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Spring, 2006 Issue

Old Car Ingenuity Generates Royal Thanks

randy rundallWhen Randy Rundle first learned to drive in a 1948 Chevrolet pickup, he had no idea that would eventually lead to his current livelihood. From his early driving days, he gained firsthand knowledge of 6-volt electrical systems and the problems associated with them such as hard starting, yellowish dim headlights and dead batteries.

Make it a Kiowata on the Rocks, Please

Water in the southwestern Clay County town of Longford has long been boasted as some of the best in Kansas. Now it is helping sustain this community of 89 people. The Longford Water Company, established for the purpose of bottling and selling the local water, opened in May 2005. The water is bottled and marketed as Kiowata, a name taken from the Kiowa Formation of underground rocks that naturally filter the product. The business purchases the water from the city.

A Different Treasure on Millionaire’s Row

When you gut an old house you always hope you’re going to find diamonds and gold,” said Bobbi Miles, director of economic development in Smith Center Kansas.  Yet, although they have never found such gemstones or precious metals while renovating their old Victorian style home in Smith Center, Bobbi and her husband Bruce have arguably found value of another kind.

Getting Stitched in Smith Center

Along U.S. Highway 36, it is pretty hard not to notice the giant Smith Center billboard advertising for the many businesses in the town. Looking at the sign, one might notice a quilt shop promoted, but not just any quilt shop; this shop is what dreams and heirlooms are made of. Quilted Four Patch, Inc. was formed less than two years ago by four women, Karen Cole, Mary Ann Schemm, Sue Kirchhoff and Junelle Hills, with a dream and years of experience in the art of quilting between them. Their path to get to this point was as unique as a quilt itself.

Traveler's Tales:
A Short Cut to Kansas

It's a secret that some truckers know: a back door that gets you from Manhattan to Beloit about 20 minutes sooner than Highway 24, a bit less stressed by traffic, and entertained by some of the prettiest land in a state full of vista after vista. Easy for Kansans to miss the turn and the beauty.

Kansas in Spring

The fools remain ...

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Last Updated June 22, 2007
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