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Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes 2015 insurance rates, the Health Department's Gold Level Breastfeeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and a renewal of membership for the Kansas Association of Counties.

January 02, 2015 | | Local News


The Gifts They Should’ve Gotten

Hey guys. Did this whole crazy holy daze madcap bedlam thing sneak up on you this year, making the world speed up like a maglev Bullet Train going downhill lit by a strobe, like it did us? There's a perfectly reasonable explanation.

January 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sony gets last laugh

The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It's got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing - plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip.

January 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Corrine Catherine Finger 1939-2014

HOISINGTON – Corrine Catherine Finger, 75, died Dec. 31, 2014, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 16, 1939, in Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph Lawrence "Joe L." and Regina Marie (Debes) Kaiser. She married Lawrence J. "Larry" Finger, April 27, 1963, in Odin. He died Dec. 1, 2005.

January 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lillian F. Whitsel Barger Claphan 1930-2014

Lillian F. Whitsel Barger Claphan, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 14, 1930, at Great Bend, the daughter of George and Frances (Koelsch) Whitsel, Sr.

January 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Virginia K. Hogsett 1935-2014

Virginia K. Hogsett, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 5, 1935, at Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Elon Chester "Chief" and Mabel Edith (Wilson) Hogsett.

January 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


For Saban and Meyer, there is no room for satisfaction

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - They rose to the top of their profession from different sides of the line.

December 31, 2014 | | AP Sports


Big 12 looks to back up claim as best conference

DALLAS (AP) - The Big 12 has plenty of positive statistics, and winning teams, to back up its claim as the nation's top basketball conference.

December 31, 2014 | | AP Sports


Rose Bowl defenses face high-powered offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston leading two top-notch offenses into the Rose Bowl today, almost everybody expects this College Football Playoff semifinal to feature plenty of points.

December 31, 2014 | | AP Sports


TCU crushes Ole Miss

ATLANTA (AP) - Playing like a team determined to prove it should have been included in the four-team playoff, No. 6 TCU rode three touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin and a dominant defense to a 42-3 rout of No. 9 Mississippi in the Peach Bowl Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | | AP Sports


NCAA hoops contenders includes the ‘little guys’

Every March they become the nation's darlings.

December 31, 2014 | BY KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


OTR for Jan. 1, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

December 31, 2014 | | On the Record


Survey to begin on U.S. 281 in Barton County

Starting around Monday, Jan. 5, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 4,000 feet east and west of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary of Blood Creek, located 2.9 miles northwest of the east US-281 junction with K-4 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

December 31, 2014 | | Local News


Great Bend Regional Hospital leads patient safety program

Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national Partnership for Patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).

December 31, 2014 | | Local News


Items sought for museum sports exhibit

Coronado Quivira Museum is seeking items for its next exhibit, Hometown Teams in Rice County, which is scheduled to open Feb. 8th. Balls, uniforms, trophies, banners, mascots, stories of rival teams, royalty dresses or suits, and sponsorship advertisements of games are needed. The sports which will be featured include football, baseball, basketball, swimming, volleyball and any other sport which generates enthusiasm among local residents. Since sports royalty will be included, photographs of past and current queens, princesses, and kings are especially needed. All loans will be returned at the close of the exhibit.

December 31, 2014 | | Local News


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Check It Out!

There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Tree order forms

A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...

January 18, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


War on terrorists

January 18, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Farming January 2015 vs. January 1914 – Part 2

Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.

January 18, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USD 428 Board of Education special meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend Sharp Shooters win tournament

January 18, 2015 | | Local Sports


CKARSP oppose Brownback decision

Dear Editor,

January 18, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


The International Year of Soils: soils sustain life

Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

January 18, 2015 | | Agriculture


Great Bend student on Deans Honor Roll for Fort Hays State University

Sarah Jean Neeland, Great Bend, a 2012 graduate of Great Bend High School, has earned a place on the fall 2014 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University. She is a senior majoring in elementary education.

January 18, 2015 | | Education


BBB tips for using sales to stretch your budget

Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


Sharp Shooters win tourney

The sixth grade Great Bend Sharp Shooters won the Dodge City Shoot-Out MAYB Basketball Tournament on Jan. 10. They went undefeated in the tournament beating Hays Arsenal, Liberal and Hays Tribe. Players from left to right: Cal Dunekack, Cole Streck, Jack Stelter, Matt Huslig, Drew Nicholson, Sam Hall, Kyler Feist and Devin Guesnier. Coaches are Mike Dunekack and Ryan Streck.

January 17, 2015 | | Local Sports


Rodgers to meet ultimate match in Seattle’s vaunted defense

SEATTLE (AP) - Eventually, the paths of Green Bay and Seattle were going to cross again.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


No. 9 Jayhawks fall to No. 11 Iowa State 86-81

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Naz Long scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State held off No. 9 Kansas 86-81 on Saturday night, recording back-to-back wins over the Jayhawks for the first time in 14 years.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Luck looking to take next big step in career

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

January 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


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