Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ace reporter from Protection, Kansas

Bonnie Brown is a columnist for the Protection Press, where "Bonnie's Blog" is printed each week. In Protection, population 500, all news is local, and since 2009, she's walked around town each day gathering information for her blog. She used to drive a car, but quit driving when she was 98 years old. She's now 102. Here she is playing bingo, and (of course) gathering news.

                                                                                                     Beccy Tnner/Wichita Eagle
In the eight years she's been writing, Bonnie has only missed one deadline because of illness. She says, "Gee, I'm a little old slow lady, and getting slower every day, Oh well, such is the way we age." For decades she was a local waitress, so she knows everyone in town, and everyone knows her. Her column combines tales, musings and happenings. "We visit, we yackadoodle," she says of her reporting style. "I look for things I know people might be interested in."  And she's not the only person her age in Protection. Her friend Maxine Herd is also 102. Maybe it's something in the water?

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