Kansans and other Midwesterners have much to be thankful for come Thanksgiving. They are blessed with gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that fared better than that in other parts of the nation.
US Airways didn't earn any goodwill recently when it removed a blind man and his service dog from a flight at the Philadelphia International Airport. As fellow passengers left as well, the flight was canceled and everyone was given the option of a bus ride to Islip, N.Y.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to celebrate a colossal waste of taxpayer money. He wants to commemorate the completion of the 13-year Statehouse renovation on Kansas Day 2014, the anniversary of the state's admission to the union. Brownback said recently there could be a week of events leading up to the Jan. 29, 2014 dedication of the building, which has been overhauled from the dome to the basement. "We're going to have a big celebration," ...
There was a lot of big news for area sports fans over the weekend. The Kansas State University Wildcats notched a big win over the Texas Christian University Horn frogs, thus assuring the football team a bowl berth. The University of Kansas Jayhawks football team won its first Big 12 Conference game in, well, forever. Lastly, and sadly, the Kansas City Chiefs' undefeated season came to a halt as they fell to the arch rival ...
This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that health insurance polices that have been canceled because they don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act can be kept for a year.
For 117 years, people from throughout the state of Kansas have congregated in Hoisington for an old-fashioned parade, for contests, the demolition derby, street dance and carnival. It is now a four day event.
So much for keeping a low profile. Former Miami Dolphin lineman Richie Incognito has done a lot of bad deeds in his life. The NFL's latest poster child for bad behavior is Incognito, accused of bullying a teammate so mercilessly that he quit the Dolphins. The Dolphins paid Incognito $4 million a year before they finally suspended him (for life) last week. Incognito may be a lot of things, but he claims he's not ...
Last week, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved granted a permit to Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC to construct the Kansas portion of a high voltage transmission line and related facilities.
"To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations," said President Woodrow Wilson upon declaring the first Armistice Day for Nov. 11, 1919.
The first news item about a cat's body being found in the bushes of a Great Bend neighborhood appeared as an item in the Tribune's "On the Record" in October. It became a front-page story this week when the Humane Society of the United States offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I think maybe it's because the leaves have started turning and the cooler weather is setting in. No need to run the air conditioner, and most of the time you can leave your front door wide open without freezing. Maybe it's just because fall is my favorite time of year and Halloween is the first fall holiday.
The Kansas State Fair celebrated its 100th birthday this past September. Organizers refer to it as a party on the prairie and it is indeed a major event.
Last week, Senator Pat Roberts joined 29 other Senators in "calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why his Justice Department is suing to force 570 needy children to remain in failing public schools based solely on their skin color."
In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.
It seems like a win-win situation.
Nelson Mandela spent nearly seven decades fighting for freedom and equality in South Africa as he stood up against the institutionalized racist white-led apartheid rule. He started with peaceful resistance in the 1950s, but eventually joined the armed struggle, his participation in which landed him in prison on the infamous Robben Island. He spent 27 years there before being released and seeing his dream of a black-ruled South Africa come true, rising to power as ...
A while back the League of Women Voters asked Great Bend City Attorney Robert Suelter to discuss the three-mile zone around the city limits, which has been overseen by the city since 2000. The area has a mix of agricultural, industrial and residential uses.
A man's life is over and the more we hear about it, the worse it sounds.
The U.S. Supreme court refused Monday to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging the state of New York's ability to collect sales tax on items sold online. Good for them - and especially to do so on Cyber Monday.
A record 141 million people were expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ended Sunday, up from last year's 137 million, according to the results of a survey of nearly 4,500 shoppers conducted for The National Retail Federation.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be a boom to the economy, but there are efforts that are good for the soul.
You'd think people would be happy with the rise of ethanol, a renewable energy source, taking the place of some oil, which is non-renewable. By creating another market for corn farmers, it should be a win-win.
Thanksgiving Holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for bountiful blessings, food and family.
Last week, two guys from Norway dropped into an area business. They said they had traveled all the way to Barton County specifically to hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms.
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