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Fall 2010

Clay County

Acts of faith – keeping it local in Clay Center

Clay County editor

By Tom Parker

Announcing the 2010-2011 RuralVoices Youth Contest

"Rural Kansas…Creating a Path to the Future Now"

Recently, the husband of the mayor of Clay Center wrote a scathing letter to the Clay Center Dispatch. In it, he questioned many of the facts reported by the staff journalist about a rancorous city council meeting, and, at the end, swore at the writer.

Ned Valentine, owner and editor of the Dispatch, still gets a chuckle out of it.

“It would be fun if it weren’t so depressing,” he says.

Jefferson County

The Oskaloosa Independent: An Historic Territorial Publication

By Barbara Higgins-Dover

The media world is moving further away from printed material forcing many publishers to make lasting changes. Today online newspapers, e-books, and digital magazines place the “ink to paper” method on a fast track to becoming obsolete. In towns where more than one news source is produced, some don’t survive. In rural Kansas, survival is based on adaptability, understanding of economy, changes to the target audience and acceptance of technological advancement.

Chase County

Only place on the planet – Chase County Leader-News

Chase News editor

By Tom Parker

As a general rule, offices of small-town newspapers are rarely showy. A few sport big lettering on windows or storefronts as if to emphasize their importance within the structural hierarchy of a community, while others adopt a less lavish facade. It could be argued that the offices of the Chase County Leader-News in downtown Cottonwood Falls adheres to an antithetical approach. Other than a small brass plaque affixed to the wall by the front door—whose minute and weathered lettering, it might be noted, is impossible to read from the street—there is nothing to distinguish the business from any other, vacant or otherwise.

McPherson County

A Tale of Small Town News: The Marquette Tribune    

By Lisa Quested

The story behind the small town newspaper in Marquette dates back to 1887. It was then named the Marquette Monitor. Two years later the name changed to the Marquette Tribune and that is how it has remained.

The office is located on Main Street, where the current reporter/editor/advertising representative and photographer, Liz Ponting, assists me in recollecting its extended history—a history filled with many owners.

Washington County

Relevance with an eye toward history – Washington County News

Washington Times Editor

By Tom Parker

For the 150th anniversary of Washington County, Dan Thalmann vowed to take a picture.

Actually, Thalmann vowed to take 365 pictures, one a day, each a visual and literal snapshot of the county and its residents, its festivals, its daily rhythms and cycles—its culture—at the opening of the 21st century. Each daily image would be posted to a special website, and each week’s collection would be prominently placed within the pages of the Washington County News.

Wabaunsee County

The Pumpkin Lady

By Dorothy M. Masters

The local pumpkin patch came alive in 2001 just outside of Harveyville on Highway 31; the fall celebrations began for pumpkin buyers, the local school children and the Methodist Youth Group. In the beginning the schools allowed the students to come on a field trip and pick some pumpkins for their classrooms. Then schools became so busy with “No Child Left Behind” regulations there were no time for field trips.

 

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