For most of my daughter’s life, I’ve been a part-time dad.
My first half year of covering high school sports here came to an conclusion Saturday evening when Park Hill claimed the first state championship in the program’s history.
Such a lush green covers Platte County for the upcoming Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, thanks to rains and unusual warmth. This following a long, cold winter that lingered into spring with snows falling on April weekends. My, how the seasons do turn so sharply sometimes, nature transforms the landscape so drastically when conditions are right.
A few weeks ago, I was riding in a golf cart covering a Class 4 sectional competition when something from one of my podcasts I was listening to got me thinking.
I was hoping Platte County would not be part of some recent national news. But I was wrong. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice recently opened in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial marks the injustice of slavery and the horror of the terror lynching. A search of the memorial’s online map shows one lynching in Platte County, two in Clay County, 60 in Missouri.
After a one week break, it’s time to pen another column. Well keyboard, but you knew what I meant.
St. Joseph resident Harry Roberts is running for the Missouri State Senate seat in the 34th District, which would represent Platte and Buchanan counties.
As much as I am a fan of college basketball, picking games in the NCAA Tournament is a weakness of mine.
Well, three games into the season things sure looked rocky for the Royals.
Go kids go. Many of us are greatly heartened by your interest and push for change to society’s views and laws that can prevent horrific heartbreak from school shootings and gun violence. But I urge you to do more than walk out and Stand for Change.
A week after the NCAA Tournament started my bracket, like many others, is pretty much toast.
I‘ve long thought that public school teachers are under appreciated and underpaid. They must keep order in classrooms
I’m still getting used to the idea of writing a column for a few reasons. One, there are enough people out there spouting off their thoughts and ideas on social media many times a day. Why should I pile on?
I‘ve touched the rock and slid it across the ice into the house, almost right on the button, my Olympic moment. You can, too. But beware, the sport of curling is far more challenging in person for a beginner than it looks on television. Chess on ice they call curling, but it truly is athletic, and played on a slick surface.
This job so far has been a learning experience for me on a lot of levels. I am still getting to know people on a daily basis and I want to thank all of those that have been receptive of me and have introduced themselves.
We’re long past December, but somehow a line from a Merle Haggard song seems so apt. “It’s the coldest time of winter.” It’s been snowy and sub-zero at times this week, yet also, the recent Harley-Davidson announcement that it plans to close its motorcycle plant in Platte County is a chilling morale cruncher. “Got laid off down at the factory, and their timing’s not the greatest in the world,” Merle sang.
For as long as I can remember, the week of Valentine’s Day has been one of the my most favorite times of the year.
A familiar voice called out my name, which startled me since I was walking in the early morning hours through the cavernous lobby of Union Station, once Kansas City’s crossroads to the world.
If I’m being honest, I’ve written this column in my head dozens of times. I still don’t know exactly what to say now that the moment has arrived.
There’s never been any way to predict the news in Platte County. Believe me. I’ve often tried.
Too often we become caught up in questioning elected officials on what they didn’t do. Occasionally, we need to stop and recognize what they do.
When I didn’t receive the response I anticipated from the Village of Ferrelview, I made sure to take note
Must we have a designated day for everything? Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day were once enough, but now we have Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday to worry about, too.
Bill Utz called Saturday’s Class 4 semifinal a chance for Platte County to measure up with one of the state’s elite. The Pirates showed they belong.
After the year we’ve had, uncertainties and upheavals, we can use some Thanksgiving. Welcome turkey, smell the sage in the dressing, the voices of loved ones sound so lovely.
Bill Graham, who lives in the Platte City area, may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
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