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January 19th, 2021
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Kelly pushes COVID recovery, economy in State of the State address

gov. laura kellyELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The year 2020 presented many challenges for many people, and Kansans were no exception. 

Tuesday evening, Gov. Laura Kelly talked about some of those challenges faced during the annual State of the State address.

“Here in Kansas, we're all neighbors, and we're all here to support you, in every way possible,” Gov. Kelly began. “It's been a time of such loss for so many. Too many precious lives lost, businesses lost, jobs lost, critical time in the classroom for our children lost. The losses in our lives have been countless. But we never lost hope. The way Kansans have stepped up these past 10 months has been nothing short of heroic – from health care workers to first responders, teachers and parents, farmers and ranchers, the character of Kansas has been on full display. And I want to commend state and local officials who continue to work around the clock with the public health experts to make sure we're taking the right, aggressive, steps to slow the spread of the virus, while also balancing the need to keep the Kansas economy moving.”


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Don’t hit the panic button, Redskin Nation

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Leader & Times

There’s no denying just how good last year’s 23-0 Lady Redskin team was, but that team was only a couple of seconds away from two losses.

On a night Katie Horyna was struggling to score in The Big House, she nailed a buzzer-beating three pointer to force overtime against Dodge City last year, and Mullens fouled out in the extra period before Liberal held on when a Dodge City shot missed late for a 51-49 win.


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Stretch pants lifestyle

THE POSTSCRIPT, Carrie Classon


I don’t remember exactly when I took to living in stretch pants full time. 

The process was gradual, I’m sure of that. I started out wearing a pair of bell-bottom stretch pants when I was writing. I didn’t actually live in them; they were part of my writing costume and they were comfy. 

But as the pandemic wore on, I noticed the legs of my stretch pants were getting longer and longer until, one day, I saw they were covering my feet, and it was not a very respectable look. 

“I need to upgrade my stretch pants!” I decided.

So, I bought stretch pants with pockets. Pockets in stretch pants are completely useless because you can’t put anything in them without it looking as if you have a growth on your leg. A credit card makes a bump. A key looks like the beginnings of a tumor. 

But the pockets signaled that these stretch pants were almost like regular pants. They just stretched. They were certainly less disreputable looking than the stretch pants that covered my feet. I started wearing them most of the day. 

In the late afternoon, I take my hike and that’s when I put on my second pair of stretch pants. 

“There’s nothing wrong with hiking in stretch pants!” I remind myself. “These are athletic stretch pants!” 

My hiking stretch pants look nothing at all like the stretch pants I just took off because they are not bell-bottoms and they don't have pockets. I wear them exclusively on my hike, and they are a little worn out because dogs jump up on them and bushes snag them. You would certainly never mistake them for my regular stretch pants, the ones I wear the rest of the day.