January 23, 2019

KCS Soup Lunch this Sunday!

Please remember to sign up for your contributions at the Kensington Community Store and don’t forget to bring your donated items for the Soup Lunch Fundraiser on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Located in the Kensington American Legion Hall on main street in Kensington, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, please come out and help support your local grocery store. This Soup Lunch is accepting donations for the Kensington Community Store expenses. If we don’t show our support, we could lose the store.  So, mark your calendar and plan to attend this Sunday, Jan. 27. Please give generously and remember to shop local first.

Lion's Club Hosts District Governor

Back: Greg Billings, Mike Baetz, Gary Hainke, Darold Grauerholz, Jarod Grauerholz, Bob  Hunter, Bob Bearley, District Governor Reland Cole. Front: Roy Wangerin, Dave Wahl, Joan Nech, Robin Billings, Becky Isom, Mike Isom, and Kenny Ratliff

January 7, the Kensington Lions Club hosted the District Governor at their monthly meeting....

January 16, 2019

Standing (l-r): Mike Isom, Denise Miller, Don Wiens, Beth Supra’s, Tim Bartley; sitting are Donna Westbrook, Karen Pollock, Amber Hardacre

The Home Foundation of Kensington awarded six, $500 grants to six non-profits in Kensington on December 20,2018. Chairman Mike Isom said “We were able to give six grants for the fall grant period because of the generosity of Ron Rahjes, who is a board member of CoBank of Denver.  As a board member, Rahjes was able to distribute funds to entities in their area. Rahjes presented a $5000 donation to be used as the Home Foundation deems.”

The $500 grants were awarded to the West Smith County Recreation Commission for upgrades to the press box at the football field, to the Spirit Task Force for new weatherproof benches for downtown Kensington, and the city of Kensington for improvements at the city park. Also receiving the $500 grant, was The American Auxiliary for upgrades to the kitchen, and two student groups at Thunder Ridge High School for projects to...

January 9, 2019

Pastor Lorna making mats;

also Carolyn Billings and Lorena Stephens lending a helping hand.

Come help make mats!

Everyone is welcome to join the fun on Saturday, January 12, from 9-noon at St. John Lutheran's parish hall. If you have an interest in helping others, come help us cut plastic bags, tie them together to make plarn, and even learn how to crochet if you want. We need help with all the steps of making these mats for the homeless of Nebraska and Kansas. We have crocheting needles, scissors, roller cutters, and mats ready to use/borrow/keep. All we need are willing hands! We plan to meet one Saturday a month as long as there is interest so if you can't make it this Saturday, get your supplies from Robin Billings and work from home....and joint us the next month! Balls of plarn are in the church's hall for the taking if you simply want to crochet at home, or take bags from the church and cut and tie them for someone to use. Hope to see you there!!

Thunder Ridge School News

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January 2, 2019

The Busy Bees 4-H club held their annual Christmas party and business meeting on Sunday, December 9. Twenty members, plus parents and siblings, were in attendance. A community service project chosen by the club was to provide Christmas presents for the elderly residents of the SunPorch of Smith County nursing home. The club members each shopped for and personally wrapped presents for 24 residents. Host families for the Christmas Party were Rust’s and Meat’s. Walking tacos and various potluck sides were enjoyed by all club members and parents who came.

Thunder Ridge School News

Thunder Ridge Middle School has received a grant through the Phillips County Community Foundation and Dane G. Hansen Foundation to purchase guitars and ukuleles for the 7th and 8th grade music class.  Annie Adams will be responsible for teaching students how to play these new instruments. The students will perform in their Spring concert on May 2, 2019.

TR Activities/Game Dates


Tue. 1st – 4th: No School – New...

December 26, 2018

Thunder Ridge Middle School held their annual Christmas program Monday evening, December 17, under the instruction of new music teacher Annie Adams. The Pre-K provided special numbers under the guidance of their teacher Amy Abbott and teacher’s aides Roberta Quanz and Amber Saddler. Kristi Reneberg returned as a special guest, aiding with accompaniment.

Each grade, 4-8th, was showcased with individual songs for both band and vocal. The grand finale “Joy to the World” invited the audience to sing along while the band played and all grades and vocals combined. It was a wonderful evening of emerging musical talents, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from the TRMS.

These photos by Erica Barnes

These photos by Lacie Loyd

TR Activities/Game Dates


Mon. 24th – 31st: No School – Christmas Break


Tue. 1st – 4th: No School – New Years Break

Mon. 7- School Resumes; MS BB @ Natoma 4:00pm

Tue. 8- HS BB vs Lakeside 4:00pm; $5 Walking Taco Bar provided by the Junior Class

Wed. 9- Career Exp...

December 19, 2018

Lions Club Member Recognized for 60 Years

Roy Wangerin was presented the Milestone Chevron Award, from Lions Club International, by president Joan Nech. This award is aptly named because the chevron symbol is typically used in reference to a badge or insignia to indicate rank or length of service. Roy has been a member of Kensington Lions Club for 60 years.

Lions Clubs International recognizes the anniversaries of members like Roy because it reminds members of the milestones in their lives. Roy's ripple effect of service has touched the lives of many in our community and deserves to be celebrated.

Kensington Community Store Raffle Winners

The Kensington Community Store held a special holiday raffle offering three gift certificates from the Kensington grocery store; 1st Prize -$250; 2nd Prize -$100; 3rd Prize -$50. The drawing took place Monday evening, and winners were announced Tuesday morning, December 11th. First prize was awarded to Kennedy Rietzke, second to Katelynn Fowler, and thir...

December 12, 2018

United Church Youth Invite You to Their Christmas Musical

The Kensington United Church Youth will perform their Christmas musical this Sunday, December 16 during the worship service beginning at 10:25 AM at their church located at 204 West Cedar.  Their program this year will be another special Brentwood Benson Company performance called “What a Beautiful Name”.

Each year the youth help select the Christmas program that they would like to perform. This year’s selection is all musical singing with special narration and video backdrop.  They will be singing some of the traditional songs of Christmas mixed with new Christian artist songs that will celebrate the story of Jesus. You will be blessed by the solos, duets and choir numbers that the youth will sing. This is truly a gift from the church youth.  The church is thankful for the youth dedicating their time and talents again to present a special program.

Please join the United Church family for a hot beef sandwich lunch in the basem...

December 5, 2018

Christmas Craft Fair 12-8-18

Join us in Kensington for the annual Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday, December 8, 2018. Located in the American Legion Hall, downtown Kensington, the craft fair is open from 9:00am-3:00pm. There will be over 30 holiday crafters and vendors to shop from. This event is sponsored by the Kensington Commercial Club.

KCS Customer Appreciation

While you’re downtown for the Christmas Craft Fair, please stop in for our Customer Appreciation from 9am-4pm this Saturday, December 8th at the Kensington Community Store. Board members will be serving cookies, coffee and punch to say “Thank You” to our loyal customers. Please remember to shop local first. KCS is here to serve you!

Kensington Library News

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers in November is a statewide initiative encouraging early childhood literacy. Each year, one age-appropriate book is selected for storytime in libraries, preschools, childcare centers and homes throughout Kansas. Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, b...

November 28, 2018

Kensington Community Store has a special Christmas tree this holiday season!

Please help us to stock the shelves by choosing an envelope from the tree and make a donation. In turn, you will receive a coupon for 20% off one item of your choice, excluding meat.

While you’re in, see our holiday candies and roasted peanuts. If you have special requests for your holiday needs, we can order items in for you. Please shop local.

TR Activities/Game Dates


Thur. 29- MS BB w/St. John’s Tipton @ Beloit 3:00 lv @ 12:50


Mon. 3- Dismiss @ 2:30 for Teacher In Service; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Thur. 6- MS BB @ Northern Valley (Almena) 3:30 lv @ 2:10

Mon. 10- MS BB here w/Stockton 3:00

Tue. 11- No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Thur. 13- MS BB @ Lakeside (Cawker City) 3:00 lv @ 1:20

Mon. 17- PreK/4-8 Christmas Concert @ MS 7:00; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Fri. 21- End of 2nd Quarter; 4-6th Christmas Parties; Dismiss for Christmas Break @ 12:15

24 – 31- No School – Christmas Break

American L...

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Dinner at the American Legion

Join us at the American Legion in Kensington for our annual, community Thanksgiving Dinner this Thursday, November 22nd. Please bring a salad or dessert, also free will donations are appreciated. Turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus sides and tableware will be provided. Serving at noon at the Legion hall in Kensington. We would be glad to have you come. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thunder Ridge School News

Blood Drive at TRHS

The KAYS are hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, November 26th at the Thunder Ridge High School. This time of year is high need. Please call the HS office at 785-476-2217 to schedule an appointment!

Stauffer Signs on at FHSU

Mariah Stauffer with school and family support on Signing Day, 11-15-18.

Congratulations to Mariah Stauffer on signing a letter of intent on Signing Day. Stauffer will become a member of the Fort Hays State University track and field team. Mariah is the daughter of Dan Stauffer and Tina Dennis.

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