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BCC opens season with pair of losses

The Barton Community College softball team opened the season Tuesday at Cougar Fields with a pair of losses to Cloud County.

February 14, 2012 | | Community College

Spring Animal Ritual is next Stop ‘N Learn topic

The spring mating rituals of Kansas wildlife will be the topic at the next Stop 'N Learn, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Eric Giesing, director of education at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will have information on greater prairie chickens, turkeys and kildeer. Ston 'N Learn programs are free and offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

February 14, 2012 | | Area Briefs

Drum Circle meeting moves to The Center

The Drum Circle, facilitated by John Makings, will hold its second meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Center, 5815 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. This is a new location for the group. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and admission is free. For more information call The Center, 620-792-2544.

February 14, 2012 | | Area Briefs

Elsie Mae Pickerill 1942 - 2012

Elsie Mae Pickerill, 69, passed away at the Minneola Long Term Care Center in Minneola on Monday afternoon, Feb. 13. Elsie was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in Ellsworth to John and Mildred (Mills) Ploutz. She graduated from Ellsworth High School. On Sept. 5, 1964, she was united in marriage to Gary Pickerill in Great Bend, where the couple made their home. One of Elsie's favorite activities was watching KU basketball.

February 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Irene M. Beran 1923 - 2012

ODIN - Irene M. Beran, 88, died Feb. 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 11, 1923, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Pauline (Dreiling) Dinkel. On June 16, 1948, she married August V. Beran in Victoria. He died May 4, 1966. A resident of Odin since 1948, coming from Victoria, and moving to Great Bend in 2005, she was a homemaker and served in domestic services.

February 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Juvenile Justice commissioner to visit BCC

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet with juvenile justice officials at the next BCC board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Meeting with the trustees will be Kyle Rohr, Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility superintendent; Casey Cloninger, principal of Westside School in Larned; and Curtis Whitten – Juvenile Justice Authority commissioner, Topeka.

February 14, 2012 | | Area Briefs

Habitat for Humanity seeks weekend volunteers

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County has resumed construction on its latest building project at 1906 Hubbard. Volunteers are needed every Saturday until the project is finished, said Rachel Mawhirter.

February 14, 2012 | | Area Briefs

Patricia M. Steadman Robl

Patricia M. Steadman Robl, 90, died Feb. 13 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

February 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Thelma M. Steincamp (Langrehr) 1931 - 2012

WICHITA - Thelma M. Steincamp (Langrehr), 81, died Feb. 12 after a long, courageous battle with old age. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Ma), sister, aunt, and friend to all. Thelma had a special gift for friendships, a genuine interest in other people and made new friends everywhere she went. She showed a generosity and fortitude that did not waiver, even as her health failed.

February 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Valentine's Day royalty

Glen Ehrlich and Jean Wagner were named king and queen at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day party on Monday. The party was sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Senior Center.

February 14, 2012 | | Local News

On the Record for Feb. 15, 2012

Barton County Sheriff

February 14, 2012 | | On the Record

4 Legs Up offers pro barbecue class

4 Legs Up BBQ will host a barbecue class Feb. 17-18 at the National Guard Armory in Great Bend. Preregistration for the "Art and Science of Competition BBQ" class is required from the business's website,

February 14, 2012 | | Business

Rodney D. Gisick 1944 - 2011

BISON - Rodney D. Gisick, 67, died unexpectedly on Dec. 25, 2011. He was born the son of Clarence and Naomi (Reichel) Gisick, on April 28, 1944, in Bison. He was a 1962 graduate of Bison High School, and went on to study music at Bethany College in Lindsborg and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a master's degree in voice performance in 1968. He was an active vocal performer and voice teacher for many years in New England, New York City and elsewhere, teaching at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College.

February 14, 2012 | | Obituaries

Claflin ICC CYO to host 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Claflin ICC parish CYO is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 10 a.m on Feb. 25 at Central Plains High School in Claflin. The entry fee is $40 per team. There will be an 18 and over and a 17 and younger division. Both divisions will consist of a separate male and female bracket. Concessions will be available. Admission to watch is $1. For additional information or to register your team contact Rhiannon Becker at (785) 737-3726 or

February 14, 2012 | | Barton Co. Briefs

CPMS “Survivors”

Twenty-six Central Plains Middle School 6-8 grade students earned the title of "Survivor" by surviving the past 50 days of school. To qualify for the 50-Day Survivor Safari reward, students had to have perfect attendance from Nov. 14-Feb. 7 for a total of 50 school days. Students who met this criteria were able to enjoy an afternoon of games and snacks on Feb. 8th. Students were challenged with an obstacle course, played limbo, tug-of-war, and a variety of other games planned by the Renaissance Council. The 50-Day Survivor challenge was implemented by the CPMS Renaissance Council as an incentive to ...

February 14, 2012 | | Barton Co. News

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BCC officials meet US Rep. Jenkins

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins met with Barton Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Johnson and Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman Tuesday afternoon to ...

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Since taking office, I have had the privilege of greeting hundreds of Kansas Veterans visiting Washington as part of the Honor Flight network. This incredible ...

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Clara Barton Hospital recognized

Clara Barton Hospital announced last month they had been recognized by the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation for recent efforts to improve the food ...

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KDOT announces approved October bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Oct. 21 in Topeka ...

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Make no mistake about it: every civilian who does his job conscientiously and delivers an honest day's work for an honest day's pay ...

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Thanks for making our city great

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