This is a grand year for St. John's 14th annual Victorian Tea, on Nov. 7. The Tudor building where the tea is currently held is 100 years old this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans reaped a windfall from independent voters and tea party activists to seize control of the House in midterm elections, gained seats in the Senate and served notice Wednesday they will confront President Barack Obama with a conservative agenda to cut government and spur private-sector jobs.
The Romanian senate rejected a proposal by two legislators to regulate, and tax, fortune-tellers and "witches," even though the government is otherwise desperately seeking new sources of revenue.
With the public firing of Juan Williams, a fatal blow was stuck to the meticulously cultivated brand image of National Public Radio, but that's just the beginning of their problems. The firing itself takes a back seat in this sordid tale. The campaign of vindictive and libelous accusations against Williams is the most reveling actions taken during the controversy.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers waived outside linebacker Shawne Merriman on Tuesday, three weeks after he was placed on injured reserve with a "minor injury" designation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings have another big mess on their hands.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Unbeaten at home and mediocre away from Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City's most pressing need from now until Christmas will be figuring a way to win on the road.
Elevator repairs are completed at the Great Bend Public Library, allowing for the return of the popular free film nights, said Terri Hurley, public relations director.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission has a few openings left for its Discovering Music and Fun program. This program meets from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
Editors of Barton Community College's literary magazine, Prairie Ink, have begun accepting entries for the 2011 edition.
A representative will be at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, to give legal advice to senior citizens 60 years of age and older.
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The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. But if Republicans define dumb down any more, soon they'll have to apply for drilling rights.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
Thursday, April 17
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.