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Bureaucratic incompetence

Sadly, bureaucracy is a time-honored tradition in the United States government, but perhaps no greater bureaucratic juggernaut exists today than the Veteran's Administration (VA) run by the Obama Administration.

April 03, 2013 | | Columnists


If you Enron-ize public schools, cheating is going to happen

The Ohio state auditor is investigating the practice of "scrubbing," or dropping students from attendance rolls so they don't count against test scores. The former El Paso superintendent is in prison for using truant officers to encourage at-risk students to drop out. Other testing scandals have popped up in Mobile, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and East St. Louis, Illinois. And everywhere USA Today looked in a 2011 investigation, they discovered statistically improbable aberrations in test scores, identifying 1,610 examples of anomalies that an Arizona State University professor compared to "a weight-loss clinic where you lose 100 ...

April 03, 2013 | | Columnists


Rhonda R. Klug, 1963-2013

GREAT BEND - Rhonda R. Klug, 49, died April 3, 2013 at her home in Great Bend.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


OTR for April 4, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

April 03, 2013 | | On the Record


Teresa M. Kaiser 1925-2013

CLAFLIN – Teresa M. Kaiser, 87, died April 3, 2013 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Gilbert Nolte

HUDSON - Services for John Gilbert Nolte, 78, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Peace Church north of Hudson.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Robert Lee Ballard 1929-2013

HOISINGTON - Robert Lee Ballard, 83, died March 30, 2013 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Larned State Hospital employees to protest working conditions

By DaVe Ranney

April 03, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Expo winner

April 03, 2013 | | Business


Bulls hold off Wizards, 90-86

WASHINGTON - John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the temperamental Chicago Bulls 90-86.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Nearly all Chiefs players report for offseason workout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Smith and Derrick Johnson said it felt like the first day of school.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Wichita State evens field against Final Four rivals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The entire basketball program at Wichita State runs on what Louisville coach Rick Pitino makes in a single year, with money left over to purchase plenty of trophy cases for Final Four hardware.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | NCAA Tournament


David Juergensen 1950-2013

David Juergensen, 62, died April 2, 2013 at home in Great Bend. He was born April 12, 1950 at Great Bend, the son of Emil and Alverta (Steinert) Juergensen.

April 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Gilbert Nolte 1934-2013

HUDSON - John Gilbert Nolte, 78, died March 26, 2013 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. He was born Oct. 21, 1934 at Stafford County, the son of John Louis and Elizabeth (Ukens) Nolte.

April 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


Larned native Keady among selections for 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame class

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

April 02, 2013 | | NCAA Tournament


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Gathering the grain

It's 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark.

July 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Honorable Recognition: Nearly 460 Kansas State University students receive graduation honors

Nearly 460 Kansas State University students have earned graduation honors with their May 2015 degrees.

July 05, 2015 | | Education


Farmers Bank & Trust adds new Advisory Director

Farmers Bank & Trust announces Kevin Bahr as their newest Advisory Director. "We are pleased to have Kevin join our team at Farmers Bank & Trust. His commitment to the community mirrors ours and we look forward to his contribution to our organization," stated Robert Rugan, Central Kansas Market President. Kevin has served as Board Chairman of the Barton County Extension Council and on the Barton County FSA County Committee. He is also an active volunteer for Otis-Bison school activities and helps coach the Middle School basketball team. Kevin is married to Jennifer, and has three children, Blake, 15, Abbi, 12, and ...

July 05, 2015 | | Business


Garden City Community College honor roll

The Spring 2015 Honor Roll for Garden City Community College has been announced. The considerations were based on degree-seeking students enrolled in eight (8) hours or more for the Spring 2015 Semester.

July 05, 2015 | | Education


Hathaway family reunion

The annual Hathaway reunion, families of the 12 children of the late John William and Reno Hathaway, was held on June 27, at the I.O.O.F. Lodge in St. John with 71 attending. Debbie Haddon was hostess.

July 05, 2015 | | Reunions


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday July 9, at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


Kansans named to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey congratulated three Kansans recently appointed by USDA chief Tom Vilsack to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and two of six commodity specific Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs).

July 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


Check It Out!

Every Hero Has a Story is the theme for the Summer Reading Program at Ellinwood School/Community Library. Students are enjoying hero-based activities as they continue to read to meet their goals. Our participants are beginning to earn prizes; our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders made blankets for the Humane Society to use for the pets that are waiting for a good home; and all are being led by Shatlyn Thomas with the assistance of Michele Martin and Julie Blakeslee.

July 05, 2015 | | Local Life


University announces spring 2015 honor roll

Approximately 4,575 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2015 semester. The students, from KU's Lawrence campus and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in Kansas City, represent 96 of 105 Kansas counties, 47 other states and territories, and 38 other countries.

July 05, 2015 | | Education


When I was young

When I was young ... a long time ago ... when I liked fireworks.

July 05, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


KBA honors 23 at its annual awards luncheon

The Kansas Bar Association honored 23 at its annual luncheon during its annual meeting in June at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park. This year's honorees ranged from the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office to the past public information director for the Office of Judicial Administration.

July 05, 2015 | | Business


Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care receive deficiency free state reviews

On June 24, Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care assisted living residences were randomly visited by state licensing auditors for a review of operational protocol and resident care documentation. This is a standard process that is intended to verify that licensed senior living facilities are caring for residents as regulated by the state. Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care's reviews resulted in zero deficiencies. All operational protocol and resident care is at or above expectations as regulated by the State of Kansas.

July 05, 2015 | | Business


Civics Lessons

Empowered by a community who understood the value of their youth program, a diverse group of area teens set aside other interest to participate in community events. While it was routine – and always fun – for each member of the corps to take part in local activities, those same activities served to teach important lessons about civic responsibility.

July 05, 2015 | | Business


‘Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit’ focus of the 2015 K-State Beef Conference

Many cattle producers have experienced record returns on their calves the past year, but even times of high profitability demand a search for opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation. Several of these opportunities will be discussed at the upcoming K-State Beef Conference, hosted Aug. 11 and 13 at various locations across Kansas.

July 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


Farming and Politics

This column isn't about today's political climate and agriculture. Instead let's focus on the political impact farmers have had on this nation as we celebrate Independence Day, specifically our Presidents. How many of this nation's leaders were farmers? What history and myth surrounds their backgrounds? Maybe more than you think aside from the more obvious ones.

July 05, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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