Around 75 percent of taxpayers get a tax refund each year. The Internal Revenue Service says that the average refund is around $3,000. Many look forward to that money and file their taxes early in the year to get it. This year because of tax law changes made on Jan. 2, the IRS has delayed the opening of the 2013 tax-filing season until the 30th. That is the date when tax returns will begin to be accepted by the IRS.
Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed cutting the Kansas Ethics committee budget by 9.3 percent, or about $65,000 thus eliminating one audit position.
"It's no wonder many Americans are uneasy about the way President Obama is growing our government and eroding our liberties. Aren't most Americans conservative?"
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.
MANHATTAN - Kansas and Kansas State rarely paint a masterpiece when they meet on the hardwood.
OTIS - The Otis-Bison High School girls' basketball team just could not keep up with Dighton on Tuesday night, in spite of a game-high 21 points from Hannah Bannister.
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HUTCHINSON - Marjorie M. "Margie" Long, 92, died Jan. 22 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Arrangements are pending with Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Hutchinson.
Richard Lee Daubert, 67, died Jan. 21, 2013 at Wichita. He was born Sept. 21, 1945 at McPherson the son of Clarence and Viola (Bruntz) Daubert.
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.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.
Getting a sweep Friday was going to be an arduous task for the Barton Community College softball team. Things started good enough for the Cougars but they could not complete the sweep of the Jayhawk West leaders.
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The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the renaming of the Convention Center, Rotary Club activities and the appointment of a public lands director.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proclamations for County Day of Recognition for National Service, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the county's exchange server; and Planning Commission appointments.
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Teachers were gifted with nearly $30,000 by the USD 428 Education Foundation when the non-profit group recently awarded 28 minigrants. The amount distributed was higher than any previous year. Successful fund raisers, gifts from benefactors and investments resulted in more money being available than in the past, according to Matt Hiss, president. Education Foundation trustees also agreed to not cap the limit for each minigrant this year. As a result, two applicants received significantly more than $1,500.
Two individuals and three groups are receiving the state's 2015 People Saving People Award for their efforts to improve traffic safety on April 1 as part of the 21st annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita.
EMPORIA- With two remaining conference meets left to the season, the Barton Community College women's golf team have the luxury of already claiming the conference championship as the Lady Cougars won their fourth straight conference meet this past Monday with a sixty-two stroke victory. Held at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course, Barton held a commanding thirty-nine stroke lead after day one's eighteen holes before widening the gap on Monday's final nine holes. Barton shot a team score of 517 to easily outdistance second place Colby Community College's 579 and Dodge City Community College's 589. Barton ...
During this last month of HomeWords, we're printing a series of longer cinquain sequences that explore the idea of "home." A number of poets really let their hems out in this project, some of them saying they've become "addicted" to the tiny cinquain. (I understand!)
According to the 2010 U.S. census, less than 0.02% of Americans live to be centenarians. Actress Patricia Morison joined that exceptionally rare group last month when she turned 100.
For decades Democrats have gone to extraordinary lengths to impose new energy taxes. They do not, to put it mildly, have the support of the American people. So they have turned to increasingly complex schemes to pretend the taxes they are advancing are not taxes. They've now reached an unprecedented level of obfuscation: a federal regulatory agency acting without Congress to coerce states into imposing regulations that will bury cost increases in the electricity rate base - and they might get away with it. Congress should therefore act immediately to, if they can't stop what is happening, at least ...
Does everyone remember Angela Corey?