Recent attempts to repeal Kansas' "renewable portfolio standards" (RPS) just don't make economic sense. Wind is the main contributor to renewable energy here in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Commerce reports that Kansas has the second highest wind generating capacity in our Nation and is ideally located to export wind energy. KDC goes on to say, "A Kansas location offers companies in the wind supply chain ideal access to the new Siemens nacelle plant and numerous other manufacturers in the region."
"Look, if you want ObamaCare, you are just going to have to make some better budgeting decisions."
Snowy owls are a unique and special visitor to Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas during some winters. Snowy owls are an arctic species. However, some years, depending on their food supply and reproductive success, snowy owls can be pushed south into the United States. This year as many as three snowy owls have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie's first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.
MILWAUKEE - While Michigan didn't have a particularly pretty start to its NCAA tournament, coach John Beilein felt his team proved a point to the rest of the field on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS - About the only thing Kansas and Eastern Kentucky have in common is that they are playing each other in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
ST. LOUIS - The kids from Kentucky began the season No. 1. They sure think they can end it that way.
ST. LOUIS - Wichita State goes for the first 35-0 start in NCAA men's basketball history on the same court where the top-seeded Shockers won their last three games.
LARNED - Bracketology. Science or luck?
On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.
Dominican Sisters of Peace spirituality centers in Great Bend and Columbus, Ohio, will offer a series of webcasts from the Institute for Maturing Spirituality.
First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon at noon Wednesday, March 26. First Church of the Nazarene will cohost. Host pastor is Dr. Scott Solether, and the speaker will be John Grummon from Central Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the weekly ecumenical gatherings for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
A spaghetti benefit dinner for Saundra (Garner) Wright will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at First Baptist Church, 1601 19th St., Great Bend. Proceeds will help with medical expenses and living expenses for this single mom with no insurance who is in need of support. A $7 donation is suggested.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Adreian Payne sent Tom Izzo a text. He wants to leave a legacy.
Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.
"The Great Divorce," a play adapted from the C.S. Lewis novel, will show at 8 p.m. on April 11–12 in Culbertson Auditorium on the campus of Sterling College. The show will feature the final work of two seniors, director Kyle Davis of Hoisington, and costumes designer Megan Reed of Mulvane. The box office opens on show nights at 7 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
David and Tiffany Nily of Great Bend and Adam and Haziel Lankerd of Warsaw, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Lankerd to John Ketch, son of Rick and Brenda Ketch of Great Bend.
Clint Stafford and Lori Stafford announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Stafford, to Brandon Wells, son of Brett and Donna Wells.
Richard Miller of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 12 at The Front Door, 1615 10th Street in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be his family. Friends and family are welcome. The honoree requests no gifts.
Donetta (Hett) Marston will celebrate her 70th birthday on April 4th.
Larry and Karel Maneth of Salina will celebrate their 50th anniversary.
An invitation to visit with a group of GBHS seniors enrolled in the nutrition and wellness class prompted me to revisit some good resources in my files. After my hour long presentation was completed I thought the information would be perfect to share in my weekly column space. No doubt you are noticing that food prices are gradually creeping up higher and higher each time you visit the store. The challenge continues to be, "How can I feed my family healthy food choices for less?"
Benjamin Kelm, 17, of Shawnee, received his Boy Scout Eagle rank during the Court of Honor on March 22nd. He has been in scouting since the first grade and achieved his Eagle Rank in December 2013. Benjamin's project developed from seeing a need for two outside benches at his church. He organized and constructed two benches for his project.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served April 7 through April 11. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.