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GBRC to host photography program

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Macro Photography" at noon Tuesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Eric Giesing, Kansas Wetlands Education Center/Fort Hays State University educator, will be the presenter for this one-hour program.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


BCC trustees to act on vehicle bids Tuesday

In a change of its regular meeting date, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will conduct business at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will be voting on vehicle replacement bids, a change in the Military Certificate program offered at the college, and personnel. Charles Perkins will present information from the National Center for Education Statistics.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Recreation commission may change rental fees

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will vote on revising its rental fees and guidelines when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


On the Record for Dec. 11, 2011

Great Bend Police

December 10, 2011 | | On the Record


Projects modernize St. Rose

As senior vice president of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, Leanne Irsik understands that the facility's improvement projects can be a bit inconvenient at times. But she also understands that the changes will be well worth the effort.

December 10, 2011 | | News


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


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Fan hit by line drive and injured during Braves-Brewers game

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A woman sitting several rows behind the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout was injured Monday night when she was hit by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta's Eury Perez.

July 07, 2015 | RICH ROVITO, Associated Press | AP Sports


Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

July 07, 2015 | JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer | AP Sports


Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

KANSAS CITY- Monday night's game between the Royals and Rays at Kauffman Stadium scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT was postponed due to rain and the threat of tornadoes in the area.

July 07, 2015 | Jordan Wilson/MLB.com | AP Sports


Faces of Harvest: Ruthann Spare

The best answer to a complicated question is often the most obvious. Take Ruthann Spare. Searching for a future career path in college, she spent summers working on the family farm in Ellinwood. Eventually, she realized that returning home and farming full time was exactly the lifestyle she was looking for.

July 07, 2015 | Julia Debes | Local News


Greek MythMath

July 07, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


The Confederate Flag Flap

You can tell it's presidential election season.

July 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Glad stained-glass church windows at Olmitz being restored

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July 07, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Sunflower Early Education screening

Sunflower Early Education will hold a free developmental screening open to all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13, at the Sunflower Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing, and vision. Children 6 months and older will be screened using a brand new electronic spot vision screener donated by the Lions Club.

July 07, 2015 | | Local News


Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser 1938 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser died on July 5, 2015, at her home in St. John. Born June 14, 1938, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of James and Mildred Shepherd. She was a resident of St. John since 1968 having worked for First National Bank in St. John for 30 years. On June 16, 1956, she married Lee Eldon Nusser in Sylvia. He preceded her in death in 2003.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Edna M. Rohr 1932 - 2015

DERBY - Edna M. Rohr, 82, loving mother and grandmother, passed away July 4, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Antonino, to Reinhold and Josephine (Kuhn) Herrman. Edna married Alfred Rohr on Nov. 11, 1954. She enjoyed visiting the ocean in New Jersey during the 16 years that they lived in Pennsylvania. After moving back to Kansas, Edna's life centered around her family. She loved to cook, was a devoted member of St. Mary Parish, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren's accomplishments in school and sports. Edna lived ...

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


‚ÄčIrvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Great Bend Rec extending dates for Hap Dumont

The Great Bend Rec center will be extending the dates for this year's Hap Dumont 11U State Tournament. "We are extending the dates to begin this Friday due to the number of teams that have registered," said Christina Hayes, community development coordinator for the City of Great Bend. Hayes said 23 teams are currently registered for this year's state tournament which will take place at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The three-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 10 and runs through Sunday, July 12. "The Rec is looking to host all the games at the ...

July 06, 2015 | | Local Sports


GBMS eighth grade squad wins Barton Summer League Championship

Front row: Jayden Johnson, Mara Fletchall, Kayli Shull, not pictured Olivia Mull

July 06, 2015 | | Prep Sports


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