After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacv program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child's physician and parents. In just seven years participating physicians have distributed over 200,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met Oct. 10 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Rocking M Radio, 5501 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
LARNED - Mix in a bit of matchmaking, an abundance of suitors, chaos in the kitchen, a lady visitor with conviction and a cause (civilizing the male of the species), stir in an officer and a gentleman, then top it off with a play within a play ("Trial and Treachery") and you have an evening full of fun, entertainment and laughter.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the "Real Doll," as one brand is called), which are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-a-bottle rotgut.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For a team in turmoil, this was one therapeutic win.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - When Detroit coach Jim Schwartz talks during the week, he's like many NFL coaches - choosing his words carefully, avoiding controversy and saying little that might motivate an opponent.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - The Barton Community College volleyball team went 1-3 over the weekend at the Missouri State-West Plains tournament.
It's a World Series straight out of Central casting.
The recent Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church featured musicians from six different Great Bend Churches: Central Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church. The offering from this cooperative effort raised over $757. Ninety percent was donated to Barton County Emergency Aid, with 10 percent going to the Presbyterian Church Crisis Management program, which works along side Barton County Emergency Aid in providing Crisis Aid to those in need in Barton County.
The artist behind the Jack Kilby tribute will talk about his statutes during two free programs sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Chet Cale, creator of "The Gift," will speak at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and again at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. These GBRC Stop 'N Learn programs last about an hour.
Ingrid D. Trinka, 67, died Feb. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1947, at Hillsboro, she was the daughter of Harold and Myrl Berg.
ELLINWOOD - A benefit fundraiser poker tournament will be held for 11-year-old Kadin White, who is suffering from acute lympoblastic leukemia, beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Ellinwood American Legion, 117 N. Santa Fe. White also has Down Syndrome and has an infection. He is in Wesley Medial Center in Wichita.
The Barton County Fair Association announced Thursday the signing of county group Parmalee to perform at this year's Barton County Fair. Parmalee will perform on Friday, July 11, with special guest the Jared Daniels Band.
SALINA - Congressman Tim Huelskamp met with the planning committee Tuesday for the 2014 Kansas YP (Young Professionals) Summit scheduled for April 3 at the Salina Bicentennial Center.
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Research Library is currently recruiting volunteers to join their team of docents.
The passing of Sid Caesar, a comedic genius if ever such a term could be used without fear of hyperbole, reminds us that television once had what its fans considered a Golden Age.
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HUTCHINSON - Betty L. Nairn, 84, died Feb. 17, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation is currently seeking applicants for their 2014 healthcare career scholarships. Each year the Foundation desires to present several individuals with scholarships. Scholarship amount varies with the merits of the application and funds available from the endowments. The four scholarships to be awarded are: Jonathan Witt Scholarship, Sadie Stalcup Scholarship, Verda Lane Nursing Scholarship and Dr. Robert Moore Scholarship. Application deadline for all scholarships is April 1, 2014.