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February 15, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Kansas NRCS announces National Initiatives for 2015

Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of March 20, to apply for 2015 initiatives funding.

February 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Soil Issues

Though soil tests are useful for identifying nutrient deficiencies as well as soil pH, they do not tell the whole story. The KSRE Soils Lab often receive soils from gardeners that are having a difficult time growing crops even though the soil test shows the pH is fine and nutrients are not deficient. Here are some factors that can affect plant growth that are not due to nutrient deficiencies or pH.

February 15, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Local students awarded degrees from Fort Hays State University

Local students are among the 737 who completed associate, bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University in the fall 2014 semester.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


Local students earn spot on 4.0 Business Honor Scholars list at FHSU

Business students who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2014 semester have been named to the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Honor Scholar list at Fort Hays State University.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


HCC honor students listed

Hutchinson Community College has announced the honor rolls for the Fall 2014 semester, including grades through the end of the interterm session. 1,317 students have been honored with selection to the two honor roll listings, with 663 achieving the President's Honor Roll with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


Great Bend Area Panhellenic

The Great Bend Area Panhellenic is a local organization for alumni of the Greek sororities belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference. One objective of the group is to promote interfraternity, friendship and collaboration among Greek alumni. If anyone has recently moved to Great Bend and would like to be included on the email list, send your email address to tinahiss@cox.net. Current members are reminded to send any updated information to receive electronic mailings.

February 15, 2015 | | Club News


Great Bend High School Bowling reults

On Thursday, the Great Bend Panthers hosted a triangular with Liberal and Holcomb. In girls action the Lady Panthers dominated the day by winning ten of the 11 WAC points possible. Senior Addie Soukup was the high bowler for the Lady Panthers as she rolled a top series of 562. Sophomore McKenzy Black finished in 3rd place as she rolled a series of 504. In junior varsity action the Lady Panthers made it a clean sweep as they swept the medal count. Junior Alex Snyder earned 1st place honors by rolling a 522 series. Junior Hanna Pfeifer claimed the silver ...

February 15, 2015 | | Local Sports


No eggs for breakfast?

The egg is in hot water again thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD), these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of "those dirty rotten eggs."

February 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Check It Out!

Ellinwood High School was the place to be this past Sunday! Many people came out to enjoy dinner sponsored by the EHS band, and then ventured on over to the library to see the Smithsonian Exhibit. Dr. Michael Zogry, from Kansas University was our featured speaker. His topic was "Faith and Basketball", and he discussed Dr. James Naismith's connection with basketball and religion.

February 15, 2015 | | Local News


The Swimsuit Issue

Ah, the middle of February. We all know what that means: Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue has arrived.

February 15, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Parent/teacher conferences reminder

The staff of Great Bend Middle School invites parents to Parent/Teacher Conferences on from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 and Tuesday, Feb. 24, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26th. Call the office at (620) 793-1510 to schedule a conference time.

February 15, 2015 | | Local News


Living in Obama World

Barack Obama is living in his own dream world.

February 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The diet of Lent

Dear Editor,

February 15, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Be My Veto-tine

February 15, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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​Jury selection begins for LaVeta Miller trials

Jury selection began Monday morning for LaVeta D. Miller's trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception. The state alleges that about $110,000 was stolen from the Honor Flight program, intended to give World War II veterans expense-paid trips to see their national monument in Washington, D.C. The defendant is the former director of Central Prairie RC&D, once based in Great Bend. She was in charge of Central Prairie Honor Flights, which raised nearly $1.2 million for veterans' trips between 2008 and ...

March 02, 2015 | | News


Wanda Jo Simmons

GREAT BEND - Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1, 2015.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Area basketball substates

CLASS 5A GIRLS

March 02, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Blood drive set

Dear Editor,

March 01, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Fundraiser for Claflin Lions Club

Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 20. The menu for the evening will include all you can eat servings of fish, shrimp, clam chowder, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, bread, coffee or tea.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


4H’ers compete in Edward’s County 4H Air Rifle Match

On Feb. 14, 16 Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Offerle to compete in the Edward's County 4H Air Rifle Match.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Estes — Shirey

Kayla Estes and Tyler Shirey announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stephen and Tanya Kirby of St. John and David and Gay Estes of Arlington and the granddaughter of Larry and Carolyn Mix and Lloyd and Verla Estes both of St. John. The prospective groom is the son of Kevin and Maria Shirey of Canton, Mo. and the grandson of Robert and Rita Kirchner and Alice both of Canton, Mo. and the late Art Shirey.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Price — Johns

Terry and Shelli Price announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Price to Joseph Johns, son of Terrill Johns and Marsha French Joseph.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Mayette Keith 95th

Mayette Keith will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 10, with a card shower. She will celebrate with her family with a dinner at Brookville Hotel in Abilene.

March 01, 2015 | | Birthdays


Behrendt baby boy

Adam and Kate (Corbett) Behrendt announce the birth of their son Milo Edwin Behrendt on Jan. 5, in Omaha, Neb. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 22 in. long. He has a big brother, Will Michael, who is 18 months old.

March 01, 2015 | | Births


Stueder — Marshall

Terry and MelEasa Stueder announce the engagement of their daughter Brenna Lynn to Logan Dane Marshall, son of Paul and Debbie Marshall.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Lewis — DeHaven

Michael and Cheryl Lewis of Smithville, Mo. announce the engagement of their daughter Miranda Lewis to Garrett DeHaven, son of Tom and Deb DeHaven of Hoisington.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Farmers Mutual Insurance Company annual meeting

On Feb. 19, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), Ellinwood, held their 119th Annual Meeting of the Policyholders. Farmers Mutual Insurance Company is a Kansas Domiciled Mutual Insurance Company that is and has been based out of Ellinwood since 1896. Originally formed by a group of Barton county citizens who had a need to insure property that the insurance industry in the late 1800's would not insure, FMI has continued to serve Kansans with insurance protection on residential and farm property throughout those 119 years. A mutual insurance company is one that has no stock investors nor individual owners, being ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


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