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The Freedom Train toured the country from 1947-1949, and again from 1975-1976.  It was  the idea of Attorney General Tom C. Clark to remind Americans of the freedoms, liberties, and sacrifices so often taken for granted.   The Amarillo Globe reported The Freedom Train is back... in miniature... in Canyon, Texas.  

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project, one near and dear to Skip's heart.  Many of you know Skip as the voice of, Growing on the High Plains, but you may not know how Alzheimer's personally touched the life of both her parents.

Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

Jul 3, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas. 

Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.  She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.  Both her parents had the disease. 

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Trent Johnson didn’t grow up on a farm, but he was always enamored with the cowboy lifestyle.

He sure looks the part now. I visited him in his custom cowboy hat shop in Greeley, Colo. In a sleek black cowboy hat and blue western shirt, Johnson delivers the modern cowboy aesthetic.

During college he hung out with the urban cowboy crowd, which included concerts for country idols like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. The city kid, who’d spent part of his childhood on a ski team, decided he needed a change.

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The First Presbyterian Church calls Ashland, Kansas home.  The rural church has seen attendance, as well as hope, rise in the past year.  Why?  Because of a treasure found by Minister Marsha Granberry when she was cleaning out the attic.  Granberry said, in an article by Becky Tanner, for the Wichita Eagle, she was sorting through boxes and found a box of bibles in different languages.  The 15 bibles are from the 1920s and 1930s, and one bible, written in Cherokee, may have been printed in the 1860s.

Elementary students in the Texas panhandle are part of a new project teaching how to grow food with your own hands, and the nutritional value it puts into your mouth.

Air Gun Innovator

May 17, 2013

Terry Tate lives in northeast Texas, a place called Cumby.  Last week we talked with him about hunting with air rifles, and this week I asked him to come back to talk about how he discovered his passion for building them. 

Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis  and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered  along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck.

Velma On...

May 1, 2013

As my time with Velma Wancura draws to a close, Velma and I talked about some of life's nuggets.  These are some of her thoughts about:

Prejudice and Pride

Apr 23, 2013

It was hard to be German during World War I.  Velma Wancura's father hired extra help during harvest time.  She said you had to be careful not to hire a German sympathizer or a spy. 

The Root Cause of Stingy

Apr 16, 2013

Go back to May, 1935.  Velma and Ted Wancura have a young son.  They haven't had a wheat crop in years, or rain for that matter.  Most of their cattle herd has been lost in the dust storms.  A tornado took their house.  The Wancuras moved a vacant house in to replace it.

A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life

Feb 14, 2013

Harriet and Louis Caplan's love story began 20 years ago in a college town in Kansas. Harriet was 48 and working at a bank. Louis was a 56-year-old physicist.

Both assumed they'd be single for the rest of their lives — until their paths crossed.

It began with Wednesday evening outings when a group would meet after work.

"We went to football games and concerts, and I still don't quite know how it happened, but instead of going in two separate cars, you and I would start going in the same car," Harriet remembers. "I don't think we ever had a date."

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Rose Alderson is a bright-eyed, energetic grandmother who loves her home a few miles outside of Nickerson, Kan. It’s the home her father was raised in and where she raised her kids, but the house is not the most important part of the Alderson place.  

Alderson loves the barn and the silo. Neither building plays much of a role on the farm anymore, but to Rose, they are the soul of the place.  

Swingin' Gate Ranch

Marshal Allen Bailey's Swingin' Gate Ranch is the broadcast home of Western Swing & Other Things.

Howell Social Club

The nearby entirely exclusive Howell Social Club hosts the area's classiest events, including the Spring 2011 Woodchopper's Ball.

Abner's Guitar Shop

Western Swing & Other Things travels the High Plains territory from time-to-time with appearances and special broadcasts by Marshal Bailey along with Cowgirl Janey.  The Marshal and the program have also garnered many awards over the years both locally and nationally.

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