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It's a happy New Year for some minimum-wage workers who will see higher wages in 2015

Minimum- and low-wage workers in 21 states and the District of Columbia celebrated not just the New Year this week, but higher wages as well.

January 03, 2015 | Deborah Sutton, Deseret News | Trending Topics




4 boys and fortunate: turning shock into gratitude

A few days ago, my husband and I went to my doctor's office to find out the gender of our fourth child.

January 03, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Trending Topics


10 great steps to talk about money without fighting

It's hard enough for one person to deal wisely with money. But once you are married, dealing with money becomes an even bigger challenge. Money issues are the number one thing married couples argue about and are major contributors to divorce. If couples can learn to communicate positively about money, it can become an area of agreement, not conflict.

January 03, 2015 | Don Milne, FamilyShare | Trending Topics


Newton, defense lead Panthers past Cards in wildcard round

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton finally has his first playoff victory - with a big assist from his defense.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Romo back, Stafford seeks playoff win in Cowboys-Lions

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's first playoff game in five years is a second chance for the quarterback on the other side, Detroit's Matthew Stafford.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Colts, Bengals quarterbacks try to change legacies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck and Andy Dalton have similar achievements listed on their resumes - and similar glaring holes.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Area hoops schedule

Area basketball teams will resume mid-season play Tuesday, Jan. 6

January 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


KU’s King declares for NFL draft

LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas wide receiver Nigel King will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Cowboys pull away to beat K-State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State raised the level of its defensive pressure in the second half, which led to offensive success for the Cowboys and a victory in the first Big 12 Conference contest Saturday.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Two-step classes offered

Two-step dance lessons will be offered from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, at the Great Bend Activity Center. All participants must have a partner for this class. Lessons are open to anyone 18 and older. The entry fee is $11 per person.

January 03, 2015 | | Local News


First baby of 2015

Great Bend Regional Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2015 on Jan. 3. Jeremiah Lee Singleton was born at 12:54 a.m. to Emelia Fricks and Jeremy Singleton. He weighs 8 pounds and is 21 inches long.

January 03, 2015 | | News


UCLA holds off Kansas State for 40-35 triumph in Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder bristled at the thought that TV broadcasters might say the same thing about his Wildcats that they did about Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


All-Pro team: Watt, Gronkowski unanimous picks

NEW YORK (AP) - J.J. Watt found a unique way to make the 2014 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.

January 03, 2015 | | AP Sports


Maria Julia Lopez

Maria Julia Lopez, 54, died Jan. 2, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

January 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Tree order forms

A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...

January 18, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


War on terrorists

January 18, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Farming January 2015 vs. January 1914 – Part 2

Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.

January 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USD 428 Board of Education special meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend Sharp Shooters win tournament

January 18, 2015 | | Local Sports


CKARSP oppose Brownback decision

Dear Editor,

January 18, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


The International Year of Soils: soils sustain life

Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

January 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


Great Bend student on Deans Honor Roll for Fort Hays State University

Sarah Jean Neeland, Great Bend, a 2012 graduate of Great Bend High School, has earned a place on the fall 2014 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University. She is a senior majoring in elementary education.

January 18, 2015 | | Education


BBB tips for using sales to stretch your budget

Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


Sharp Shooters win tourney

The sixth grade Great Bend Sharp Shooters won the Dodge City Shoot-Out MAYB Basketball Tournament on Jan. 10. They went undefeated in the tournament beating Hays Arsenal, Liberal and Hays Tribe. Players from left to right: Cal Dunekack, Cole Streck, Jack Stelter, Matt Huslig, Drew Nicholson, Sam Hall, Kyler Feist and Devin Guesnier. Coaches are Mike Dunekack and Ryan Streck.

January 17, 2015 | | Local Sports


Rodgers to meet ultimate match in Seattle’s vaunted defense

SEATTLE (AP) - Eventually, the paths of Green Bay and Seattle were going to cross again.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


No. 9 Jayhawks fall to No. 11 Iowa State 86-81

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Naz Long scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State held off No. 9 Kansas 86-81 on Saturday night, recording back-to-back wins over the Jayhawks for the first time in 14 years.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Luck looking to take next big step in career

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


No. 13 Wichita State blows past Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Wichita State senior Tekele Cotton has produced his share of highlight-reel dunks. On Saturday, Cotton showed he also has the endurance of a distance runner.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


KSU holds on late to beat No. 22 Baylor

MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams possess an old man's game. He loves to shoot baseline jumpers, prefers layups to dunks. The next time he takes a 3-pointer might just be the first.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


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