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  • Local |Education | February 02, 2014

    Roosevelt Elementary spelling bee results

    Brett Seaton, a sixth grader, won Theodore Roosevelt’s annual spelling bee Jan. 24. Brett will compete in the Riley County Spelling Bee on Feb. 8. The bee started with 32 contestants. The first runner-up was Daniel Harkin, a fifth grader.

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | February 02, 2014

    KSU Alumni Association adds to staff

    Two Kansas State University alumnae were added to the K-State Alumni Association’s administrative and programs department staff. Megan Jurgensmeier, who earned a degree in journalism and mass communications from K-State in 2011, was hired as associate director of membership. She will direct the Alumni Association’

  • Editorials | February 02, 2014

    Kobach is ruffling a new set of feathers

    In pushing a state law to exclude the Lesser Prairie Chicken in Kansas from federal protection that doesn’t exist yet, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is picking an unnecessary and probably expensive fight with the federal government. It’s a fight the Kansas Legislature

  • Local |Business | February 02, 2014

    Varney & Associates names new partner

    Varney & Associates, CPAs named Melissa Larson, CPA, as an owner. Melissa joined the firm in 2003 with more than 10 years experience in public and private accounting. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University. Larson specializes in providing attest, consulting,

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    Biography shows all sides of Led Zeppelin frontman

    When I first heard Robert Plant belt out “Heartbreaker,” I was in a car being driven by one of my high school girlfriends. We were tooling around town on a mellow Saturday afternoon, taking a break from decorating a gymnasium for our junior prom, which

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    Guilt over Kennedy sends man into spiral

    Millions of Americans know Jim Lehrer as a PBS news anchor. Fewer are aware that he is also the author of 21 novels, the most recent of which is “Top Down.” This book offers insight to how intensely Secret Service agents take the job of protecting

  • Books | February 02, 2014

    New addition means more room, storytime and creativity


    Bulldozers arrived on the scene three weeks ago.  A few young library patrons watched in delight from the storytime room windows as a digger piled up dirt and chunks of concrete. The much-awaited expansion of the Children’s Library had begun! Since the last

  • Gardening | February 02, 2014

    Plan landscape design as outdoor living room


    My yearly program on home landscape design is coming up on Feb. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the first session in a three part series that continues on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. Registration is taken through the UFM Community Learning Center. You may

  • Columns | February 02, 2014

    Sochi Olympics more than just sport to Putin

    Most of the commentary on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has focused on the danger of a terrorist attack. That danger is real. It is so real that Moscow has sent 40,000 security personnel, including special military forces, to the area. Indeed, security is such

  • Obituaries | February 02, 2014


    Joe D. McClure, 83, formerly a longtime resident of Alta Vista, died Jan. 29 in his home in Overland Park surrounded by his family. The family provided some of the following informtion. Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Wamego, Joe was raised on a farm near McDowell Creek Road in

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