After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacv program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child's physician and parents. In just seven years participating physicians have distributed over 200,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met Oct. 10 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Rocking M Radio, 5501 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
LARNED - Mix in a bit of matchmaking, an abundance of suitors, chaos in the kitchen, a lady visitor with conviction and a cause (civilizing the male of the species), stir in an officer and a gentleman, then top it off with a play within a play ("Trial and Treachery") and you have an evening full of fun, entertainment and laughter.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the "Real Doll," as one brand is called), which are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-a-bottle rotgut.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For a team in turmoil, this was one therapeutic win.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - When Detroit coach Jim Schwartz talks during the week, he's like many NFL coaches - choosing his words carefully, avoiding controversy and saying little that might motivate an opponent.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - The Barton Community College volleyball team went 1-3 over the weekend at the Missouri State-West Plains tournament.
It's a World Series straight out of Central casting.
The recent Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church featured musicians from six different Great Bend Churches: Central Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church. The offering from this cooperative effort raised over $757. Ninety percent was donated to Barton County Emergency Aid, with 10 percent going to the Presbyterian Church Crisis Management program, which works along side Barton County Emergency Aid in providing Crisis Aid to those in need in Barton County.
The artist behind the Jack Kilby tribute will talk about his statutes during two free programs sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Chet Cale, creator of "The Gift," will speak at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and again at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. These GBRC Stop 'N Learn programs last about an hour.
Dr. Russ McCaulley of Great Bend has been re-elected to his third two year term on the Heart of America Contact Lens Society Board of Directors at the societies 53rd annual congress held in Kansas City Mo. on Feb. 14-16th. Dr. McCaulley will continue as a Director of Education.
Governor Brownback signed a proclamation declaring March 23 – 29 as Kansas Agriculture Week and Mar. 25, Kansas Agriculture Day. A cornerstone of the agriculture celebration is the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive.
Nearly 300 of Kansas best educators gathered in Topeka in February for the 2014 KEEN (Kansas Exemplary Educators Network) Conference. This by-invitation only conference was hosted by the Kansas State Department of Education. It is for active KEEN members, their principals and superintendents, and recognized educators. They met to discuss current education issues and classroom practices. The two days were spent celebrating the achievements of Kansas public schools and collaborating on ways to better serve Kansas students.
There's a reason why American men drive big pickup trucks: Women dig them.
Early last month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott contradicted his core values by doing something that just didn't make sense unless you're one of those cynics who believes money corrupts politics. Abbott, a fan of states' rights and a foe of casinos, did a favor for Sheldon Adelson that appears to help casinos at the expense of the Tenth Amendment. In return, Abbott got almost $100,000 in political cash. Not everyone loses at the casinos.
Kansas State University Opera presents the one-act operas "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Gian Carlo Menotti and "Trial by Jury" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. on March 6-8, and 2:30 p.m. on March 9, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.
You may remember the gentleman with disabilities that held the door for you at Ellsworth Steak House or the young woman with disabilities serving you popcorn at the bank. You may remember how happy they seemed, but what you might not know is how they obtained that job or were connected with the volunteer opportunity. Mosaic's mission is to help people with intellectual disabilities discover possibilities in their lives.
The Barton Community College women's basketball team is set for an NJCAA Region VI Tournament quarterfinal game against Seward County today at 3 p.m. in Wichita.
Hoisington High School has hired a new head football coach.
LAWRENCE - When eighth-ranked Kansas steps onto the floor at Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, it will be the final home game for seniors Tarik Black, Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley.
LAWRENCE - There will not be an anointed quarterback under center at Kansas this spring.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wichita State was just about as dominant in the Missouri Valley's postseason awards Thursday as the unbeaten Shockers were in running roughshod through the league schedule.
Giving a home-baked gift is a great way to show someone you care, but it can be even better when you could win a prize for doing so. This March, the Kansas Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Home Baking Association to promote Bake and Take Month. For more than 40 years, Bake and Take Month has been an opportunity to celebrate relationships with friends and family by baking and sharing treats.