First, what a difference a little snow makes. Much of the area received a significant, heavy snowfall. This translated into over two inches of liquid moisture and in some areas about three inches for the month. So if you want to feel better, we are at about 200 percent of normal so far this year. Seriously, this moisture will really help the wheat crop and the way most of it fell and the way it is melting couldn't be better.
Leroy "Lee" Heikkila, 67, died Feb. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1945, at Superior, Wis., to Eino and Alice (Humann) Heikkila. He married Cecilia Ross Sept. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. He was a drug and alcohol addictions counselor at Dream Inc. and worked in construction and painting.
HOISINGTON - Skilled Parenting = Healthy Teens will be the theme of parenting classes taught by the psychology faculty of Fort Hays State University at 7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 27 and April 3. It will be held at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at City Hall, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes walking path improvements at Veterans Memorial Park, a change order on the Kansas Avenue street work project and an economic development report.
The ACT prep class will be held on Friday, March 8, at the Great Bend High School auditorium from 8 a.m. to noon, not in the afternoon as originally printed in the Tribune. The Tribune regrets the error.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced his office will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9 by providing consumers opportunities to fight identity theft by destroying personal documents and conducting consumer education programs throughout the state.
The Deines Cultural Center is featuring "Young at Art" an exhibit of art in a variety of media by students attending USD 407 schools. The art is from students at Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools, Ruppenthal Middle School and Russell High School.
The sleight of hand continues unabated in Washington. While Barack Obama holds up this shiny, scary thing called "sequestration" with one hand, his real agenda seems to be to slip through the most massive amnesty bill ever foisted on the American people with the other. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, Dorothy.
Yes, I dutifully affix my copyright notice to my column each week, and I've been known to notify the syndicate of suspected unauthorized use; but I haven't gotten anywhere near as persnickety (or creepy) as the entertainment industry.
The tire recycling business Blizzard Energy will be one of the topics when the Barton County Commission meets a 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other agenda items include a proclamation recognizing this as Severe Weather Awareness Week, bids to repair the bridge just north of Stone Ridge Country Club, a road vacation and a replacement pickup for the Road and Bridge Department.
The Great Bend Middle School 8th grade boys wrapped up their four-day summer basketball camp. The boys worked hard all week and look forward to a great upcoming season of basketball. The boys will be led by coach Schmidd.
RUSSELL- The Great Bend Chiefs fell to their Russell counterparts by scores of 13-3 and 3-1 Wednesday night. The Chiefs fall to 8-7 on the season and will tangle with Hutchinson Friday night in doubleheader play at the Great Bend Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
KANSAS CITY- The Interleague series shifted from Miller Park to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, but the result remained the same. The Royals scored at least seven runs against Brewers pitching for the third straight night in a 10-2 win, helping Joe Blanton emerge from his first Major League start in nearly two years with a victory, while Ned Yost tied Whitey Herzog for the most managerial wins in franchise history.
The sports world is not unique to it but they are, perhaps, the best practitioners of it. I'm talking about recycling. The practice of recycling old coaches, old administrators, athletes too. Fire a coach here and he pops up as the head man somewhere else. Kick a general manager out and he becomes the brains somewhere else. The sports world is a very small fraternity. The latest example of this is the naming of Lew Perkins to the Board of Directors of USA Boxing, the governing body that oversees amateur boxing, including Gold Gloves and USA Olympic boxing.
Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.