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Katherine George 80th

Katherine George of Larned will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 7 with a card shower. Her children are Alan George of Boulder, Colo., and the late Debbie George.

March 31, 2013 | | Birthdays


GBMS Above and Beyond winners

Great Bend Middle School announces the January and February Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school Administrators.

March 31, 2013 | | Education


Pasture and range evaluation and recovery planning workshops set for April

Cattlemen across much of Kansas are in a quandary. As grass managers, they are asking themselves how many cattle will their ranges and pastures support after twenty to thirty months of drought. What steps can be taken to protect the grazing resources while maintaining enough cattle numbers to be financially viable? Will we get enough runoff to fill the ponds?

March 31, 2013 | | Agriculture


It’s twister time again

If you've ever heard the stampeding sound of a tornado or been close enough to see fence posts, the side of a building or the steel of a grain bin twisting furiously as the dreaded black monster gobbles up the countryside, you'll remember it always.

March 31, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau leaders take their message to the nation’s capital

More than 150 farmer and ranchers from across Kansas participated in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C., March 18-21.

March 31, 2013 | | Agriculture


Easter Sequester

March 31, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


National Nutrition Month comes to an end

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end for another year I hope you and your family have found ways to add more color to your meals. The new MyPlate recommendations for healthy eating stress that half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables; seven or more servings scattered throughout the day. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming, but I can't emphasize enough the wonderful benefits in eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Besides all of the great vitamins and minerals you get from these colorful plants your body also benefits from the generous ...

March 31, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Progress Club Learns About “The Gift”

Local sculptor Chet Cale recently presented a program to members of the Progress Club at the home of Karen Becker. Using a variety of visual aids, he explained the processes involved in creating "The Gift," from early drawings to the casting and final installation of the three bronze figures in front of the Barton County Courthouse.

March 31, 2013 | | Club News


Boring insects

Well, my first week at Barton County Research and Extension has definitely has not been boring to say the least! I have hit the ground running and am learning something new every day. I have had several subjects brought to me, but one that has been talked about several times is boring insects in trees. This made me curious on why I would hear about this problem so much in a week's time, so I set out to do some research to see what I could dig up.

March 31, 2013 | | Local Life


USD 428 Kindergarten round-up

Dates have been set for USD 428's kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug, 31, 2013, and planning to attend local schools in the fall.

March 31, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Kari Wirth promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer at First Kansas Bank

Kari Wirth is being promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer for First Kansas Bank according to Paul Snapp, President and CEO of the Bank. Snapp remarked, "Kari has the work experience and educational background to lead the operations of our Bank. She will continue to strengthen our bank's commitment to operate in a safe and sound manner while providing personalized service to our customers. We are excited to have Kari leading this important area of First Kansas Bank."

March 31, 2013 | | Business


Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend recognized as 2013 National Premier Store

The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend has been named a 2013 Sears Hometown Premier Store. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offers the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. At the end of last year, the Great Bend store was one of only 293 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.

March 31, 2013 | | Business


USD 428, Holy Family, Central Kansas Christian Academy and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served April 1 through April 5. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

March 31, 2013 | | Menus and Activities


Students interact with author via Google+

With advancements in technology, there are more opportunities for creative teaching methods in the classroom. Professor of Theology and Ministry Dr. Henry Lederle took advantage of the possibilities that technology provides by inviting the author of a book used in his Intro to Missions class to interact with the students through Google+ Hangout, a video chat and conference service. Fritz Kling, author of "The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents that will Propel the Future Church," joined the class for a day, engaging in discussion with the students and answering their questions.

March 31, 2013 | | Education


Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

March 31, 2013 | | Menus and Activities


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AG Schmidt’s office to provide consumer protection information at Barton County Fair

Information to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, scams and deceptive business practices will be offered next week at the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Eagles plan sock hop, luau

Great Bend's Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 646, 1024 Main, has events planned for the next two Saturdays.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


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


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