John Beal

John Beal is a contributor to The Shawnee Dispatch, Bonner Springs Chieftain and Basehor Sentinel. He retired in February 2008 as editor of those newspapers.

Recent stories

Local view: Square dancing in France
October 23, 2014
John Beal’s latest column looks at globalization through his latest trip to France.
Beal: When it comes to tomatoes, never too much of a good thing
September 15, 2014
I am the most fortunate of men. I have the two things that, according to the song, money cannot buy: true love and home-grown tomatoes.
Another side to romantic notion of Viking spirit
August 11, 2014
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who reads this column that I like to watch the travel shows on public television.
Beal: Have time, will travel
June 18, 2014
I love to travel. To my mind, there’s nothing to beat the thrill of viewing a new country.
Beal: Trash or treasure, that is the question
May 28, 2014
I always look forward to Tidy Town, the annual exercise in clearing out our attics and basements.
Beal: Putting a little spring in your step
March 14, 2014
It’s too early to do much about it, but at least one can reasonably start thinking about spring.
Beal: Longing for spring
February 26, 2014
I’ve had enough of winter. As I write this, the 10-day forecast shows only a couple more days with highs below freezing. That’s good; I’ll take whatever relief comes my way.
Beal: Holiday travels along the East Coast
11:46 a.m., January 16, 2014 Updated 11:46 a.m.
We got back from a holiday visit to the East Coast just in time to hunker down for winter at home. Who ever said life was fair?
Beal: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ visit one valuable, humbling experience
September 4, 2013
Sometimes I wonder how many friendships and family relationships “Antiques Roadshow” has put to the test over the years.
Beal: When it comes to tomatoes, success is always sweet
August 7, 2013
If my time is worth anything, then the tomatoes we’ve been enjoying recently rank right up there with Kobe beef and black truffles.

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Recent photos

The Shawnee Mission Northwest boys cross country team starts the Class 6A state championship race Saturday at Rim Rock Farm. The Cougars won their 15th state title in the last 17 years.

Splash Cove is closed now that the children have all put away their carefree, summertime pursuits and returned to school.

A group of Free State defenders stop Shawnee Mission North running back Kendall Kelly (3) during their game Friday night at Shawnee Mission North high school.

Storyteller Jo Ho leads children through a discussion about reptiles in a Story Hour performance last month at the Johnson County Museum. Officials at the Johnson County Museum and Wonderscope Children’s Museum say they need more space for their exhibits and additional programs such as these.

Longtime Shawnee civic leader and funeral home director Gene Amos died Friday at age 78. Among his many memberships was with Shawnee’s Peter Smith American Legion Post, where he served as a member of the post’s honor guard, which conducts military observances for deceased veterans.

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