Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...
LARNED - It was an old-fashioned, bone-jarring slugfest of a football game at Earl Roberts Stadium Friday evening as the Larned High School Indians handed Hoisington's new head coach, Zach Baird, a loss in his coaching debut, 21-20 in two overtimes.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY
The Great Bend Middle School seventh-grade football team defeated Medicine Lodge on Thursday evening 24-6.
NEW YORK - Obtained by the Yankees from Arizona in separate July trades, Brandon McCarthy and Martin Prado are doing their best to keep alive New York's slim playoff hopes.
AMES, Iowa - For about a quarter, it looked as if Kansas State was going to get run out of Ames.
LAWRENCE - Everything went so perfectly for Kansas in the first quarter Saturday night that Charlie Weis openly wondered whether things might have gone too well.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first inkling Dexter McCluster had that Ryan Succop was joining him in Tennessee came from a posting on Instagram. McCluster didn't know anything for certain until he walked into a meeting.
The announcement that the Conservation Awards Program will again be held in this county was received today by Alicia Boor, Barton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, who has been asked to serve as chairman of a committee to select candidates for awards.
Visits to six classrooms during the past week to share the importance of proper hand washing were fun and educational. Kids as young as three were learning about the importance of washing their hands so that they can stay healthy. I have access to a Glo-Germ TM, complete with a black light. After tossing a balloon around that had the "magic potion" on it we could see exactly where the germs were hiding.
Eric B. Banks, Kansas State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that $3.8 million in conservation funding has been allocated in Kansas to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands, and wetlands. This announcement follows Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's statement that $328 million is being invested nationally for this USDA initiative.
Rod Neier, President and CEO of Roto-Mix, LLC has announced the following promotions and organizational changes within the company.
As this is being written, weather forecasters have backed off the heavy rains they predicted from the remnants of the hurricane that affected Mexico this past week. Corn harvest is starting to ramp up in the area; soybeans are turning color and dropping leaves; grain sorghum development is all over the map; and some early planted wheat has emerged. There really isn't much new locally to comment on, so let's take a look at some other news.
It takes a lot of work to get the glowing Ferris Wheel spinning, just like it takes work setting up the Ye Old Mill, grooming competition livestock, making the thousands of funnel cakes and cheese curds and keeping the fairgrounds a clean environment for families to enjoy. But most people don't think about the behind the scenes work it takes to get the competitions and booths off the ground in order to make the fair a success.
Jeremy Lamb, driving while suspended, fine $500, court costs $55.50
Tracy R. Hilton, battery domestic violence, continued to Oct. 2
FLU SEASON - The flu took the lives of more than 100 children in the U.S. last flu season, and most of those kids didn't get a flu shot.
As parents, most of us are happy to simply get through a day and know that we kept our children and small pets alive, never mind knowing our parenting style. But taking a moment to consider how we approach our children and situations not only can create a closer, better family experience, but more well-adjusted and prepared children.
From the beginning of time, expectations of men and women have been different. Society has come a long way in recognizing this difference, but one stereotype remains: Men are looked upon as weak if they become emotional.
Kids love to spend time with their dads. For families where mom is primarily with the kids while dad is at work, changing things up and allowing for dad time with the kids is a nice break - for the kids, the mom and the dad.
HAYS - Both the Great Bend High School girls' and boys' cross-country teams finished in fifth place at the Hays Invitational on Thursday.
LARNED - A 39-yard field goal by Kingman High School's Caden Knoblauch with 1:46 left on the clock silenced a noisy Larned crowd and propelled the Eagles to a 3-0 victory over the Larned Indians on Friday evening at Earl Roberts Stadium.