Pastor's Message - Nov 28, 2019

Several years ago, around Thanksgiving time, I was walking down the hall past Mrs. Paul’s Kindergarten classroom. The aroma of something cooking caught my attention – I’ll bet you’re not surprised at that. When I looked into the room, I saw it was beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving. I noticed the Kindergarten children were cooking fry bread in electric skillets. 

One of the little girls asked me if I would like to taste her “Indian” bread?

After I had eaten some of her “Indian” bread I said, “This is very good “Indian” bread, you are a very good cook.”

She put one hand on her hip, cocked her head to one side and with a sparkle in her eye, said to me, “Do you know what?” I answered, “No, what?”

She said, “Here I’ve been a good cook all the time, but I didn’t know it ‘til today.”

There is a song about David that says people saw him as just a shepherd boy, but God saw in him a king.

We have the obligation and privilege of helping our children discover who they are and providing them the love, support and instruction they need, to help them reach their God-given potential. Never say, “Oh, he or she is just a child,” as if they are of little importance. God has a plan for each child’s life, and through love, support and instruction we can help them reach their God-given potential.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

You and I have an important part to play in helping our children become the people God would have them be.

Paul McNall - Dinas Community Church


Pastor's Message - Nov 21, 2019

Years ago, John Steven Akhwari of Tanzania, ran the marathon in the Mexico City Olympics. He finished last, an hour after the winner had crossed the finish line. His leg was bloodied and bandaged from a severe injury he received in a fall. As he painfully limped around the 400... [More]

Pastor's Message - Nov 14, 2019

At one time, the two Queens lakes south of Eads, Colorado, were full of water. They were connected by a large canal. Someone told me the canal was filled with large crappie. Darwin and I checked it out. We had our limit of twenty large crappie in three of four hours. One day... [More]

Pastor's Message - Nov 7, 2019

Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day. When I was a kid, it was called Armistice Day. It marked the end of WW I. People said it was the war that would end all wars. Surely, “civilized” people would never participate in such a horrendous war again. Sadly, in about... [More]

Pastor's Message - Oct 31, 2019

Following World War II, an uncle of mine who lived in Sherman County, sponsored an East German family, enabling them to come to the United States. They came to Sherman County, and over time, became United States Citizens. How thankful they were to come to this country and become... [More]

Pastor's Message - Aug 29, 2019

For many years, Cora Lea and I were privileged to conduct the church services for the Trail Ride and the Old Settler’s Day at Russell Springs. They no longer have the Trail Ride but they still have the Old Settler’s Day at Russell Springs, on Labor Day weekend. Cora... [More]

Pastor's Message - Aug 22, 2019

Fifty some years ago, one of my sister’s family was breaking up. It was very difficult for everyone. My sister had two children, a son and daughter. Her son was in his middle teens and her daughter was in her early teens. My sister and her family lived in California and... [More]

Pastor's Message - Aug 15, 2019

In the past few days we witnessed two horrific mass killings. One shooter in El Paso, Texas, had far right political views. The other shooter in Dayton, Ohio, had far left political views. For the media and many politicians, to immediately make this into a political circus, rather... [More]

Pastor's Message - Aug 8, 2019

I am reminded time and time again, of how blessed Cora Lea and I have been, to live in, and become a part of such a wonderful community. To have our children grow up here and attend school here, is a special privilege. I attended nine different schools from kindergarten through... [More]

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Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

Traffic Court reports Apr 11, 2019

Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

March District Court

On March 13th, 2019 Charlene Valdez appeared in Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland in the matter of case number 2017 CR 42. Valdez had been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, within 1,000’ of a school,... [More]

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Sharon Springs Wildcats Take On Weskan Coyotes

Jace Mackley shoots a basket for Weskan in the game between Wallace County High School and Weskan High School last Friday.  Weskan Boys won 71 - 51. JC Allen (WHS) shoots over Brookley Dinkel   (WCHS) during last week’s game.  The Lady Wildcats won... [More]


FHSU Students Earn Fall Semester Honors

Grady Hammer and  Dalen See are among the 1,596 students named to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester by deans at Fort Hays State University. The Deans Honor Roll includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have completed 12 or more... [More]


KSU Students Earn Fall Semester Honors

More than 4,220 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2019 semester. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 graded credit hours receive semester honors along with... [More]


Sexson Returns From Retreat For Rural Leaders

Lissa Sexson of the Wallace County Visitors Bureau attended the 27th Retreat for Rural Leaders facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and held at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn near Valley Falls. Lissa was one of 34 people from across the state to attend. The group was... [More]

My Favorite Hiding Spot

Sandi Kerr-Jordan’s 8th graders discus hiding spots as they learn about interactions between the Jews and the Nazis during World War II. Here are some of her student’s personal hiding spots - My hiding place is my room. It is really the only place in my house... [More]


Acoustic Eidolon to Perform

Back for a third time in recent years, Acoustic Eidolon will perform for the Western Plains Arts Association, Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Wallace County High School Auditorium, 521 North Main, Sharon Springs. The program begins at 2 p.m. Mountain (3 p.m. Central).  Admission... [More]


PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Returns to Wichita on April 25

For the seventh time in as many years, the Professional Bull Riders Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will travel to Wichita, Kansas, with the Wichita Classic, set to buck into INTRUST Bank Arena on April 25. For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world... [More]


Happy Birthday Barbara Engel!

Happy Birthday Barbara Engel!

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Bugle Notes - Jan 16, 2020

This Sunday, the Fort Wallace Museum is looking forward to hosting Greg and Cee Heller from Kannapolis for the screening of the new documentary film “Fort Harker: Gateway Post to the Frontier.” Please join us at 2:00 pm MT for the 45-minute film, followed by discussion... [More]


Bugle Notes - Jan 9, 2020

Happy New Year! The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is looking forward to a fun and full 2020; we invite everyone to join in and help make it our most successful year ever!  There are two ways to join our organization. “The Fort Wallace Memorial Association”... [More]


Bugle Notes - Dec 12, 2019

Christmas arrived at the Fort Wallace Museum this past Sunday, with the annual “Candlelight Christmas” service, followed by a festive gathering inside the main building. The 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church was filled to capacity for the traditional service. Worship was... [More]


Bugle Notes - Dec 5, 2019

In 1865, David Butterfield raised money from New York investors to create Butterfield’s Overland Despatch Stage Line along the Smoky Hill Trail - the shortest route from commerce centers near Atchison, Kansas to the gold fields near Denver Colorado. In 2019, Butterfield’s... [More]


Bugle Notes - Nov 7, 2019

On Saturday, the Fort Wallace Museum welcomed author Chuck Warner and his wife Karen to the Museum to discuss his new book “Birds, Bones and Beetles,” about his grandfather Charles “Bunk” Bunker, who was a KU Naturalist that explored Wallace County and... [More]


Bugle Notes - Oct 31, 2019

The 2019 Smoky Hill Trail Conference held at the Fort Wallace Museum is now in the rearview mirror! The event hosted 75 folks, including several national names in Western History research, as the role of Fort Wallace in Trail history was explored. Tours, lectures, networking,... [More]


Bugle Notes - Oct 17, 2019

The Smoky Hill Trail Conference weekend is here, and we are excited to host folks from all over Kansas, Colorado and beyond! The theme of the weekend is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail,” and presentations will explore the events,... [More]


Bugle Notes - Oct 10, 2019

This Saturday night, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran “The Singer and the Songwriter” to the Fort Wallace Museum for an evening of live music at 7pm as part of the High Plains Public Radio Artists Series! The Singer and The Songwriter is the... [More]

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