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Area wheat harvest update

As of Tuesday, July 5th, the Stockton Farmers Union Elevator has recorded almost 300,000 bushels of wheat taken in with Woodston Coop having 305,000 bushels to date. The protein count has been all over the place, but should average out pretty good. The test weights have been a little low this year…
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FRANK WALKER stands near the remains of an oven that was hand-shaped from wet clay. The oven provided warmth to horse thieves who made frequent stops at Robber’s Roost Cave located just south of Stockton. Walker had said that the cave was named so because horse thieves used it. The only visible…
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Wanted: Wheat to exhibit at the Rooks County Free Fair

Body Plan now to exhibit your wheat at the Rooks County Free Fair Market Wheat Show. Exhibits must consist of a minimum of 20 pounds of combine run wheat and NO SHEAF!. Entries will be accepted on Sunday, August 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Monday, August 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Stockton Rec holding new member promotion in July!

The Stockton Recreation Commission is holding a new member promotion during the month of July! New members who sign up for a membership anytime in July will have their registration fee waived! The offer is valid from July 1st through July 31st. Check out for more details. (Look for...

SRC’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Sat., July 23rd

Body It’s time to sign up for Stockton Recreation’s 3rd Annual 3-Person Scramble Golf Tournament. The event will be held on Saturday, July 23rd with registration to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tee time is set for 9:30 a.m. with the cost $45.00 per person. Please contact the Stockton...

Looking Back

The Stockton Area Arts Council held a pizza party at Stockton City Hall on June 26 for everyone who volunteered their time and artistic abilities to the newest and most colorful addition to the town of Stockton. The Children’s Mural is truly a work of art and something in which everyone can take…

Thomas Kelly Hull

Thomas Kelly Hull passed away on June 26, 2022 in Downs, Kansas at the age of 79. He was born on March 15, 1943 to Downer and Thelma (Kelly) Hull in Belleville, Kansas. Thomas grew up in Rooks County and graduated from Woodston Rural High School with the Class of 1961. He was drafted during the Vietnam war and joined the Navy until his honorable discharge in 1968. Tom returned to Kansas and furthered his education at Fort Hays where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. He returned to Osborne County and spent his working life farming and peddling antiques out of his shop in Alton. It was well known by his friends and family that Tom was a strong Christian with an ornery streak and a proud American.

What Stocktonites Were Doing 98 Years Ago

Body The time for the annual Fair of Rooks County is close at hand. The officers are working hard to make this year’s Fair eclipse any former meeting of the Fair. The free acts have been contracted besides a number of other entertaining features. There will be no airplane flying and stunt work, also there will be no auto races. These features are not becoming of interest to fair patrons as in past years and the officers decided it best to bring other entertainment in place of these. Other changes of note will be found in the departments of poultry, grain and floral. The Rooks County Fair is the oldest in this part of the state, and its directors say that they hope to make the 1924 event the best ever held.

Looking Back

Oil valuations for 2008 were up nearly $17.9 million from the year before, a 46% increase. The 2008 wheat harvest was running behind due to the devastating storms of a couple weeks earlier. Jimmy Jackson brought in the first load of test wheat to the Farmers Union Elevator in Stockton on Monday,…

Area Harvest update

As of Monday, June 27th the Stockton Farmers Union Elevator has taken in 55,000 bushels of wheat. The Woodston Coop has taken in 35,000 bushels with Jerry McReynolds bringing in the first load of wheat for this harvest. With less than 10% of the harvest in the books, the test weights have been…

Celebration of Life held for Gary L. Elder

Body On June 18, and what would have been his 74th birthday, family and friends gathered at the Ash Rock Cemetery in Woodston, Kansas to celebrate the life of Gary L. Elder. Gary was the son of Cleo and Pauline Elder, who resided in Stockton for several years. The church property had been donated by Gary’s great-grandfather Arnold A. Elder. Arnold and his family settled in Rooks County in 1877. Records indicate the first service at the Ash Rock Church was conducted in March, 1883.

Sentinel closed on Mon., July 4th

Body The Stockton Sentinel will be closed Monday, July 4th. Please note that our deadline for the July 7th issue is this Friday, July 1st at noon. Thank you for your cooperation, and have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Tiger Sharks host swim meet

Body The Stockton Tiger Sharks continued their busy swim schedule and this past Saturday, the Sharks found themselves at home. They hosted the swim meet to Philipsburg, Kensington, Norton, and WaKeeney. The Sharks had 36 swimmers compete in 141 events, and again, the Sharks made a great showing. The next...

Stockton hires new business teacher

Kyle Hull was contracted as Stockton’s new business teacher for the 2022-2023 school year at the special school board meeting held on Monday, June 27th. He will also serve as the coathletic director, taking over Marcia Hrabe’s position upon her resignation. Also hired in supplemental positions for…

Stockton’s new school superintendent is Tiger Ready

Stockton’s new superintendent, Sarah Armstrong, will officially begin her new position on Friday, July 1st. Armstrong is excited to be introduced to you as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Stockton School District. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve our students, staff…

Thomas “Tom” K. Hull

Former Woodston resident Thomas “Tom” K. Hull, 79, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Downs. Visitation will be Friday, July 8, 2022, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton. Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m., at the Stockton United...