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How school will look in the age of Covid

covid school

Before Covid, the question of the relative value of digital versus face-to-face instruction in a school setting never came up. Children were learning face-to-face while still spending a certain amount of time ...

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Who believes in the S&P 500 rally?

S&P 500

Last month the S&P 500 reached a new all time high. Crazily this has come at the same time that retail investors have been piling out of mutual funds and ETFs at ...

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Topeka Youth Project’s Youth Court provides options, experience to young offenders

September is National Youth Court Month, and Topeka Youth Project had to make adjustments to how Youth Court is run this year because of COVID-19. This is their 16th year of providing ...

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New website becomes Online Farmer’s Market for Kansans

Farmer’s Market

In 2020, life has changed for both the farmer and the consumer. KSGrown.com was developed earlier this year out of a need to help both producers and consumers, to facilitate a direct ...

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This big cat sanctuary in Kansas wants you to know it’s nothing like ‘Tiger King’

Tiger King

The Netflix show “Tiger King” caught the attention of millions of viewers back in March. The “murder, mayhem and madness” suggested in its subtitle collided in a human train wreck of a ...

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Upper Room Radio celebrates 5th anniversary

Upper Room Radio

A Topeka radio station is being recognized for going where few radio stations venture these days. Upper Room Radio, which is based in Family of God Church, is celebrating the 5th anniversary ...

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Dave Says – Teachable moments are valuable at any age

dave ramsey

Need some financial advice? Debt and income crisis? Pay off the house mortgage first? Check cashing? Taxes? Credit Cards? Check out what folks are asking Dave Ramsey.   Teachable moments are valuable at ...

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Findables resale store to close after 16 years

Findables

Midland Care has announced the upcoming closing of Findables, its upscale resale store. Midland Care took over the store 16 years ago from the American Cancer Society, previously known as “The Discovery Shop.” The ...

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Beatles vs. Stones show to perform at Topeka Performing Arts Center

Beatles vs. Stones

The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 54 years ago. The argument at the time, and one ...

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FROM THE CHEAP SEATS – Sports and politics

sports and politics

It’s amazing to me how the Covid pandemic has affected people differently, in both sports and politics. I don’t mean the folks who test positive but rather the decision-making process of those ...

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Preventing frailty and living longer

frailty

Frailty is a term that many people hear, but very few understand. It’s the slow loss of the body’s strength and energy over time leading to weakness, tiredness and loss of balance. ...

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Does obedience to God matter?

obedience to God

Does obedience to God matter? Often I engage with people in conversations about God and the Bible.  Many times I do not know where they stand with God until we begin talking.  ...

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Back the Blue rally held prior to Topeka City Council’s special session draws large crowd

Back the Blue rally

A large crowd of approximately 500 people gathered ahead of Tuesday night’s special City Council meeting to support local police during a Back the Blue rally. The rally took place on the ...

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Saturday’s ‘Rolling Rally’ in Topeka draws attention to Tuesday’s Back the Blue Rally

Back the Blue

Topekans hit the streets on Saturday to show their support for local police with a Back the Blue “Rolling Rally,” complete with honking horns on vehicles decorated with signs and flags. The ...

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Dustin Colquitt speaks out against abortion

Dustin Colquitt abortion

Former Kansas City Chiefs punter and Super Bowl champion Dustin Colquitt recently spoke out against abortion in a Live Action video. In the video, the longest-tenured Chiefs player in history urges his ...

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When Black Lives Matter comes to town

Black Lives Matter

All anyone needs to do is go to the Black Lives Matter website to find out what they believe and how dangerous they are, but to save you the trouble, here are ...

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Youth For Christ Golf Classic For Teens gets postponed to Oct. 2

Youth for Christ Golf

Topeka Youth for Christ’s 2020 Annual Golf Classic that was scheduled for May and then postponed to July 31 has been postponed again because of the weather. It will now be held ...

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How to do home upgrades, energy usage downgrades

home upgrades

The best home upgrades not only make spaces more livable and energy-efficient but are also cost-effective. Making energy-efficient improvements is a savvy way to save money on utility bills, curb energy usage ...

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Practical tips for caregivers facing a pandemic

caregivers

Whether your role has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you’ve worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect the ability of ...

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KFL announces winners of 2020 Oratory Contest

oratory contest

Kansans for Life hosted its annual oratory contest again this year to encourage teens to speak up for the value of human life. The 2020 David Gittrich Memorial Oratorical Contest was conducted ...

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Who’s gonna pay for the ‘free’ lunch

free lunch

The saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” has been attributed to many people over the years. Someone must produce and someone must pay for what we consume. There has ...

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Oh, no! Not again! EasterFest celebration cancelled by the county for second time this year

EasterFest

The annual EasterFest celebration, scheduled to be held in Garfield Park on August 29, has been cancelled by Shawnee County officials for the second time this year, organizers learned on Thursday. The ...

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Starlite Skate Center closes permanently

Skate

Starlite Skate Center at 301 SE 45th street has closed permanently after being shut down since March when the COVID-19 pandemic began. “We are sad to close our doors, it was a ...

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Trump signs executive orders to extend unemployment benefits, cut payroll taxes, assist renters & relieve student debt

executive orders

President Donald Trump signed four executive actions Saturday for coronavirus economic relief, after lawmakers failed to reach a deal on Friday. Trump  accused Democrats of stonewalling greater aid efforts. Trump’s executive action calls for $400-per-week in supplemental ...

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Man’s Greatest Folly: Believing in Man, instead of God

God

Believing in Man, instead of God the Creator, is Man’s greatest folly.  Man’s failure to learn and teach God’s Word, throughout the world, as He directed, has resulted in the world we live ...

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