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When Is a Drought Over?

Probably nobody in the Golden Belt is under any illusion the drought is over. As we are well past the halfway point in wheat harvest, yields are all over the map. They tend to be much worse going west from Great Bend and fair to very good as you proceed east. Reports indicate yields less than 20 bushels per acre in western Barton County to some 60 bushel per acre fields in the east. These yields certainly provide a dramatic representation of where the snow and rains fell since the first of the year. Based on 60 bushel wheat, it ...

June 30, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

How about this oil well?

I think I have this event in the Cheyenne Bottoms/ Nature Conservancy figured out. It sorts out in 5th grade government studies, war, and the durability of mother nature and the birds. It involves emotional and life-long efforts by some people to protect our wildlife and the environment in a ever expanding population explosion on this earth that will eventually destroy us if not addressed at some point in time.

June 30, 2013 | Dan Witt | Barton Co.

Stewart awarded Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

Kristin M. Stewart, Great Bend, has been awarded for the 2013-2014 year, a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Stewart, the daughter of Radonna and Dallas Stewart of Great Bend, will receive a cash award of $2,000 for her senior year of engineering study. Tau Beta Pi Scholarships are awarded to members on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.

June 30, 2013 | | Education

Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Typos

I hope you enjoy your watermelon, fireworks and parades this Independence Day. I'm sort of burned out on the holiday.

June 30, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Watch for Thrips in your garden after harvest

With wheat harvest almost over for the year, insects will possibly be on the move into your garden. One of the main culprits to watch out for right now is thrips. K-State Research and Extension Entomologist J.P. Michaud says that there is a healthy population of thrips in the wheat fields in the area. With harvest removing one of their food sources, your garden is one place they may go.

June 30, 2013 | | Agriculture

Hekele graduates from OCS

Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

June 30, 2013 | | Local Life

4-H Fair events

With the weather heating up and the calendar turning to July it can only mean one thing – the Barton County Fair is coming! As I begin my 25th year with Barton County Extension I am seeing second generation 4-H'ers growing and learning through one of the best youth programs around. Kids who were active 4-H'ers in the 1990's now want their own children to gain from similar experiences. Fair time activities give youngsters a chance to showcase what they have learned from the 4-H projects they enrolled in last fall.

June 30, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Check It Out!

New young adult books at the Ellinwood Library

June 30, 2013 | | Barton Co. News



June 30, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports



June 30, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Braves finish 2-1 in pool play at McPherson tournament

McPHERSON - The Great Bend Braves leave pool play of the Bob Hooper Classic at Grant Sports Complex with a 2-1 mark in Class A American Legion action.

June 29, 2013 | | Summer Sports


MINNEAPOLIS - Kyle Gibson wasn't dominant in his first major league start, but he still pitched well enough to make a bit of Minnesota Twins history and give the team a reason to be optimistic about the future of its pitching staff.

June 29, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports



June 29, 2013 | | AP Sports

NBA free agency opens Monday

Dwight Howard could leave, Chris Paul is expected to stay, and plenty more will happen beyond Los Angeles when the NBA's free agency period opens.

June 29, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Four-way tie for lead at AT&T National after three rounds

BETHESDA, Md. - Roberto Castro went from a share of the lead to five shots behind in three holes. He finished the third round of the AT&T National by hitting a 5-iron left of the 18th green and into the water. And he still managed to be part of a four-way tie for the lead.

June 29, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

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Black Friday Lives Matter

December 01, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

What Happened to Politicians Like Arlen Specter?

Last month, the third anniversary of a man's death came and went without much - if any - public attention.

December 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

How Many Turkeys Died for your Dinner?

We've spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump ...

December 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Cougar men split games at Thanksgiving Classic

It was eerily similar to the first home classic. The Barton men were in control for an opening night win only to watch it slip ...

December 01, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

Cougar women close out home classic with win

The winning streak came to an end Friday night. But it didn't take the Barton women's basketball team much time to start a ...

December 01, 2015 | | Community College

MADV 5th Annual Benefit Meal

MADV, Ministries Against Domestic Violence is an organization formed to provide awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence and services, such as providing a meal a ...

December 01, 2015 | | Local News

​Ice from passing vehicle smashes windshield; injures teen

The Barton County Sheriff's Office had a busy holiday weekend due to bad weather and poor road conditions in central Kansas, Sheriff Brian Bellendir ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

Gwini C. Delgado 1951 - 2015

Gwini C. Delgado, 64, passed away on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on Aug. 27, 1951 in Scott City ...

November 30, 2015 | | Obituaries

GBRC host Stop ‘N Learn Session

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Air Med Care Network" on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 12 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

OTR for November 30, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

November 30, 2015 | | On the Record

‘Santas Around The World’ Exhibit Now Open Through December 20

Twenty-three life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, appear in a winter wonderland of lighted trees and festive holiday décor ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

Another quake rocks area

In case you felt some shaking early Monday morning, you were not alone. A 4.7 magnitude earthquake jarred region in the early hours.

November 30, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

​Santa’s Workshop postponed

Santa's Workshop, which was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, has been postponed due to weather. It will be held Monday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

TBC meeting rescheduled

The TBC Support Group meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 has been canceled. The meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday Dec. 8, 2 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

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