If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.
HOISINGTON - Donald J. "Don" Reif, 67, died Feb. 10, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
On Feb. 5, the Central Plains Middle School squads brought home the CPL Champion Title.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Credit Union of America, 4708 W 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth, Cindy Parr and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Hoisington High School forensics team began the competition season recently at Osborne where the team placed fifth out of nine schools.
The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson have announced that Keller Real Estate and Insurance Inc. in Great Bend has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2015. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the "best of the best." To reach this level of distinction is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community.
Three more Barton Community College men earned their spot at the NJCAA National Indoor Track Meet with marks this past weekend at the University of Nebraska in the Husker Invitational.
The Brent Biggs era is underway.
With the Region VI meet just a couple weeks away, Coach Dave Schenek is working his personnel. The Barton Community College track coach took a limited number of women to the Husker Invitational.
The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Shawna R. Schafer, CPA and Nicole M. Zink, CPA.
LARNED – Sterling's girls coasted past Larned 63-30 in Friday's Central Kansas League basketball game. Andi Dowell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Kylah Comley (13) and Emma Lamert (11) scored in double figures for Sterling (13-4, 6-2 CKL).
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James doesn't take a single moment for granted. There's no time to waste. Every game, every gesture is special.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.
LARNED – Isiah Perez started overtime with a 3-pointer and Larned converted seven free throws in the extra period for a 63-55 Central Kansas League basketball victory.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - Frank Slade Zamarripa Jr., 45, died Feb. 13, 2015, in Ness County. He was born April 26, 1969, at Great Bend, to Frank and Gloria K. (Kincaid) Zamarripa. He married Donita Kay Morris Nov. 1, 1997, at Great Bend.
NESS COUNTY - One driver died and the other sustained possible injury on Friday morning, when a tanker truck rear-ended a semitrailer that had slowed to turn off K-96, 10 miles west of Ness City.