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Where's Your Inspiration?

Where is your inspiration? And who are you inspiring?

  

Last week I challenged you to a 50k run/walk by New Year’s Day. You get your body moving daily a mile at a time for 31 miles, and you keep a log of your efforts. When you finish you and your family are entered into a drawing.

The details of the contest are online if you missed it or need a reminder.

Several people responded that they are working on it. But if I could inspire one person, it was worth it. I inspired myself as well and have already completed seven miles.

In truth I am a go big or go home person by nature. I hike 7 miles one day and don’t do anything for a week after. So this challenge is about consistency. Some days I do an extra mile because I know I won’t be available the next couple days.

I am out of my comfort zone but I notice it is pushing me to try something new and different.

I don’t like New Years resolutions because it sets me up for failure. If I can get 50k completed by New Years Day it is like I have a running start into 2021, pun intended.

Hearing that others were motivated made me feel like I am part of something bigger. And it reminded me of my role in this world. I want to inspire and be inspired. I am not greater or less than anyone.

And I am reminded today of those who inspire me - someone who sent me a text message or took the time to write a card of thanks. Or a teacher who pushed the child falling behind to greater things.  Sometimes inspiration comes from music or a poem.  But most of the time the fire comes from each of us doing a little something for someone else.

This year has been a strain on many to get food or money to pay bills. The discomfort pushes us to get out of our comfort zone and find new and different ways to inspire each other.

When I first moved to Syracuse I was paying down debt and couldn’t afford gifts for a family that housed me and made me feel at home. So I wrote a personal letter on Christmas paper to each one. Some laughed, some cried, and some just had a nod of appreciation. It was probably the best gift I had ever given and it cost pennies.

This year I was able to help  a family member whose financial need was greater than  mine. His gratitude and joy was inspiring.

I have more than some and less than others. Maybe my theme each week has become redundant. Be the river. As long as I have breath in my body, I pray that I may always be that hope to someone as others have been to me.

Let my well not be dry so that I may fill another’s cup.

OPINIONS

Can't Get There From Here

I am writing this as President Biden is being sworn in. Yes I am past my deadline. And I have so much I would like to say but a short space to say it.  What is the state of our country? I don’t think we are at unity. When the ball on a pendulum is lifted and swung... [More]

Inspiration, Travel And A Good Laugh

Since I bought The Syracuse Journal I have wanted an outdoor piano for in front of the office. It looks like I am getting my wish. They are tearing down an old house and this cool 1950s piano will be destroyed if someone doesn’t take it. I am so excited to paint it and... [More]

My Favorite Piece of Jewelry

I have some cool jewelry. Some of it is pieces I picked up on my travels, some are from family and others from friends. Some are fancy, sparkly crystal bracelets and some are simple hemp rope with stone necklaces. I love all of them but one of my favorite pieces is a simple... [More]

Christmas Time

My grandpa used to say, “You eat a sour pickle, you get a sour puss.” What’s your attitude this Christmas? Is it sad because you are missing family? Is it depression because it isn’t the Christmas you pictured? For some this year is heavy. They have... [More]

What do you see?

I was looking over the newspaper this week and pretty inspired by our community. We have worked through so many challenges this year and have a lot of normalcy many larger areas don’t. We had a huge successful Christmas parade, kids got to play sports, parents got to... [More]

Local News

Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode where the man finally had all the time in the world to read but his glasses broke. He sat in tears that he had enough time and enough books but couldn’t read them. Each week I try to bring a myriad of articles to you through the... [More]

Holiday Contest - A chance to win $100

It was New Years Eve 1995 and all my decisions had led me to the bottom of the heap. While my life may have looked good on the outside, it was empty of peace confidence and respect in myself.  On a whim, I decided to do a New Years run through Central Park. It was a midnight... [More]

Be The River

Just round the corner. Sometimes things look dark but the light is just around the corner. Another business in Syracuse is shutting down tomorrow. While I am very sad to see another business closing in 2020, I have a choice. I can view it as our small town is fading into darkness... [More]

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SPORTS

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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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V and JV Bulldogs Sweep Wichita County

The SHS Bulldogs basketball teams travelled to Leoti on Tuesday, December 22 to face the Wichita County Indians for the final game of 2020. The Bulldogs junior varsity and varsity teams all came home with a win heading into the holiday break. The boys C-team came up four points... [More]

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County Wars Tournament Winners

In the first round of County Wars,  Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kyler Keller with 18 points.  Plunkett had 17 points, Mitchell added 7, Leyva 6, Diaz 4, Gould 2. Syracuse 54 – Keller 5 8-10 10, Plunkett 5 4-4 10, Mitchell 3 1-1 6, Leyva 3 0-0 6, Diaz 2... [More]

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Bulldogs Travel to Goodland

The Syracuse Bulldogs basketball teams and cheerleaders travelled to Goodland on Friday, December 4 to compete in the opening season game against the Goodland Cowgirls and Cowboys at the Max L. Jones Fieldhouse on the Northwest Tech campus.  Walking into the gymnasium... [More]

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All League Football

The High Plains League has chosen recipients of all league football honors. Head Syracuse High School football coach, Jordan Irsik, is pleased to announce eight players selected. Irsik feels they should have had three or four more players make all-league team, based on statistics,... [More]

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All League Volleyball

Three varsity volleyball players have been selected as all-league for the Fall 2020 season. Ashlyn Finlay, #18 Honorable Mention, Jayden Mitchell - #21 Second Team and Emma Heglin - #3 First Team. These three recipients also finished the first nine weeks with a perfecto 4.0 GPA. ... [More]

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Luebbers Statebound

Regional Cross Country was held last Saturday in Johnson. We had a boys team and they performed very well.  Jaren Luebbers is our lone participant to go to the State Cross Country meet  this Saturday.  “I’m very proud of our whole team for improving... [More]

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NEWS

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HIGH WIND CAUSES ACCIDENTS AND WHEAT LOSS

 The culmination of a multi year drought and a couple of days last week with sustained winds of 50 to 60 mph winds created the perfect storm as it killed area wheat and in some areas blew up to 18 inches of dirt.  Zero visibility shut down Highway 50 between Lakin... [More]

KSHSAA BOARD APPROVES UP TO FOUR SPECTATORS BEGINNING JAN 29

TOPEKA, Kan. - The KSHSAA Board of Directors met Wednesday at the request of the KSHSAA Executive Board to discuss spectator limits for the winter activity season. During the meeting the following action took place: Motion by M. Kastle, seconded by B. Sutherlin to implement... [More]

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Legislative Coffee Today at 9:00 AM

“In every challenge there is an opportunity.” In pre-COVID times, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, along with several other southwest communities hosted a Legislative Coffee with southwest state representatives. With gatherings limited, and more virtual events... [More]

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NORTH HIGHWAY 27 PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF OWNING THE SYRACUSE JOURNAL

It’s North Highway 27 Productions one year anniversary of owning the Syracuse Journal. If you pay for your subscription by credit card, paypal or square, you may notice the name.  In the past year we have changed, a lot! We switched printers, moved locations to downtown... [More]

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CRAM THE VAN SUCCESS

2020 Cram the Van Food Drive Collects Equivalent of 16 Tons of Food in Record-Breaking Year  Hamilton County Food Pantry in Syracuse raised 2,679 lbs.  Kirsten Seal said, “The giving overall has been overwhelming- food and money. And effort! Volunteers showed... [More]

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HART CHARGED WITH ARSON

Austyn Wayne Hart, 21, Syracuse, KS, is currently housed at the Hamilton County Jail. He has been charged with Arson Level 7 for the Davis Motors fire on Sunday, October 18th. His bond is set at $15,000.00 for this new charge.  He was previously arrested on December 14th... [More]

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High Winds Hit Hamilton County

As of press time on Wednesday morning, winds hit a high of 58 knots or 66.74 mph.  High lines blew, doors shook and will hopefully report little damage next week! A bit of snow flew across as well as some sunshine mixed in.      photo by Trent Swanson... [More]

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Hamilton County Gets First Round of Vaccines

Last Thursday, the Hamilton County Family Practice Clinie received 35 Coronavirus vaccines.  Hamilton County’s vaccine storage units are not capable of storing the vaccines at the lower temperatures, so they had to administer them within 120 hours of receipt. ... [More]

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OBITUARIES

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam, age 60, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born on July 1, 1960 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of O.L. Lynam and Zelma (Puckett) Lynam. Memorial Services will be held at... [More]

William Willhite

William Willhite 1932-2021 Valley Memorial-Holly, Colorado Funeral Services for William “Bill” Willhite will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Holly, Colorado. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.  Visitation... [More]

Robert “Bob” Arthur Dunn

  Robert “Bob” Arthur Dunn, age 92, passed away at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas on Friday, January 15, 2021. He was born on February 3, 1928 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of William Arthur Dunn and Henrietta (Owings) Dunn.  Bob... [More]

Susan Olga (Hatton) Westeman

Susan Olga (Hatton) Westeman, age 79, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Thursday, January 7, 2021. She was born on October 1, 1941 in Syracuse, Kansas, the daughter of Ray Elmer Hatton and Bernice Armina (Rees) Hatton. Susan began her life in... [More]

Myrna McGee

Myrna McGee 1938-2020 Valley Memorial-Holly, CO   A Memorial Service for Myrna McGee will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating.  Inurnment will follow... [More]

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Rosalie Mae Vesper

  Age 91 of Brooklyn Center, MN died 12/23/2020. Rosalie was a wonderful cook, loved to dance and crochet.  She began working at a young age in high school at the Syracuse courthouse beginning her life as a working woman.  Rosalie chose a variety of opportunities... [More]

James Krieg

James Krieg 1947-2020 Valley Memorial-Holly, CO Funeral Services for James Krieg will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be limited capacity.  Interment... [More]

Robert Files

Robert Files 1931-2020 Valley Memorial-Holly, CO Life-long area farmer, Robert Arden Files, known to everyone as Bob, passed away on December 16, 2020, at UC Health Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 89.  Bob was born on November 24, 1931,... [More]

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