This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.
BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Chosen Wok, 3908 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Jim Vopat. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.
It's not tougher gun control, stupid.
It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.
HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.
On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.
TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.
As the guy who drafted Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows something about quarterbacks.
Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Kentucky's Lance Guidry has a chance to make history.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The Detroit Lions have gotten quite a return on the $132 million, eight-year investment they made in Calvin Johnson nine months ago.
Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. However, during the last couple of decades, it's become a marketing opportunity.
Michael and Diane Sauber announce the engagement of their daughter Monica Katherine Sauber to Nicholas Edward Danahy, son of Timothy and Vickie Danahy.
Roger and Linda Kenyon of Otis announce the engagement of their daughter Kara Susann Kenyon of Salina to Jeffrey Lynn Heller of Salina, son of Robert and Mary Lou Heller of Beloit.
Trenton and Kala Olivier announce the birth of their son Cade Mac Olivier on Jan. 29, in Emporia. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz. and was 21 in. long. He has a big brother, 22 month old Cole Michael Olivier.
Dr. Edward L. "Dusty" Jones will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, in the Fellowship Hall. Friends, family and associates are invited to attend.
Tom and Jolene Snell of Ellinwood and Larry and Lynda Gass of Wichita announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyson Snell, to Alex Key, son of Randy and Spring Key of Jasper, Ala.
Dixie Hejny of Great Bend will celebrate her 80th birthday with a surprise party from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 21, at Pizza Hut on Main Street in Great Bend. Host for the party will be her husband Blackie Hejny.
Dr. Mike Allison announces his candidacy for Mayor of Great Bend.
4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!
Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents SpringDance 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in McCain Auditorium.
In a few short months our youngest grandson will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.
My work experience in city government stretches from 1974 – 2012. I retired December 2012 after working as City Clerk/Finance Director for Great Bend. After retiring I was elected to the Great Bend City Council April, 2013. With my 38 years working in Governmental Finance and providing information to the City Councils and attending the City Council meetings over this period of time, it has given me a solid background in the workings of a city. During my tenure with the city I worked closely with the zoo director in the development of the zoo to meet AZA Requirements. With ...