The next time any of us wonder why our community continues to support improvements to Great Bend Municipal Airport, we might consider the work that is going on northwest of here, in a crucial effort to play "catch-up."
It's time for spooky, chilly fall evenings.
Anyone who wants to participate in the coming general election - it is scheduled for Nov. 2, for all of you who've been sleeping - and who hasn't bothered to register to vote, is running out of time.
If you ever thought there must be something especially "right" about Pittsburg - Kansas, that is - then you were right, as a recent move by the community illustrates.
It is so true, that we often don't realize when we have it good, but a recent news report out of the Kansas City area sure should make us open our eyes here in Barton County.
On the one hand, we've all remembered what it is to wake up and feel the chill of autumn returning.
In Great Bend, Fire Prevention Week gets turned into Fire Prevention Month, and, while it can't be proven, there are some who believe that a heritage of that extended effort has paid off in reduced incidence of home fires.
In the classic Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story" -telling the story of Christmas, 1940, there's a scene when Ralphy and his classmates all have to turn over fake teeth to their teacher, who drops them into a desk drawer that is absolutely brimming with Little Big Books, yo-yos, squirt guns, army men, chattering teeth and more contraband.
Waste not, want not.
Zimbabwe's president-for-life, Mugabe, let's not call him a dictator, has drawn a line in the sand and Western nations should stay on their side.
For those Americans to whom the recent census was bad news, it was, as a matter of fact, not news at all.
There aren't a lot of details being released so far in Manhattan about the two people who apparently were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in their home, except to note that, according to Riley County Police, there was a car left running in a garage adjacent to the duplex where the two lived.
More power to them, if it works.
The National Football League and its Commissioner Roger Goodell have been embroiled in a seething controversy since Sept. 8, when a video was released showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in an elevator.
September is Farm Safety Month and this upcoming week is Farm Safety and Health Week. The observance is a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.
Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
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