Spring, 2006 Issue
Car Ingenuity Generates Royal Thanks
Randy Rundle first learned to drive in a 1948 Chevrolet
pickup, he had no idea that would eventually lead
to his current livelihood. From his early driving
days, he gained firsthand knowledge of 6-volt electrical
systems and the problems associated with them such
as hard starting, yellowish dim headlights and
it a Kiowata on the Rocks, Please
Water in the southwestern Clay County
town of Longford has long been boasted as some
of the best in Kansas. Now it is helping sustain
this community of 89 people. The Longford Water
Company, established for the purpose of bottling
and selling the local water, opened in May 2005.
The water is bottled and marketed as Kiowata, a
name taken from the Kiowa Formation of underground
rocks that naturally filter the product. The business
purchases the water from the city.
Different Treasure on Millionaire’s
When you gut an old house you always hope you’re going to find diamonds
and gold,” said Bobbi Miles, director of economic development in Smith
Center Kansas. Yet, although they have never found such gemstones or
precious metals while renovating their old Victorian style home in Smith Center,
Bobbi and her husband Bruce have arguably found value of another kind.
Stitched in Smith Center
Along U.S. Highway 36, it is pretty hard
not to notice the giant Smith Center billboard
advertising for the many businesses in the town.
Looking at the sign, one might notice a quilt shop
promoted, but not just any quilt shop; this shop
is what dreams and heirlooms are made of. Quilted
Four Patch, Inc. was formed less than two years
ago by four women, Karen Cole, Mary Ann Schemm,
Sue Kirchhoff and Junelle Hills, with a dream and
years of experience in the art of quilting between
them. Their path to get to this point was as unique
as a quilt itself.
Short Cut to Kansas
It's a secret that some truckers know:
a back door that gets you from Manhattan to Beloit
about 20 minutes sooner than Highway 24, a bit
less stressed by traffic, and entertained by
some of the prettiest land in a state full of
vista after vista. Easy for Kansans to miss the
turn and the beauty.
The fools remain ...