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Midwest Energy purchases City of Seward electric system

Residents of the city of Seward recently voted by a 3-to-1 margin to sell their city's electric system to Midwest Energy, Inc. On Mar. 25, Stafford County Commissioners certified the results of the mail-in ballot, making the vote official.

April 01, 2015 | | Business


Support for Lori Reneau

Dear Editor,

April 01, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith

Where is Leslie Knope when we need her?

April 01, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Great Bend Kids Wrestling competes at Topeka

TOPEKA- Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club traveled to Topeka this weekend to compete in the USAWKS kids state tournament. After a long weekend of wrestling, nine wrestlers brought home awards for placing in the top six in the state. The team placed 13th overall.

April 01, 2015 | | Local Sports


Waters True Value Spring Sweep

April 01, 2015 | | Business


Crazy Ted Cruz

Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car.

April 01, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


All Their Eggs In One Basket

April 01, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Junior Wrestlers compete in Topeka

April 01, 2015 | | Local Sports


First household hazardous waste collection set

The first scheduled household hazardous waste collection of 2015 will be held April 18 at the Barton County Landfill, said Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

April 01, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Barton County Jail Log, March 30 and 31, 2015

Barton County Jail

April 01, 2015 | | On the Record


American AgCredit reports increased loan volume in 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - American AgCredit, a farmer-owned financial cooperative, recently announced net income of $98.9 million for the 2014 calendar year along with a cash dividend distribution of $39 million to its shareholders. This compares to net income of $111 million and a cash dividend of $37 million in 2013. American AgCredit has returned over $250 million to its customer-owners since 2005.

March 31, 2015 | | Business


BCC music students to present recital April 9

Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC Silver Cougar Club to host ‘Exploring the Internet’

Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


BCC to close for Easter break

Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 7.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


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April programs

Can you believe that April is already here? I swear I just put up my Christmas items a week ago! Well, April is going to be quite the busy month here for Extension! So this week, I thought I would remind you of several opportunities that will be taking place for the community.

April 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


USDA awards loans to support Rural Economic Development in Northwest Kansas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $31 million in loans and grants for organizations in 12 states to promote rural economic development.

April 05, 2015 | | Business


Sale of 70 year old Great Bend business marks the end of an era

E & E Glass and Gift sold on Feb 15, marking the end of an era of ownership by the Krug family dating back to 1969, when they purchased the E & E Pittsburg Glass and Paint Company, which had been founded in 1945. Throughout the past 46 years, the Krug family built E & E into one of the most recognized local businesses for quality glass work and windshield replacement, while at the same time developing an outstanding gift store, which offers an impressive collection of gifts, china, glassware, and unique furniture pieces.

April 05, 2015 | | Business


Bully bully!!!

I thought he was exaggerating when my friend called and said he had snakes in large numbers in a water trap in his front yard. I grabbed the camera and drove out to his farm. I was amazed when he lifted the iron cover to expose the mass of reptiles inhabiting that small area. Practically every crevasse housed a serpent. They were mainly Bull Snakes with some King Snakes and Rat Snakes. The temperature was in the 70's, and the snakes were lively and active. There were no venomous snakes that I could discern. We agreed that the large ...

April 05, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Thrivent Asset Management wins 2015 Lipper Fund Award

Thrivent Asset Management has been honored with a prestigious Lipper Fund Award for Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family.

April 05, 2015 | | Business


Hoisington School Menu

Breakfast

April 05, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Regional 4-H day

Barton County was host to Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School on March 13th. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at their local county 4-H Day. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional are Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Russell, Stafford and Barton.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


USD 428, Holy Family, Helping Hands and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served April 7 through April 10. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

April 05, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

April 05, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Hearts and minds

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


Senior Activities

Monday

April 05, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Special Needs Calendar

Monday

April 05, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


The End of the Civil War: The 150th Anniversary

When we were teenagers, my "the South's gonna do it again" younger brother bought into some weird conspiracy theory that Gen. Robert E. Lee didn't really surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Lee supposedly thought he was merely handing his sword over to someone for cleaning. (The deniers who concocted the theory apparently also believed that Europeans never really landed in the New World but just filmed it out in the desert somewhere.)

April 05, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.

April 05, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


CKCA Topeka field trip

April 05, 2015 | | Education


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