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The Gift of Today

There’s never enough time! Look at the obituary section. No one escapes. Young and old pass on, all before their time.

I have hopes and dreams for my family and myself.  I look back at when I was young and single and making disastrous life choices that led me into a deep depression. 

There were times I had to make a checklist to come up with five reasons to get out of bed.  

I remember feeling so pathetic. My list would consist of make coffee, get dressed, go outside,  get the mail and try walking into a store.

I pushed and pushed that girl to try and grow.

Today that person is so far away, I am not sure I would recognize her. But I can stop and say I am proud that she didn’t stay there.  

And now my life today has so much, I can’t keep up with all the joys of motherhood, the beauty of the skies, and the friendships. Even the errands, chores, and endless mom things are gifts. And I wouldn’t trade any of it! 

But once in a while I need a vacation. But when? There isn’t enough money or time. There rarely is.

I look back on my late twenties when I bicycled through Ireland, 30 miles a day through huge hills, staying at bed and breakfasts and I couldn’t afford any of it.

I spent a couple years paying it off. When I look back, was it worth it? Absolutely!

If I waited till today, I probably couldn’t physically do it. 

In fact most of my regrets in life are things I didn’t do! 

So if all goes according to plan, as you read this, my family and I are headed for a short vacation to the ocean. To ride bikes, explore, kayak, and have some down time.

Can we afford it? Not really. Do we have the time? No. 

My daughter will miss a couple days of school, bassketball practice, and some other extracurricular activities. 

My husband who I have to drag away from the farm is usually happy and thanks me when we return that it was worth the time to make some family memories.

And me? Well my health was never strong, and there is still recovery from COVID, and I have moments thinking this might be my last vacation. Even as I write this I wonder if I will be strong enough to get on the plane and go enjoy myself. 

Maybe I just need another cup of coffee? Coffee is always the answer. 

But it is time. It is time to take a break from local news, from the world’s craziness, and from  our day to day tasks. 

I often spend time thinking about those who have passed and how much I wish they had more time and it reminds me I have to make the most of today.

Maybe my fragility is a gift. I am still here. 

We probably won’t get away again for a long time. And being so happy that our day to day is good, mostly, even in our struggles. 

We are blessed with family, friends, and enough. 

I hope we return energized from uneventful flights, down time, and a load of memories!

And I pray I have another 50 years at least to keep striving for all I dream of.

But no one knows the day or the hour we pass, right?

So in the meantime, I want to make the most of every hour and every opportunity.

So I hope you read this today and take a moment to reflect. Is there time to get outside and get sun on your face? Is there someone to call to say Hey I have been thinking of you? 

What if this was your last day? Is there one more thing you would do?

It’s hard to live in that state of mind all the time but once in a while  can you remember someone who passed and think about the gift we have today?

OPINIONS

Exactly As You Are

My heart is grieving. This joyous Jesus who I came to broken down by life is one many will never know. In people’s zeal they maybe forget how they came to know Him. Or maybe they never had that experience. Before I knew God, I seriously thought gay people weren’t... [More]

Kindness Matters

Here I am less than an hour from deadline trying to come up with something to write about.  Many newspapers have begun to remove or lessen their opinion section. With social media and daily news outlets opinions, people have grown weary of more opinion. At least according... [More]

It's the good stuff

I am sitting in my hotel room finishing up the paper. My daughter is at basketball camp and I just got a 1.5 mile walk in.  After the paper goes out I will get to watch a little of her camp and then grab some lunch.  We are about 100 miles from home but it feels like... [More]

Jesus Without Conditions

Kids have been asking me questions about the Value them Both signs in a lot of people’s yards. They want to understand. It has brought up discussions with adults as well.  Like everything else our votes and our opinions are based on our experiences, our beliefs and... [More]

Casting Stones

I woke up Wednesday morning and read my daily bible verse “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bam. I was hit immediately that my yesterday was not that. Being honest... [More]

In The Barn

If you told me 25 years ago a livestock barn would be where I found my joy, faced my fears, and built my strength, I would have laughed at your vision.  For the last four years, I have struggled in 100 degree weather with flies, mice, skunks and rattlesnakes.  My daughter... [More]

Stumbling Upward

Road Construction. ARGH! As they work on highway 50, we have a taste of big city life. Pilot cars, long delays, and frustrations. You could literally see right where you wanted to go but couldn’t get there for 20 minutes.  I stuck to the roads in town as much as possible... [More]

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]

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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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Bike Across Kansas Kickoff - A Hit

Bike Across Kansas (BAK)  came through in a flash and they were gone.  Over 600 bicyclists came to eat, drink, visit and leave early in the morning.  One cyclist refers to it as  Banquet Across Kansas because he can eat as much pie as he likes.  They... [More]

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Rodriguez New Museum Director

The Hamilton County Historical Society is pleased to announce HunterRodriguez has been hired as the new director of the Hamilton County Museum as of May 25.  Born and raised in Syracuse, Rodriguez is the daughter of Jamie and Skyla Todd and graduated from Syracuse High... [More]

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RODEO CAME TO TOWN

The rodeo came to town last weekend and it was a hit. Pickups and bleachers were filled with people watching.locals and folks from Syracuse to Oklahoma to Colorado. The first night had a rain delay but rodeo people don’t quit. And came back shortly after. Monte Williams... [More]

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ALUMNI WEEKEND

Mother Nature cooperated this year for the annual Syracuse Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce alumni parade and BBQ. Last year we were looking for a jacket and shelter from the cool wind and this year we were looking for a shade tree and hoping a little breeze would come and... [More]

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SCHMIDT RETIRES AFTER 27 YEARS AT USD 494

Steve Schmidt has worked for USD 494 for 27 years. And today, May 31st,  from 1pm to 3pm at the media center is a come and go reception. Please come by and wish Steve well! When asked what he will miss the most, Steve said, “Everyday, my mornings start by walking... [More]

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Fatal Wreck at Sand Dunes

We are saddened to report - On Saturday May 28, 2022, there was a single ATV rollover. The ATV came to rest on top of driver. The driver was transported to the Hamilton County Hospital. The driver sustained fatal injuries. The driver was from Colorado. Prayers to his family. ... [More]

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A Memorial Day Slow Hand Salute to Mick Hoff

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  ~ Helen Keller For nearly two years, “Where Are They Now?” has searched out the people who had once called Hamilton County home to tell their own story;... [More]

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Eastbound U.S. 50/400 to close in Kearny, Finney counties for railroad crossing repair

  Eastbound U.S. 50/400 to close in Kearny, Finney counties for railroad crossing repair The Kansas Department of Transportation will be closing eastbound U.S. 50/400 starting Wednesday, June 1, until Monday, June 13. The closure is necessary to allow Pioneer Lines to... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Walter Brownie Stimatze

Walter Brownie Stimatze passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Herington Hospital in Herington, Kansas at the age of 71. He was born on May 27, 1951 in the Donohue Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of Melvin Elmer Stimatze and Maxine Marie (Barclay) Stimatze.... [More]

Judd Thomas Cherryholmes

Judd Thomas Cherryholmes, infant son of Cole Thomas and Nikki Kay (Delzeit) Cherryholmes, Hays, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. After his parents learned about Judd’s sickness, this little fighter lived for another 118 days in... [More]

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Beverly Lynn Musgrove

Beverly Lynn Musgrove, 60, of North Newton, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022. Beverly was born on May 4, 1962 to Robert Eugene and E. Berniece (Drew) Musgrove. She grew up on the family farm outside of Rolla, Kansas.  Following graduation from Ulysses High School... [More]

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Arthur Gene Coghill

Arthur Gene Coghill, 82, died Friday, June 24, 2022, at his home in Syracuse, Kansas.  He was born August 17, 1939, in Lakin, Kansas the son of Sam & Mary (Florentin) Coghill.      Arthur grew up in Lakin, Kansas where he attended school.  On January... [More]

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Dr. Craydon Dean McDonald

Dr. Craydon Dean McDonald, 75, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 15, 2022 from cardiopulmonary complications during a routine medical procedure. Craydon was born December 22, 1946 in Denver Colorado to Donald and Irene McDonald and grew up... [More]

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Baxter Black

On June 10th, 2022 Baxter Ashby Black, large animal veterinarian, cowboy poet and philosopher, husband, father and papa rode his old horse on home.  Just before sunrise on that day, Jesus signed on one more ol’ cowboy to ride the Golden Fields across the Jordan. The... [More]

Juan Carlos Cordon

Juan Carlos Cordon passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the age of 12 near Syracuse, Kansas. He was born on January 16, 2010 in El Progreso Yoyo Honduras the son of Jose Luis Cordon Miranda and Olga Lobo. Juan began his life in Honduras and later moved to Deerfield, Kansas... [More]

Iona Darlene (Boyce) Markley

Iona Darlene (Boyce) Markley passed away on Friday May 27, 2022, at the age of 93 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on June 20, 1929, in Herington, Kansas the daughter of Otis William Boyce and Pearl Elizabeth (Combs) Boyce. Darlene began her... [More]

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