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If local buy-in to Moran’s Marmaton Market doesn’t pick up, the store will likely close within the next 30-60 days, predicts manager Marilyn Logan. “If just half the people in town would come in and…

Every ten years, districts for Congress, state legislature, state school board, and local offices must be redrawn based on the latest Census.  The 2020 Census numbers were recently released and we already know one thing: …

Five times I landed at the Kabul airport. Before touching down, I saw women doing what I was doing — pulling a headscarf out of a bag. I experienced natural trepidation: Would I get through…

This summer I attended the celebration of life service for Dr. Rick Holm, the original Prairie Doc who founded this newspaper column, a radio show and a television show now entering its twentieth season. He…

Over his 60 years in the business, Larry Hiatt has become a newspaper “whisperer,” rescuing publications on the path to ignominious death. His most recent — and by far most challenging — endeavor is the…

Amid the anguishing news about the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan came the uplifting story of a 60-year-old Oklahoma woman who organized the escape of 10 members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team. “I just decided…

I remember the first time I saw a wind turbine. I had just come driving out of a canyon in Utah and into an open valley. There stood three massive, languidly rotating harbingers of the…

Last year was a win for youth voter participation. We saw the highest-ever turnout for young voters, with half of 18- to 29-year-olds casting ballots. (Only 39% did so in 2016.) But 2020 also made…

Amid the chaos in Kabul, politicians and pundits have declared the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan a defeat from which U.S. influence may never recover. “Biden’s credibility is now shot,” wrote Gideon Rachman, chief oracle of…

Over the last decade, the population of the United States increased by 7.4%, according to the 2020 Census. Sadly, we’re not seeing that growth here. Allen County is down by 6.3%, along with just about…