My dictionary defines a "shibboleth" as a "saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning." In response to the latest mass gun murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has trotted out its usual shibboleths.
Darrel Dunekack, 74, died Jan. 21 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 11, 1938 in Great Bend, he was the son of Wilbur Henry and Vera Anita Faye (Otte) Dunekack. On Oct. 24, 1965 he married Anne Preston in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was employed by Natural Gas Pipeline and was a farmer. He enjoyed farming and gardening and in his younger days fishing and hunting.
LARNED -- The Pawnee County commission has scheduled a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pawnee County Courthouse to consider approval for wiring payment to GE for a new 64 slice CT scanner. The commission will consider any other business as presented.
Ellinwood - The Ellinwood Rotary Club is asking the citizens of Ellinwood to provide nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award. Anyone of any age or sex and who is considered a "resident" of Ellinwood can be nominated. They are looking for that person who has supported Ellinwood with their time and talent and who really exemplifies the spirit of Ellinwood. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1. Please submit your nomination to Ellinwood Rotary Club, P. O. Box 23, Ellinwood, Kansas. If you have any questions, please call Rosie Joiner 792-9553. The winner of the award will be honored at ...
HOISINGTON -The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 at the Hospital, 250 W. 9th in the Turnbull Safe Room. Please use the main entrance of the hospital. All members of the foundation are welcome to attend the meeting.
The American Scandinavian Student Exchange is seeking volunteers in the Great Bend area to help the non-profit international organization identify host families for exchange students, said Stephanie Weishaar, Wichita-based Kansas coordinator for ASSE. Although the name says Scandinavian, Weishaar said ASSE has expanded and works with high school students in over 20 countries.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Scott Donovan with greeters Erin Powers and Lana Dietz. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
LARNED - You may see a friendly face around Barton and Pawnee County this summer as the United Way of Central Kansas, Eldercare Inc., Volunteers in Action/RSVP and the Family Crisis Center welcome Larned High School graduate Alex Lessard as their summer intern.
NEW YORK (AP) - Eight players from the AL champion Kansas City Royals are now on track to start at the July 14 All-Star game in Cincinnati, with Omar Infante overtaking Houston's Jose Altuve at second base.
You don't need to check a screen to know how much time we're spending with them. Besides, surveys keep reminding us: total screen time for adult Americans is now just under 10 hours per day - roughly half in front of what we still call a "television," the rest spent with computers and mobile devices.
When we last visited the sorry state of Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback - a former short-lived GOP presidential candidate - was showing us what happens when a right-wing ideologue tries to impose his utopian fantasies on the real world. Predictably, the result has been disastrous.