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Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating their crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it.

April 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tinseltown Talks

According to the 2010 U.S. census, less than 0.02% of Americans live to be centenarians. Actress Patricia Morison joined that exceptionally rare group last month when she turned 100.

April 03, 2015 | | Entertainment


Farm expo coming to town

The 2015 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Great Bend. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 8th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 9th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 10th with extended hours on Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | News


Kentucky’s 5-9 Tyler Ulis coming up big in NCAA Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Being Kentucky's smallest player on the floor hasn't prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


KU’s Kelly Oubre headed to NBA draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. announced Wednesday he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


BCC softball shuts down Colby, scores nineteen unanswered runs in doubleheader sweep

COLBY- With the pitching staff holding its own it took the bats from the Barton Community College softball team awhile to get going but once they did, the Lady Cougars scored nineteen unanswered runs in sweeping a pivotal conference doubleheader Wednesday at Colby Community College.

April 01, 2015 | Todd Moore, Special to the Tribune | Community College


AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski adapts to ‘1-and-done’ world

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


Meteor shower follows Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Police investigate broken windows

The Great Bend Police Department is investigating multiple reports of broken windows on buildings. Lt. William Browne said the windows were shot with some sort of BB or pellet gun. In some cases windows were chipped, but in two or three cases the windows were shattered.

April 01, 2015 | | News


Crystal Irene Taylor 1928 - 2015

AMARILLO, Texas - Crystal "Chris" Irene Taylor, 86, died Jan. 20, at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief struggle with lung and heart disease. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in St. John, she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner. She graduated from St. John High School and soon married Melvin Taylor, who had returned from World War II. They lived in several western Kansas towns before moving to Oberlin in 1965. She was a former businesswoman in Oberlin. She lived in Oberlin until her husband's death in 1990. She moved to Great Bend and later to ...

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cheryl Ann Harrell 1946 - 2015

ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maurice ‘Bryce’ Clark 1937 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Maurice "Bryce" Clark, 77, died March 30, at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born May 20, 1937, in Penokee, he was the son of John George and Margaret Elizabeth Clark. In 1955, he graduated from Hill City High School. He later served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. A Hoisington resident since 1962, he worked as a trackman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad retiring in 1999. On June 1, 1985, he married Betty "JoAnn" Mullis at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She survives.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for April 1, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

April 01, 2015 | | On the Record


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NRCS to provide $332 million to protect and restore agricultural working lands, grasslands and wetla

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP applications may be submitted at any time to NRCS however, applications for the current funding cycle must be submitted on or before May 15, 2015.

April 12, 2015 | | Agriculture


BCC students to exhibit art in Shafer Gallery

Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from April 13 through May 2. The reception will be Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

April 12, 2015 | | News


​GB Library Board meets Monday

The Great Bend Public Library's board of directors meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center at the library, 1409 Williams St.

April 12, 2015 | | Local News


Not so fast

Pre-packaged, vacuum-packed, just add water.

April 12, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate earns Premier Office award

Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate has been named a Coldwell Banker® Premier Office for year-end 2014, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices worldwide. This award is given to Coldwell Banker offices that have exceeded annual sales goals and customer service levels.

April 12, 2015 | | Business


Barton County 4-H receives donation

April 12, 2015 | | Club News


Tara Cornwell attains QKA

Tara Cornwell of CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions has recently passed all of the required exams to attain her QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Administrative and Qualification Issues of Retirement Plans (DC-1) exam and, the Administrative Issues of Defined Contribution Plans (DC-2) exam.

April 12, 2015 | | Business


Kirmer 40th

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kirmer of Great Bend will celebrate their 40th anniversary on April 12, with a card shower. There will be a family brunch on Sunday.

April 12, 2015 | | Anniversaries


Eileen Ehler 95th

Eileen Ehler will celebrate her 95th birthday on April 16, with a card shower.

April 12, 2015 | | Birthdays


Moore — Moeder

Charles and Janice Moore of Otis announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Ann Moore to Matthew Allen Moeder, son of Kevin and Cheryl Moeder of LaCrosse. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Sylvester and Augustina Axman and the late Lester and Wilma Fern Moore. The prospective groom is the grandson of Elenora Moeder and the late Thomas Moeder and the late Jack and Sharon Mendenhall.

April 12, 2015 | | Engagements


​Insurance renewal on Rec Commission agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will act on insurance renewals when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. "Participation awards" are also on the agenda as an action item, and there will be information about the upcoming Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Championship Tournament.

April 12, 2015 | | Local News


Gary Campbell joins Eagle Tire, LLC

April 12, 2015 | | Business


Great Bend school counselor honored

April 12, 2015 | | Education


Nex-Tech Wireless expands FHSU partnership by creating 2 new scholarships

Nex-Tech Wireless recently furthered its partnership with Fort Hays State University by establishing two annual scholarship funds.

April 12, 2015 | | Business


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include: recognition of Teacher of the Year candidates; recognition of 2015 Community Leader as a Friend of Education; recognition of GBHS Future Business Leaders of America; approval of K-6 music adoption; approval of 2015-2016 student and teacher handbooks/athletics and activities handbooks; photography quotes review; approval of Kansas Association of School Boards membership for 2015-2016; approval for grant submissions; graduation data update; MTSS cohort acceptance; AP course update; approval to purchase dump trailer; report ...

April 12, 2015 | | Local News


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