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Wetland Explorer

People who feed birds often curse them, but for viewing fun, you can't beat a fox squirrel. With tree branches stripped of leaves, these furry aerialists' antics are easily viewed from the comfort of your home during the winter season.

December 16, 2012 | By Pam Martin Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator | Local Life


General Patton and The Chief Justice

As a former Marine Corps combat engineer, I appreciate Army general George S. Patton, Jr. Just before his troops stormed Normandy beaches to help liberate Europe, he gave them a rousing speech. The general reminded them that they had all "admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner . . . and the All-American football players." General Patton's inspirational point? "Americans love a winner."

December 16, 2012 | By Lawton R. Nuss | Columnists


Misdirected Anger

All those union thugs who were rioting in Michigan Tuesday were angry about the wrong thing.

December 16, 2012 | | Columnists


The Year In Agriculture

2012 is almost history and 2013 is just around the corner. Top Ten lists will start coming out soon. In order to beat the holiday rush, let's use this column to take a look at the top ten stories in Kansas regarding agriculture. This is just one person's opinion and I welcome any discussion and input.

December 16, 2012 | | Agriculture


Busy Buzzers 4-h Club

December 16, 2012 | | Club News


Barton County Board of Commissioners meeting

The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include amendment of the 2012 Barton County operating budget and Environmental Management nuisance complaint.

December 16, 2012 | | Area Briefs


“Celebrate the Gift”

December 16, 2012 | | Education


Orville Edwin Luther 1921-2012

GREAT BEND – Orville Edwin Luther, 91, died Dec. 15, 2012 at his home in Hutchinson.

December 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Eleanor Marie Reif 1923-2012

HOISINGTON - Eleanor Marie Reif, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Mulvane.

December 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Barlow’s bucket leads Butler in upset of No. 1 Indiana in overtime

INDIANAPOLIS - All Butler guard Alex Barlow saw Saturday was space and an opportunity to make a play.

December 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Stetler leads Cards to 65-38 victory over Larned

LARNED - Hoisington High School senior Cody Stetler finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Cardinals over Mid-Central Activities Association opponent Larned 65-38 on Friday night.

December 15, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Lady Indians hold on for win over Lady Cardinals

LARNED - A 20-point third quarter launched the Larned High School girls' basketball team to a 37-22 lead heading into the final eight minutes of Friday night's game.

December 15, 2012 | | Prep Sports


No. 18 Utah State throttles Toledo 41-15

BOISE, Idaho - Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and No. 18 Utah State won a bowl game for the first time in nearly 20 years, beating Toledo 41-15 on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

December 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Cousins to start for Redskins

WASHINGTON - Robert Griffin III's sprained right knee will keep him out of the starting lineup Sunday when the Washington Redskins visit the Cleveland Browns in a game with vital playoff implications.

December 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


No. 14 Gonzaga seizes 68-52 win over Kansas State

SEATTLE - Kelly Olynyk dominated inside with 20 points and No. 14 Gonzaga rebounded from its first loss of the season with an impressive 68-52 win over Kansas State on Saturday night.

December 15, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Hoisington Middle School Honor Roll

The Hoisington Middle School has released the Honor Roll for the 3rd nine weeks.

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kraft — Reif

Karla Kraft and Eldon Reif announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Vella Mae Jantz of Wichita. The prospective groom is the son of Dorothy Reif of Great Bend.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


Central Plains High School 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Superintendent's Honor Roll

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Leroy Rube 90th

Leroy Rube will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 3, with a card shower.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Wetland Explorer: Migration Madness

While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.

March 29, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Flick baby boy

Ryan Flick and Jennifer Stelmach Flick announce the birth of their son Bennett Ryan Flick on Dec. 15, in Salina. He weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz. and was 17 in. long. He has a big sister, Harper Flick.

March 29, 2015 | | Births


Hafner —

Samantha Kay Hickel and Matthew William Hafner were united in marriage on Oct. 18, at Dozier Vineyard and Winery in Ellinwood, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Lenard Maxwell. Parents ofthe couple are Doug and Karen Hickel of Claflin and Rod and Kathy Hafner of Great Bend. Grandparents of the bride are Alice Bednasek of Holyrood and the late Vernon Bednasek, and Betty

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Peltier —

Gentry Sauder and Scott Peltier were united in marriage on Nov. 1, at the First Evangelical Free Church in Wichita in a double ring ceremony officiated by Kevin Ingram of Manhattan. Parents of the couple are Art and Connie Sauder of Great Bend and Jim and Theresa Peltier of Concordia.

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Williamson 55th

Clayton and Teddy Williamson will celebrate their 55th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS building located at 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jettie and Jeff Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, and Karla Weeks and their families.

March 29, 2015 | | Anniversaries


Clayton Williamson 80th

Clayton Williamson of Hoisington will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS Building, 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Teddy Williamson 75th

Teddy Williamson will celebrate her 76th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at GPS, 352 West 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Lagud — Keffer

Dr. Dustin Wayne Keffer and Ms. Crystal Sue Lagud announce their engagement. The parents of the groom are Vicki and Bill Keffer of Great Bend. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Judy Rusco of Great Bend, the late A. Wayne Rusco, and the late Arthur and Frankie Keffer.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


Cheryl Rugan announces candidacy

Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. After consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. "I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


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