Grace Marie Denman, 101, died Dec. 19 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1912 in Pueblo, Colo., she was the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Krebs) Watkins. She grew up and attended schools in Scott County, where her family moved shortly after she was born. On June 19, 1969, she married Gordon Knox in Reno, Nev. He died on May 12, 1972. Moving to Great Bend in 1989 from San Jose, Calif., she was a retired sales clerk.
Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.