Bloom - He knows your name

Our girls have this thing they do when I stop and talk to someone. They often tap me on the leg so they can ask, “Who is this?” or if I’m lucky, they will wait until the person leaves before asking. One time, I told our five-year-old that I didn’t know. “You mean, you just talked to a stranger?” 
 Another time, I was talking to our oldest daughters and mentioned someone’s name and they said, “Which one?”. I misnamed them by using the correct first name but adding a former church member’s last name. It’s important to me to know people’s names. I often fall short by getting confused or just drawing blanks. During prayer concerns for Wednesday night Kid’s Club, we have lots of eager prayer warriors lifting up situations near and dear to their hearts. One of our young ladies mentioned a friend from her school and some others thought they knew who it was, but the young lady pointed out she was not in Sharon Springs. She couldn’t recall her last name right away and I said without thinking, “Well, God knows her name!” I wasn’t trying to be a smart aleck, but it sure came out that way. 
Amazingly enough, it’s a huge comfort that God knows our names. If He put the stars in the sky and knows how many, and where they are located, He KNOWS your name. Doesn’t that just make you feel important? He cares enough about you to know your name. And not just because we live in a small town. He’s not saying, “Mari-what’s-her-face?” Our minds cannot retain all the information we put there; sometimes things get forgotten as new things are added. But God. God is infinite in wisdom. Nothing is new under the sun. He thought of us as He created the world and set things and life in motion. He knew what you’d love and created it. He knew you’d need rest and gave you a day for it. He knew how much you’d need a retreat and created nature. He knows your nature! He knows your name!


Bloom - False Alarms

I’m sure you know right where you were this past Wednesday evening. I was standing in our church kitchen with a couple of our amazing cooks who were getting the meal ready for our children and youth.  The consistent pelt against the stainless steel beckoned me to push... [More]

Bloom - Hello, my name is...

I was talking to someone recently who extended the invitation, “So tell me about yourself.”  In my post-analyzing, I realized I didn’t really “tell” much about myself, but more of who I am to the nine other people in my family. I shared about... [More]

Storage Overload

Frustration about got the best of me yesterday. Actually, I think it did. If you’ve never yelled at a computer, I’m not sure you want to read any further. You’re probably not the type who loses your cool over silly things, like me. The more I sat at the computer,... [More]

Life is a puzzle

Yesterday, my husband and I decided to do a surprise well-check on our daughter, who has moved out to attend Bible College. We got up early, drove out, and arrived just before her last session would end. In our wait time, I walked towards the bookstore and a clearance cart braced... [More]

Teamwork makes the dream work

Packed in four Home Depot boxes in our garage are Mason jars. These have been with us since we moved here. And before that, they sat in the basement of our former house for about a year from when my dad gave them to me. For canning. I’ve yet to use them all for canning... [More]

Bloom - Shoes to fill

I was looking through some shoes a friend had passed along to us for our daughters and found a pair I loved. I admired them in the box. I liked the look. The design. The fabric. Everything about them was me! I bent down to pull them out. I looked at the size and frowned. I knew... [More]

Bloom - From Grumbling to Thankfulness

On a recent road trip, we encountered some heavy fog, then rain. It proceeded to rain on us. All. Day. Long. Part of me was pleased the van got a good wash and we left Kansas dirt on the interstate of Monteagle Mountain as a good ol’ souvenir. The other part of me started... [More]

Bloom - He’ll leave the light on

We returned home after being gone for a week to find that our teenager had cleaned the house. It looked fantastic! There’s just something magical about coming home to a clean house! After 30 hours on the road from Saturday night to the wee early hours into Monday morning,... [More]

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Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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Sheriff’s Log - February 2023

  13 Vins / 13 Civil Process / 13 Court Cases / 17 911 Hang-ups – Friendly Reminder - if you give your child an older phone just for them to “play” on, 911 is still active. Traffic Stops:  53 Citations & 34 Warnings from the Wallace County... [More]

Program Explores Social Media

The Prairie Museum of Art & History in Colby will host “The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Media,” a presentation and discussion by Stephen Wolgast on Thursday, March 16 at 12:00 PM.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program; please... [More]


Wallace County 7th Grade Quiz Bowl Regional 2023

The Wallace County 7th Grade Quiz Bowl team placed 2nd at the recent Regional Meet hosted by Wallace County Schools.  Pictured above (front) Charlotte Gardner, Andrea Ramirez, Sophie Welsh, Payton Hoisington, and Zuri Spresser (back) Kyron Hackley, Erikson David, Lyla Pearce,... [More]


WCHS Forensics Ellis Invitational

WCHS Forensics Team takes 3rd Place on Saturday, March 4th, at the Ellis Invitational!  Jaren Rains and Evan Pearce placed 2nd in IDA, Claire Helsel placed 3rd in Extemp and 6th in Poetry, Lydia Fox and Zoey Gardner placed 5th and 6th in Serious Solo, Evan Pearce placed... [More]


Lady Wildcats Headed to State

On March 4th, the Wallace County High School Lady Wildcats won their playoff game against Golden Plains (Rexford, KS) by a score of 50-46.  Their season record of 16-7 earned them a 7th seed to compete against Hanover in the first round of State game play. Their game starts... [More]


Western Plains Arts Association Presents the US Navy Band

The United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C.Q is coming to the Colby Event Center, Colby, KS on Tuesday, March 7th, 7:30 p.m. The Navy Band is the Navy’s premier musical organization, performs frequently at White House and Pentagon ceremonies, and tours annually throughout... [More]


Cherry & Chocolate event held at Masonic Lodge

Top: Allan Hurlburt gives a presentation on George Washington during the 4th annual Cherry & Chocolate event. Bottom: Michael Johnson, Grand Master of Kansas Masons, presenting a 70-year pin to Ross Kutler of Greeley County.


Sees Honored by Kansas Bankers

The Kansas Bankers Windbreak Award is given each year by the Kansas Bankers Association cooperating with NRCS, FSA, Extension Service, Kansas State University, State Conservation Commission and the Wallace County Conservation District. The award is presented each year to stimulate... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 3/8/23

Our 2023 Symposium and Fundraising Banquet is close at hand and it is shaping up to be an exciting day at the Fort Wallace Museum! Our full slate of activities begins on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 am MT with our history presentations on this year’s theme “Native... [More]


Bugle Notes - 02/09/23

Our official artwork for 2023 is "The Contrary Warrior’ by 20-year-old Mah'Hivists Deer (Good Warrior Deer) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. His ancestors include Northern and Southern Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Sauk and Fox and Iowa Tribes. This dynamic picture is being featured... [More]


Bugle Notes - 2/2/23

We will be holding a watch party for the season-opening episode of “Cottonwood Connections” on Smoky Hills Public TV this Sunday, Feb. 5 at 5 pm MST. This thirty-minute film features the history of Fort Wallace, as well as the efforts of the Fort Wallace Museum to... [More]


Bugle Notes - 1/26/23

Cottonwood Connections is a new video series on Smoky Hills Public Television being produced through the Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch with film director Ed Lowry. An initial season included host/historian Don Rowlison who explored such subjects as Legacy of the Cottonwood... [More]


Bugle Notes - 12/1/22

You are invited to join us at the Fort Wallace Museum this coming Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm for our annual “Candlelight Christmas!” The 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church is the location for a traditional Swedish Lutheran Carol service, with special music. Afterward, attendees... [More]


Bugle Notes - 10/27/22

The Fort Wallace Museum is pleased to announce another venture, this time into the publication of a children’s book “A Dragon’s Tale” by Marla Matkin. This whimsical piece of historical fiction features a little boy named Elliot who loves to imagine himself... [More]


Bugle Notes...

The Fort Wallace Museum recently gained another marvelous piece of history by way of our good friend Lt. Col (ret) Dennis “DK” Clark of Lansing, KS. This esteemed military strategist and historian is the namesake of our historic lecture series as well as sponsor of... [More]


Bugle Notes - 9/29/22

During the recent History Exposition, our guest historian and bugle expert Jari Villanueva was intrigued by the musical instrument displayed in the Enlisted Barracks area. This strange brass instrument has been in the Fort Wallace Museum collection for many years and is inventoried... [More]

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