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.
VICTORIA - An Ellinwood woman was taken to Hays Medical Center after the compact car she was driving hit a deer carcass, at 5:52 a.m. Friday on Interstate 70, 2 miles east of Victoria in Ellis County.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office spent much of Thursday responding to vehicle vs deer accidents.
Hillary Clinton sniffs, "Don't let anyone tell you that, um, you know, (smirk) corporations and businesses create jobs."
Last week's tragic shootings in Canada and Washington state are certain to lead to new calls for gun control. The media-generated fear over "lone wolf terrorists" will enable the gun control lobby to smear Second Amendment supporters as "pro-terrorist." Marketing gun control as an anti-terrorist measure will also enable gun control supporters to ally with those who support any infringement on liberty done in the name of "homeland security."
Gentiva Hospice will sponsor a program, "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease," for those who are or know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's disease, at 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, at the Carl Soden Recreation Building-Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Tips for dealing with the holidays will be discussed.