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Loren R. Zelenka 1958 - 2011

ELLSWORTH - Loren R. Zelenka, 53, died Oct. 27 at Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, at Cannon City, Colo., to Roy and Betty (Belt) Zelenka. He grew up in Wilson, and lived most of his life in California and Wilson. He married Sherith Loper on May 29, 1992, at Wilson. He was a welder.

October 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


In Barton County, 6.9 percent of income from Social Security

If Barton County residents didn't receive their monthly payments from the Social Security Administration, 6.9 percent of total personal income in the county would be lost, a total of $74,871,073 in 2009, according to data from the federal Bureau for Economic Analysis and the Social Security Administration.

October 29, 2011 | BY BILL BISHOP and ROBERTO GALLARDO | News


Our cat gives anti-social new meaning

Our family has a cat. She's been living with us for 11 years but we don't know each other. She's more than anti-social. She's anti-people, anti-dog, cat, life.

October 29, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Thomas Allen Hermansen 1935 - 2011

Thomas Allen Hermansen, 76, of Great Bend, died Oct. 21 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson.

October 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Wayne R. Rodie 1924 - 2011

with pic and US flag

October 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


EDH offers tax credits for sale

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital has been granted approximately $200,000 in tax credits which can be purchased for the 2011 and 2012 tax years. The tax credits will give the participant a 70 percent state tax credit, and a 100 percent federal tax deduction.

October 28, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


Central Plains KAY Club collecting winter coats

CLAFLIN - The Central Plains High School KAY organization is asking for help to warm the hearts of families in need this winter. Members are asking residents to donate new or gently used winter apparel. It may be dropped off at the local churches in Bushton, Claflin or Holyrood or to any Central Plains School Office.

October 28, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


The pumpkins are coming again

First Christian Church at Broadway and K-96 are expecting their second load of pumpkins this season. With receiving over 2,000 pumpkins in their first unload on October 8th the second truck will arrived on Wednesday with 800 more pumpkins. Come check out the variety of pumpkins available. The patch is open from 12 to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. This Sunday First Christian Church will be holding their annual Trunk Or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Come trick or ...

October 28, 2011 | | Religion


Memories Matter helps children grieve

After Jacquie Disque's mother died 10 years ago, she thought her older daughter, Malia, could benefit from the Memories Matter Bereavement Camp. Her other daughter, Jessica, was too young but started attending the camp when she could.

October 28, 2011 | | Local News


First United Methodist Youth and Families participate in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

The youth and families at the First United Methodist Church will be out collecting food during the first annual Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat for the Barton County Food Bank from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat (TOT-EAT) was first started by the International Thespian Society and is its annual nationwide community service initiative to collect food for the hungry, but over the years several civic groups and high school clubs have also taken the challenge to collect food around Halloween. The First United Methodist youth and their ...

October 28, 2011 | | Religion


Drip irrigation company approved for purchase of National Guard Armory

By Jim Misunas

October 28, 2011 | | Pawnee Co. News


'A Family Reunion to Die For'

"A Family Reunion to Die For" was presented by Over Actors' Anonymous of Larned High School in partnership with Prairie Arts Unlimited recently.

October 28, 2011 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned Police Report

Thursday, Oct. 27

October 28, 2011 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Auditions scheduled for 3rd Annual “Barton County’s Got Talent” Dinner Theater

Whether you're a singer, a dancer, a comedian, a poet, an actor, or any other sort of talented individual, the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors wants you to perform in their upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theatre scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21. Members of the community are invited to help make this event a success by providing those in attendance with a variety show they'll remember. "There is a great need for adequate housing in our community," says Habitat Board Co-Chair David Hart. "Our dinner theatre fundraiser will be a fun and entertaining way to ...

October 28, 2011 | | News


Larned High School honors Spotlight students

LARNED -Larned High School students have been recognized for academics, athletics, fine arts and Leadership/Service for October.

October 28, 2011 | | Pawnee Co. News


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February 22, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

February 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


Planting fruit trees

If you're pondering buying a fruit tree, here are some comments from the K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture department on ones that are commonly grown in Kansas. Fruit trees are a long-term investment requiring careful thought before purchase. Begin by choosing fruit you will eat, not fruit that appears attractive in the catalog. Other considerations are outlined below. For more choices, go to the publication "Small- and Tree-Fruit Cultivars" at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF1028.pdf. You may also request this publication from me at the Barton County K-State Research and Extension office.

February 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Great Bend High School Bowling results from the WAC Tournament

Both Great Bend Bowling teams concluded their regular season on Thursday as they competed in the WAC Tournament in Garden City. The Lady Panthers dominated the tournament from start to finish. The girls squad captured 17 of the possible 21 points possible as they won the tournament. However, they fell just short of Garden City who was able to hang on to claim the Conference title. This ended the Lady Panthers 4 year run as conference champions. Sophomore Allie Brodrick paced the team as she rolled a 1st place series of 599 which include a high game of 259. Senior ...

February 22, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Docs Who Care physician provides services at St. Rose Health Center

One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS FFA attends Kansas Equifest

February 22, 2015 | | Education


Great Bend City Slickers December meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Great Bend City Slickers 4-H Club was held on Dec. 18th. The meeting was called to order by President Caleb Maneth. There were 11 members, three leaders, 11 parents, and three visitors. The members discussed the 4-H council and livestock and new rules. Hailey Hicks had a Project Talk, Kyle Rhiza did a demonstration, and Josh Crawford had a Health and Safety talk. Club members held a white elephant exchange.

February 22, 2015 | | Club News


Retired Bain Capital executive Michael F. Goss to speak at College of Business Administration’s Dist

Michael F. Goss, former managing director and head of global investor relations for Bain Capital, will be the spring 2015 speaker for the Kansas State University College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series.

February 22, 2015 | | Business


Nels Lindberg honored as NextGen Leader of the Year

Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Community pride earns Westfall 2014 Citizen of the Year award

There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Great Bend Co-op Association earns Business of the Year honor

Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Gerald P. (Short) Penka 1952-2015

LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lloyd Earl Donham 1933-2015

GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Calvin (Bud) Jennings 1942-2015

AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


No. 20 Baylor crushes Kansas State

WACO, Texas (AP) - With yet another 20-win season under Scott Drew secured, Baylor forward Rico Gathers is thinking more about the two times the Bears have been a win away from the Final Four under their coach.

February 21, 2015 | | AP Sports


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