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Fall 2015: “Cross Timbers” sneak peek!

Posted on September 9th, by admin in Magazine, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Cross Timbers
It’s the perfect time of year to discover this state park and its ancient forest

According to park manager Kim Jones, if you’re looking for fall foliage in Southeast Kansas, Cross Timbers State Park near Toronto “is the place to be.”

Of course, Cross Timbers is the place to be for a lot of reasons. Not only does it impress with its natural beauty, but the park is also home to popular hunting and fishing, free water recreation, cozy cabin accommodations, and, get this: an ancient forest of post and blackjack oaks, its trees dating from as far back as 1727.

According to the University of Arkansas, the Cross Timbers region “may be the least disturbed forest ecosystem that survives in the eastern United States.”

“There’s just a little finger of the Cross Timbers here in Kansas, and I think we resemble the … Read More »


Fall 2015: “Welcome to Neewollah” sneak peek!

Posted on September 8th, by admin in Events, Magazine. No Comments

Welcome to Neewollah
Annual celebration back in a big way this Halloween

Reverse the word “Halloween”; what do you get?

Much more than a jumble of letters, as Independence natives well know.

In fact, Neewollah is a 100-year-old nine-day festival in Independence, billed as the state’s largest annual celebration. And it’s back in a big way for 2015.

“I’m always a fan of everything at Neewollah, but this year, the Oak Ridge Boys performing and Jim Halsey being my honorary generalissimo – those are the big things I’m really looking forward to,” says John Hamlin, Neewollah’s 2015 generalissimo, who heads up the event. “I always knew that if I ever became generalissimo for Neewollah that I’d want to have the Oak Ridge Boys and Jim involved.”

That’s because both have deep roots in Independence and Neewollah. In fact, Halsey – an Independence native who’s gone on … Read More »