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Walking the Line

I have really been battling this week with standing up for what I believe in and still loving my brother or sister. What a hard line to walk. I don’t imagine I am the only one. I work hard to try to be loving and kind and understand that everyone I run into is doing their best with the information they have. And I have lived long enough to recognize I didn’t know everything back then nor do I know it now. And believing in God helps me to have peace to understand that I see with my own eyes and don’t always see the big picture.

I also see others are passionate about what they believe based on their experiences. And they are trying their hardest too!

But we are in such turmoil in our country with thinking we are right, thinking we know best. Thinking others are foolish. How do we love each other like that? My only answer right now is to admit I have been doing a lousy job of it. Anyone can love those who agree with them or who you see are doing well. But what about the ones you disagree with or the one persecuting you?

How is that going?

I don’t want my heart hardened. It weighs me down and costs me too much. And I have lived that life. Nothing is worth that. I don’t have wisdom or answers this week.

My sink is full of dirty dishes again. So maybe no advice allowed.

I have no problem waving to people when we drive by each other. I don’t judge someone I don’t know who walks through the office door. It’s when I get to know people that I get frustrated. Maybe I am more frustrated with myself because I know better. I know I am not to judge.

Discernment says “This person is on drugs. Be careful how much you share with them.”

Judgment is saying, “They will never get off drugs. They will always be the same.” I know there is a difference. I think it’s harder with the ones we love. It’s harder to have faith when you have seen the same behavior for many years and nothing changes. Maybe that’s where we need each other. I can pray for you in the areas you don’t see change. And you can pray for me the same.

Just hoping if others are battling this as well they can know they are not alone. And maybe we can all offer grace and mercy to each other.

And I need to remember to love everyone because they are God’s children.  He loves WHO we are not necessarily what we DO. We all make mistakes. If I want grace and mercy I have to give it.

OPINIONS

Who's Doing The Dishes?

Isn’t it easy to see what others are doing wrong? Don’t you just want to go tell them how to do it better? Joyce Meyer is a pragmatic preacher  I have followed for many years. One saying she has is “you can’t help someone else if you have a sink full... [More]

Judgments

A guy called yesterday about my google ranking. I don’t put much energy into my internet search engine ranking because the newspaper is local and not looking to be famous. I just need people to be able to find the Syracuse Journal if they are looking for it.  But... [More]

2020

This year has been incredibly frightful and uncomfortable for many people. Every day seems tumultuous and uncertain. And I am smiling. Please understand I am not making light of COVID-19 or death. If anyone has had the misfortune of losing their job or their loved one, know... [More]

Guest editorial - Sex Trafficking and Pedophilia

Social media has been flooded with awareness and awakening to the horrid, not discussed issues of sexual trafficking of children and pedophilia. My dear friend Bethanie Popejoy, former Hamilton County Sheriff and has 22 years of law enforcement under her belt, wrote a facebook... [More]

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. 

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JH Volleyball

The Syracuse jr high volleyball team faced Elkhart on Thursday, September 10. Then they traveled to Lakin Saturday, September 12 for their first tournament of the season.  According to head coach, Rhoni Gould, the girls showed great improvements.  “They are getting... [More]

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Syracuse Bulldogs beat Sublette Larks

The SHS Bulldog football team faced the Sublette Larks at Sublette on Friday, September 4 for their season opener. The Bulldogs held the Larks for a final score of 25-0.  The Bulldogs are coached by Jordan Irsik, assisted by Jordan Wahlmeier, Casey Finlay and John Le. ... [More]

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SHS/JH SPORTS SEASON BEGINS

  Syracuse High School and Junior High School football teams held their scrimmages last Friday.  SHS Head coach Jordan Irsik said, “I thought our players did a great job on Friday night. They played with good energy and executed really well. I think it is important... [More]

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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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NEWS

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2020 Fall Homecoming

This year’s Syracuse High School homecoming is titled Home Sweet Homecoming.  Senior Candidates are Cara Wharton and Daniel Aguilar, Ally Corter and Brandon Pinto, and Wendy Gonzalez and Luis Perez. Junior representatives are Maddie Brownlee and Trevor Grubbs, Sophomore... [More]

Commodity Commission Candidates Face Nov. 30 Filing Deadline

Commodity Commission Candidates Face Nov. 30 Filing Deadline MANHATTAN, Kansas — Grain growers in western Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the  state's five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers —... [More]

USD 494 OFFERS FREE SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH TO DISTRICT STUDENTS

Taryn Parks, Nutrition Clerk and District Secretary for USD 494 reported, “All district students will receive free breakfast and lunch through the USDA program.” Parks explained that while much of the program is similar to the spring semester COVID-19 meal program... [More]

Kelley Snyder Killed in Wreck

Prayers for Kyle Roberts and family. His stepdaughter, Kelley Snyder, was killed in an accident. Many know her family. The late Deb Roberts, and siblings Melanie Kelley, Justin and Jacklyn Roberts. More details on service to follow later.  CSP Investigates Fatal Crash... [More]

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9/11 And Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country

9/11 is a time when I feel helpless. It’s a tragedy that makes me stop and remember the evil in the world and those who fight for the good.  Many feel that way about the Oklahoma City bombing, or Vietnam, Korea, and World Wars. While Patriot Day is about remembering those who died there, it also reminds ME to honor those who fight for us.  Some wave flags on highways or hold rallies. Others hold memorial runs and events. 

This week on the 19th anniversary of September 11th, I would like to honor some of those from our county or those with ties to our community who serve our country today.

9/11 is a time when I feel helpless. It’s a tragedy that makes me stop and remember the evil in the world and those who fight for the good.  Many feel that way about the Oklahoma City bombing, or Vietnam, Korea, and World Wars. While Patriot Day is about remembering those who died there, it also reminds ME to honor those who fight for us.  Some wave flags on highways or hold rallies. Others hold memorial runs and events. 

This week on the 19th anniversary of September 11th, I would like to honor some of those from our county or those with ties to our community who serve our country today. 

KDHE amends travel quarantine list

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to no longer include travel to Aruba and to also remove mandatory quarantine following attendance at out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more provided people wear masks... [More]

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Labor Day Weekend at the Sand Dunes

Labor Day weekend found the Syracuse Sand Dunes park packed. Campers, pickups and tents were everywhere- on the east and west side of the bridge, under the trees, and at the campsites. 

There were 105 new one year OHV permits sold this weekend, 560 day passes, and all electrical spots were sold out and 47 dry camping spots sold nightly.

 City Administrator Brian Bloyd said, “Memorial Day weekend was our biggest weekend this year and this was about half of that. But still it was a bigger weekend than years before.” 

 

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Wheatland Electric's 72nd Annual Meeting

At the 72nd Annual meeting of Wheatland Electric, several Syracuse individuals were honored. Randy Coleman, Stacey Addison-Howland, Alex Moser, and Ryan Thompson.  Randy Coleman began his career with Wheatland Electric when his aunt Barbara Coleman told him they were hiring... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Loretta Marie Tyler

DODGE CITY – Loretta Marie Tyler, 71, died Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at her home in Dodge City She was born June 28, 1949 at Lamar, Colorado, the daughter of Herbert and Clara (Sharrock) Schale.  On September 7, 1978 she married Rev. William “Bill”... [More]

Viola J. Smoke

Viola J. Smoke was born January 23, 1931 in Syracuse, Kansas to Evan and Gladys Geiger.  She had two older sisters, Eva and Susie, and one younger brother John.  All have preceded her in death as well as her husband Loyal.  She is survived by her four children... [More]

Joan E. Molleker

Larned- Joan E. Molleker, 72, passed away September 4, 2020 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. She was born May 5, 1948 in St. Francis, KS. the daughter of Amil Earnest and Jessie Marguerite Morlan Stunkel. An area resident since May of 1980, she was a legal secretary... [More]

Mary Nielsen

Mary Nielsen 1933-2020 Valley Memorial- Holly, CO   Mary Louise “Tootie” Nielsen passed away Friday August 28th, 2020 in Tribune, Kansas at Greeley County Hospital. Tootie Nielsen was born on January 26th, 1933 to Wiley and Esther Bowen in Florence,... [More]

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Joyce Juanita Gayler Pearson

Joyce Juanita Gayler Pearson, 76, of Salina, passed away August 22, 2020. She was born July 22, 1944 in Syracuse, Ks. She worked in housekeeping for Dodge City Community College for over 12 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clay Gayler and Helen Martin Blevins;... [More]

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Melvin Huser

Melvin Leroy Huser passed away July 12, 2020, in Gilbert Arizona, at the age of 82. He was prematurely taken by the “senseless” Coronavirus. Melvin was born August 6, 1937, in Syracuse Kansas, to parents, George and Vivian (Baum) Huser. He was the eldest of 5 boys.... [More]

H. Edith Knoll

H. Edith Knoll passed away at Garden Valley Retirement Village on August 6, 2020 in Garden City, Kansas. She was born on October 16, 1932 in Plains, Kansas to William Oscar and Hazel (Hull) Bond. She married Timothy Knoll on July 15, 1950 at Buffalo, Oklahoma. He preceded her... [More]

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]

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