This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st and Walnut. Caller will be Peggy Anschutz from Gorham. Swinging Star members are asked to meet at 7 p.m. at Country Place Living, 259 W 6th, for a demonstration for the residents.
HUTCHINSON- Lt. Governor Troy Findley and Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton helped announce the winners of the Main Street Awards of Excellence at the annual Kansas Downtown Symposium Oct. 22 at Memorial Hall in Hutchinsson. Hoisington Main Street Inc. was recognized with four awards.
Ellinwood Grade School students are making a difference by collecting aluminum cans for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer which benefits Barton County children.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School alum Kelsey Menges has recently earned awards as a participant on the Kansas State University forensics team.
"What is the What" by Dave Eggers. This true narrative illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. As a boy, Deng was driven from his home, and forced to walk cross country seeking refuge. As he traveled in desperation, he faced both hostile soldiers and rebels, as well as lions, disease and starvation. Unexpectedly, he also discovered kindness and love. The story continues through his immigrant experience in the United States.
This year marks the 11th annual "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 11 and 12, to be hosted by the Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist Churches with help from other area churches. The "Journey" takes visitors through first century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. "Travelers" meet the Wiseman, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds, and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem. They will come upon a market place full of sights and sounds complete with live animals, and culminate the journey with an encounter with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.
There have been statements made by some fiscal conservatives, most notably the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour that we should not focus on life issues in this election and risk losing the election.
FLU SEASON - The flu took the lives of more than 100 children in the U.S. last flu season, and most of those kids didn't get a flu shot.
As parents, most of us are happy to simply get through a day and know that we kept our children and small pets alive, never mind knowing our parenting style. But taking a moment to consider how we approach our children and situations not only can create a closer, better family experience, but more well-adjusted and prepared children.
From the beginning of time, expectations of men and women have been different. Society has come a long way in recognizing this difference, but one stereotype remains: Men are looked upon as weak if they become emotional.
Kids love to spend time with their dads. For families where mom is primarily with the kids while dad is at work, changing things up and allowing for dad time with the kids is a nice break - for the kids, the mom and the dad.
HAYS - Both the Great Bend High School girls' and boys' cross-country teams finished in fifth place at the Hays Invitational on Thursday.
LARNED - A 39-yard field goal by Kingman High School's Caden Knoblauch with 1:46 left on the clock silenced a noisy Larned crowd and propelled the Eagles to a 3-0 victory over the Larned Indians on Friday evening at Earl Roberts Stadium.
The Great Bend Middle School seventh-grade football team beat Pratt 34-8.
Abilene 13, Concordia 7
LAWRENCE - After a shaky start by Montell Cozart a week ago, Kansas coach Charlie Weis decided to throw a bunch of short passes early in Saturday's game to give his young quarterback some confidence.
No. 23 Fort Hays State men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 conference road matchup to Southern Nazarene on Saturday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James "Big Game" Shields came up just short in the Kansas City Royals' biggest game of the season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday.
NEW YORK - Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles practiced in a limited capacity Friday for the second straight day, raising hopes that the Chiefs' Pro Bowl running back will be available for Sunday's game in Miami.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Slogging through the rubble of that Super Bowl landslide, John Elway blew up his defense.