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DAVE SAYS: Church pushback »

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave, My wife and I go to a small church where we tithe. The church is continually asking for contributions to other charities and causes, and we don’t have the money to give to them all while we’re sticking to our budget and getting out of debt. The worst part is that we get […]

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Community Foundation of Ellis offers thanks »

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Community Foundation of Ellis With the Community Foundation of Ellis’ “Giving Back to Ellis” campaign coming to a close, the Foundation would like to thank our entire community for your support. You’ve already given over $35,000 to make our community an even better place to live than it already is, and our town’s generosity is […]

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College-shaming at commencement »


As we approach graduation each spring, some of our seniors get a pit in their stomachs. They dread what is becoming an annual ritual. A well-intentioned teacher or administrator calls all of the seniors to come forward. –Perhaps on the ball field at pre-game or halftime, with ball players or band kids. –Or on the […]

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SCHLAGECK: Remembering those Boomin’ times »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Being one of the early Baby Boomers there’s plenty to talk about in my lifetime that’s lasted into its sixth decade. During this wonderful, turbulent time my generation has been praised and pummeled. We called for banning the bomb, making love not war, witnessed the horror and assassination of our beloved president John F. Kennedy, […]

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HAWVER: Two-year budget cycle will wreak havoc at the polls »


This two-year budget cycle that Gov. Sam Brownback has put the state on at first glance sounds like a pretty good idea. Politically, though, it might just be a nightmare for Republicans and for Democrats ahead of the 2016 elections for every seat in the Legislature. Brownback’s new two-year budget falls at the first year […]

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Teen summer driving means increased insurance concerns »


TOPEKA–Kansas teenagers will soon be out of school for the summer, and with that will come increased opportunities for them to drive their own vehicles to work or ballgames or to hang out with their friends. While the freedom and independence teenagers feel behind the wheel is an important rite of passage in their lives, […]

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REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ courses with excitement »

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What a wide, wonderful cinematic universe the folks over at Marvel have cooked up for us. We’ve had everything from the fish-out-of-water-that-happens-to-be-a-god flick, the espionage/action picture, the cosmic misfits cracking jokes amongst the stars saga (“Thor,” “Captain America 2,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”), and the superhero team phenomenon, “The Avengers.” Measured against such champions, […]

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Messages of hate, signs of freedom »


Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways. A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored the message that triggered the decision. “Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” reads the […]

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Agencies collaborate to explore Medicare basics »

Linda Beech

In May, the Ellis County Extension Office will team up with the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging to offer helpful information for those at or nearing retirement age.  A joint program on “Medicare Basics” will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Extension meeting room, 601 Main, Hays. This free […]

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Schumacher: Ranting Ron Paul »

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The internet can be a wonderful vehicle for communication. It can also be used in negative ways to quickly send out propaganda for millions to read. Dr. Ron Paul, former U.S. representative from Texas and the self-proclaimed leader of liberty, prosperity and peace, has recently made the rounds on internet to inform everyone that America […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Kansas has lost its balance »

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The selling point for hefty Kansas tax cuts was irresistibly seductive. Kansas can lower income tax rates, exempt business profits from the income tax entirely, and state revenue will still remain the same, or maybe even grow, and the state economy will prosper.   But this premise proved to be completely false. General fund revenue […]

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Now That’s Rural: John Gean, Protown »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development The car was damaged in Texas. The repair is being done in a body shop in Kansas. That is one example of the work of an entrepreneurial auto body specialist who chooses to live in rural Kansas. John Gean is founder and owner of Protown […]

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United Way thanks community for 2014 campaign »

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The United Way of Ellis County would like to thank all of the generous businesses and individuals that chose to support dedication to youth success, family stability, and community health and safety by giving over $450,000 during the 2014 annual campaign.  While the campaign did come in short of the $490,000 goal, we are, again, […]

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