There was a photograph with a paragraph attached to it this past week in the paper about a hay fire in the area. The information indicated the cause of the fire appeared to be spontaneous combustion. Several students in the college's agriculture program were curious exactly what the term spontaneous combustion meant and what caused it to happen. So what is spontaneous combustion and why does it happen to baled hay?
NEW YORK (AP) - With so much wheeling and dealing, maybe the NFL draft should move to Wall Street.
NEW YORK (AP) - Six weeks after saying goodbye to Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts handed Andrew Luck a blue and white jersey and the daunting task of leading a rebuilding team as its quarterback for the next decade.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD
DODGE CITY - The Great Bend High School girls' soccer team fell short on the road against Western Athletic Conference foe Dodge City on Thursday.
ODIN - St. Ann's Altar Society will hold a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Odin Gym Parish Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be available along with a bake sale, community garage sale and raffle, all under one roof.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Millions of Americans will join in observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, organizers said. Events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.
Surrendered Family Ministries will be hosting an area-wide event for the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer Observance on Thursday, May 3.
Spring planting is in progress for the garden in the yard of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. This is the third year for the garden located on the north side of the church.
Pam Morgan can testify to the power of prayer. In June 2000, an accident left her with a broken neck, paralyzed from the chest down. She was told she would never feel or move most of her body again.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave., will be the site of a special concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, said Marlene Regeher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs have filled one of their biggest needs with a massive gamble.
ELLINWOOD - As many boys step to the batter's box this summer on well-groomed ball fields, brothers Seth and Micah Winget will step into the mission field prepared to serve their God. Seth, 10, will travel to Africa, and Micah, 12, will be headed to Australia, just as their parents, Jason and Harmony Winget, did separately in 1993.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have a two-game winning streak for the first time since the opening week of the season.
Barton Community College Art Instructor Steve Dudek has been accepted into the National Watercolor USA 2012 Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be displayed June 9 through August 5 at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo.
So Jonathan Gruber thinks the American people are stupid, does he?
The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association (KRHA) hosted their annual Evening of Hospitality in Wichita recently. The highlight of the evening were the "Starts of the Industry" awards, which celebrates the recipient's accomplishments and dedication to the industry.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
Kansas Farm Bureau released its sixth book in the Kailey's Ag Adventures children's book series. Kailey's Pig 'Tales' follows Kailey and her cousins as they learn about pig farming from Farmer Rich.
Usually when a burning issue arises, I feel compelled to squeeze every last drop of my own phrasing, logic and wit into this limited space.
Last week's column described consumer behavior and the assumptions behind predicting that behavior. The key points are consumers behavior rationally (in a predictable way), they prefer more to less, their preferences are complete, and they don't change preferences without a reason. Relative prices between goods are an important factor in determining choices within the constraints of a consumer's budget. Finally, consumer preferences do change over time, economists accept this change as a fact, and deal with those changes. Now the question to answer is how the agriculture and food industries responded to changes preferences and budgets have.
Barton Community College's music department will present the timeless holiday musical classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
CLEARWATER - Ten members of the Great Bend High School Kays and 17 Kayettes attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Nov. 5 at Clearwater High School. The clubs returned with the highest state award possible. The Kays and Kayettes each received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2013-2014 school year.
PORTLAND, ORE. – SeaPort Airlines announced that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year. SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer Rob McKinney will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Sandy Vink, right, presents a Quilt of Valor to Army National Guard member and Iraqi War veteran Don Moore.
TOPEKA (KHI) - The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas has opened. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.
Animal Medical Center recently hosted over 130 members of the Barton County Young Professionals group for a networking mixer, and welcomed over 60 new members. Those in attendance enjoyed free food, social and professional networking opportunities, and drawings for over $1,000 in door prizes.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 69 yards for another score and No. 5 TCU turned back a spirited upset bid from Kansas in a 34-30 win Saturday that kept the Horned Frogs in playoff contention.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - With memories of last year's season-opening 60-58 loss to Northern Colorado running through his mind, Bruce Weber wasn't prepared to see a halftime lead disappear again.