Clausie Smith

Clausie Smith is a contributing columnist and former publisher of The Chieftain and Sentinel.

Recent stories

Newspaper served as vital link for area residents
December 31, 2015
This is a requiem for a newspaper, column and an important part of local life.
Christmas movies a highlight of the holiday season
December 21, 2015
One of the real pleasures during the holiday season is watching the large number of wonderful TV shows.
Chatting with Santa always a treat
December 14, 2015
It has been a long time since I interviewed Santa Claus, however I had a chance to renew our friendship last week at the Ag Hall of Fame.
Once popular Christmas tree fundraisers were hard, cold work
December 8, 2015
While I’m sure they are still around, it has been awhile since I’ve seen a Christmas tree sales lot operated by a service club or benevolent organization.
Sports highs, lows a highlight of fall season
November 30, 2015
Sports kept us very busy this fall, and to use the opening lines from the once popular television show “Wide World of Sports,” we experienced the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
Thanksgiving holiday’s history varied, but meaning holds true
November 23, 2015
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It combines almost everything I enjoy including family gatherings, good food and great sporting events on television. It is a holiday with a long and interesting history that has changed over the years.
Raking leaves an autumn tradition
November 16, 2015
Recently I read a survey that stated the most popular response to the word “fall” was football or leaf raking.
Often overlooked historical site brings Kansas history to life
November 10, 2015
It is an unfortunate fact, but sometimes we overlook historic sites in our area. Certainly I’ve been guilty of that, because as a Civil War buff I had never visited Lecompton, which is billed as the “Civil War Birth Place” and “where slavery began to die.”
World Champion Royals’ ‘never give up’ attitude inspirational
November 3, 2015
Like all Kansas City area residents, I am bursting with pride that our Royals are World Champions.
Once a relatively minor holiday, Halloween has had a major marketing boost
October 27, 2015
Probably one of the best marketing programs in history turned Halloween from a relatively minor celebration to a major event.

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