Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.
The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to Giving Tuesday to helping with the Trail of Lights to lending a hand with the myriad of seasonal events on the horizon, there is a lot to be done.
There have been at least three examples of late of just how out of touch the Kansas Legislature is with rural parts of the state. All of these are issues being grappled with by Barton County officials.
Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field narrows, with the top rated candidates returning to meet ever more challenging questions.
At 11 p.m. Nov. 11, 1918, the guns fell silent across Europe as World War I came to an unofficial end with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany. The Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919, which officially ended the "Great War."
Tomorrow night, the Great Bend High School Panthers will meet the Maize South Mavericks in their first play-off game in five years. It's thrilling to feel the excitement in the air and gratifying to have witnessed Coach Tony Crough turn around the attitudes of the players 180 percent in the past two years. He takes no credit, instead giving it back to the players and his staff, but the atmosphere he's created is clearly his handiwork.
There is finally a groundswell of support locally for increased biking and walking opportunities. The efforts of Be Well Barton County, Barton County and the cities of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington are finally coming to fruition as a Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan is being developed.