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Richard Alan "Rick" Michael 1952 - 2012

HUTCHINSON - Richard Alan "Rick" Michael, loving husband, father, "Papa," brother and friend, went to be with his divine savior on Jan. 28 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born April 14, 1952, in Lyons, he was 59. On Sept. 14, 1979, he married Tonya Jean Rojas in Hutchinson. He spent many years as an oilfield driller throughout the Midwest. In 1991 he graduated from Hutchinson Community College and in 1993 he received his L.B.S.W. as a Phi Theta Kappa graduate of Bethel College. A former resident of Coats, moving to Hutchinson in 1989, he was a social worker ...

January 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Henry E. "Ed" Eichman

HOISINGTON - Henry E. "Ed" Eichman died Jan. 30, 2012 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington in care of the funeral home.

January 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Betty Ann Debes 1941 - 2012

Betty Ann Debes, 70, died Jan. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 28, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Joseph A. and Marie R. (Oberle) Debes. She was a longtime resident of Great Bend, coming from Odin.

January 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Tail Feather Contest ends Friday

This Friday is the last day for pheasant hunters to submit entries in the Great Bend Recreation Commission's annual Longest Tail Feather Contest, Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said. The winner will receive a $30 Chamber Gift certificate donated by Goss Insurance Agency.

January 30, 2012 | | Area Briefs


On the Record for Jan. 31, 2012

Barton County Sheriff

January 30, 2012 | | On the Record


Big event

Barton Community College cheerleader Morgan Lawery, left, helps Kristin May, 8, during arts and crafts time, Monday at the BCC Big Event. The Barton County chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters came to campus so "Littles" could spend some quality time with a host of Barton "Bigs." The event was sponsored by two Barton student organizations – Community Student Organization and Phi Theta Kappa. Other activities included soccer, baseball, basketball and bingo.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Library showing free movies

Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will be showing free movies served with free popcorn this month, starting with an after-school movie at 3:30 p.m. this Friday. Open to all ages, the after-school movie is an animated blockbuster featuring race car Lightning McQueen and friends competing in the first-ever World Grand Prix.

January 30, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Pawnee County Briefs

Benefit scheduled Friday

January 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Larned Police Report

Monday, Jan. 30

January 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Pawnee County Briefs

Larned TOPS to meet Monday

January 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Larned High students honored

LARNED - Larned High School has recognized its January Student Spotlights of the Month.

January 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Delores June Clawson 1927 - 2012

LARNED - Delores June Clawson, 84, died Jan. 29 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 28, 1927, at Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Katie Rowe Koelsch. She married Virgil M. Clawson on March 24, 1955, at Newkirk, Okla. He died on Aug. 11, 2007. A longtime resident of Larned, she was a homemaker and had worked at the Old Blue Goose and Harvest Inn restaurants.

January 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Hoisington Municipal Court Docket

Jeannie M. Hollar-Camp, dog at large, fine $50, court costs $85

January 30, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Prescribed burning workshop to be held in St. John

Are you interested in learning more about prescribed burning? Then you need to attend the prescribed burning workshop that will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, at the Stafford County Extension Office, 210 E. Third in St. John. Topics covered will include: reasons for burning; notification; regulations and permits; weather; liability; using a burn contractor and burning assistance; equipment; hazards and firebreaks overview; and planning and conducting a burn.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Boy Scout Soup Dinner

Boy Scout Troop and Pack 184 are having their 41st annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge in Great Bend. Regular tickets are $6 for dine in or carry out and include a choice of chili or chicken noodles, a dessert and a drink. Walk-ins are welcome. Gallons are also available by prior purchase only. Cost of gallon of chili is $18 and chicken noodles are $12 per gallon.

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


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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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