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The Bright Sides of Extreme Maturity

Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. "Uh, lady, you want lids on these?" Fast-food break rooms equipped with CPR paddles. A forest of tennis ball-footed walkers leaning against the brooms and mops by the back door. Intra-generational minimum wage squabbles: "Hey you punks, get your greasy hot apple pie holes off my oxygen tank."

March 12, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Getting Left Behind

March 12, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Medicare Needs More Competition, Not Less

Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

March 12, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Saint Francis offering free training for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.

March 12, 2013 | | Local News


Solid pitching leads Cougars to series split with Seward County

Playing six games in three days, the Barton Community College baseball team needed and received solid pitching to earn a series split with Seward County Community College this past weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field.

March 12, 2013 | | Community College


Betty Jo (Jody) Rader 1931 - 2013

LARNED - Betty Jo (Jody) Rader, 82, died March 10, at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Jan. 29, 1931 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Merle and Muriel Ratliff Kelly. In 1949 she graduated from Greensburg High school. On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Dorl Rader in Greensburg. He survives. She was a doctor's nurse for Doctors Cram, Blount, Brenner, Ewing and Smith in Greensburg.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Joan Budig 1954 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - A rosary for Joan Budig will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Richard Ralph Coker 1950 - 2013

BROKEN BOW, Okla. - Richard Ralph Coker, 63, died on March 7 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


SMART SWEEPS AWARDS

Marcus Smart has made quite an impression in his first - and maybe only - Big 12 season.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1

Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Heat looking to stay focused during 18-game win streak

MIAMI - LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference's best record.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


​Teens wanted for Spring Break Zoo Crew

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo offers teens a chance to learn about animal care and experience zoo careers as part of this year's Spring Break Zoo Crew. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. According to Danielle Ricklefs at the zoo, teens will work alongside zoo staff and will assist with the educational program and development.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Gala raises over $52,000 for Sunflower Diversified Services

Supporters of Sunflower Diversified Services set records recently at its 8th annual Charity Gala. The non-profit agency raised more than $52,000 and reported 169 guests.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


OTR for March 12, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

March 11, 2013 | | On the Record


Ellinwood briefs

Ellinwood City Council meeting Monday

March 11, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


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God & Country concert

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) rehearses Sunday night in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas’ appeals on Carr, Gleason death penalty cases

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's appeals of the Kansas Supreme Court's decisions overturning the death sentences of Jonathan Carr, Reginald Carr and Sidney Gleason.

March 30, 2015 | | News


Hoisington Middle School Honor Roll

The Hoisington Middle School has released the Honor Roll for the 3rd nine weeks.

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kraft — Reif

Karla Kraft and Eldon Reif announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Vella Mae Jantz of Wichita. The prospective groom is the son of Dorothy Reif of Great Bend.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


Central Plains High School 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Superintendent's Honor Roll

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Leroy Rube 90th

Leroy Rube will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 3, with a card shower.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Wetland Explorer: Migration Madness

While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.

March 29, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Flick baby boy

Ryan Flick and Jennifer Stelmach Flick announce the birth of their son Bennett Ryan Flick on Dec. 15, in Salina. He weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz. and was 17 in. long. He has a big sister, Harper Flick.

March 29, 2015 | | Births


Hafner —

Samantha Kay Hickel and Matthew William Hafner were united in marriage on Oct. 18, at Dozier Vineyard and Winery in Ellinwood, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Lenard Maxwell. Parents ofthe couple are Doug and Karen Hickel of Claflin and Rod and Kathy Hafner of Great Bend. Grandparents of the bride are Alice Bednasek of Holyrood and the late Vernon Bednasek, and Betty

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Peltier —

Gentry Sauder and Scott Peltier were united in marriage on Nov. 1, at the First Evangelical Free Church in Wichita in a double ring ceremony officiated by Kevin Ingram of Manhattan. Parents of the couple are Art and Connie Sauder of Great Bend and Jim and Theresa Peltier of Concordia.

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Williamson 55th

Clayton and Teddy Williamson will celebrate their 55th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS building located at 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jettie and Jeff Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, and Karla Weeks and their families.

March 29, 2015 | | Anniversaries


Clayton Williamson 80th

Clayton Williamson of Hoisington will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS Building, 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Teddy Williamson 75th

Teddy Williamson will celebrate her 76th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at GPS, 352 West 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Lagud — Keffer

Dr. Dustin Wayne Keffer and Ms. Crystal Sue Lagud announce their engagement. The parents of the groom are Vicki and Bill Keffer of Great Bend. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Judy Rusco of Great Bend, the late A. Wayne Rusco, and the late Arthur and Frankie Keffer.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


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