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​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to discuss amphibians

The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Imagination Playground open Wednesday

Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


New radiation equipment installed at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute

HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.

March 03, 2015 | | Business


Burton joins Holste & Bowers accounting firm in Great Bend

Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.

March 03, 2015 | | Business


Great Bend Municipal Court

February 2015 convictions and fines

March 03, 2015 | | On the Record


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown 1932 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Jo Simmons 1952-2015

Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Frances Marie Thurston 1917 - 2015

LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


KBCA basketball rankings

KBCA basketball rankings

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Barton softball finally loses; splits games at Fort Scott

The Barton Community College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this season. Its response? A 19-4 win.

March 03, 2015 | | Community College


Panther Bowling teams headed to state

On Friday both Panther bowling teams punched their ticket for a return trip to the 5A-1A State Bowling Tournament. The Lady Panthers started off the day by finishing as the regional runner up in the 12 team tournament which was held at the Walnut Bowl. The Lady Panthers were narrowly defeated by Salina South by seven pins. Sophomore McKenzy Black led the Panthers with a team series high of 518. Following close behind were senior Abby Rose and sophomore Allie Brodrick, who each rolled a series of 514, and senior Addie Soukup's series of 507. Black's series earned ...

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Hoisington High School finishes 2nd at State Wrestling Tournament

The Hoisington High School Wrestling team ended their season this past weekend at the K.S.H.A.A. Class 1-3A State Wrestling tournament held in Hays. The team brought 10 kids to the meet with the expectation of bringing home hardware. Not too long ago when the senior class was freshmen they were able to bring home a second place trophy, but this time the expectations were one step higher. The ultimate goal for the team was to bring home the first place state trophy. When all the rounds were finished the team was able to almost achieve that ...

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Hoisington Forensics 3rd at Great Bend

The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


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​Jean Robinson 1917 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Jean Robinson, 98, died Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Jean was a 70-year-plus resident of Ellinwood and was highly respected in the community. She was selected as parade Grand Marshal of the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, was selected a "Distinguished Citizen" of the community and was awarded one of the Ellinwood Rotary Club's most prestigious awards, the Paul Harris Fellow. She was born on a farm north of Hoisington to G.C. "Cleve" and Gertrude Underwood in 1917 and grew up in Hoisington. She graduated from Hoisington High School, then went to Kansas State ...

March 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


The Iditarod And Brackets

This is the week. The week when the sporting world turns its' attention to..............THE IDITAROD! No, that's not a 7'2" center for North Carolina State! It's the name of one of the most grueling sporting events in the world. A 1,000 mile race behind a sled being pulled by a bunch of dogs. Now I realize that there might be similarities between this and how you feel the way your favorite basketball team has been playing but, seriously folks, this dog-sled race has been going on in Alaska this past week and the conditions have ...

March 19, 2015 | | Local Sports


Bombs Away!!! The Battle of Kansas and Cheyenne Bottoms

The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.

March 19, 2015 | | Local News


Obama Screws the Middle Class Again

How would you like a free refund of your last three years' of taxes? A promise that you won't have to pay any possible back taxes or penalty? Would you have any objection if the IRS chooses not to ask for income verification?

March 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The First Female President

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights." It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women's issues as not separate from the rest of humanity.

March 19, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Clinton emails

March 19, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Oliver 'Glenn' Jackson 1924-2015

ELLINWOOD- Oliver Glenn Jackson, 90, died March 16, 2015 at Abilene Memorial Hospital in Abilene. Born June 24, 1924 in rural Bronson, he was the son of Arthur Glenn and Esther Ruth (Reynolds) Jackson.

March 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Larned Club Briefs

Larned VFW Auxiliary

March 18, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Larry ‘Doc’ Holliday 1941 - 2015

OSAGE CITY - Larry "Doc" Holliday, 73, formerly of Vassar, passed away March 16, 2015 at his home in Burlington.

March 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Leona Cecelia Robinson 1921 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Leona Cecelia Robinson, 93, died March 17, 2015 at NHC Healthcare, in Town and Country, Mo.

March 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Michael Looman 1956 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Mary Michael Looman, 58, died unexpectedly on March 8, 2015 at her home.

March 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jean Robinson

ELLINWOOD - Jean Robinson, 98, passed away peacefully at Ellinwood District Hospital on March 17, 2015.

March 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Democrats Have a Corruption Problem

Senator Bob Menendez will soon be indicted on corruption and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor. Melgen thought he could get away with Medicare fraud because he gave Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC $700,000 and lavished Menendez with private jet flights to his luxury resort. Given the known public facts, Harry Reid should return Melgen's money to the taxpayers he stole it from and should ask Menendez to resign.

March 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Education cuts

March 18, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Teen's Death is Our Tragedy

I was a fairly intense child, passionate in my love (Bobby Sherman, white chocolate,) and my hatred (the Dallas Cowboys, mayonnaise.)

March 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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