With the passing of Grey Thursday and Black Friday, and the coming of Cyber Monday, the 2012 holiday shopping season is in full swing.
President Obama's reelection was a triumph of Big Data, technological innovation, and precision targeting over the usual gravity of an incumbent president with a record of economic failure. This was facilitated by largest data trove in the world, Google, lending talent, expertise, and quite possibly data to the cause. Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt is being rumored as a potential Commerce Secretary or even Treasury Secretary – the top economic policy position – in Obama's second term. That's probably far-fetched, but the close relationship between the administration and Google deserves scrutiny.
Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn't you be out on recess? After all, it's Thanksgiving. Yes. Already. The earliest Thanksgiving possible. That's what happens when November first is on a Thursday. Merchants are dancing the happy dance. Shoppers too. Retail workers, not so much. Black Friday Creep seems destined to devour Halloween.
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long. So, once again, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, this uniquely American holiday, here is the list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2012.
HOISINGTON - Kristin Ohnmacht, certified physicians assistant ,joins Clara Barton Hospital's physician team. Ohnmacht is a certified physician assistant.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood After Prom Parents will be taking orders for bierocks and cinnamon rolls made by Wheatland Café until Tuesday, Dec. 4. The bierocks are $3.50 each or $36 per dozen. Cinnamon rolls are $12 per tray of a dozen.
ELLINWOOD - St. John Lutheran Church will hold a "Festival of Carols," a celebration of the beginning of Advent, to kick off the Christmas season, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the church located at 5th and Wilhelm in Ellinwood.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace will show the 2009 movie, "The Ben Carson Story," at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium of the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.
A seminar offered by Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend provides help for people who are grieving during the holiday season.
My father died in his sleep early in the morning on Nov. 9. I was not present then, because he lived in Michigan. We left for Michigan the next morning. His funeral was on the following Tuesday. All six children, many of the grandchildren and even a few great grandchildren were present. At the cemetery, Dad was given an honor guard ceremony by the Kent County Honor Guard. This included a 21 gun salute and taps. I was given the flag that was on his casket.
Bobby Gibson from McPherson will give the program, "The REALLY Good Ole Days?" at the Barton County Historical Society meeting on Monday, Nov. 26.
Barton County Fair Friends will sponsor an afternoon tour of five Great Bend homes on Sunday, Dec. 2. Proceeds will benefit the 2013 Barton County Fair.
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WACO, Texas (AP) - With yet another 20-win season under Scott Drew secured, Baylor forward Rico Gathers is thinking more about the two times the Bears have been a win away from the Final Four under their coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston showed Saturday there's nothing wrong with his throwing shoulder.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Perry Ellis had five long days to think about six quick seconds.
It was hard to keep up with the quick-changing schedule for the Barton Community College baseball team as the weekend approached. Originally Barton was headed to Oklahoma for a twinbill Saturday and Sunday with Rose State College. But weather changed that. More than once.
SALINA - It wasn't the most condusive weather for a pair of softball games. But the Barton Community College softball team wasn't about to allow the weather to keep it from continuing its best start in several years. The Cougars rolled to a pair of easy wins at Brown Mackie College Friday afternoon.
The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.
It was a pretty good night at the Barton Gym for the Barton Cougar women's basketball team.
Lyons Public Library and Rice County Historical Society will host a joint fundraiser celebrating sports and the way sports build and unite communities. This fundraising event will feature Chase High School graduate and retired NFL player Paul Coffman as guest speaker. Coffman played collegiate ball for Kansas State University before signing as an undrafted rookie free agent for the Green Bay Packers in 1978. His career for the Packers spanned from 1978-1985. He later played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1986-1987) and the Minnesota Vikings (1988) and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1994.
It almost happened again. The Barton Community College men's basketball team entered the NJCAA Top 25 for the second time this year Tuesday. The last time the Cougars did that they followed it up with a pair of losses.
From "I Love Lucy" and "All in the Family" to "Married with Children" and "Seinfeld," structuring a sitcom around four lead characters often proved a successful formula.
Dear Editor, (in care of Great Bend Military Moms)
For President Obama and the unlawful immigrants he is determined to reward with work permits, social security numbers, and welfare benefits, last week was triumphant. As the congressional February 27 deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security draws closer, insiders learn with each passing day that Obama's executive action is much more expansive than originally presented.
Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS "and associated persons and forces" anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he wishes, and it appears Congress will go along with this dangerous and costly scheme.