Bloom - I.D.

Last Tuesday, Louis swung by to pick me up so we could go vote.  We parked and greeted friends coming out to their vehicles as we entered the building. Once in, we saw familiar faces as they stood voting.  Friends working at the check-in table waved a hello and called us by name from across the room. As we approached them, a sign reminded me of something forgotten: my driver’s license. 
People completed their voting and small talk sent them on their way. And I just stood there at the sign, basking in the warmth of living in a small town where people know you and call you by name, while also struck with the sinking feeling that my husband could enter but I could not. 
There’s only one me. The ladies working knew me for me. But I didn’t have proof to identify me as me. I could not enter to cast my vote, for the integrity of the election. Everyone else who entered had their right to be there- they had proper identification.  
It’s like going to church versus being saved. You could have grown up in your church. Been there every week. Flipped the pages of your grandma’s hymnal because her hands were no longer steady. People could tell stories of how you memorized the books of the Bible at such a young age. Folks passing by know you by name and recognize you in town.  You could be active in the community and a trustworthy and law-abiding citizen. 
But when you walk through death’s door, and haven’t the proper identification, you don’t get to enter the Gates of Heaven. It doesn’t matter who you know. If you’ve not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you don’t have that I.D. proving your citizenship.  You are not identified as a Christian, marked and set apart by the blood of Jesus. And for the integrity of God’s Word, you simply cannot be ushered in on the coattails of grandma.  Or just because you were known in the church and community. Without a passport, you stand at the gate and cannot enter.  
John 14:6 (NIV) says this, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”


Bloom - A recipe for disaster

Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love windows-open, soup-on-the-stove, mulled-cider-candle-burning kind of days. I beg the trees to hold on to their leaves of golds and reds as long as they can. One of our yearly traditions while living in TN, was to visit the Oren Wooden’s... [More]


Bloom - It wasn’t a trick, it was a treat

While shopping last night, I walked through the produce section and noticed that blueberries were reduced for quick sale. They weren’t even shriveled up or speckled with mold, as expected. They looked perfectly plump and fresh. Tossing three packages into the cart, I was... [More]

Position yourself for success

Last weekend, some friends asked us to feed their pets while they were out of town. Our older girls know who gets what and the right amounts, whereas our younger girls are just along for the ride- swinging on the rope swings, sneaking peeks at puppies, and chasing and scooping... [More]

Fight for what's yours

If you saw me jumping around in our van in the parking lot at Weskan School, I thought I’d let you know I wasn’t doing aerobics, I was swatting flies. I had just dropped our girls and their friends off for practice and would hang out in the van with our 17-month old... [More]

Try a new way

One of our daughters prefers her hair in two French braids most of the time. It keeps it out of her face for work and sports.  Twice, I’ve not been home to do her hair before a game or event and we’ve had kind friends step in and get that done for her. This made... [More]

The Good Stuff

After a whirlwind of an afternoon, we arrived 6-7 minutes late to Grainfield for volleyball games. The home team was ahead of Weskan JV by 9 as we climbed the bleachers carrying the baby, toy bag, diaper bag, program, and change from paying at the door. I caught my breath, scanned... [More]

All In

Over the weekend, we took our youngest four girls down to Biloxi, MS for my biological mother’s funeral. If you’ve ever traveled with children you know that “How much longer?” always follows “Are we there yet?”  We prefer shaving off a... [More]

Just B

Have you ever seen one of those quote boards? It’s usually a frame that includes white letters you push into recessed horizontal tracks to create phrases. I’ve seen these boards announcing births, advertising sales, and used as home décor. One time, while Black... [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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Happy Friendsgiving!

The Wallace  County  Home  Educators held their Friendsgiving event this past Monday. A turkey dinner was served up with all the trimmings to give those in attendance a jump start to their Thanksgiving festivities!  As my travels take me away from Wallace... [More]


WCHS Theater Class Presents “Virtual Family”

Students of the theater class, under the direction of Eric Jarvis, performed a one-act play, “Virtual Family” on Friday, November 11th.  The small ensemble of Destany Still, Zoey Gardner, Miaha Lucas, Lydia Fox, and Elena Kyner comedic performance ended with... [More]


Proposed Mill Levy Voted Down

After months of county-wide debate on the proposed tax levy, that would have allowed up to 25 mill to be levied for the Wallace County Community Care Center, did not pass. Of the 670 votes cast, 557 were against with only 113 votes in support of the levy. Local races: County... [More]


2022 Football Regional Champions

2022 Regional Champions - Wallace County High School - front row - Tyler Wagoner, Kemper Benisch, Austen Walker, Hunter Still, Royce Garcia, managers Elli Edwards and Livi Perry. 2nd row: Ethan Cain, Ace Edwards, Kean Dinkel, Braden McKain, Travis Korbe, Brenton Welsh. 3rd row:... [More]


Dart League

Sharon Springs Golf Course will be hosting a Dart League Exhibition Night Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 5:30pm. This is for all new players who would like to learn the machines and how to score & for the dart regulars who would like the practice. ***Please note –... [More]


Deadline Approaching in Kansas for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 69 Kansas counties and neighboring counties in Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma of the Dec. 8, 2022, deadline to apply for an... [More]

DD-214 Reminder

A quick reminder for all Wallace County Veterans to record your DD-214s in the Wallace County Register of Deeds office! It’s FREE to record and provides ease of mind knowing the form is backed up in case something was to happen to the original. And, fun fact, it’s... [More]


Kansas 4-H meat judging team wins national contest

The Kansas 4-H All Star meat judging team was crowned national champions, beating teams from 14 states during the 4-H Meat Judging Contest championship held at the American Royal in Kansas City. It is the first-ever national title for a Kansas team, which won by 27 points over... [More]

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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]


Bugle Notes - 9/17/22

The Fort Wallace Museum has just completed a big weekend of activities, which in spite of small challenges, was a success. Our 2022 History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days had the theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, “ and brought in local historians... [More]


Fort Wallace Museum to Host History Exposition

Don’t miss this weekend’s History Exposition and Outdoor Education Day “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail!” On Friday and Saturday, the grounds will be filled with demonstrations of telegraphy, oxen, printing press, bugle calls, Cheyenne Ledger... [More]


Bugle Notes - 9/1/22

Our big History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days are approaching on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! This year’s theme is “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” with exhibits on telegraph, telephone, military communication, bugle calls, Plains... [More]


Bugle Notes - 8/25/22

We hope you have marked your calendars for the upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days at the Fort Wallace Museum, coming up Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! Our grounds will be filled with demonstrators exploring “Communication Along the Smoky Hill... [More]


Bugle Notes - 8/18/22

We are excited about our upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days for 2022! With this year’s theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” we are offering a different twist to our demonstrations and guests. Our two-day event (Friday Sept... [More]

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