The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.
The 69th annual John Oetken Family Reunion was held on July 17 at the Youth Building in Schnack-Lowery Park in Larned. The reunion was hosted by the Harry Oetken family.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
Barton County 2011 high school graduates and voc tech and college students enrolled for fall 2011-Sophmores through Seniors-are eligible to apply for 2011 Barton County Prevention Scholarships if they have not previously received the prevention scholarship.
The annual Christiansen family reunion will be held on Aug. 13 at the Community Center in Larned. There will be a potluck lunch starting at noon.
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.
Women in Ag will be the focus of a program to be held in Tonganoxie on Aug. 24 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Hwy 16 and Fairgrounds Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., meal served at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:45 p.m.
Kara Melchert and Reilly Duncan were united in marriage on Feb. 19, at the Peace Church in Hudson, with Pastor Wade Russell officiating. Parents of the couple are Linda Melchert of Benkelman and Richard Melchert of Trenton, and Von Stewart and Gayla Duncan of Hudson. Grandparents of the bride are Omar and Delores Robb formerly of Grand Island and Al and Burdean Melchert of Stratton, Neb. Grandparents of the groom are Vaugh Duncan of Great Bend and Richard Fischer of Hudson.
Gary White and Sharon White announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Lee White, to Russell D. Wayne Snyder, son of Glenn and Lucy Snyder.
Chris and Allison French of Overland Park announce the birth of their son, Tristan Michael French, on March 23 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Ellie Anna French.
Robert (Bob) and Eileen Ingersoll of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 4 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to them at 5516 Commanche Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
The Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host The Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, a presentation and discussion by Chris Howell at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6, at the Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, in Great Bend. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
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.
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.
Local students are among the 737 who completed associate, bachelor's or graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University in the fall 2014 semester.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Current members are reminded to send any updated information to receive electronic mailings.
On Thursday, the Great Bend Panthers hosted a triangular with Liberal and Holcomb. In girls action the Lady Panthers dominated the day by winning ten of the 11 WAC points possible. Senior Addie Soukup was the high bowler for the Lady Panthers as she rolled a top series of 562. Sophomore McKenzy Black finished in 3rd place as she rolled a series of 504. In junior varsity action the Lady Panthers made it a clean sweep as they swept the medal count. Junior Alex Snyder earned 1st place honors by rolling a 522 series. Junior Hanna Pfeifer claimed the silver ...
The egg is in hot water again thanks to recent reports of high cholesterol levels in the U.S. population. With this linkage between high serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD), these studies and others have led people to believe CHD is the fault of "those dirty rotten eggs."
Ellinwood High School was the place to be this past Sunday! Many people came out to enjoy dinner sponsored by the EHS band, and then ventured on over to the library to see the Smithsonian Exhibit. Dr. Michael Zogry, from Kansas University was our featured speaker. His topic was "Faith and Basketball", and he discussed Dr. James Naismith's connection with basketball and religion.
Ah, the middle of February. We all know what that means: Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue has arrived.
The staff of Great Bend Middle School invites parents to Parent/Teacher Conferences on from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 and Tuesday, Feb. 24, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26th. Call the office at (620) 793-1510 to schedule a conference time.
Barack Obama is living in his own dream world.