Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.
Playing six games in three days, the Barton Community College baseball team needed and received solid pitching to earn a series split with Seward County Community College this past weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field.
LARNED - Betty Jo (Jody) Rader, 82, died March 10, at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Jan. 29, 1931 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Merle and Muriel Ratliff Kelly. In 1949 she graduated from Greensburg High school. On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Dorl Rader in Greensburg. He survives. She was a doctor's nurse for Doctors Cram, Blount, Brenner, Ewing and Smith in Greensburg.
ELLINWOOD - A rosary for Joan Budig will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home.
BROKEN BOW, Okla. - Richard Ralph Coker, 63, died on March 7 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950.
Marcus Smart has made quite an impression in his first - and maybe only - Big 12 season.
Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.
MIAMI - LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference's best record.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo offers teens a chance to learn about animal care and experience zoo careers as part of this year's Spring Break Zoo Crew. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. According to Danielle Ricklefs at the zoo, teens will work alongside zoo staff and will assist with the educational program and development.
Supporters of Sunflower Diversified Services set records recently at its 8th annual Charity Gala. The non-profit agency raised more than $52,000 and reported 169 guests.
Great Bend Fire Department
Ellinwood City Council meeting Monday
March 15-21, 2015, marks the 10th anniversary of the nationally commemorated Sunshine Week in which open government proponents throughout our nation point with pride at transparency breakthroughs, but are equally alarmed about setbacks to the people's right to know what their government is up to.
column discusses how soil acidity changes as producers have managed it for crop production since Kansas was settled. We will focus on were soil pH started, how converting the land to crop production changed pH, and the role of evolving cultural practices. It may be helpful to refer to the previous two columns.
News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
Since the approval of the Community Orchard, I have been spending time researching and planning how to start the process. We decided on a date to get our young trees into the ground, so to celebrate, I thought I would share with you ten rules for planting trees. Our plant date for the orchard is Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. if you are interested in helping get this community project started. You can call the Extension office at 620-793-1910 for more information. We hope to see you there!