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.
Anyone wondering about gifts for the graduate or mom on Mother's Day may want to take advantage of the upcoming B&N Jewelry Fair. St. Rose Health Center volunteers are sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.
A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.
And so it begins. Fittingly enough with a local wrestler.
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's BCCC softball game at Tabor JV has been cancelled. Barton's Friday single, nine-inning baseball game at Pratt has been moved to Sunday for a doubleheader.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. April 6 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
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BEIJING (AP) - After nearly four decades of bypassing the United States, track and field's marquee event is finally headed to the country that has been the dominant force in the sport.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The NFL's stadium czar has visited Oakland to press Raiders executives and city and county officials for signs of progress in their efforts to keep the team in the East Bay.
Let the championship chase begin.
A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's GBHS soccer match at Liberal has been postponed and moved to Friday, May 1.
Militarism and military spending are everywhere and on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new "threats" that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda.
The key to understanding Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is not that he is a fighter or that he is an unwavering ideologue. To highlight his intelligence points the spotlight in the right direction but misses the mark. The man can give a speech, but that's not quite the thing, either. The thing that explains Cruz, at least to me, is this: He is a debate nerd.