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Bonds’ sentencing brings BALCO saga to near-closure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds - the probe's highest-profile catch - is sentenced for obstruction of justice.

December 14, 2011 | | AP Sports


Paul headed to LA; Clippers, that is

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time - to the Clippers, not the Lakers.

December 14, 2011 | | AP Sports


Great Bend captures first

HUTCHINSON - The Great Bend High School swim team to first place for the first time this season, winning the Hutchinson meet on Tuesday night.

December 14, 2011 | | Prep Sports


CRENNEL IN CHARGE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Romeo Crennel stepped to the podium inside the Chiefs' practice facility, gripping both sides of it with his meaty hands, and promptly named Kyle Orton his starting quarterback.

December 14, 2011 | | AP Sports


Wendell E. “Chub” Brenner

DAYTON, Ohio - Wendell E. "Chub" Brenner, 83, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of North Fort Myers Fla., died Dec. 13, 2011.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Frances H. Pratt 1923-2011

GREAT BEND - Frances H. Pratt, 88, died Dec. 14, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


On the Record for Dec. 15, 2011

Great Bend Police

December 14, 2011 | | On the Record


BCC’s inmate education program receives grant extension through August 2012

Since 2009, almost 700 incarcerated youth and adults have had the opportunity to pursue a higher education through Barton Community College's grant funded Reach Out, Retrain and Re-entry (R3) project. This number shattered the project's initial goal of 250 participants, and with a recent government grant extension, many more will have the same opportunities, according to Elaine Simmons, BCC's dean of Workforce Training and Community Education.

December 14, 2011 | | News


St. Rose doctor suggests less invasive hysterectomies in most cases

When a woman's doctor recommends a hysterectomy, one of her first questions should be "what kind of hysterectomy," advised Maxine Lingurar, M.D. Gone are the days of one-size fits all.

December 14, 2011 | | Mind & Body


Home burglarized during remodeling

Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a burglary that occurred between 1 p.m. on Nov. 26 and 4:10 p.m. on Nov. 27 at 1912 Adams St. in Great Bend, at a house that was being remodeled.

December 14, 2011 | | Area Briefs


DARE

HOLYROOD - DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) culmination for the Central Plains Elementary School 5th graders took place on Monday, after 11 weeks of classroom education. Barton County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brad Patzner instructed 24 students from Lisa Ryan and Kara Potter's classes.

December 14, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


Hoisington Municipal Court Dec. 1

Benito Barrera Jr., disorderly conduct, fine $50, court costs $85

December 14, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


Mystic Blues

December 14, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


The great outdoors

December 14, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


lia sophia names Top Sales Advisor in Hoisington

lia Sophia recently announced top honors for its Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism. Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, Ona Marshall of Hoisington has earned this accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new Advisors.

December 14, 2011 | | Business


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Shafer Gallery to feature opening reception for “Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan” exhibit

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Library is irresponsible

Dear Editor,

February 22, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Short and Long-Term Drought Outlook

The latest Drought Monitor Update (February 17) indicates almost the entire state is at least abnormally dry. Most of Barton County falls in this category except for the extreme southern section. South into Stafford and west into Pawnee Counties the shortage increases to moderate drought. As you move south towards the border and to Southwest and West Central Kansas the severity increases to severe with a small area rated as extreme drought. This is in spite of slightly above average precipitation experienced in the Barton area over the last several weeks.

February 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


GBMS Above and Beyond winners

Great Bend Middle School announces the November through January Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school administrators.

February 22, 2015 | | Education


Obama's Plan to Regulate the Internet Risks Content Control

Proponents of President Obama's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control. They even style themselves defenders of free speech. But there is a very serious risk that changing the Internet from an unregulated free enterprise into a heavily-regulated public utility will lead over time to content control.

February 22, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

Where does the Obama Administration find these people?

February 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Undocumented

February 22, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Registration now open for 2015 Spring Team Time Trial

The Sunflower State Games announces that registration is now open for the Spring Team Time Trial. Event details and registration procedures can be found online at www.sunflowergames.com. This three person cycling team event will take place on Saturday, April 11. Staging for the race will take place at the Historic Lecompton High School, 620 E. Woodson Street in Lecompton. Racing begins at 10 a.m with teams set to start at two minute intervals.

February 22, 2015 | | Local Sports


WKHRMA March meeting

Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association (WKHRMA) will hold their March meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at Thirsty's Banquet Room, 2704 Vine Street in Hays. Registration is between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. The program for the March meeting will be on "The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Employment Process" presented by Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions.

February 22, 2015 | | Business


Participation needed in survey

Dear Editor,

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


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