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  • Off The Beat | August 10, 2014

    What my dog taught me

    Cut047joel.phatch

    I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my wife. It was November 2012, and we’d just parked our car outside of a Topeka pet store that we often visited to look at puppies. We’d just visited a few weeks earlier and Haley

  • Off The Beat | August 03, 2014

    These ideas will make you money

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    Help. I’m afraid I’m being watched. I’m not sure whether somebody’s following me, tapping my phone or screening my emails, but somehow, my ideas are being stolen — specifically, my business ideas. See, the evidence is stacked. When my wife and I

  • Off The Beat | July 27, 2014

    Fair fosters magical environment

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    There’s never been a time when the county fair hasn’t been a part of my life, so I get a little excited when I see those Ferris wheels go up every year. This is largely because I’m from Republic County, where time

  • Off The Beat | July 20, 2014

    McCartney show left lasting memories

    Kristina.phatch

    I am a person who likes things far too much, and few things show this more clearly than my love of the Beatles. So when I recently had the opportunity to see Paul McCartney perform live, I knew it would be an experience I would

  • Off The Beat | July 13, 2014

    Reunions are fun… and funny

    Dendurent1

    Our family has just returned from Iowa and Wisconsin, where we attended a couple of family reunions. I don’t know what your family does at reunions, but one of the things we do is tell funny stories, most of them only remotely related to

  • Off The Beat | July 06, 2014

    Real sports for patriots

    Brian-mug

    This newspaper was made in America. You’re probably reading this in America. I’m an American with my American blood running through my American veins. If you can’t tell, I’m excited about America. One of my favorite ways to display patriotism is

  • Off The Beat | June 29, 2014

    No longer dreading the ‘twang’

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Several years ago, Country Stampede might have been my worst nightmare. I didn’t like country music at all growing up. Maybe it’s because it was so pervasive in rural Kansas. My area of the state didn’t have many of the latest tunes

  • Off The Beat | June 22, 2014

    Stuck in the bleachers

    Kristina.phatch

    When the Mercury staff started putting together a team for the city co-rec softball league, everyone was on board… except for me. I try to get to “Angry Alpacas” games as a spectator, but there was no way I was going out on that diamond.

  • Off The Beat | June 15, 2014

    Beat it, pop music haters

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    I have something to admit. I need to come out and say that I like pop music, which is ironically not a popular thing to admit. For people like me, the admission is spoken with inflection full of shame. But I’m ashamed no more.

  • Off The Beat | June 08, 2014

    Reset button would come in handy

    Brian mug.phatch

    Oh, reset button You’re so small, yet so powerful You impacted my life as a young video gamer You erased problems the virtual world threw at me Glitches Freezes The game being an ignorant cheat Your presence comforts me I sometimes long for you


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