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BBB advice on giving wisely to the Newtown families

Americans deeply moved by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, are reaching for their wallets these days. As always happens when a heartbreaking event such as this takes place, many are led to contribute to the cause, motivated by the touching stories of the effected families. Your Better Business Bureau advises that care be taken when you select the charity through which your gift is given.

December 23, 2012 | | Business


Kansas 511 now offers personalized traveler information

Just in time for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Transportation has made it easier than ever for travelers to get the latest information about their route to work, school or holiday gatherings.

December 23, 2012 | | News


Immigration and naturalization exhibit opens at FHSU’s Forsyth Library in January

Most Kansans can trace their heritage to another part of the world. Some came in search of a better life for themselves or their children. Many came to join families or friends.

December 23, 2012 | | Education


Huelskamp stands strong

Dear Editor,

December 23, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


American State Bancshares acquisition of First National Bank of Holcomb completed

American State Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of American State Bank and Trust Company, Great Bend, recently acquired First National Bank of Holcomb. American State Bank has a branch office in Garden City, so the acquisition will increase the bank's presence in that market.

December 23, 2012 | | Business


No. 9 Jayhawks secure road win over No. 7 Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's not supposed to be this easy for a kid playing his first collegiate road game.

December 23, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Detroit’s Johnson tops Rice’s single-season yardage record

DETROIT - The Atlanta Falcons have earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Wildcats stun No. 8 Florida

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Leave it to the kid from suburban Kansas City to help Kansas State finish off a banner day for the college hoops programs that the city calls its own.

December 22, 2012 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Temple shocks No. 3 Syracuse

NEW YORK - Khalif Wyatt had never been in Madison Square Garden let alone played there.

December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


GBMS boys split last games before break

At the Christmas break, the Great Bend Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball "A" team record stands at 7-2.

December 22, 2012 | | Local Sports


Bowers leads No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois

ST. LOUIS - Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri to an 82-73 win over Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game.

December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Louisiana-Lafayette beats East Carolina

NEW ORLEANS - Whether Terrance Broadway was throwing, running, or throwing on the run, he gave East Carolina fits and justified Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth's decision to let his sophomore quarterback finish the season as his starter.

December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Boise State edges Washington, 28-26

LAS VEGAS - The last two times Boise State played in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, there were other places the Broncos wanted to be. Not so on Saturday, when the smallest player on the team came up big in a 28-26 victory over Washington.

December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Indianapolis visits Kansas City seeking playoff berth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Indianapolis Colts of a year ago were in no better shape than the Kansas City Chiefs of this season. Their offense couldn't score, their defense couldn't stop anybody, and they had just one win when mid-December rolled around.

December 22, 2012 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Authorities probing inmate death

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Barton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate held at the Barton County Detention Facility, according to a news release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

December 22, 2012 | | News


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Album feat. GB native Pinkall hits No. 1 on 'Billboard'

MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Guided 'lek' tours offered at wetlands

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Recycle old T-shirts into braided rugs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


NCAA Tournament on TV

SATURDAY'S GAMES

March 21, 2015 | | AP Sports


OTR for March 21-22, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 20, 2015 | | On the Record


No. 2 seed KU routs No. 15 seed Aggies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.

March 20, 2015 | | AP Sports


Central Kansas Community Choir and Barton Orchestra to present concert

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) accompanied by the Barton Community College Orchestra, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Fine Arts Auditorium on at Barton Community College.

March 20, 2015 | | Entertainment


Tinseltown Talks

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1950s film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid – aka a "Creature from the Black Lagoon."

March 20, 2015 | Nick Thomas | Entertainment


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club

There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


2016 Madness

March 20, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


PHHS presents ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker, the Musical’

The Pawnee Heights Players will be presenting their Spring musical on March 27, in the Pawnee Heights High School gym in Rozel. The play," The Elves and the Shoemaker, the Musical," will be presented at 10:30 in the morning, and again at 7 at night.

March 20, 2015 | | Entertainment


Prairie Trail Scenic Byway extended

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.

March 20, 2015 | | News


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