The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.
Recently a restaurant in Tennessee charged a woman to use the restroom who was not a customer. An employee as The Flood Zone in Erin, Tenn. was asked by Patricia Barnes if she could use the facilities.
During the recent snow storms, some employees stayed home and baked cookies, some braved the elements and slid into work, and some stayed home but worked nonetheless. In the midst of all that, word got out that Marissa Mayer, the new chief executive officer of Yahoo!, plans to put an end to telecommuting at that company later this year.
After years of drought, central Kansas was abundantly blessed with snow in the past week. While the moisture was appreciated, it caused snarled traffic, work schedules and school schedules for a few days.
Last week the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence presented one of its highest awards to Laura Brown, an advocate from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend.
The new sculptures downtown look fabulous. They are definitely an enhancement to the community, as well as the other sculptures around town.
Taxes. It was one of the primary causes of the American Revolutionary War.
A Christian group's prayer list went out this month to the Kansas Legislature, with a prayer for the "dark spiritual areas" of the state, identified as Lawrence, Kansas City, northern Johnson County and southeast Kansas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently did a study of teen moms who had unintended pregnancies, and the results were astounding.
In recent years, the Super Bowl has become a family affair for us, and it isn't because of the football. The Chiefs have lacked a little...success over the past few years (or decades) so obviously we can't watch them in the championship game. So we huddle around the TV with our snacks and cheer on our favorite commercials and watch the half-time entertainment, a fun light-hearted event without the seriousness or intensity of March Madness.
According to recent surveys, some people are taking a break from Facebook. What will be the future of this social media? Will it go the way of email, which is mostly used for business?
Last fall the city of Ottawa and Franklin County were among 60 finalists in the "Prettiest Painted Places in America" competition. The winners were announced in November, and although it wasn't one of the 12 winners, Ottawa was one of nine places cited for "exceptional merit."
While they were once called strays, they are now called feral. Feral cats have become one of the largest invasive species in the United States, including even in Great Bend.
If there was any doubt about the intent of House Bill 2023, proponents made it clear on Wednesday.
When the framers of our constitution constructed the Bill of Rights, they did so with the gravity and attentiveness it deserved. These "limitations" to government were to protect the natural rights of property and (most importantly) liberty of American citizens.
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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