Recent attempts to repeal Kansas' "renewable portfolio standards" (RPS) just don't make economic sense. Wind is the main contributor to renewable energy here in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Commerce reports that Kansas has the second highest wind generating capacity in our Nation and is ideally located to export wind energy. KDC goes on to say, "A Kansas location offers companies in the wind supply chain ideal access to the new Siemens nacelle plant and numerous other manufacturers in the region."
"Look, if you want ObamaCare, you are just going to have to make some better budgeting decisions."
Snowy owls are a unique and special visitor to Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas during some winters. Snowy owls are an arctic species. However, some years, depending on their food supply and reproductive success, snowy owls can be pushed south into the United States. This year as many as three snowy owls have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie's first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.
MILWAUKEE - While Michigan didn't have a particularly pretty start to its NCAA tournament, coach John Beilein felt his team proved a point to the rest of the field on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS - About the only thing Kansas and Eastern Kentucky have in common is that they are playing each other in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
ST. LOUIS - The kids from Kentucky began the season No. 1. They sure think they can end it that way.
ST. LOUIS - Wichita State goes for the first 35-0 start in NCAA men's basketball history on the same court where the top-seeded Shockers won their last three games.
LARNED - Bracketology. Science or luck?
On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.
Dominican Sisters of Peace spirituality centers in Great Bend and Columbus, Ohio, will offer a series of webcasts from the Institute for Maturing Spirituality.
First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon at noon Wednesday, March 26. First Church of the Nazarene will cohost. Host pastor is Dr. Scott Solether, and the speaker will be John Grummon from Central Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the weekly ecumenical gatherings for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
A spaghetti benefit dinner for Saundra (Garner) Wright will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at First Baptist Church, 1601 19th St., Great Bend. Proceeds will help with medical expenses and living expenses for this single mom with no insurance who is in need of support. A $7 donation is suggested.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Adreian Payne sent Tom Izzo a text. He wants to leave a legacy.
Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't really count as eggs at all in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.
Great Bend musicians and music educators Kurtis Koch and Steve Lueth will perform with The Diamonds Thursday night for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's final concert of the season. On Tuesday, they traveled to Liberal to play with the legendary band in that community's concert series.
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Chhitubhai K. Patel, 73, passed away on March 31, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 29, 1940, in India, he was the son of Karshanbhai R. and Deviben K. Patel. In 1964, he was united in marriage to Bhagvatiben C. Patel. Mr. Patel farmed in India prior to coming to the United States and Jackson, Miss. in 1989, moving to Great Bend in 2011.
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Perry Lee Isley, jailed in Ford County, $100,000 C/S bond; arrest warrant, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated sexual battery
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LARNED - Larned High School named its March Spotlight Students - Jorghialyn Kimble, Academics; Danni Chilcott, Fine Arts; Easton Palmer, Leadership/Service; and Jessica Johnson, Athletics.
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LACROSSE - Joel H. Ficken, 60, died March 29, at his home. Mr. Ficken was born April 14, 1953, in Ellis County, the son of Wayne R. and Victoria "Vicki" (Stremel) Ficken. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1971 graduate of LaCrosse High School, he was a farmer, and previously a Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. distributor. On Nov. 30, 2002, he married Debra S. "Deb" Burton at the United Methodist Church in Bison.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Maxine Wyatt, 86, passed away on March 29, at Highlands Health Care in Bella Vista. She was born June 14, 1927 to George and Margaret McCoy in Norton. She graduated from Norton High School and went to work for Southwest Bell Telephone Company. In 1947, she married Ray Wyatt. In 1953, they moved to Great Bend. She worked at American State Bank for 36 years and retired. She did volunteer work at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend, and Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick's Church. The couple then moved to Bella Vista, Ark. She loved ...
Great Bend High School has something to crow about: The new head football coach has been named.
HOISINGTON - Three Hoisington High School students traveled to Larned for the regional solo and ensemble festival on March 29.
The Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America Club recently went to Topeka for the state conference. Hannah Billinger who will compete at the national level the end of June in Nashville.