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LifeTeam commemorates 10 years of service

NEWTON – October 17, 2001 marks an important anniversary for LifeTeam, a regional air medical transport company. The inaugural transport by LifeTeam originated in Liberal, the first of LifeTeam's eight bases. The company chose to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house Friday at its headquarters in Newton.

December 10, 2011 | | Business


Grading the 2012 wheat crop

As this is being written, students at Barton are finishing up the fall semester with their final exams. It is often hard to convince them the real purpose behind testing isn't just to assign grades and make them miserable but as a tool for instructors and for themselves to determine progress and skills obtained while also locating weaknesses needing to be addressed. It allows instructors and students to assess the state of each student's education. Just as important is the fact it allows instructors to assess the effectiveness of instruction and work to improve each class. Now that ...

December 10, 2011 | Victor Martin | Agriculture


State Treasurer Estes comes to Great Bend

Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes' office is currently safeguarding over $230 million worth of unclaimed property for their rightful owners or their heirs.

December 10, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Elderly bear at Brit Spaugh Zoo dies

An elderly female grizzly bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was put to sleep last week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Local student earns Newman University Grant

WICHITA – Tanner Brown of Great Bend is one of the students who has received a $5,000 Newman Grant from Newman University. The grant can be renewed each year to a total of $20,000 over four years. A student must have 2.0-3.29 high school or college GPA. Freshman students must have a score of 18-22 on the ACT or equivalent SAT score to be eligible for the Cardinal Newman Scholarship. Recipients of the Newman Grant must be enrolled full-time.

December 10, 2011 | | Education


Two flown to Wichita after rear-end collision in Larned

Two people were flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after a motor vehicle accident Friday night in Larned.

December 10, 2011 | | News


Fat rats get cancer

It's holiday time and while Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas and New Year's Day are just around the corner. That means all sorts of good tasting food – roast turkey, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie.

December 10, 2011 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Zelma Marie Dodge 1916 - 2011

MANHATTAN - Zelma Marie Dodge, 94, Manhattan, passed away on Dec. 09 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, on a farm near Hoisington, the daughter of Clara (Bicknell) and Charles Finn.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Afterschool 4-H programs offered

"Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo" is the theme for the December 4-H Afterschool program. This will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 from 3:30- 5 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office meeting room. To sign up for one or both days, please call 793-1910 by noon on Wednesday the 14th. The suggested age is 6-12 years old. We also need some 4-H junior leaders to come help with the program!

December 10, 2011 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Georgia Spence 1924 - 2011

Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Shawn Ney

HOISINGTON - Shawn Ney died Saturday, Dec. 10, at Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Kathryn "Katie" Saenz 1928 - 2011

Kathryn "Katie" Saenz, 83, died Dec. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Pedro and Maria (Bravo) Godinez. She married Joe A. Saenz Sept. 8, 1947, at Lamar, Colo. He died Sept. 29, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Lamar, she was a cook for Holiday Inn, Highland Manor and the Senior Center.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Priscilla Benignus

HOISINGTON - Priscilla Benignus, 80, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Supplies for Africa

St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center representatives donate outdated respiratory therapy supplies that will be distributed during a mission to Ghana, Africa. From left to right are: Lori Vainer, St. Rose respiratory therapist; Brandi Gruber, St. Rose director of cardio-pulmonary services; and Suzanne Bollig and Karen Schell, both respiratory therapists and members of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society. Schell will deliver the items to Ghana next spring.

December 09, 2011 | | Local News


BCC art chosen for five-state exhibit

The Hays Arts Center's "Five State Photography" exhibition, which opened Friday and runs through Jan. 19, includes the work of individuals from Barton Community College.

December 09, 2011 | | Local News


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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


‘Improved Management, Improved Nutrition, Improved Profit’ focus of the 2015 K-State Beef Conference

Many cattle producers have experienced record returns on their calves the past year, but even times of high profitability demand a search for opportunities to enhance the management of a beef operation. Several of these opportunities will be discussed at the upcoming K-State Beef Conference, hosted Aug. 11 and 13 at various locations across Kansas.

July 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


Farming and Politics

This column isn't about today's political climate and agriculture. Instead let's focus on the political impact farmers have had on this nation as we celebrate Independence Day, specifically our Presidents. How many of this nation's leaders were farmers? What history and myth surrounds their backgrounds? Maybe more than you think aside from the more obvious ones.

July 05, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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