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Get smart about snow removal

There are many good things about a fresh coating of snow on the ground, especially for those who are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Fresh powder makes for ideal skiing conditions as well as opportunities for snowshoeing and snowboarding.

December 31, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Sunflower iPad donations a hit

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about how iPads are helping teachers concentrate on students' behavioral issues. The Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation has donated several iPads to USD 428 schools, most recently to Helping Hands Preschool, which was featured in the first article. This one is about Sunflower's reasons for the donations.

December 31, 2012 | | Education


Cookie contest raises cash for food bank

A sweet time had by more than a dozen Great Bend retail businesses and shoppers in late November resulted in more than $350 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County earlier this month.

December 31, 2012 | | Local News


Rosewood greenhouse produces winter tomatoes

As a rule, winter tomatoes sold in Kansas this time of year don't measure up to their sun-drenched summer counterparts. That's because winter tomatoes typically travel long distances, so they are picked green then gassed to turn a deep uniform red. While that process pleases the eye, it results in a tasteless tomato.

December 31, 2012 | | Business


​Cancer support group meeting change

Because of the New Year's holiday, the Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet on Tuesday. The group will meet at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., Great Bend. This will be the group's only meeting for the month.

December 31, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Red Cross accepting blood donations

January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.

December 31, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Library announces January movies

Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will have more free movies and popcorn in 2013, Marketing Director Jennifer King said.

December 31, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Parents Night Out

December 31, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Ellinwood service awards

December 31, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Service Award

December 31, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Penny Martin - Mulligan 1959-2012

ELLINWOOD - Penny A. Martin-Mulligan, 53, died Dec. 26, at her home in Ellinwood. Born April 10, 1959, in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Billy and Sharon (Stout) Martin. Penny enjoyed crafts, art, and crocheting.

December 31, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dowson — Koch

Eric and Janet Dowson, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Lynne Dowson to Matthew Kurtis Koch, son of Kurtis and Debra Koch, of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Eleanor Rindt of Salina and Dean Dowson of Hershey, Neb. The prospective groom is the grandson of Lewis and Norma Klausmeyer of Goddard.

December 30, 2012 | | Engagements


Isabelle Befort 95th

Isabelle A. Befort will celebrate her 95th birthday on Jan. 8 with a card shower. Born in 1918 and raised on a farm near

December 30, 2012 | | Birthdays


Great Bend City Slickers club meeting

Great Bend City Slickers met on Dec. 13th. Eight members, two leaders, seven parents and one guest were present. Roll call was taken by naming one of Santa's reindeer. A project talk was given on archery. A health talk was given on teeth and a safety talk was given on hunting safety. Flowers were given to the Senior Center. After a chili supper the club went caroling at Cherry Village. Members brought gifts for the nuns. Members raising livestock must attend showmanship and assurance training and attend five regular 4-H club meetings to sell market projects.

December 30, 2012 | | Club News


USD 428, Holy Family, Central Kansas Christian Academy and HeadStart Schools menu

The following meals will be served Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

December 30, 2012 | | Menus and Activities


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Check It Out!

There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Tree order forms

A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...

January 18, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


War on terrorists

January 18, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Farming January 2015 vs. January 1914 – Part 2

Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.

January 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USD 428 Board of Education special meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend Sharp Shooters win tournament

January 18, 2015 | | Local Sports


CKARSP oppose Brownback decision

Dear Editor,

January 18, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


The International Year of Soils: soils sustain life

Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

January 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


Great Bend student on Deans Honor Roll for Fort Hays State University

Sarah Jean Neeland, Great Bend, a 2012 graduate of Great Bend High School, has earned a place on the fall 2014 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University. She is a senior majoring in elementary education.

January 18, 2015 | | Education


BBB tips for using sales to stretch your budget

Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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