The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.
ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died Aug. 8, 2014 at his home in Ellinwood. Born on March 18, 1936, in Great Bend, he was raised by Nick and Alice Klepper of Ellinwood. On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Jeanie Brown in Phoenix, Ariz. A lifetime Ellinwood area resident, he was co-owner of Strobl-Yarmer Construction.
HACKENSACK, N.J. – Legislators from New Jersey and other Atlantic Coast states are pushing the Obama administration to reverse a decision to allow geologic exploration of the ocean floor from Florida to Delaware as a step toward seeking underwater oil and gas reserves.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout, Omar Infante hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES - Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs offered a preview during recent 11-on-11 training camp practices of what could be in store for unsuspecting quarterbacks this season.
RENTON, Wash. - When he went home to LaSalle, Ontario, the question followed Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson everywhere he went.
MANHATTAN - The cliche runs off the tongue of quarterback Jake Waters, one that is used in everyday life by millions of people but perhaps most accurately reflects that situation at Kansas State.
The two Heartland Cancer Centers (HCCs) now have one director who oversees all aspects of patient care and coordinates all administrative duties.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association is continuing to accept new members for its 2014-2015 season.
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The expected cost of a wedding makes many people resentful toward the idea of marriage, but the ceremony doesn't have to be a costly affair.
Facebook launched a new app last week, but it's only available in Zambia where only about 11 percent of the population uses the Internet. The app, Internet.org, is an effort to connect "every one of us. Everywhere," its slogan touts.
Great Bend High School Panther Booster Club is holding its annual membership drive through August 24th. Memberships are $20 and can be mailed to Panther Booster Club, P.O. Box 1146, Great Bend, Ks. 67530. Business Sponsorships start at $100. For more information call Traci Maneth at 620-786-1089, Chris Smith at 620-617-5684 or Jeff Mauler at 620-786-6755.
The Saturday before last, Michael Brown swiped several cigars from a convenience store counter, passing much of his spoils to friend Dorian Johnson.
Most of psychologist Timothy Jay's research into profanity was exemplified by one moment in the car with his grandson.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.
PAWNEE ROCK - Heartland Farm will hold its annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsors invite the public to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. There is no charge for admission.
Two Great Bend churches will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) series, starting in September.
Fall sessions of SpiritLife spiritual formation classes will begin Saturday, Aug. 23, at Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m. For more information visit the website www.heartlandspirituality.org or contact Ann at 620-792-1232, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LARNED - Dr. Scott Dooley and his wife Gail will speak about their experiences as health-care missionaries in Papua New Guinea at Glory Be in downtown Larned at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug, 31.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sean Smith backpedalled into the end zone with the scout-team wide receiver, careful not to lay a hand on him. When the quarterback let go of the ball, the Chiefs' cornerback quickly jumped on it, snapping it away for an easy interception.
KANOPOLIS - St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 127 North Missouri St., Kanopolis, will hold its annual fundraiser for the St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish on Saturday, Aug. 30. The fiesta will start when the Mexican food stand opens at 11 a.m. It remain be open until the food is sold out.
LARNED - The biggest football-playing schools in the Golden Belt area - Great Bend, Larned and Hoisington - have been undergoing more changes than diapers at a newborn baby's house!
MANHATTAN - Every school has "max-out day," when guys try to better their best in a bunch of weight-lifting exercises - bench press, squat, hang clean. It's no different at Kansas State.
AMES, Iowa - Even Iowa State knows that it probably won't win the Big 12 this year.
Coach Dana Holgorsen needs no reminder about the lack of success he's seen on the field since ushering in West Virginia's move to the Big 12.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Flora Mae "Mates" (Koerner) Swim, 87, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Aug.16 at Mercy Hospice – Johnston, in Johnston, Iowa. Arrangements are in care of Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel in Hays.