LIBERAL - Great Bend High School's girls' basketball team prides themselves on playing an up-paced game with a lot of pressure defense and scoring in transition.
MANHATTAN - Texas coach Rick Barnes understands how imperative the latter half of the conference schedule is for Kansas State. His team, however, didn't receive the message.
There may be no pleasing everyone all of the time, but that doesn't stop Karl Sprague from trying.
MCCRACKEN - Danny Jerome Petz, 64, died Feb. 7, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.
WICHITA - Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It's the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club is offering a chance to learn all about Microsoft Word's advanced features with a course scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 26 –April 2 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room D-107.
The new physician assistant at St. Rose Family Medicine (SRFM) & Urgent Care is bringing three decades of experience to the job, and has also made it possible to extend hours at the family-practice clinic.
Vernon Robl doesn't want to appear to be telling people what to do. But he does want to at least encourage cancer survivors to participate in an upcoming program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
Ryan S. Alefs, fail to yield at stop sign, $111
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Wild Romance," a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The program will be repeated at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and Great Bend Senior Center will host a Valentine party from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. A king and queen will be crowned at noon before lunch. The party will start with entertainment by the Park Elementary School music department. Refreshments will be served.
Plans for an open house of the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's Board of Directors will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Action items on the agenda include approved revisions to the Employee Handbook and waiving the generally accepted accounting practices. There will be information on winter/spring enrollment, and a time line for summer programs. There will also be a report on the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The KCAC website shows Great Bend will host the baseball tournament April 30-May 3.
A Chevy Malibu driven by Dana Noble, 43, of Larned slid off West Barton County Road at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, injuring the driver. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, Noble was westbound in the 1200 block when the car hit an icy spot and went 415 feet in the ditch, where it came to rest after striking the embankment of the wash. Great Bend Fire Department ambulance transported her to Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Barton Community College music students will present "Kansas History Snapshot: Music from the Civil War" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Learning Resource. Catered refreshments will be served.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
American AgCredit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate start of construction of its Great Bend office. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the site, 5634 10th St.
The dynamic demographics of the United States come with many advantages, but they also present some challenges, like communication barriers.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed 6th at a tournament held at Southeast of Saline on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Larned's Tyler Stelter (10) drives the baseline versus Ellsworth in a 60-50 loss by the Indians. Larned's Aarika Bright (5) puts up a shot in the lane in Ellsworth's 55-37 basketball victory. Larned played Hoisington Tuesday night.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible.