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Past articles by Mary:

Salina lawyer becomes McPherson County attorney during special election

Two attorneys sought the position being vacated by Gregory Benefiel, a Republican, who is moving to northeast Kansas for personal reasons. → Read More

Oven fires up Pretty Prairie pizza business

PRETTY PRAIRIE — She brings years of restaurant experience making pizzas. He has experience as a sous chef experimenting with different flavors. → Read More

Most Hutch voters skip the primary

Staff in the Brown County Clerk’s office considered the voter turnout low in a Parks and Recreation Commissioner primary race in → Read More

Kansas schools: Help wanted

Public school districts across Kansas are scrambling to hire employees ahead of the new school year.“I predict a lot of school districts will start without all their teachers hired,” said Haven USD 312 Superintendent Clark Wedel recently.“It’s a challenge, probably more than it ever has been in my career,” Wedel said on July 29, when the Haven school board conducted a special meeting and hired a… → Read More

Former DCF secretary could get new role at Attorney General's office

The former secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families could become the Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, a position created → Read More

Talk20's Bledsoe gets standing ovation

Floyd Bledsoe used the 20 minutes allotted to presenters in Talk20 Hutch to describe how he approached wrongful imprisonment in a murder case.“I was not going to be angry,” he said Friday night at Hutchinson Public Library. In prison, he learned trades and painting, and took self-help classes. DNA exonerated him and after 16 years, he walked out of prison in December 2015. Now married and… → Read More

Tim Huelskamp leaves Heartland Institute

Less than two years after defeated western Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp took the helm of a conservative think tank in the Chicago area, he has left → Read More

Kansas A to Z: 'N' is for Chaplin Nature Center

ARKANSAS CITY — The Wichita Audubon Society’s search for a site for a nature center found an answer and a home northwest of Arkansas City.In 1973, the Wichita Audubon Society purchased land that once belonged to the Chaplin family and the organization continues to manage it. Chaplin Nature Center-based naturalist Shawn Silliman said 230 acres offer a varied habitat: prairie, forest and water.… → Read More

Nickerson flooding considered worst in decades

NICKERSON - Flooding in Nickerson was bad in 1993, said Gordon Roth. “This one’s a little worse,” Roth said Friday.He drives a grain → Read More

"MMMBop" Hanson to perform at Kansas State Fair

The pop-rock band Hanson, featuring brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, will perform Saturday, Sept. 14, on the closing weekend of the Kansas State → Read More

Hard work pays off at HCC

Cerebral palsy affects Seth Spainhour’s speech, limb movements and walking gait.“But God saw to bless him with a good mind,” said his → Read More

Kansans hungry for lower food sales tax, uneasy with overall tax burden

Frustration billowed from lips of Great Bend resident Dorv Conell, a man impatient for Kansas lawmakers to deliver relief from an unconventional state → Read More

Farewell blessings, applause: Central Chrisian seniors reminisce

Pop quiz: At Central Christian High School’s annual Senior Blessing, who is more likely to get emotional - the teacher or coach reading his written → Read More

Waggoner email calls Women for Kansas 'Harpies'

State Rep. Paul Waggoner, R-Hutchinson, used the derogatory term “Harpies” in an email he sent - apparently by mistake - to the co-leader of → Read More

Hutch's Grubb brings home gold, silver medals from Special Olympics World Summer Games

Hutchinson resident Taryn Grubb captured two gold medals and one silver medal at the recent Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates.In the process, she helped spread the bowling tip — “throw the coffee” — to an international audience.When hurling out the remains of a coffee cup to the ground, the thumb typically is on top of the handle and facing straight in the direction… → Read More

U.S. Census 2020: Countdown to the big count

One day can cast a decade’s influence on the flow of federal money to Kansas and on the voice that Kansans have in Washington, D.C., and in Topeka. → Read More

Rep. Jason Probst, Hutchinson hospital CEO back health insurance bill

TOPEKA - It wasn’t as bad as State Rep. Jason Probst, D-Hutchinson, suspected. But it could be better, he concluded.Probst testified before the House Insurance Committee Monday afternoon for legislation he spearheaded to protect those with pre-existing health conditions if the federal Affordable Care Act vanishes along with its language enabling those with pre-existing conditions to obtain… → Read More

Today is deadline for voter registration

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. People who already are registered in Reno County should re- → Read More

Candidates to lead Kansas reveal financial interests

Kansas requires candidates to complete a Statement of Substantial Interests form.On it, they disclose their ownership interests, gifts or honoraria, compensation sources for themselves and their spouse, the organizations in which they or their spouse is an officer or director, and clients who paid fees or commissions of $2,000 or more to themselves or their spouse. The information covers the… → Read More

The Highlands residents favor low mill levy

THE HIGHLANDS - The newest city in Reno County also will be the city with the lowest city property tax rate.The Highlands residents attending a town hall → Read More