I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.
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USD #112 Central Plains announces the following school board positions up for election on the April 2 general election ballot: Position #2, currently held by Dawn Dolezal; Position #4, currently held by Ron Etchison; and Position #6, currently held by Richard Rugan.
ST. JOHN - The Central Plains High School boys' basketball team didn't take any time putting away Medicine Lodge in the first round of the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic on Tuesday night.
Even though Joan League is a local Tai Chi instructor, she took advantage of a recent class at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to add to her knowledge. That mission was accomplished but there was another benefit.
A Midwest Energy lineman making repairs to a power pole south of Great Bend was injured Tuesday morning, when the bucket truck holding him aloft tipped, sending his bucket to the ground.
Velma May Mettling, 87, died Jan. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 4, 1925, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Carrie (Unruh) Smith. On June 4, 1967, she married W. Gordon Mettling in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a teacher in the Newton, Oakley and Great Bend school districts.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - Dorothy Jean "D.J." Welch, 77, died Jan. 11 at her home in Chesterfield, Mo. Born Jan. 8, 1936, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Esther (McCormick) Detmer. On Aug. 18, 1956, she married James Curtis Welch in Washington, D.C. She spent much time and effort in supporting Little Wishes Foundation of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and Loaves and Fishes (Food Pantry).
KATY, Texas - Pamela (Asher) Schneweis Hunter, 60, died Jan. 11 at her home in Katy, Texas. Born Feb. 20, 1952, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Herbert William "Bill" and Ann (Hahn) Asher. On June 3, 1972, she married Pat Schneweis in Great Bend. They later divorced. She then married David Hunter on May 28, 1994, in Great Bend. She was a longtime resident of Great Bend and Houston, Texas.
SAPULPA, Okla. - Richard Zamarripa, 57, died Jan. 14 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. A full obituary will be published later.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.
An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.
Nearly 140 Kansas State University students are earning graduation honors with their degrees awarded at fall 2014 commencement.
If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...
I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.
It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.
The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
This column was originally published in 2006
Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.
Merle J. Collins Jr. and Carrie Lynn Hogg, of Russell, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie Collins, on Jan. 16, in Hays. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a big sister, Lana Collins, 11 years old; and two big brothers, Joe Collins, 10 years old and Jacob Collins, 8 years old.