The sheriff from Tillman County Oklahoma was featured this past week during a story on a crime increasing significantly in his and many other counties in the Great Plains. They had successfully arrested the criminals using GPS technology. What was the crime? You might guess some drug problem like crystal meth or even cattle rustling. You would be wrong. The crime epidemic catching the attention of the national media was stealing hay.
Each year the Executive Board selects someone who has dedicated a significant amount of time to Extension educational programs in Barton County to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. This year the honoree named was Karen Kramp from Ellinwood.
More than 9,400 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, students have earned more than $19.2 million in scholarships for the current academic year -- nearly $1 million more than the previous year.
Shawn Wear has been named Pathways November Employee of the Month. Shawn has been caring for the clients at Pathways for almost two years now. He has a great attitude and is always smiling. Shawn strives to do better and has been described by one supervisor as "Most Improved". He is always willing to work any house and any hours at a moments notice. This means he has to be very knowledgeable about many houses and routines. Shawn has definitely grown in his role at Pathways and is very well liked by the clients. He is extremely dependable and always ...
The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include approval of Township Treasurer bonds; purchase of Sheriff's office vehicles; appointment of Deputy and Special Deputy Coroners; and board appointments for the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board.
Fellsburg native, Bill Roenbaugh, has joined the 10-member board of directors of American State Bank and Trust Company. American State has branches in Great Bend, Larned, St. John, Macksville and Garden City.
LARNED - Larned kept pace with Hoisington in the first eight minutes, trailing 15-14.
PHILADELPHIA - Navy's decade of dominance over Army was 14 yards away from sinking.
WASHINGTON - The nation's top offensive rebounding team survived its first road test by sticking with the plan of attacking the glass.
IRVING, Texas - Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
NEW YORK - Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will act on computer hardware and software bids when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will consider 2013 vehicle purchases when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. There will also be a report on the accreditation checkup by the Higher Learning Commission. Other action items include approval of personnel and naming rights for the Kirkman practice gym floor. Larry and Kathy Schugart have agreed to pay for the new floor and the administration recommends naming it the Schugart Court.
ELLINWOOD - Betty R. Standlee, 88, died Feb. 28, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Russell, she was the daughter of Carl W. and Beatrice S. (White) Kastrup. On Nov. 28, 1942, she married R. D. Standlee in Russell, He died on Dec. 31, 2007. A resident of Ellinwood since 1971, coming from Bristow, Okla., she was a homemaker.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1. Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
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GREAT BEND - Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1, 2015.
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Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 20. The menu for the evening will include all you can eat servings of fish, shrimp, clam chowder, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, bread, coffee or tea.
On Feb. 14, 16 Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Offerle to compete in the Edward's County 4H Air Rifle Match.
"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...
Kayla Estes and Tyler Shirey announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stephen and Tanya Kirby of St. John and David and Gay Estes of Arlington and the granddaughter of Larry and Carolyn Mix and Lloyd and Verla Estes both of St. John. The prospective groom is the son of Kevin and Maria Shirey of Canton, Mo. and the grandson of Robert and Rita Kirchner and Alice both of Canton, Mo. and the late Art Shirey.
Terry and Shelli Price announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Price to Joseph Johns, son of Terrill Johns and Marsha French Joseph.
Mayette Keith will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 10, with a card shower. She will celebrate with her family with a dinner at Brookville Hotel in Abilene.
Adam and Kate (Corbett) Behrendt announce the birth of their son Milo Edwin Behrendt on Jan. 5, in Omaha, Neb. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 22 in. long. He has a big brother, Will Michael, who is 18 months old.
Terry and MelEasa Stueder announce the engagement of their daughter Brenna Lynn to Logan Dane Marshall, son of Paul and Debbie Marshall.