Bluff City, KS

Plains State Bank expands into Harper County

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Parent Company of Plains State Bank in Hutchinson is expanding. Plains Bancshares, Inc, announced Thursday that they have purchased the BancCentral branches in both Anthony and Harper. The acquisitions are a continuation of the western Kansas financial company which purchased the Salina branch of Bank...
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Guest column: Snakes on the plains

I recently saw my first copperhead of the year while out trying to catch some pre-spawn bass at a farm pond. Initially I thought it was a snapping turtle poking its head above the water before I caught a glimpse of the telltale oscillation of the more sinister reptile.As is usually the case when I encounter a serpent in the wild, the old adage that it’s just as afraid of me as I am of it proved laughably false. If that held true, the two-foot reptile would have turned around when the first rock...

Top of the Class 2022 - Cooper Traffas

Academic Honors & Awards: Superintendent honor roll- 4 years; 2021 WSU Junior Honor Scholar; 2022 Kansas Governor’s Scholar; Accepted into the Legal Education Accelerated Degree (LEAD) program; Selected to National Society of Leadership & Success; Selected for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement; Selected for National Society of High School Scholars; Selected for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Qualified for My Alpha Theta National Community College Math Honor Society at Cowley College.

Martha L. “Pete” (Meyer) Ferguson 1935 ~ 2022

Martha Lou “Pete” (Meyer) Ferguson, a native of Anthony, Kansas, was born March 4, 1935. She passed away May 18, 2022 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 87. Survivors include her children: Beth Caruthers, Chuck Ferguson, and Nancy Bell; sister, Marilyn Downing; sister-in-law, Charlotte Meyer; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Remember the fallen

ArgoniaAvenue of Flags and memorial service10 a.m. at Argonia Cemetery.The event always includes a spectacular display of American flags. Volunteers are needed at 5 p.m. Friday to help put up the flags, and again on Monday evening to take them down. Cheney11:30 a.m. at Fairview CemeteryHosted by American Legion Post...

Top of the Class 2022 - Lance Pauly

Academic Awards & Honors: Principal’s honor roll and Academic letter award. High School Involvement: Football, Basketball, Track, STUCO, and Honor’s society. Dream Job: Being able to work outside on the nice days and inside on the others. Fun Fact: I can raise my left eyebrow without my right...

Sumner Track Preview: Wellington girls, Caldwell’s Keondre Smith, Conway Springs jumpers could be highly successful this weekend

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newcow — Eleven Wellington athletes will be participating in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. The events will stretch over a two-day span. Athletes from Caldwell, South Haven, Argonia, Oxford, Belle Plaine and...

Seven Cardinals going to 2A State

The Conway Springs High School track and field team will send 7 athletes in five events to the State track and field meet this Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University.The Cardinals won gold in five events. The boys scored 36 points to placed sixth out of 16 teams, and the girls took seventh with 36 points. Conway Springs also had several close calls. While the top six athletes at last Thursday’s 2A regional in Hillsboro placed and scored team points, only the t...

Rural broadband getting $10 million boost in Kansas

HARPER, Kan. (KSNW) – A broadband boost has been a long time coming for many in rural Kansas. “We temper our internet usage. We don’t need all our kids streaming at the same time,” said rural Harper resident Leslie Gerber. “But I think in the rural communities, we struggle with getting good internet service and […]
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SNHU announces winter 2022 President’s list

MANCHESTER –– Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Winter 2022 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring…

Food safety tips perfect for spring

Spring and summer are ripe for enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables and planning outdoor picnics, but food safety mistakes could spoil the fun, said Kansas State University food safety specialist Londa Nwadike. She said that food safety begins before the kitchen; all the way back to production, in fact.“Produce safety is a shared responsibility. Kansas produce growers are working hard to grow produce safely,” said Nwadike, who holds dual extension appointments with K-State and the Universi...

City gives townships a break on fire protection rates

CONWAY SPRINGS – Members of the Conway Springs City Council voted last week to give local townships that receive fire protection from the city a break on the cost of that protection.Last month, representatives from three local townships – Creek, Sumner and Springdale – asked members of the Conway Springs City Council for a break on their fire protection bills.All three townships came before the council with their proposed bills for the coming year, and noted that they ha...

Charles E. Watkins 1922 ~ 2022

Charles E. “Gene” Watkins was born May 19, 1922 to Charles Oscar Watkins and Mary Catherine (Hiner) Watkins on a farm southwest of Anthony. He graduated from the country grade school “Beaver College” in 1936 and graduated from Anthony High School in 1940. He attended one year at Kansas State University before being drafted in 1942 and spent the next four years in the Army, serving two of those years in Iran, China, Burma, and India, and was honorably discharged from active duty on March 26, 1946, and then was on active reserve until 1953 with the rank of Captain. He continued his studies at Kansas State University graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. He started teaching in 1955 and in May 1960, he was awarded the Freedom Foundation Award, a special award for outstanding teaching. In 1963, he received his Master of Science in Education Administration degree from Kansas State University. Additional graduate work was completed at the National Science Foundation as a Fellow; Colorado State, Fort Collins, CO; Alamosa State, Alamosa, CO; Western State, Gunnison, CO; Wichita State, Wichita, KS; Portland State, Portland, Oregon; Southern Utah, Cedar City, Utah; Atlanta, Georgia; and Kamehameha, Hawaii.

Anthony City Lake Fishing Report -

Channel catfish Fair up to 12lbs Try fishing cut bait, worms, or stink bait. Crappie Poor to Fair Up to 14" Try jigs or minnows near structure. The Crappie spawn should be just about over. Largemouth Bass Fair to Good Up to 5lbs Try using soft plastics, spinner baits, or...

Best senior travel discounts in 2022

Dear Savvy Senior,What are some of the best travel discounts available to seniors? My husband and are about to retire and are interested in traveling more but live on a tight budget.Frugal Travelers. Dear Frugal,There are literally hundreds of different travel-related discounts available to older travelers that can add up...