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June 2, 2015
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GOP lawmakers remain sharply divided on taxes

TOPEKA — Republican legislators remain sharply divided over how to close a looming budget shortfall even after debating tax proposals until early Monday and facing warnings that state workers could be furloughed soon unless there is a deal.


  1. Winfield Municipal Band begins 120th season Friday

    It is time once again to “Strike Up The Band.” The downbeat of the Winfield Municipal Band on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Baden Square will be the beginning summer concert of the 2015 summer concert season — and the 120th year of music-making by this Winfield tradition.
  2. A purple turtle?

    It’s not every day that you stumble on a purple reptile while doing a bit of yard work. 
  3. Running to reign

    Courtney Griffiths, senior at Winfield High School, exchanges her usual fierce competitive look for a smile after crossing the finishing line in the 800m run at state track and field championships Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. The win makes Griffiths a two-time state champion- in the event. This year some extra oomph enabled her to break a school record with a time of 2:16.76. See story pages 6-7. (Olivia Haselwood/Courier)
  4. Jim Morgan says learning, work go hand-in-hand

    Jim Morgan brought to an interview the General Equivalency Degree he received through Cowley County Community College in 1986. 
  5. Whittier Elementary School is full of character

    Whittier Elementary was honored May 5 as one of just 44 Kansas schools and districts offering excellent character education that focuses on students’ social, emotional and character development.
  6. Leadership Southwestern students participate in Leadership Challenge Event in Topeka

    Leadership Southwestern recently traveled to Topeka to participate in the Leadership Challenge Event at Washburn University. They were split into two teams and between them, SC won the Collaboration Award and the Communication Award and finished in third place overall.
  7. Area schools bring home hardware from state

    On Friday there was a heavy chance of rain, but it never fell. Saturday it was cold and windy. Despite the weather, the Winfield High School track team came home from state Saturday with some brightly colored hardware. Winfield track teams sent seven boys and four girls to compete in the 4A Kansas State Track and Field Championships at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.  The Kansas state meet is the largest in the nation, as all six classes compete in the same venue. Attendance was estimated at more than 35,000  who watched some of Kansas’ best athletes compete in the two-day event.
  8. Right on track

    Winfield’s Brianna Hulse sprints around the track in the 4X100m relay Friday at the State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. All local schools were in action at one time or another Friday and will continue to compete today. For full results see a later Courier. (Olivia Haselwood/Courier)
  9. Spartan softball suffers tough loss in first round of state

    The Spartan women’s softball team suffered a tough loss in Pratt Thursday night. The women came into the game as a three seed, taking on six seed Ell-Saline in the opening round of 2-1A state play.  
  10. Making music at PrairieFest

    Bob Dylan, aka Julie Sutton, made a surprise appearance at PrairieFest Friday night in Arkansas City. (Donita Clausen/Traveler)
  11. Winfield police to carry Special Olympics torch to McConnell

    WICHITA  –  It is expected that 965 officers from more than 97 agencies will carry the “Flame of Hope” throughout 35 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a series of statewide runs that will travel approximately 1,500 miles throughout the state. Law enforcement officers, along with Shawn Bengtson of Topeka, Most Inspirational Athlete of 2014, will light the cauldron to officially open the Summer Games in front of more than 3,000 athletes, coaches and fans of Special Olympics on June 5.
  12. Winfield City Band to help dedicate the Veterans’ Victory Garden at Bartlett Arboretum

    The oldest city band west of the Mississippi will help Bartlett Arboretum dedicate one of its newest features – the Veterans’ Victory Garden. 
  13. Diggin' up the street

    Workers dug out all of Jeanie Kistler's yard Friday from the sidewalk to the street and said they will come back later to repair it. Dondlinger Construction has been making good progress laying new water lines in spite of all the rain we have been having. (Jeanie Kistler/Courier)
  14. Ark City archaeological study to look at lives, work of Etzanoans

    An archaeology team that will perform a five-day study next month in the Arkansas City area will do very little digging, the archaeologist who will lead the study told a group of landowners and community representatives last week.

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