It's time for my fifth annual New Year's Day tradition where my readers and I get to take a different kind of look at the big picture of our lives.
Sheriff's deputies in Bergholz, Ohio, arrested three Amish men and charged them in incidents in which other Amish men and women had their homes invaded and their hair - and men's beards - cut off, which are grave insults.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Waiting 12 weeks between wins was hard enough for Illinois. Terry Hawthorne and a stingy defense made sure the Illini didn't have to wait an entire offseason as well.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Cincinnati coach Butch Jones rang the bell on the Liberty Bowl trophy, eager to get the Bearcats' party started.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - John White took his final hand-off of the day, followed his lead blocker and set of a celebration.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Frank Martin didn't want to see Kansas State play down to the level of the opposition.
HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
From typewriters and carbon paper to prescriptions ordered on iPads, Mary Klinge has seen it all. But St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will have to continue with its electronic-health-records advancements without her.
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George O. Martin Jr., Ellinwood, reads selections of poetry from his newest book, Thursday at the Barton County Arts Center. Martin also signed copies of the book, "Lovers' Moon," which is available at the Arts Center.
The Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for its last ship of citrus fruit for the 2011-12 year. Indian River citrus fruit includes navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruit; all will arrive Jan. 15-16 at the school, located at 7 SW 30 Ave. in Great Bend. To order call (620) 791-7314 or 282-1006.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will host its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Rosewood Furniture Gallery annex, 1607 Main, Great Bend. All members of the association are welcome to attend the meeting. The board of directors will meet immediately following the annual meeting.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Freshman reserve Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Iowa stunned No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65 on Saturday, snapping the Badgers' six-game winning streak.
Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.