TOPEKA – Following a nationwide search, the Kansas State Board of Education today announced its selection of Dr. Randy Watson, Superintendent of McPherson Unified School District 418, to become Kansas' next Commissioner of Education. Watson replaces Dr. Diane DeBacker who resigned her position earlier this year to serve as senior advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
Kansas Highway Patrol worked an injury accident at 5:04 p.m. Friday in Stafford County, after two pickups collided 4 miles southeast of Stafford in the 300 block of SE 100 Ave.
CLAFLIN - Three people were taken to Barton County hospitals on Thursday after a motorist swerved to miss a deer on K-156 at NE 130 Ave., 1 mile south of Claflin.
Immanuel UCC to hold annual Bazaar
Great Bend will soon become an epicenter for thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. From a drop-off site based at Grace Community Church, for example, volunteers will be working to collect 17,600 gift-filled shoeboxes packed by caring Great Bend-area residents.
DODGE CITY - For half a century, Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City has served people in need in southwest Kansas regardless of religious, ethnic, cultural or racial background or age.
The news of the brutality of the ISIS fighting force has made global headlines. ISIS is a terrorist army that has amassed a force in the tens of thousands. Their savage march across portions of the Middle East has captured the attention of world leaders and its citizens alike. The unashamed imagery and how they glory in their barbarism is something the world has never seen. What motivates these fighters to do such shameless evil?
Prince of Peace Parish's St. Patrick Church, 4100 Broadway Ave., will host Grace and Gratitude - A Thanksgiving Retreat, next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. The Saturday program of retreat and healing will include a light lunch. Participants should bring a pen and paper.
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RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 North Main in Russell, will honor its members with a Night at the Deines, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. It will be a special evening of delicious hors d'oeuvres and two art exhibits from Great Bend.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation announced Wednesday that all of the $215,000 in tax credits awarded to the organization by the Kansas Department of Commerce earlier this year have been purchased and will allow the organization to contribute $300,000 to Barton Community College toward the rebuilding of the Camp Aldrich conference center/dining hall that was lost in a fire early in 2014.
There for a little while, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center physicians didn't know if a popular primary-care program for military veterans would continue.
Each year, as part of the theater program at Barton Community College, students are asked to take the reins and produce a show entirely by themselves. This year, theater majors Joy Conner and Maili Kee are co-directing "Love, Lust & Lasagna," with showings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21 in the Barton Planetarium.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Rarely has there been a college basketball season that has been more anticipated in the Sunflower State than this one, which begins in earnest on Friday night.
Great Bend High School's Jayce Brack signed a letter of intent to throw for the Kansas State University track team. When asked what was going through his mind from the time he received the acceptance letter to when he made it all final and it became a reality he said, "It felt good to finally make it official. I've grown up a Kansas State fan and really love the atmosphere at Kansas State and Manhattan. A lot of schools always talk about family but Kansas State is a school that genuinely has a family atmosphere. I was just ...
Ellinwood School/Community Library is sponsoring the first StoryWalk® during Ellinwood's Chamber's Christkindlmarket, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story outside to allow people of all ages to combine physical activity while reading a book. Conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children outside for physical activity and to learn, StoryWalk® helps build children's interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity for both adults and children. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier ...
Michael Brown's death placed America in yet another race-driven quagmire. The acquittal of Darren Wilson revved the tension up into an all-out riot. At a time like this, we should forget about black, white, yellow, or red and focus on fashion.
Happy Thursday, everybody, and God bless America.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he "definitely" will play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sprained right shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Brosnan will leave Major League Baseball at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh running back James Conner is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Wide receiver Miles Austin's first season with the Browns ended in a hospital bed.
HAYS - The Great Bend boys and girls basketball teams will start the 2014-2015 season against the Colby Eagles at the Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shoot-Out Thursday.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When B.J. Finney stepped to the line of scrimmage on Sept. 3, 2011, against Eastern Kentucky, Kansas State's football program was still in disarray.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Dallas Cowboys can avoid another late-season letdown, they can reach a significant goal: the NFC East title.
Art is meant to be shared. That's why Shannon Wedel, elementary art teacher, is so excited about a new partnership that has been developed between USD 428 and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC). The facility, located at Cheyenne Bottoms, is the site of a rotating exhibit by elementary school artists.
The American Legion Auxiliary will serve a benefit soup supper at the American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave, Great Bend, from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec 8. Members and guests are welcome. Cost for the all you can eat soup supper is $6.
HOISINGTON - Regene A. "Jean" Finn, 86, died Dec. 2, 2014 at Locust Grove Village, LaCrosse.
Great Bend Fire