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​Strategic planning on BCC Trustees’ agenda

The current strategic plan for Barton Community College is scheduled for renewal and development and to be in place for fiscal years 2016-2021. The first phase of strategic planning is underway and involves the establishment of a strategic planning framework that will be considered at the next BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


​Velma Mae Sievers 1921 - 2015

ABILENE - Velma Mae Sievers went home to Jesus at the age of 93 on March 20, 2015, at Abilene Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 22, 1921, to Robert John and Mae McWilliams Barnett on a farm southwest of Humboldt. Because her Dad rented from a family named Chicken, she always chuckled and said "I was born in the Chicken House."

March 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barton women begin outdoor track season

The 2015 outdoor season started for the Barton Community College women's track team this past weekend in a big way. The Cougars traveled to the University of Alabama to compete in a loaded John Mitchell Alabama Relays.

March 24, 2015 | | Community College


Cougars open outdoor track season at Alabama

Coming off the heels of a successful indoor season, the Barton

March 24, 2015 | | Community College


OTR for March 25, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 24, 2015 | | On the Record


Barton County Jail Log, March 20-23, 2015

Barton County Jail

March 24, 2015 | | On the Record


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include the 2015-2016 school calendar; a resolution maintaining BOE member elections in April; and licensed teacher retirements, resignations and personnel appointment. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


Elect Susan Young

Dear Editor,

March 24, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Central Kansas Roller Girls has first scrimmage

Central Kansas Roller Girls hosted their first scrimmage of the season. Derby girls from Junction City, Wichita, Topeka, and Salina all met on Saturday at Skateland in Hutchinson for a derby match. Spectators are welcome and anyone interested in joining in on the derby fun can come by and see what it is about. More NSOs (Non-skating Officials), refs, teammates and volunteers are needed. No skating skills are required to start roller derby, everything is taught. Central Kansas Roller Girls meet at Skateland in Hutchinson from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 a.m. to noon ...

March 24, 2015 | | Local Sports


Barton splits series with Longview

It was a weekend to step away from Jayhawk West play but the results were similar for the Barton Community College baseball team – another split.

March 24, 2015 | | Community College


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Cougar softball end skid in split at Garden City

After bolting to a great start to the season the Barton Community College softball team found itself with a 4-game losing streak after dropping the opener at Garden City Saturday. The Cougars ended that in emphatic style with an 11-2 win in the finale.

March 24, 2015 | | Community College


Narcissistic Children: Can They Be Stopped?

One of my college roommates had a propensity for dismissing a rule (or someone else's interests) with "Pish posh! That's for lesser mortals!"

March 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Middle East Madness

March 24, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Think of the children!

"What about the children?"

March 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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OTR for April 11-12, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

April 10, 2015 | | On the Record


Lesser prairie-chicken talk offered

A public presentation on the threatened status of the lesser prairie-chicken is offered by Grass Roots Environmental Advocacy Team (GREAT) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent at 3600 Broadway St. in Great Bend.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Minimum Fairness

April 10, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


From Powerless To Swamp People

Monday evening, just as Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead over Duke in the national championship basketball game, the electricity flickered three or four times and the house went dark. "Oh what cruel trick of nature could this be?" Surely it will be back any moment I thought, after all, this IS the championship game that's on my giant flat-screen tv! Horror of horrors, it didn't happen!

April 10, 2015 | | Local Sports


Next Encore Series performance by Presidio Brass: ‘Sounds of the Cinema’

Tickets are now available for Presidio Brass: "Sounds of the Cinema," the next Encore Series offering. The performance will be at at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus.

April 10, 2015 | | Entertainment


Presbyterian Women to hold Rummage Sale

Presbyterian Women of Great Bend will hold a giant Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11, in the church Fellowship Hall at 24th and Washington St. The tables will be full this year with a wide variety of items in good condition mostly priced at 25 cents. Select items will be priced higher.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Sterling College’s spring musical is “Nunsense”

"Nunsense," the musical comedy by Dan Goggin about the Little Sisters of Hoboken, opens Thursday, April 16, in Culbertson Auditorium at Sterling College. Under the direction of Mark Clark, assistant professor of music, the cast of "Nunsense" will perform at 8 p.m. on April 16-18 The box office will open at 7 p.m., and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

April 10, 2015 | | Entertainment


Supreme Court Special Session April 13 at Fort Hays State University

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from 6:30 to about 8:30 p.m. on Monday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center located in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus at 600 Park Street in Hays. The court will greet the public in an informal reception following oral arguments. A live video stream of the proceedings will be available through the Fort Hays State University website at www.fhsu.edu/homepage/Events/Kansas_Supreme_Court/. Archived recordings of the proceedings will be available the week following the hearings on the Kansas Supreme Court Archived Oral ...

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Q. Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What's the big deal?

April 10, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Marco Rubio: Style Over Substance

Over the last several months, Marco Rubio has been mentioned by the national media so many times one might think he was just elected president.

April 10, 2015 | | Columnists


CKCA open house

Students and parents could view a number of classroom projects at the Central Kansas Christian Academy, held March 31 at the school.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS golf team results: McPherson Invitational

McPherson Invitational

April 10, 2015 | | Prep Sports


#NoMorePro**nity!

The other day I was listening to a talk radio show when I heard the host say, "What the h__ll do they think they are doing?" I said to myself, "I don't want to listen to language like that!" and changed the channel. Then one evening I was watching a TV show and one of the characters said, "Just quit b__ching about your friend and go talk to her." There I was again changing channels.

April 10, 2015 | Hope for Today By Clint Decker | Religion


Hog Feed; Fashion Accessories sale announced

Upcoming fundraisers for Immanual United Church of Christ, 701 N. Fritz St. in Ellinwood:

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Fair to be installed as new pastor for Immanuel UCC

ELLINWOOD - Immanuel United Church of Christ is pleased to announce the installation of the Rev. Jennifer Fair as pastor and teacher of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ellinwood. The installation will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the church, located at 701 Fritz St. Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service. Edith Guffey, Conference Minister of the Kansas Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ, will serve as preacher for the service. The service is open to the public.

April 10, 2015 | | Religion


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