Kathy Hanks, The Hutchinson News

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Past articles by Kathy:

Bringing comfort to strangers

The internet offers tutorials galore for crocheting plastic bags into sleeping mats, and Pat Thompson has taken those lessons to heart.Every morning Thompson, who is almost blind, makes her way to a comfortable chair in her daughter Amy Mitchell’s Hutchinson home. She suffers from glaucoma and has an only blurry vision in half of one eye.“I do this by feel,” said Thompson demonstrating her… → Read More

Love thy neighbor: Mission at Home program to keep efforts local

Several times a week Amber Seachrist drives past the house at 600 E. 7th Ave. to check on its progress.If her five children -- ages 15 through 4 -- are in → Read More

Poisonous snake bites Hutch man at Cheney Lake, leads to ICU

A quick dip in Cheney Lake Friday evening landed Grady Kornelson in the Intensive Care Unit after being bitten by what’s believed to be a copperhead snake.“Thank the good Lord,” said Kornelson, 36, after he walked out of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Monday afternoon, following his weekend stay in ICU, where he received five doses of anti-venom. His right arm remains swollen, inflamed and… → Read More

Kansas man tells of being bit by venomous snake while swimming in lake

HUTCHINSON — A quick dip in Cheney Lake Friday evening landed Grady Kornelson in the Intensive Care Unit after being bitten by what’s believed to be a copperhead snake.“Thank the Good Lord,” said Kornelson 36, after he walked out of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Monday afternoon, following his weekend stay in ICU, where he received five doses of anti-venom. His right arm remains swollen,… → Read More

New Bishop is a priest and a prosecutor

The Diocese of Western Kansas recently elected the Rev. Mark Cowell to be its sixth bishop.Cowell, a lawyer who once brought gang members to trial in Dodge City, is the vicar of St. Mary and St. Martha of Bethany in Larned, and Holy Nativity, Kinsley. He still works part-time as Dodge City’s municipal prosecutor and was just elected to his second term as the Hodgeman County attorney.As the new… → Read More

Delivery for Bill: 27-year Pizza Hut delivery man gets a pizza a month in Hutchinson

For 27 years Bill Stratford finished his day as a welder at Collins Industries, then would shower and change into his black uniform before driving off to deliver pizza.Five nights a week he was one of the delivery drivers for the Hutchinson Pizza Hut on 30th Avenue. Over the years he put thousands of miles on the family’s car. But Bill loved what he did, especially seeing the faces of the… → Read More

Praying for a safe biking season

If your summer plans involve pedaling a two-wheeler or speeding across the country on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle the clergy at Grace Episcopal Church, → Read More

Kansas man refurbishes cars for fundraising auction

Jerry Toews ran from one vehicle to the next like an excited kid.He pointed to the distinctive features of the Minneapolis Moline antique tractor, the → Read More

Rebuilding homes provides lessons in wildfire survival

The cross atop the hill on North Plum is a reminder for Mike and Ginger Ellegood of the importance of faith.The wildfire of March 6 destroyed their country home at 9415 N. Plum Street, as well as outbuildings and most their personal property, but the cross attached to a tall wooden pole weathered the firestorm.Back on that night as Mike Ellegood prepared to evacuate he stopped to look back at… → Read More

83-year-old designs senior housing in Sublette

SUBLETTE - For now James Morris lives a mile outside of town, but when the day arrives to downsize he wants a choice.Sublette, 30 miles south of Garden → Read More

Drawn to serve, boy grew up quickly amid WWII experiences

Dave Hildebrandt was drafted on his 18th birthday, forcing him to deal with a tough decision.The year was 1943 and he had been raised a Mennonite. Instead → Read More

Help is available to figure out Medicare open enrollment

Barbara Lilyhorn has two words for those wanting to switch their Medicare Part D and pick a new plan for 2018 - don’t wait.Medicare Open Enrollment began Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7, and two local agencies are doing what they can to help people decide what the best drug plan might be for them in the coming year.Several years ago those who waited until the last day to sign up for the program found… → Read More

New U.S. citizens sworn in during ceremony at historic Larned fort

LARNED - Mehran Shahidi seemed as excited as an expectant father.Decked out in a white T-shirt with the U.S. Constitution emblazoned across his chest, → Read More

Fair security, Iron Horse Equestrian Center on readers' minds

The twinkling Ferris wheel that lit up the night sky over Hutchinson has been disassembled, and the 2017 Kansas State Fair is history.As Amy Bickel and I → Read More

Love in the hog barn, pigeons and old peanut stand

Who needs Farmersonly.com when love can blossom in the livestock barn.If it wasn’t for the Kansas State Fair, Kacey Rieger, 22, Powhattan and Clay Toews, 24, Burrton, would never have met four years ago. A mutual friend introduced them while they were both showing livestock. They turned out to be agricultural soulmates and will be getting married next Saturday in Brown County.Preparing for a… → Read More

Veterans honored, auctioneers take the stage Wednesday at the Kansas State Fair

Tables were filled with Veterans packed into Dillon Hall for the annual Bring a Veteran to Brunch event.In the crowd were stoop-shoulder World War II veterans, to those serving in the Korean conflict and Vietnam war, to more contemporary battles.Sandwiched between two women, was Harry Morrison, who served in Vietnam.On one side was Edie Cress, who served in the Marine Corps for 21 years. On his… → Read More

Walking through little school house leads to fair's 'largest classroom'

As a steady stream of children moved single file through the Kansas State Fair’s Little Red School House Monday morning, one boy was confused. → Read More

Youth shine across the fairgrounds in FFA competitions

Holla had the complete package -- shallow chested, deep flanked, an acceptable amount of muscle and lean. She had a bath that morning and her legs blow → Read More

Acrobats find 'Flippin' in their blood

Sian Espana is the sixth generation of his family to be a performer..The 19-year-old acrobat took to spinning inside a big double wheel with his father → Read More

Trump's DACA decision threatens to split Reno County families

A small American flag flutters on the front porch of Ben and Aly Mosier’s rural Reno County home. Several tricycles and a baby stroller dot the lawn, along with a small flock of chickens.Inside, Aly is keeping her eye on the national news trying to learn the latest information regarding President Trump’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She has been a… → Read More