Don Hanhardt, loan officer at the original Farmers Bank in Albert recently celebrated his 50th anniversary with the financial institution. "Don's loyalty to our bank is a perfect reflection of this bank's commitment to the communities we serve," remarked CEO WR Robbins. "Don has seen a lot of changes over the last fifty years, and has continually adapted to his customers' needs."
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma are working with West Wind Energy on a wind farm project, with the goal to have tribal operations completely powered by renewable energy, officials said Thursday.
Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, awarded Samantha Francis an accounting scholarship at Fort Hays State University. Samantha is the daughter of Todd and Linda Francis of Great Bend. Samantha is a member of the Accounting Club at FHSU and the treasurer and founding member of the FHSU Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Dakota Zecha, a 2011 graduate of Great Bend High School FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mannie Ford, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Zecha's parents are Kelly Zecha and Rehna Zecha of Great Bend. Zecha plans to study at North Central Kansas Technical College.
Kevin Funderburk, 25, was charged with sexual assault of a 71-year-old woman in her Hutchinson, Kan., home in December.
STAFFORD - Stafford High School hosted a track and field invitational on Friday.
SALINA - After playing 99 minutes against the Dodge City High School girls soccer team on Thursday, Great Bend went the distance against Salina South on Friday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs drafted someone from Hog Hammock and someone from Yale.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The new kids in town are trying to take over the Western Conference.
NEW YORK (AP) - From lockout to injunction to limbo and back to lockout - with a draft thrown in. Not even Super Bowl week gets that wild.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James planned to spend a large part of Saturday studying film, looking for any edge that the Miami Heat may use against the Boston Celtics.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Leading by one in the eighth inning, the Kansas City Royals got an insurance run and then kept adding on.
LAWRENCE (AP) - With a full year to get to know his program, Kansas coach Turner Gill came away from Saturday's spring game feeling much better than he did a year ago.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wichita State reached another Sweet 16 this season thanks in part to the frenzied, full-court press that coach Gregg Marshall often employs to such success.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) - Gonzaga and coach Mark Few have been a constant presence in the NCAA Tournament, even if the loveable Zags rarely get this deep into March Madness.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Every once in a while, Ned Yost will spin a story about his days on Bobby Cox's bench with the Atlanta Braves, back when the organization was winning NL pennants by the fistful.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are Final Four regulars, and one of them will be back this year even though both of their teams were counted out weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.