Barton Community College GED candidates line the hallway of the Fort Riley Conference Center on Thursday morning as they prepare to take the next step in their lives and educations. The graduates were a mix of Great Bend and Fort Riley students. Although only 27 chose to walk, more than 90 received their general equivalency diplomas from Barton this year. BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman addressed the students regarding their success, telling them it's a sweet victory, but advised them not to settle and to continue to pursue education at the college level.
Four large oil-painted murals from Bank of the West have been donated to the Barton Community College Foundation. The murals by artist Pat Potucek were moved to the college's Shafer Gallery on Wednesday.
GREAT BEND - Robert William Shewbart, 21, died May 23, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Legion and VFW ask all residents
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that federal aid has been made available for the state of Kansas, including several Golden Belt counties, and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of April 14-15.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez gave Will Smith a rude welcome to the major leagues Wednesday night, hitting two homers off the rookie to back another strong start for Andy Pettitte and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 8-3.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored 20 points, and Elton Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the tough-and-determined Philadelphia 76ers past the Celtics, 82-75 on Wednesday night to send the Eastern Conference semifinals back to Boston for Game 7.
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SPC Jessica Marand, a graduate of Barton Community College's Fort Riley campus, leans in for a congratulatory kiss from her husband, Sgt. Mohammed Morand after receiving her associate in science degree May 22. Barton graduated more than 90 students, which is more than the combined graduates of every other institution associated with the Fort Riley Education Services.
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Board of Trade, the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers issued their first Kansas Wheat Harvest Report.
MIAMI (AP) - Miami took a big step forward. Indiana lost two forwards.
SENECA - The experience of competing at a Class 2A state golf tournament got to many of the Ellinwood High School golfers, according to Eagles head coach Greg Maxwell.
NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano homered, Phil Hughes beat Kansas City for the second time this month and the New York Yankees - still looking to bust out with the bats - eked out a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
Chet Cale, whose sculpture "The Gift" was unveiled in front of the Barton County Courthouse last month, will discuss the process of creation during "Dialogue with the Artist," at 7 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. July 28 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
LARNED - Over the past several weeks, the youth residents of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) enjoyed the opportunity to participate in various activities which helped them release typical teenage energies while enjoying their summer break from school.
In conjunction with Adams Apple Fest on Aug. 23, there will be several Art Activities in the Grassroots Art Center Courtyard in Lucas.
Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness.
The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.
ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died Aug. 8, 2014 at his home in Ellinwood. Born on March 18, 1936, in Great Bend, he was raised by Nick and Alice Klepper of Ellinwood. On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Jeanie Brown in Phoenix, Ariz. A lifetime Ellinwood area resident, he was co-owner of Strobl-Yarmer Construction.
HACKENSACK, N.J. – Legislators from New Jersey and other Atlantic Coast states are pushing the Obama administration to reverse a decision to allow geologic exploration of the ocean floor from Florida to Delaware as a step toward seeking underwater oil and gas reserves.