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Too much water

Since I have been the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County, my columns have centered on the drought, and how you can water effectively to help your plants through the stressful times. Well, now the pendulum has swung the other direction, and many are wondering how all of this water will affect their plants. I found a couple of short columns from Ward Upham, KSRE Horticulture expert on a few water issues that are on many people's minds.

May 31, 2015 | | Agriculture


Focus on Healthy Snacking this Summer

Kids are enjoying the first few days of summer vacation but that does not mean that learning has to take a vacation; especially in the area of nutrition education. I remember when John and I were raising our three kids that our summer grocery bill jumped considerably. It would have been easy to fall into the trap of stocking up on the many processed foods on the market and offering those to our busy family. Instead I tried to make sure we had the refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthy choices for meals and snacks.

May 31, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Golden Sheaf O.E.S. Chapter #226 meeting

Golden Sheaf O.E.S. Chapter #226 of Great Bend met on May 18, at the Hoisington Masonic Temple. The chapter celebrated its 115 year birthday. Seven visitors were present.

May 31, 2015 | | Club News


Chase High School Honor Roll

4th Nine Weeks

May 31, 2015 | | Education


Raymond Junior High Honor Roll

4th nine weeks

May 31, 2015 | | Education


New autism support group plans meeting

The statistics are frightening and seem to get worse all the time. Science is still at a loss as to how and why the incidences are increasing. And there is no cure. That is the stark reality of autism. And receiving a diagnosis for someone you love is life changing. For many families in Great Bend and the surrounding area, autism is something they must deal with every day. It can be isolating, lonely, and scary and resources in this area of the state are very limited. Fortunately, three area agencies are working together to form Connecting the Pieces-a ...

May 31, 2015 | | Local Life


The Time is NOW!!!

All fishermen (and women) love to brag and show their catch before it gets to the dinner table. A limit of five walleye is no small accomplishment. It looms larger when fishing on the lakes that have a 18 inch limit as opposed to the 15 inch limit on other lakes. I'm not sure why the regulations aren't standard across the state. There are several things about the regulations that I feel could make fishing better for all of us. The major rule in my estimation that is harmful is the 50 fish limit for crappie. A decent ...

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Wheat and Summer Crops – An Update

The past week brought more precipitation and as this column is being written, Thursday morning, more is expected. Where does that leave the area in terms of the upcoming wheat harvest and our summer crops?

May 31, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Nicole Berger inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Nicole Berger of Hoisington, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Berger was initiated at Emporia State University.

May 31, 2015 | | Education


Preceptor Pi honors members and installs new officers at year’s end

Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma presented Woman of the Year and Sister of the Year awards and installed new officers as the 2014-15 sorority year drew to a close.

May 31, 2015 | | Club News


Founder’s Day celebrates 84th anniversary of Beta Sigma Phi

The three Great Bend chapters of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated Founder's Day April 28 at First Christian Church. The event recognizing the 84th anniversary of the founding of Beta Sigma Phi International was planned and hosted by Xi Delta Upsilon. Following the Founder's Day meal, each chapter presented its awards to honor members.

May 31, 2015 | | Club News


ISIS/ Civilians

May 31, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Conservative Christians Miscount

I don't care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show "19 Kids & Counting" is with Christian conservatives.

May 31, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Thank You, Nebraska Republicans!

I've never quite understood why Republicans will jump to trash talk big government-gleefully calling to eradicate the IRS, NSA, EPA, CIA, etc.-all while embracing the death penalty. As the abundant field of GOP presidential hopefuls all vie to woo the same group of hyper-conservative white evangelicals which make up the party's base, not one of them has attempted to make the case against the government killing its own citizens. For years the tea party has engrossed our national conversation with their reflexive distrust of all things publicly funded. Even so the sentence of death carried out by ...

May 31, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


USD 428 Summer Menu

USD 428 Great Bend School Food Service will offer the summer lunch program at Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Park, and Riley Elementary Schools. The program will run from June 1 through June 25, (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast is served at Park and Riley only. There is no charge for anyone age 1 through 18. Sites are open to all children regardless of where they attend school. Parents may eat with their children for $3.50 for lunch or $2 for breakfast. All food must be consumed on site.

May 31, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


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Liberals Mocking Obamacare Case Have a Big Problem

There is a big problem with the prevailing liberal narrative that the phrase describing subsidy eligibility in Obamacare, "established by the state," could not possibly mean what it says. The problem is named Jonathan Gruber.

June 19, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let's Ditch the Political Correctness

Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives. These self-appointed "Speech Sheriffs" warn us that words spoken outside the imaginary perimeters they've set are judgmental, negative, racist or intolerant.

June 19, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


KDA Photo contest now open

As agriculture in Kansas flourishes this summer, pull out a camera, capture the moment, and submit your photos to 2015 Kansas Department of Agriculture's photo contest, beginning June 15.

June 19, 2015 | | Entertainment


Kansas Wetlands Center offers summer fun

Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Tower bricks available; costs to save building prohibitive

St. Rose Health Center has been getting many requests for bricks that could serve as mementos of the 51-year-old circular towers that are currently being razed.

June 19, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

ESCL has added a variety of DVDs to our circulation.

June 19, 2015 | | Entertainment


Tinseltown Talks

Since the 1960s, June Lockhart has been widely recognized as the practical and protective TV mom from "Lost in Space" and "Lassie." But her extensive career stretched beyond zany aliens and courageous canines. Her body of work includes some 200 stage, film, and TV roles – including two seasons on "Petticoat Junction" and numerous television guest-starring appearances since the 1950s. Westerns were among her favorites.

June 19, 2015 | Nick Thomas | Entertainment


Mary Alee Gibbs 1925-2015

Mary Alee Gibbs 1925-2015

June 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Reliving the past at Barton

Part three in a series of some of the most memorable moments in Barton athletics

June 18, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Petroleum demand grew 5.4 percent in May

WASHINGTON ─ Total U.S. petroleum deliveries (a measure of demand) grew by 5.4 percent last month from May 2014 to average 19.5 million barrels per day. This was the highest monthly demand yet seen in 2015.

June 18, 2015 | | Oil & Gas


OTR for June 18, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

June 18, 2015 | | On the Record


Boys finish up camp

The Great Bend Middle School 8th grade boys wrapped up their four-day summer basketball camp. The boys worked hard all week and look forward to a great upcoming season of basketball. The boys will be led by coach Schmidd.

June 18, 2015 | | Local Sports


Russell sweeps Great Bend in Legion play

RUSSELL- The Great Bend Chiefs fell to their Russell counterparts by scores of 13-3 and 3-1 Wednesday night. The Chiefs fall to 8-7 on the season and will tangle with Hutchinson Friday night in doubleheader play at the Great Bend Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

June 18, 2015 | | Local Sports


Big innings mean big win for Royals

KANSAS CITY- The Interleague series shifted from Miller Park to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, but the result remained the same. The Royals scored at least seven runs against Brewers pitching for the third straight night in a 10-2 win, helping Joe Blanton emerge from his first Major League start in nearly two years with a victory, while Ned Yost tied Whitey Herzog for the most managerial wins in franchise history.

June 18, 2015 | Adam McCalvy/MLB.com | AP Sports


Charlie's Inside Corner: Recycling

The sports world is not unique to it but they are, perhaps, the best practitioners of it. I'm talking about recycling. The practice of recycling old coaches, old administrators, athletes too. Fire a coach here and he pops up as the head man somewhere else. Kick a general manager out and he becomes the brains somewhere else. The sports world is a very small fraternity. The latest example of this is the naming of Lew Perkins to the Board of Directors of USA Boxing, the governing body that oversees amateur boxing, including Gold Gloves and USA Olympic boxing.

June 18, 2015 | Charles Tabler | Local Sports


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