Should auld acquaintance be forgot? How 'bout the presidential campaign, the 112th Congress and Newsweek magazine? Journalists usually favor year-end recaps of news but as a public service I'm going to focus instead on the glorious months ahead, in this handy precap of 2013:
Here's my annual list looking at 2012:
With temperatures hovering into the teens it is hard to envision the subject I want to talk about today; that is gardening. Yes, you heard me right. There are actually two applications I want to share information with you about so that we can put our sights on warmer weather activities.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The job description alone should scare away all but the most confident of souls.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Considering that Bowling Green was 2-10 only two years ago, it shows how far the program has come that this season's disappointing end came in a bowl game.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State senior linebacker Arthur Brown has been selected to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, joining teammate and fellow Wichita native Chris Harper on the North squad in the annual collegiate all-star game.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about how iPads are helping teachers zero in on behavioral issues at Helping Hands Preschool. The Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation recently donated two iPads to the school and one to its own Early Education Center. The second article will explain Sunflower's point of view.
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Gladys Rosalie Woodrow, 93, died Dec. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1919, at Great Bend, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Minnie Evangaline (Mead) McMullen. She married Woodrow Wilson Woodrow on Oct. 29, 1938, in Russell. They were later divorced, but remained very close.
HUTCHINSON - Jacqueline Elaine Bliss, 84, died Dec. 26 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Hamilton, the daughter of John Henry and Violet Georgia (Guffey) Rush. On June 23, 1945, she married Wayne A. Bliss in Inman. He died Sept. 22, 1998. She was a resident of Great Bend from 1952 until moving to Hutchinson in 1986. She was a homemaker and a foster parent for South Hutchinson Elementary School.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
CLAFLIN - The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session Dec. 10 in the city building. Present were: Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Casey Hubbard and Leon Oberle. Also present: City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt and Robert Gunder.
Most everyone has experienced something like this – especially at night or on weekends.
PRATT - Cuma M. Zeltner, 72, died Jan. 27, 2015 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born on April 16, 1942, in Princeton, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Max and Gypsy Genelle (White) Vinson. On March 18, 1962, she married James 'Jim' W. Zeltner in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2012. She worked as office manager at Adams Electric in Pratt for 24 years and most recently worked as bookkeeper for Westhoff Plumbing. The avid reader enjoyed making her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
GARDEN CITY - An Offerle man who was texting while driving went off U.S. 50 Tuesday evening in Finney County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Jeffrey Humiston, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 that went in the ditch and traveled for 900 feet and struck an obstruction. The car went airborne, coming to rest in the westbound lane facing northwest.
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HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Lodge No. 331, A.F.&A.M., will hold a pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the lodge, located at Second and Vine St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out will be available. Advance tickets can be purchased from any lodge member.
Athletes from two eras and the first ever student trainer were inducted in the Barton Community College Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend. Basketball legend Gene Butler, baseball great Jeff Christy and Ryan 'Pete' Manely were inducted during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Kirkman Activities Center on the Barton campus.
The Barton Community College men's tennis opener was kind of like a comet. A one day comet that won't be back for another month.
At first glance on the schedule it might look like a scrimmage. But it wasn't. It counted for real and was the opener chapter to the 2015 women's tennis season at Barton Community College.
Jamie M. Bahr, driving while suspended, fine $100, court costs $110
W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.
This last weekend the Great Bend Panther's JV squad competed at the Stafford JV wrestling tournament. The Panthers placed 8 of their 9 wrestlers with three 1st place finishers.
Raging Moderate by Will Durst
We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.