Editors note: Kayla Schartz is a student at Ellinwood High School.
ELLINWOOD - "I am Number Four" and "The Power of Six", two titles by Pittacus Lore. Nine alien teenagers are hiding on Earth. Three are dead, leaving only six to complete a desperate mission. They are living anonymously, and waiting for the day when they will find each other to make a last stand. If they win, they are saved, and so is all of humankind.
By Jim Misunas
LARNED - The Jordaan Memorial Library Book Club will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Come join the lively discussion. There may be a new book you just have to check out before you go home.
By Rodney Wallace
PRESCOTT - Lynette Robinson Kramen passed away on Dec. 5, 2011 at Prescott County View Nursing Home in Prescott.
PITTSBURG - Brian Charles Klusener, of Pittsburg, died Dec. 15, 2011 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg following a sudden illness. He was 59 years old.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Betty Joe Grimm, 87, of Lee's Summit, Mo. passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at her home in John Knox Village.
LOS ANGELES (MCT) – American drivers this week broke a record that will bring them no joy.
Below are the intent to drill for oil permits in the area filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission in the past 90 days. The information is listed in this order: File name, permit date, section, township, range, east/west, district number, license and company.
USD 495 calendar
In a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution, a judge found a "strong" likelihood that EPA agent Keith Phillips "deliberately" set up a hazardous-waste enforcement case against Hubert Vidrine for the purpose of facilitating his own work/sex relationship with a female EPA agent.
Drug debate is not about birth control
Heather Acheson, Chris Klima, Irma Hladek and other Kennel Techs represented Golden Belt Humane Society at a one-day workshop in Wichita, presented by Petfinder, the online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was sponsored by Petco and hosted by Kansas Humane Society.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Volunteers in Action, Barton Workforce Building, 1025 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Nancy Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
Some people live for challenges.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two racing motorcycles with a combined value of $11,525 were stolen last week from the 700 block of Washington St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The Sept. 26 theft is featured this week by Crime Stoppers.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
ARKANSAS CITY - Some nights it just isn't there.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.