No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.
Had TCU or Baylor been named Oklahoma, they would've made the College Football Playoff.
The selection committee of the initial College Football Playoff had a daunting task.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
It is human nature to want to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Parents do this with their kids, teachers do this with their students and rational adults do this with each other.
In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial at Inquisition headquarters in Rome. He had been controversial for years, because he presented a "theory" that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and the Earth went around the Sun. Somehow the idea of this famous scientist had been allowed to stand, so long as it was presented as a hypothetical and not as reality.
Statewide, Gasbuddy tells us, gas prices continue to plummet. Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78.
It is easy this time of year to get caught up in the whirlwind of commercialism that has devoured the holidays. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the relentless barrage of television commercials and the aisles of Christmas stuff in stores, this idea shoves out all visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.
Many of us spent Thanksgiving with family, enjoying a meal and recalling all of the reasons we have to give thanks (starting with family and an abundance of healthy food).
We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
The political polls that indicated that Gov. Sam Brownback would surely lose and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts re-election campaign was in trouble proved to be a joke.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.
On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.
Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.
The Great Bend Municipal Airport is an important piece of our community's history. Dating back to World War II, it was constructed in the early 1940s as an Army Air Force Base to train Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber crews.
There will be a general election in Barton County come April 7. On the ballot will be several school board, mayoral and city council positions, as well as openings on the Barton Community College and Ellinwood District Hospital boards.
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