Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.
It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the FFY 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) draft document.
Heartland Regional OBGYN, in partnership with Great Bend Regional Hospital, announced the arrival of Dr. Aisha Rush OBGYN to the Great Bend area.
MEXICO CITY– President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law Mexico's landmark energy reform legislation and announced that his government could name as early as this week the first oil and gas fields that will be opened up to foreign investors.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Road. A letter with a home address or a bank statement is required to prove residency. For more information, call Ann Robinson at 620-792-7676.
When every day's news is filled with reports of murders or war atrocities, I never understand why I should be uniquely saddened when a famous person passes away. It sounds heartless, but I find that their absence doesn't affect my life in any significant way. That's why I'm usually left confused by the rituals of communal grief that consume television and social media in the wake of a celebrity's passing.
If you are on social media, you have probably seen friends, politicians, athletes or celebrities recently dump a bucket of ice water over their head. This chilly "challenge" they are doing is the Striking Out ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is taking over the social media world. The task is a campaign to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
What would you do with an extra hour each day?
Practice will only get one so far when it comes to music, according to a Swedish study of identical twins that suggests talent may be largely genetic.
Roach Dirt Company from Great Bend begins demolition on the remnants of the Camp Aldrich Dining Hall, which burned down on April 12, Wednesday, Aug. 13.
When we're angry with someone, looking at them with eyes of love can be difficult. Embracing them with a heart of forgiveness can be even more so.
MILBERGER - United Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Milberger will host a homemade ice cream social and bake sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
George Brett once said, "If a tie is like kissing your sister, then losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out!"
NEW YORK - Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each made decisive closing statements in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
NEW YORK - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
MANHATTAN - I am becoming more and more alarmed at the silence of churches concerning prevailing sin issues in America. Yes, there are a few who speak out, but they are very few.
St. Ignatius Fiesta is Saturday
A New Testament study, facilitated by Pastor Julie Shields, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St. This study offers a look at the New Testament writings, the authors, a look at what the circumstances of the times and for what audience were they written. The ultimate goal is to understand and appreciate these books and how they apply to our lives today.
Throughout the month of September, Great Bend's Presbyterian Women will take orders for the finest pecans from Georgia, for delivery by the first of November, said Carol Woodmansee at First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. Orders can be placed through any Presbyterian Woman or by calling the church office, 620-792-2594.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its annual Rally Sunday on Sept. 7, designating the beginning of the new Sunday School season. During all services that day, members will bless the Sunday School staff and those who will be attending Sunday School, from age 3 to age 100.
The musical ministry of CTI 14:22 will perform on the east lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St. in Great Bend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7.
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LARNED - Pawnee County Humane Society has scheduled a Labor of Love 5K/10K Race Monday.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.