Kansas students, including those in Hoisington's Unified School District 431, improved performance on statewide reading and mathematics assessments for the 11th straight year, according to results from the 2011 Kansas Statewide Assessments. Results showed that in the areas of reading and mathematics, there are higher percentages of students performing at the exemplary level than at any of the other four performance levels on the assessments.
This year's theme for Great Bend's Home for the Holiday's Christmas Parade is "Let it Snow." The parade is just one of more than a dozen activities taking place this Saturday. Here is the schedule of events:
TOPEKA - A shopping cart may not seem dangerous, but more than 20,000 children under 5 years old suffered cart injuries each year, according to Safe Kids Kansas.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice (GBHH&H) will offer a free community program, "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will be showing free holiday movies on Dec. 2 and 3.
DETROIT (AP) - Aaron Rodgers took every hit the Detroit Lions could dish out.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Win big, win small; win pretty, win ugly. Tony Romo learned a long time ago that victories are the only thing that matter in the NFL.
BALTIMORE (AP) - John Harbaugh could have gloated. He could have bragged.
Travis Keen, 28, was arrested in Ouachita Parish, La., and charged with indecent exposure while driving around the parking lot at a Walmart. According to the police report, Keen explained that, based on experience, "when he comes to Walmart, he gets aroused."
"Do you know what I want to be when I grow up, Daddy?"
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
NEW YORK (AP) - Dayton Moore thought about the changes in baseball's new labor deal and wondered how they would impact the Kansas City Royals, who spent more than $14 million this year to sign amateur talent, nearly half as much as the team's $36 million opening-day payroll.
Barton Community College representatives lent a helping hand Wednesday during the Stuff the Bus donation campaign for United Way of Central Kansas.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet. Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., room D-107, Great Bend.
Barton history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "From Idealism to Disaster; 1920-1950." Classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
HOISINGTON - GPS Kidsclub, 352 W. 12th, should receive its temporary license for a capacity of 50 kids the first part of the week. The nonprofit organization will provide afterschool care for students at the old Barton County Annex.
Trenton Berens, driving while suspended, pled not guilty
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The United Way of Central Kansas held its 2015 Campaign kick-off on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend. With the theme "Lights, Camera, United Way in Action," there was a old Hollywood feek to the event.
So it turns out, thanks to a leak from the St. Louis County medical examiner's office, that the unarmed teen who was shot by a cop six times in Ferguson, Mo., including twice in the head, had marijuana in his bloodstream. And, naturally, the character assassins are essentially saying, "Ya see? He was a druggie, a violent thug."
The Saturday before last, Michael Brown swiped several cigars from a convenience store counter, passing much of his spoils to friend Dorian Johnson.
Most of psychologist Timothy Jay's research into profanity was exemplified by one moment in the car with his grandson.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.