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Ellinwood High School Band has good showing at league festival

The EHS band had a good day at the league music festival on March 10 at Barton Community College. The band received First Division Ratings from all three judges at the festival. The Brass Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble both received "I" ratings and the Saxophone received a "II" rating, missing a "I" by one point. Additionally each of the soloists from the band received First Division ratings for their solos. They were: Elizabeth Frakes, flute; Mikayla Monday, bass clarinet; Hunter Pemberton, trumpet; Katelyn Robinson, trumpet; and Rachael Dickson, marimba. Members of the brass ensemble are Katelyn Robinson, Cody Woodruff, Hunter ...

March 22, 2015 | | Education


Renee Johnson retirement reception

A retirement reception honoring Renee Johnson, who is retiring from Keller Real Estate and Insurance Agency after many years of service, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at St. Patricks Parish Center, 4100 Broadway. The public is invited to attend.

March 22, 2015 | | Business


Poultry expert says avian influenza strain not harmful to humans or poultry products

A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products.

March 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


KAMS announces first summer academy

Beginning in June, the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) at Fort Hays State University will host a brand new summer program: the KAMS Summer Academy. The academy will consist of six residential week-long enrichment camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

March 22, 2015 | | Education


Multimillion-dollar project using unmanned aerial systems to detect emerging pest insects, diseases

Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems - or UAS - as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.

March 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Zoological Society thanks Credit Union

Dear Editor,

March 22, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


12th Highlander Reunion and Car Show

The 12th Highlander Reunion and Car Show will be held on April 18, at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita. The car show will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the hotel parking lot. Admission and entry are free. Dinner and a short program will be held at the hotel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., by reservation. Contact CC Wiley at 316-689-6959 or Ann (Anderson) Smith at 316-683-4597 for more information and cost.

March 22, 2015 | | Reunions


League of Women Voters candidate forum

The League of Women Voter's of Great Bend will be presenting a candidate's forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crest Theatre on the square, downtown Great Bend. It is free of charge to the public. Candidates who have someone running in opposition will be on the forum. There will be three races for the spring election. There are openings on the Board of Trustees for Barton Community College, Great Bend

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Authors Club District 6 meeting

The Kansas Authors Club invites "would be" and interested writers to attend their 61h District meeting from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Delos Smith Center, 101 West First Street in Hutchinson. The registration fee is $5, to be paid at the meeting. This is an opportunity for writers of all kinds to come together and get acquainted and to share their abilities and ideas with one another. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.

March 22, 2015 | | Club News


Automobile Sales Tax in Kansas

Dear Editor,

March 22, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


VisionRT offers accuracy, safety at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute

Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Clayton Karst 90th

Clayton Karst celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9, with a dinner held in his honor at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. Attending were his sisters, Isabella Dumler of Hoisington and Pauline Ray of Junction City; daughters, Jan Spencer of Overland Park and Sue LaFaver and husband John of Greeley, Colo.; granddaughter, Angela Walts of Odessa, Texas; sister-in-law, Janet Smith of Hoisington; nieces, Barb Nolte and husband Roy of Hoisington, Jolene Hindman, and Patty Stueder and husband Bill, all of Claflin, and Donna Potter of Junction City. A granddaughter Amy LaFaver of Atlanta, Ga. was unable to attend.

March 22, 2015 | | Birthdays


Carlos Miller 95th

Carlos Miller recently celebrated his 95th birthday. His family commemorated this milestone with a small family dinner in his honor. Carlos has been a lifelong resident of the Great Bend area and would love hearing from relatives and friends.

March 22, 2015 | | Birthdays


Great Bend Pilots proclamation signing for Brain Awareness Week

This is the 20th Anniversary for Brain Awareness Week (BAW), which is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

March 22, 2015 | | Club News


Hoffman — Quillin

Kathi Hoffman of Great Bend announces the engagement of her daughter Heather Dawn Hoffman to Daniel Joseph Quillin son of Mike and Candice Quillin. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Curtis Hoffman. Her grandparents are Bob and Vera Henning of Great Bend and LeRoy Hoffman of Mt. Vernon, Mo. and the late Nancy Hoffman. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Alvin Rohr of Cunningham, the late Sylvia Rohr, and the late Keith and Jean Quillin.

March 22, 2015 | | Engagements


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T. Boone Pickens shows up at Oklahoma State scrimmage

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - It was just like old times at Oklahoma State when billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens arrived at the football facilities he is largely responsible for Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Kansas guard Greene has surgery to repair torn hip labrum

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas guard Brannen Greene had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and the extensive recovery will cause him to miss the World University Games in July.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Ellis to return to Kansas for senior season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas forward Perry Ellis announced Monday that he will return to school for his senior season.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Higher tax bracket

April 17, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


For Republicans, Lessons from 2012

There is another round of Republican presidential primaries headed our way. Like before, a slew of candidates eagerly claim to be the end-all of American conservatism.

April 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


My Father’s 1959 Tax Return

I stumbled upon my father's 1959 income tax return a few years ago. Oh, how I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Barton County Quality of Life Endowment accepting grant applications

The Barton County Quality of Life Endowment Fund is now accepting grant applications. The intent of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Barton County. Projects eligible for funding must make a visible enhancement to the community. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designated IRS status. The application deadline is June 15th.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Salina Symphony to celebrate “Women in Music” at May 3 season finale

The Salina Symphony will celebrate "Women in Music" at its season finale at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at the Stiefel Theatre.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he “let down” fans

CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports




GBMS tennis results from Lakewood Girls Invitational

#1 singles Jessica Nieto (1-2)

April 17, 2015 | | Prep Sports


St. Rose Health Center volunteers host Jewelry Fair

Anyone wondering about gifts for the graduate or mom on Mother's Day may want to take advantage of the upcoming B&N Jewelry Fair. St. Rose Health Center volunteers are sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.

April 16, 2015 | | Business


Early Ed Center conducts first screening; second device donated

A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


LEPC to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


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