The Leonardville High School reunion is scheduled for May 29 at the Leonardville Community Center. For more information, contact Larry Quick, 785-313-4407.

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I don’t remember if I picked up the Guardians of Ga’Hoole because I was already fond of owls, or if the series itself began the interest. Regardless of the origin, Kathryn Lasky’s series was part of several years where at least 60% of my brain was occupied by owl facts at any given moment. O…

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s many fans will be pleased with the new movie “The Courier.” Sometimes actors need to take roles because they give them chances to show what they can do. This Cold War drama not only required the oddly named one to be shaved almost bald and to lose some weight, but it a…

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Voting for my favorite William Allen White book was always a treat in elementary school. My school librarian, Mrs. Nickel, got us excited about the books on the list and voting in the election. Announcing the winner was a library celebration. The winning book, with the cover already worn and…

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If asked to think of a family name to stand in for an expression of royal power, you could do far worse than the Habsburgs. The family kept royal power of some kind for almost 1,000 years, from Kanzelin (died 990) to Emperor Karl, who presided over the Austrian Empire’s complete dissolution …

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Probably the important thing to remember as you watch the odd new hit film “Nomadland,” is that its central character, Fern, has shaped her life with conscious choice. Hers is not a set of duties forced onto her by circumstance. And she is not a dope, or a dope taker. She is deliberately cho…

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St. Thomas More Church was filled Friday with sounds of laughter and conversation, the aroma of food and scurrying of hardworking volunteers as people enjoyed baked and fried fish during the season of Lent.

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“A Delayed Life” is a new memoir by Dita Kraus, whose life was previously told in fictional form in “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe. Her memoir tells the full story of her life in her own words and offers a unique perspective on her existence in the concentration and work camp…

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The new hybrid animated and live action movie in town is “Tom and Jerry.” Somehow Warner Brothers, which used to make the Looney Toons cartoons and the great Road Runner ones, has gotten a hold of one of Ted Turner’s possessions — the ancient Hanna-Barbera product about the mute cat and mouse.

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I am a longtime fan of fantasy books. When I was about 10 years old, I picked up “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer and fell in love with magical stories. From there, I devoured modern classic fantasies like “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman, and the Chronicles of Narnia s…

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The Manhattan Arts Center has once again brought live theater to our pandemic-starved local audience, and not just any old hank of script either. Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” played in the MAC’s Grosh Performance Center this past Friday through Sunday. The run will conclude with three show…

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To alter a proverb just slightly, I’d say routine is the spice of life. That spice might be the sprinkle of paprika on top of a deviled egg, more there for aesthetics than flavor, but you eat with your eyes first, so aesthetics are important. In this analogy, the deviled egg is your day, and…

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Before there was Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Paige, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a black gospel and blues artist from the Mississippi Delta who with her trusty Gibson SG was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Considered by many to be the Godmo…