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The Bright Sides of Extreme Maturity

Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. "Uh, lady, you want lids on these?" Fast-food break rooms equipped with CPR paddles. A forest of tennis ball-footed walkers leaning against the brooms and mops by the back door. Intra-generational minimum wage squabbles: "Hey you punks, get your greasy hot apple pie holes off my oxygen tank."

March 12, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Getting Left Behind

March 12, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Medicare Needs More Competition, Not Less

Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

March 12, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Saint Francis offering free training for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.

March 12, 2013 | | Local News


Solid pitching leads Cougars to series split with Seward County

Playing six games in three days, the Barton Community College baseball team needed and received solid pitching to earn a series split with Seward County Community College this past weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field.

March 12, 2013 | | Community College


Betty Jo (Jody) Rader 1931 - 2013

LARNED - Betty Jo (Jody) Rader, 82, died March 10, at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Jan. 29, 1931 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Merle and Muriel Ratliff Kelly. In 1949 she graduated from Greensburg High school. On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Dorl Rader in Greensburg. He survives. She was a doctor's nurse for Doctors Cram, Blount, Brenner, Ewing and Smith in Greensburg.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Joan Budig 1954 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - A rosary for Joan Budig will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Richard Ralph Coker 1950 - 2013

BROKEN BOW, Okla. - Richard Ralph Coker, 63, died on March 7 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


SMART SWEEPS AWARDS

Marcus Smart has made quite an impression in his first - and maybe only - Big 12 season.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1

Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Heat looking to stay focused during 18-game win streak

MIAMI - LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference's best record.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


​Teens wanted for Spring Break Zoo Crew

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo offers teens a chance to learn about animal care and experience zoo careers as part of this year's Spring Break Zoo Crew. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. According to Danielle Ricklefs at the zoo, teens will work alongside zoo staff and will assist with the educational program and development.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Gala raises over $52,000 for Sunflower Diversified Services

Supporters of Sunflower Diversified Services set records recently at its 8th annual Charity Gala. The non-profit agency raised more than $52,000 and reported 169 guests.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


OTR for March 12, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

March 11, 2013 | | On the Record


Ellinwood briefs

Ellinwood City Council meeting Monday

March 11, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


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Remember Kermit Gosnell? Probably Not

It is difficult to imagine that two years have passed since a Philadelphia jury decided the fate of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

May 15, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Amish Romance Novels: Is That Even A Thing?

I had never really thought about such books existing, but the May 8 "Newsweek" reports that Amish romance novels are big business, accounting for as much as half of the inspirational fiction market and involving dozens of new titles each month.

May 15, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


IRS Workers

May 15, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Help wanted – careers in agriculture

It's graduation season for secondary and post-secondary education. Some graduates are continuing their formal education and many are looking for work. Many are still trying to figure out their career. Too many have never considered agriculture as a career path for a variety of perceived reasons: low wages, poor benefits, they don't hire women, less than desirable working conditions, no experience in agriculture, no jobs, no opportunity for advancement. All of those perceptions are wrong. This column isn't saying there aren't less than desirable jobs in agriculture but these jobs are shrinking as agriculture adapts to ...

May 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Kirmser Awards recognize exceptional undergraduates at KSU

MANHATTAN - Outstanding undergraduate research in topics ranging from presidential history to biosystems engineering has earned several Kansas State University students the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award, presented through the K-State Libraries.

May 15, 2015 | | Education


From Barton to bachelor’s

MANHATTAN - Nathan Legleiter always wanted a Kansas State University degree, but he needed a way to complete it while living and working in the Great Bend area. He used a special partnership between Barton Community College and the university to complete his bachelor's degree in general business.

May 15, 2015 | | Education


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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