If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.
HOISINGTON - Donald J. "Don" Reif, 67, died Feb. 10, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
On Feb. 5, the Central Plains Middle School squads brought home the CPL Champion Title.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Credit Union of America, 4708 W 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth, Cindy Parr and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Hoisington High School forensics team began the competition season recently at Osborne where the team placed fifth out of nine schools.
The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson have announced that Keller Real Estate and Insurance Inc. in Great Bend has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2015. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the "best of the best." To reach this level of distinction is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community.
Three more Barton Community College men earned their spot at the NJCAA National Indoor Track Meet with marks this past weekend at the University of Nebraska in the Husker Invitational.
The Brent Biggs era is underway.
With the Region VI meet just a couple weeks away, Coach Dave Schenek is working his personnel. The Barton Community College track coach took a limited number of women to the Husker Invitational.
The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Shawna R. Schafer, CPA and Nicole M. Zink, CPA.
Moms tend to worry a lot.
Spring is just around the corner, and many people I know are experiencing cabin fever. Just as many people want to get out and stretch after a long cold winter, your potted plants are also beginning to respond to the longer days by starting to grow. This means that it may be time to repot your house plants to give them more room. I found an article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department on how to repot your houseplants. This will give them more room and allow them to be a healthier plant, and give you something to ...
Randy Parsons, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has been honored as a member of the company's International Sterling Society. This distinguished membership was awarded to the TOP 17 percent of the approximately 85,000 sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
We like to be kind to other people.
Barton County 4-H shooting sports leaders hosted the 11th annual Barton County 4-H Winter Classic on Saturday, February 21, at the Expo Complex. In the air rifle division, the scores at the end of the day were Sedgwick County – 2004 and Barton County – 2004. The tie was broken on the number of bulls shot by the four team members. Sedgwick County had 38 and Barton County had 34. The team members for Barton County were Parker Smith, Ryan Kohman, Katelyn Reh, and Lake Lyman. It was a very competitive match and all participants were congratulated on their hard work.
Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:
When most people think of soils in terms of plant growth, they consider soil moisture, how hard or loose the soil is for plants to grow through and the nutrient status of the soil. Too often, whether in production agriculture or not, one factor is often overlooked. This factor plays a role in all aspects of the soil environment. That factor is soil acidity which plays a huge role directly and indirectly in plant growth. This week's column starts the examination of what soil acidity is with following columns devoted to its effects on the soil as a plant ...
At Park City
The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
WICHITA (AP) - Playing in front of a spirited crowd in one of the biggest home games in school history, Wichita State responded.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Rick Barnes was asked what made Kansas forward Perry Ellis so difficult to contain, and the Texas coach twice pointed out the way his senior instincts have developed.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals.