky. Instead, we have heat, high winds and sun. Yesterday I saw a comment on social media from someone in another part of the world on how they were so happy to have a day without... [More]

I Will Boast of My Weaknesses

The fact that this paper is out is nothing short of a miracle. Yes we say that all the time but I truly mean it. Between a plane crash, fires, weekend activites and being a 4-H mom, I have been ten places at once. On Sunday I got blindsided by someone’s hurtful and inappropriate... [More]

Ride the Waves

I have been thinking about how I want my daughter to live this life. I want her to pursue her passions and be herself regardless of others opinions. But I also want her able to ride the waves of the world easier than I have.  My husband has that even temper I want for her.... [More]

I Forgot!

 Are you ever walking along feeling like something just isn’t right but not sure what that is? There isn’t a lot of time to figure it out and there is plenty of work to be done so you don’t dwell on it? That has been me lately. I feel like something just... [More]

The brokenness in me honors the brokenness in you

I have a bad habit of not writing my column until the rest of the paper is complete. I just don’t feel like it is right to think about what is personal to me until my job is done. Sometimes that means it comes down to the wire.   And it is more than just a bad habit.... [More]

Obstacles In My Way

  Last week a relative contacted me looking to see if I was interested in buying something from him. I asked a question about the item. He got offended. I appreciated him reaching out to me to tell me so. Honestly I was shocked. I had zero intention of offending him.  What... [More]

Give Me Five!

Five minutes. I have shared before how once upon a time I started reading five pages of a book each night. It turned into chapters which turned into books which turned into me having more confidence in accomplishing my goals.   Five. It’s just a random number... [More]

Go Climb Your Mountain

It’s spring break here. I am watching my facebook feed and getting texts from people traveling all over the country from California to Texas to around Kansas. It is exciting to see people exploring and building memories with family and friends.    It’s pretty... [More]

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SPORTS

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LADY BULLDOGS BORDER WARS CHAMPIONS!!

The Lady Bulldogs were undefeated during the Border Wars, defeating Eads on Friday, 42-7 and Walsh on Saturday 62-5, bringing their record to 3-1. But the winner wasn’t announced until Tuesday evening. Syracuse Athletic Director Josh Johnson explained, “It came down... [More]

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JH Basketball Season Underway with JH Boys sweeping Lakin

Monday night at home at the Herndon Gym, the Junior High boys swept Lakin! Head coach Vance Keller said, “We’re a young team with only six eighth graders and 12 seventh graders. We’ve had six total that started the season with injuries so we haven’t had... [More]

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Senior Night Volleyball

Three Syracuse High School volleyball seniors were honored on Tuesday, October 5, during the volleyball tournament at Syracuse.  Kaetlin Thomeczek, daughter of Joe and Dami Thomeczek has played volleyball since the third grade, playing with Syracuse Youth Activities Association... [More]

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HS Track

Head coach Steve Navarro said, “The coaching staff has really enjoyed working with this group of kids this year. They have been putting in hard work despite some less than stellar conditions for practice and meets. We are excited to see what they can do now that we are... [More]

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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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NEWS

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EMS OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT

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CROP PERIL CONTINUES

I am standing on Road S, four miles south of Road 31 in Hamilton County, and I feel like I am in the Dirty Thirties. The wind pounds against the ground as it has for what seems like months. For miles and miles, the land is desolate and barren and hard to fathom.  Jerrad... [More]

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Busy Weekend in Syracuse

The weekend was packed with Saturday’s annual Crusin’ Into Summer Car Bike and Buggy show and Sunday’s Jeff Wilson Memorial Livestock show. Krista Norton reports on Saturday’s event - Mother Nature is always the determining factor in the success of the... [More]

Resurfacing begins on Hwy 50 Monday

Resurfacing to begin in Hamilton County Traffic changes are scheduled to start Monday, May 2, along U.S. 50/400 from the Colorado state line east to the east city limits of Syracuse, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.  U.S. 50 traffic will be reduced... [More]

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New Radiologist at Hm Co Hospital

Last week we met the Medellin family. This week I would like to introduce the Harris family.  Nikki Harris, Imaging Technologist who is multi-modality trained in X-Ray, cat scan and MRI is pleased to be providing services at the Hamilton County Hospital as of February 21,... [More]

USDA Designates 45 Kansas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Area

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LOCAL FAMILY HEADS UP EASTER WEEKEND RZR FEST

Easter weekend in Syracuse has become a sand rail hub as people traveled from Ohio, California, Wyoming, Nebraska and more.  For the second year in a row, side by side sand rails, RZRs,  and a concert brought big business in to some local places. Others, not as much. ... [More]

KDHE Supports Quitting Tobacco with Free Nicotine Replacement Therapies

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is offering all phone coaching enrollees four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy. Participants who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco can choose a lozenge, gum, or patch that will be mailed directly... [More]

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OBITUARIES

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Delores LaJean Lindsey

Delores LaJean Lindsey (DeeDee) passed away on Thursday May 5th, 2022, at the age of 89 at Mackenzie Place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born on June 30, 1932, in Jetmore, Kansas the daughter of Marshall Leon Portlock and Myrtle Gertrude (Swisher) Portlock. DeeDee... [More]

Manuel Juarez

Mass of Christian Burial for Manuel Juarez will be held at 10:00 a.m. and Rosary at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, CO.  Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation for Manuel will be held on Friday,... [More]

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Leann Cook

Leann Cook passed away on April 25, 2022 in Pratt, Kansas. She had been residing in a nursing/rehab home for the last several years. She was born on January 30, 1947, in Syracuse, Kansas, the daughter of Ralph L. and Edna Belle (Davis) Cook. She graduated high school from Manter... [More]

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Frederick Joseph Dorenkamp

A Mass of Christian Burial for Fred Dorenkamp will be held at 10:00 a.m.  and Rosary/Scripture Service at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022, at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado with Father Joseph Lawrence as Celebrant.  Interment will follow... [More]

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MARTHA ELIZABETH KRATZ

​​​ Longmont, Colorado-Martha Elizabeth Kratz passed awaypeacefully in her sleep, April 15,2022 at her home in Longmont. She was born September 6, 1942 in Limon, Colorado to Walter B. Ottem and Ruth K. (Thistlewood) Ottem. She attended elementary schools at Limon,... [More]

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Capt. Leroy A. Farr, USN, Ret

Capt. Leroy A. Farr, USN, Ret On Friday, April 8, 2022, Leroy Allen Farr, loving husband and devoted father, went to be with his Lord and Savior. Leroy was born on September 23, 1945, in Syracuse, KS to William Sheldon and Thelma Benedict Farr. He received his undergraduate... [More]

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Ty Frank Fullmer

Ty Frank Fullmer, 36, passed into eternal life in a tragic car accident on March 24th, 2022. Syracuse was his home for the past 9 years as he served as the Chief Operations Manager at Fullmer Cattle Company. Ty was the 7th child of 10 born to Que and Debora Fullmer. Ty’s... [More]

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Rick Allen Hayes

Rick Allen Hayes, age 66, of Syracuse, Kansas, died March 27, 2022, at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson.  He was born on November 26, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of William Allen and Betty Lou (Jobe) Hayes.   Rick grew up in Manter and Johnson.  After... [More]

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