My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.
The goal of Central Kansas Community Corrections is to keep people out of jail. By working with and supervising criminal offenders in the 20th Judicial District, the agency manages a 77 percent success rate, meaning only 23 percent of their clients return to prison.
As witnessed this past week with the trailer fire that destroyed a Great Bend man's home, stay warm inside when it is cold outside can be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association tells us that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
For many years, folks in Ellinwood have complained about the Y-shaped intersection west of their community. It is the confluence of U.S. 56 and East Barton County Road and has been the site of numerous accidents and even more near misses.
New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages. But, before we hit the bubbly then hit the road, there are a few things to consider.
Another Christmas is past, but the goodwill shared on Dec. 25 doesn't have to end.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tuesday released some sobering news. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity has increased in nearly every region of the state.
Sure, Thanksgiving is in the past now, but that doesn't mean we can't be thankful.
Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.
There's a real fascination to watching a movie like "Dumb and Dumber."
It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.
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.
There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.
When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.
There is a laundry list of things wrong with major-league baseball, but we'll just take on one topic today - beanballs.
Wednesday is a time for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations. It marks the official Earth Day 2015.
At times, Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker's and City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's positions may be unpleasant.
Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.
The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.
It took a life-altering disease to change the focus for Lauren Hill.
Barton County commissioners agreed to disagree Monday morning, and it was a good thing.
Nothing successful happens overnight nor without a lot of effort from a lot of folks.
It was a busy morning for the Barton County Commission Monday. Commissioners adopted three proclamations – declaring Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service, naming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and naming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo opens Wednesday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.
Your voice counts.
On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
It was a classic teaching moment for Wichita East High School parents, teachers and administrators.
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