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DEAR ABBY: I was divorced four years ago after a 27-year marriage. Unbeknownst to me, my ex-husband hadn't paid taxes for 17 years. We were always pretty strapped as a couple and the parents of four. … more
Building better butterfly gardens
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DEAR ABBY: I applied to be a supervisor at the company where I work. Unfortunately, I didn't get the job. One of my co-workers, who held the same position I did (though with significantly fewer years … more
PITTSBURG, Kan. — On Sunday afternoons, most of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University is dark and quiet. But from the rehearsal hall, tucked … more
Akitas: Life Long Friends
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Writer's Note. This is the second story in a two part series about my husband, Dustin Strong, and our dogs. My husband and I have had Akitas since we have been married in 1998. My husband has … more
DEAR ABBY: My 23-year-old daughter, "Chloe," lives with me and refuses to acknowledge her grandmother's emails and letters, which are delivered to our home. It has been four years since my mother has … more
Fall is squash season, so let these hardy vegetables be the star of the show. Squashes come in myriad varieties and can be generally divided between summer, fall or winter varieties. Fall and winter … more
Area Events
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Friday, September 29   Talking Heads Discussion Group   The Talking Heads discussion group will meet at 9 a.m. every Friday morning at the Pittsburg Public Library at the corner … more
DEAR ABBY: When our son went to college years ago, he traveled all summer with a school-sponsored ministry singing group. The members were all smart, attractive, talented young men and women -- a … more
Fall into a new book
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Now that the autumn season is officially here—at least by the calendar; you sure can’t tell by the temperatures—it’s time to pick up a book to enjoy while sipping some apple … more
More fair memories
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Last week, I shared some of my memories of the Kansas State Fair as it related primarily to 4-H. This week, I want to take a look at the rest of the State Fair. For years, there were two big … more
"I’m fun, fluffy … but not a fox!"
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*Writer's Note-This is a two part series of  the Japanese dogs my husband and I own, the Shiba and Akita, respectively.* Our dog, Sukoshi, has stolen my heart. He is a two-year-old Shiba … more
Kansas State Fair memories
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Back years ago when my sister and I were in 4-H we would sometimes hear the mention of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchison.  We never sent any exhibits to the state fair but one year, when my … more
Local ties
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Throughout the years, I have learned that the most successful programs feature local speakers and/or topics.   People tend to relate more to speakers from the area or who know regional history. … more
Cooking for one or two
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Perhaps you have heard and then again, maybe you haven’t heard of an organization called Family Community Education.   When the program first started back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, … more
Why is ‘Suits’ the show of the summer?
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I love television as much as I love music and movies. I am a 1980s kid, born and raised on MTV, “Alf,” and “Who Shot Jr?” Television, as a self-described “indoor … more
Little Balkans Quilt Show wraps up strong
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Chairperson Brandee Switzer has announced this year’s winners in the 35th annual Little Balkans Quilt Show, held Friday and Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. A total of … more
Mark your calendars
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Once I started kindergarten, Labor Day marked the beginning of a new school year so in my mind, January 1st was superfluous.   Why would a new year start in the middle of the school year?   … more
Have a Pepsi day
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We take so much in our lives for granted.   Not only family and friends, but much more. For instance, I think we all enjoy a cold, frosty, sparkling soda, especially when it is extra warm. … more
Melancholy songs and collective trauma
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Miley Cyrus came out with a new song on Friday called "When I Was Young." It has struck a nerve with listeners. I now teach music and art appreciation and we started "Karoke Fridays." A few … more
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