Travel anywhere in the Sunflower State and people will tell you it's dry. It's so dry the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared last week that all but one of the 105 Kansas counties is in a drought disaster. This clears the way for farmers and ranchers to seek low-interest emergency loans.
Your children eventually reach the age when you can entrust them with family heirlooms. For daughters, that is around 22. For sons, it's 45. When it arrives, daughters get jewelry, place settings and quilts. Boys? Cigar boxes, pocket knives and money clips. But last week I went out on a limb and decided it was time to give son Tommy something I truly valued. And while I deliver the punch line, refrain from that sip of coffee. Because I gave him some of my neckties.
In musical, theatrical and kung fu performances of the likes rarely seen outside China, Fort Hays State University presents the Hua Xia Orchestra from Henan Museum of China and monks of the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team.
In order to be on the President's Honor Roll list at Pratt Community College, a student must be full, taking at least 12 credit hours, and must have between a 4.0 grade point average.
Join the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association in Lyons as they celebrate Kansas Day with the program "A Bullwhacker's Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains," a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on January 29th 2013 at 7 p.m. The program will be held at the Lyons State Bank Community Room, 104 E. Avenue North in Lyons. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact Linda Colle at 620-241-8719 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
ST. LOUIS - Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star with the corkscrew stance and too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, died Saturday. He was 92.
ST. JOHN - Playing without junior point guard Kade Kinnamon for the first time this season, the St. John-Hudson High School boys' basketball team was able to come away with a big win over rival Macksville in the championship game of the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic.
NEW YORK - Manti Te'o tried to put one of the strangest sports stories in memory behind him, insisting he was the target of an elaborate online hoax in which he fell for a fake woman created by pranksters, then admitting his own lies made the bizarre ordeal worse.
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 4 Kansas is still unbeaten the last two months. Beleaguered Texas is still winless in the Big 12.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State finally got the better of its old coach.
CHICAGO - Lance Armstrong finally cracked.
ST. JOHN - It's not easy keeping up with the No. 1-ranked basketball team in Class 1A Division-I.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School boys' basketball team put away Minneapolis for good in the third quarter, scoring 20 points in a 48-29 romp on Friday night in a second round game of the Hoisington Winter Jam.
ATLANTA - The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.
Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
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