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An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!"
A few years ago, my wife and I changed propane companies solely because the friendly receptionist had been fired for taking an extended medical leave.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a rezoning request for property between Great Bend and Ellinwood, the recognition of retiring Chief Deputy County Clerk Marcia Sauber, a recycling grant and the purchase of assorted equipment for Central Kansas Community Corrections.
Rosewood Ranch was abuzz June 14 with dozens of energetic children who got to spend three hours involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their family members participated in the fourth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services. The event was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Great Bend Regional Hospital sponsored its fourth-annual Human eMotion event on Saturday, June 22. In all, 195 athletes and 52 volunteers enjoyed another Kansas summer day participating in different running, biking, and walking events. Proceeds went to the Great Bend Family Crisis Center and Great Bend High Scool Future Business Leaders of America.
Does a lack of partying photos on a Facebook profile denote a boring life?
We are not perfect human beings. We come with flaws, then life inflicts us with a few more along the way. It's just how life is. Sometimes people become so dissatisfied with their looks or their lack of some talent or other that they make themselves miserable. We need to be happy with who we are.
To prevent economic stagnation, some countries with a low birth rate are offering government incentives to encourage women to have more children.
NEW YORK - With Andrew Wiggins at No. 1, it was a big night for Canada and Kansas. And it better be the right one for the Cavaliers.
RIO DE JANEIRO - As Luis Suarez flew home from the World Cup in disgrace, Americans and Algerians were celebrating their places in the knockout rounds on a dramatic final day of the group stage on Thursday.
RECIFE, Brazil - They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel Thursday, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight.
OTIS - Richard L. "Monte" Landers, 83, died June 25 at home in Otis. He was born March 12, 1931, at Osawatomie, the son of John A. and Annie (Fouts) Landers. Monte married Marilyn Stewart Dec. 30, 1951, at Garnett. She died Feb. 9, 2010.
The 2014 Ellinwood Eagle Cal Ripken baseball team completed their season Tuesday night and ended up with an undefeated record of 10-0. Front row, from left, Gage Hosman, Cole Petz, Ryan Niles, Blake Kubick, Jaxon Christiansen, Cameron Stevenson and Caleb Robl. Middle row, Kyler Doll, Myles Menges, Woodson Corbett, David Hammeke, Luke Wondra, Keaton Erb, Tyler Knop and Caleb Bookout. Back row, Coach Mike Niles and Coach Monte Doll.
GUYMON, Oklahoma - Golden Belt Swim Squad capped off a perfect 6-0 summer swim season by winning the Western Kansas Swim Club Combined Meet Championship for the third consecutive year over the weekend.
HAYS - In the Zone Tournament, the Great Bend Braves were shut down in Day 1 of the tournament in Hays.
CLAFLIN - Marian "Ann" Bahr, 86, died July 16, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
SHAWNEE - Carolyn L. Heinz, 72, of Shawnee, passed away July 15, 2014.
LARNED - Eleanor M. Adams, 90, died July 14, 2014.
LARNED - The Kansas Supreme Court reappointed Chief Judge Bruce Gatterman of Larned to a two-year term last year as Chief Judge of the 24th Judicial District effective Jan. 1, 2014.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. July 7 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
Wednesday, July 15
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
The First Church of the Nazarene's children's ministries will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the Great Bend Appliance and Furniture Store parking lot, 2301 10th St. Lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available.
"Where God guides and provides" is the central theme for "Wilderness Escape" Vacation Bible School at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. The church will hold its annual VBS from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, through Thursday, July 24.
Actors from Prince of Peace Parish will host a pageant performance of the symbolic story, "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pageant is being done in conjunction with the "Estamos Aqui" exhibit at Shafer Gallery.
The Trinity Lutheran Church Social Concerns Team will host its annual fundraiser and the proceeds this year will be donated to the Oaks Indian Mission in Oklahoma. The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2014 following the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 24th & Adams in Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - There have been a number of videos interviewing people concerning their knowledge of historical and political information. This method of interviewing started with Jay Leno. It was then picked up by Sean Hannity, and later by several others. The results are both interesting and concerning.
The International Spy Academy is a Vacation Bible School where kids get to be special agents for God, according to sponsors at Community Christian Church in Great Bend. This Vacation Bible School starts Sunday and will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 20-24 at the church, located at 253 NE 30 Road, just east of Barton Community College. It is intended for children who have completed kindergarten, through middle school.