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Pumpkin patch designs draw outrage from neighbors

Exactly. We live on 3 acres and as I look at it I'm thinking I could park a LOT of mini-vans and buses. This is NOT going to be your little mom and pop pumpkin patch. Planning that large of a parking area is a huge red flag that these people are not going to plant a few pumpkins for the local pre-schoolers to come pick.

September 12, 2013 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Getting their goats: At fair auction, 4-H’ers say goodbye to animals they raised

I was just thinking that the online coverage seemed to be lacking this year. I live out of state and look forward to the extensive coverage of my hometown fair every year.

August 6, 2012 at 6:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Early morning fire destroys home west of Lawrence

I believe you mean Trailriders Road, our 4-H Club used to go Christmas caroling at this house.

July 9, 2012 at 6:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pony given new lease on life

The proper term is "trimming" of the hooves, not shaving.

December 19, 2011 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Racing in the blood: Third-generation riders will compete in Douglas County Fair

Darby, Raelynn and I spent countless hours riding as kids together out at Trailriders and were also Douglas County 4-H members. We were truly blessed to have had the opportunity to have horses in our lives and to be able to now provide the experience to our children. Linda Kay has been a mentor and friend to many of us over the years and is, to my knowledge, the only Lawrence resident to ever qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. The event is free and open to the public, come out and see some of the area's best riders and fastest horses.

July 25, 2011 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

For sale: one Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge

Great idea Wilbur because it is truly not suited to drive over. We drive it monthly on our way from IA to KS and it is a narrow, rough piece of road. Hate it, hate it, HATE IT.

February 5, 2011 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How to keep pets safe amid holiday festivities

It's too bad the HSUS thinks it would be a fabulous idea for Michael Vick, a convicted animal torturer who did his time just up the road in Leavenworth, to have a pet to further his rehabilitation.

December 20, 2010 at 8:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Eudora man faces animal cruelty charges in Osage County

Abandoning any animal is inexcusable, especially if, as said by others, this person had the means to support these horses.

It does not cost $20 a day to feed horses though, unless they are on some highly specialized diet. We have 7 very healthy horses and we spend an average of $7.50 a day in feed, hay and water total. Granted, we do raise about half of our own hay and that does decrease our price a bit. Good quality hay ranges from $4 - $10 a bale and we use about a bale and a half a day plus a sweet feed mix.

As far as the horse market goes the bottom fell out of it once the US made it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption. Combined with the falling out of the economy there are weekly reports of horses being abandoned by owners who have what they perceive as no way out. Few people have the guts, or skill, to humanely euthanize a horse with a bullet, and to have a veterinarian do the work can be several hundred dollars. And then you have to dispose of the body. Unless you have a large amount of land and it's allowed in your county you can't bury them so a call to the rendering plant must be made, which also has a price. And if you do have land and the ability to properly dispose of a 1200 pound animal in your back fields, unless you have your own backhoe and front end loader you're looking at another charge.

Often times local humane societys (which are NOT affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States) are not equipped to handle large animals. There are few resources available for horse owners who are, for whatever reason, unable to care for their animals. But then again there are those few heartless souls who don't give a rats hiney about the animal and allow it to die a slow, painful death from starvation.

June 4, 2010 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The old stone at Stony Point

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The McMillen's are my cousins and I'm so sad my mom died before this article came out. She'd have loved reading it and it may have sparked some memories. I'm going to be sending the link to our cousins out in Salina. Again, THANK YOU for this piece of our family history I never knew about.

February 25, 2010 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Accident victim in fair condition at KU hospital

While he may not have been drinking, he could have been under the influence of other drugs.

So sorry for the families involved.

June 22, 2009 at 2:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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