Summer 2017: “Who is the Catfish Capital?” Sneak Peek!

Who is the Catfish Capital? Burlington or Chetopa? We’re breaking down these Southeast Kansas towns’ long-running catfish-catching rivalry “My God, it’s gone!” Fifty-one years ago, Burlington’s beloved Catfish Capital of the World trophy had been stolen on Mayor Charles S. Foster’s watch, and he wasn’t happy. According to a...

Spring 2017: “Little House, Big Story” Sneak Peek!

Little House, Big Story Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s former home near Independence In its seven open months each year, the Little House on the Prairie Museum welcomes 20,000 visitors. Some are locals. Many are families. A good number are “bonnetheads” – superfans of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her...

Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Thriving Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola. There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the...

Winter 2016: “Dine & Dream” Sneak Peek!

Dine & Dream Traditional B&B meets reservation-only fine dining at the Smittle House Ena Smittle likes to say that she has the most fun job she could possibly have in Columbus, Kansas. You can’t argue with that.  At Smittle House Bed & Breakfast, Ena and her husband, John, have...

Winter 2016: “Candy Craze” Sneak Peek!

Candy Craze Iola attracts multiple candy companies over the years, including Sifers Valomilk Next time you spot Valomilk, that vintage chocolate-coated treat with a runny marshmallow center, make sure you thank Iola.  Valomilk’s creator, Sifers Candy Company, originated in Iola and was based there for several decades before moving...

Fall 2016: “Hickory Creek Farms” Sneak Peek!

Hickory Creek Farms Pumpkin patch provides family fun on the farm in McCune Ruth Zimmerman unfurls a map on the floor of her family’s farmhouse kitchen. On it is a hand-drawn, intricate design of twists and turns, dreamt up by her son Will. It’s the basis for this year’s...

Fall 2016: “Elk Falls Pottery” Sneak Peek!

Made by Hand Elk Falls Pottery celebrates 40 years of craftsmanship It was in college that Steve and Jane Fry fell in love with pottery – and with each other. They haven’t looked back since.  This year, the Frys celebrate 40 years of running their family business, Elk Falls...

Summer 2016: “Down-Home Dinner Theater” Sneak Peek!

Down-Home Dinner Theater Chicken-N-Pickin’ serves up food and fun with family at the forefront Spend one afternoon at Chicken-N-Pickin’ outside of Walnut, and you’ll experience a lot of knee-slapping, toe-tapping, dancing, finger-licking and comments like: “That’s the best fried chicken I’ve had in ages.” Folks just can’t get enough...

Summer 2016: “Safari in SEK” Sneak Peek!

Safari in SEK Monkeys, kangaroos, bears, wolves, lions: Find it all at Safari Zoological Park in Caney Mary Wyrick presses up to the side of the cage, bucket of raw meat in hand. The zoo employee points to her cheek, and Kojo greets her with a sloppy, wet kiss...