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John "Russell" Bright

ST. JOHN - John "Russell" Bright, age 88, passed away Feb. 2, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Celebration of life service is pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.

February 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard Grant Elson 1928 - 2015

Richard Grant Elson, 87, died Feb. 2, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital.

February 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


BCC, area cities to host blood drives

Barton County residents will have several opportunities to donate blood this month, starting with a drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Rose Health Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


College's Performing Arts department to host Scholarship Day auditions

The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 12. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theatre scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Jury selection continues for Chapman trial

The third day of jury selection for Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial is set to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty said he hopes to have a jury selected by noon.

February 03, 2015 | | News


Hutchinson man indicted on weapons charges

Justin John Michael Cook, 32, Hutchinson, is charged one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Office Wichita spokesman John Cross said.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon tickets available

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. The luncheon is scheduled for at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at StoneRidge Country Club. The Class of 2014 inductees include Aerospace Engineer and 1963 graduate of GBHS, George Nossaman, and Great Bend's long-time "Voice of the Panthers," Randy Goering. Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket for the luncheon, sponsor a table at the luncheon, or to make a donation to the Hall of Fame, contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Larned wrestlers place at junior varsity meet

LARNED - Larned High wrestlers Jalen Kraisinger (132), Kobe Kraisinger (138) and Wes Davis (160) placed first in the Larned junior varsity tournament Saturday.

February 03, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Customer service training available

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has launched a free online customer service training course called Kansas At Your Service. KAYS was developed to help the tourism industry train its employees to provide outstanding customer experiences.

February 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Republicans Challenge Obama's Footballs

February 03, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central National Bank Lending Office, 1916 N Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Curtis Wolf and Sara Panning. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Jefferson School win UWCK trophy

Jefferson School faculty and staff scored big time, but the United Way of Central Kansas was really the big winner. Jefferson School had a whopping 78 percent participation rate in the recent United Way fund drive, up from just 25 percent last year. The school won bragging rights and the travelling trophy held by Eisenhower School last year. The school will also be the site of a dunk tank featuring Superintendent Brad Reed in May. Increased participation district wide made USD 428 one of the top businesses in the area.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Ryan Engle elected to USSSA Softball Hall of Fame

Ryan Engle has been elected to the USSSA Softball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Feb. 7, at the Courtyard Marriot Old Town in Wichita.

February 03, 2015 | | Local Sports


Cougar women see 3-game win streak stopped

No doubt winning at the Green House was going to be a tough task. Much like its most recent road trip to Arley Bryant Gym in Concordia, the Barton Community College women's basketball team had not won in the building since 2007.

February 03, 2015 | | Community College


Tough week ends with second loss for Barton

That mid-conference grind. The time of the schedule where the early conference pep is gone and the closing excitement is still a few games away. It is the time of the year teams have to dig down and just grind.

February 03, 2015 | | Community College


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Shoveling snow? Uh no thanks.

From time to time, my wife tells me I'm not like most other husbands. Some men, she points out, know how to do things like use a hammer, work a saw and build things around the house. I've explained that I've built stuff. In fourth grade I built a birdhouse in Cub Scouts.

February 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Sunflower Electric Power Corporation new employees

Codi Womochil joins Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

February 15, 2015 | | Business


Getting the Truth Out In Agriculture

We are told we live in the age of information and have for at least several decades. Information, specifically access to information, is an asset as valuable as money. "Knowledge is power" is a slogan used in advertising and is first attributed to Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Governments spend billions of dollars annually gathering information on almost everything imaginable. Information, or lack thereof, has decided the fates of nations, the success of companies, and having necessary information is vital to all of us in our everyday lives. Through formal education, on the job training, connections with others, or trial ...

February 15, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USD 428, Holy Family, Helping Hands and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served Feb. 16 through Feb. 20. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

February 15, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Farmers Alliance -2015 Advantage Agent

The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson have announced that Alliance Insurance in Great Bend has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2015. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the "best of the best." To reach this level of distinction is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community.

February 15, 2015 | | Business


Foundation healthcare scholarships available

The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation is currently seeking applicants for their 2015 healthcare career scholarships. Each year the Foundation desires to present several individuals with scholarships. Scholarship amount varies with the merits of the application and funds available from the endowments. The four scholarships to be awarded are: Jonathan Witt Scholarship, Sadie Stalcup Scholarship, Verda Lane Nursing Scholarship and Dr. Robert Moore Scholarship. Application deadline for all scholarships is April 1, 2015.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

February 15, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Waters True Value ad to be featured at regional advertising competition

Thanks to an exciting collaboration, Waters True Value's products and services are reaching an even wider audience across the state.

February 15, 2015 | | Business


Special Needs Calendar

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February 15, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Kansas NRCS announces National Initiatives for 2015

Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces five national initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, Organic Initiative, and Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. While NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis, NRCS has set a deadline of March 20, to apply for 2015 initiatives funding.

February 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Soil Issues

Though soil tests are useful for identifying nutrient deficiencies as well as soil pH, they do not tell the whole story. The KSRE Soils Lab often receive soils from gardeners that are having a difficult time growing crops even though the soil test shows the pH is fine and nutrients are not deficient. Here are some factors that can affect plant growth that are not due to nutrient deficiencies or pH.

February 15, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Local students awarded degrees from Fort Hays State University

Local students are among the 737 who completed associate, bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University in the fall 2014 semester.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


Local students earn spot on 4.0 Business Honor Scholars list at FHSU

Business students who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2014 semester have been named to the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Honor Scholar list at Fort Hays State University.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


HCC honor students listed

Hutchinson Community College has announced the honor rolls for the Fall 2014 semester, including grades through the end of the interterm session. 1,317 students have been honored with selection to the two honor roll listings, with 663 achieving the President's Honor Roll with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

February 15, 2015 | | Education


Great Bend Area Panhellenic

The Great Bend Area Panhellenic is a local organization for alumni of the Greek sororities belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference. One objective of the group is to promote interfraternity, friendship and collaboration among Greek alumni. If anyone has recently moved to Great Bend and would like to be included on the email list, send your email address to tinahiss@cox.net. Current members are reminded to send any updated information to receive electronic mailings.

February 15, 2015 | | Club News


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