The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2012-13 season with the music of 1990s country hit maker Collin Raye. His concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Great Bend High School senior Brad Hanks, center, was the guest speaker recently at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis meeting. Hanks attended Kiwanis' Key Leader program at Rock Springs earlier this summer. He is pictured with his sponsors, Kiwanian Bill McKown, and Kansas District Key Leader chairman Barb Konrade.
Catholic Health Initiatives, the nationwide health systems that manages St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, announced that it has selected Sonic Boom Wellness to provide a comprehensive health and wellness program to its employees.
Two upcoming public events will kick off a local fundraising effort, with all proceeds benefiting central Kansans with developmental disabilities and delays. The Sunrise Campaign, which helps Sunflower Diversified Services' clients, has been an annual fund drive for 12 years.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Eddie Lacy helped Alabama open Southeastern Conference play in style.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Everybody warned TCU coach Gary Patterson that his Horned Frogs had better bring their best every weekend when they finally joined the rough-and-tumble Big 12.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After another game too close for comfort, the overriding emotion for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was relief.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Defensive tackle Kyle Williams prefers looking at the bright side after the Buffalo Bills' sky-high expectations were abruptly deflated by a season-opening dud.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have embraced the no-huddle offense, and Matt Ryan thinks the master of the up-tempo attack will be on the other sideline Monday night.
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Deanna Warren, Great Bend was among the graduates during the 2012 summer commencement ceremonies at Texas State University-San Marcos. Warren received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting.
BEL AIRE - Getting ahead early proved successful for the Hoisington High School football team on Friday night.
Diamond jewelry, an antique gun and University of Kansas items are among the many goodies collected for the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center auction to benefit local cancer patients.
Starting around Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt roadway crack sealing project on K-4 in Rush County. This project runs from the Ness/Rush County line to the Rush/Barton County line, said Martin Miller with KDOT.
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PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.
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SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend Municipal Airport. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport.
Coaching basketball at a community college means a lot of new faces nearly every year. Barton Community College men's coach Craig Fletchall knows this. He had been at it for 13 years – eight at Barton where he is the all-time leader in coaching wins.
Remarkable new wonder drugs have caused a new confrontation over pricing wars between manufacturers and health plans, now reaching a fever pitch over hepatitis C treatments from Gilead. Unfortunately, rather than the industry players settling the issue through negotiation, health plans are turning to Congress to step in and arbitrarily limit prices, which could undermine the investment that is critical to developing new cures.
As the Giants and the Royals went at it, the bigger game for some fans took place in the hours before the first World Series pitch, playing baseball's season ticket-holder roulette.
Great Bend middle school wrestlers started their season with practice Tuesday. Thirty one athletes participated in the first practice in the new middle school wrestling room.
Five set matches have not been kind to the Barton Community College volleyball team this season. Tuesday night in Colby the Cougars played a 5-set match for the ninth time this season. For the seventh time, Barton lost that fifth and deciding set.
Carter Kruger is hoping a strong finish to last season carries over to this season. The third-year Barton Community College women's basketball coach guided his team the Region VI semifinals last season pulling off a pair of upsets after finishing sixth in the Jayhawk West.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the city's health insurance renewal, street closures for holiday activities, the Prairie Rose Drive paving project and an auto rental lease agreement for the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an employee recognition award to Donna Shaffer of the Health Department, bridge engineering services, Special Alcohol Funding distribution, Barton County Community Development Advisory Board appointments and longevity pay.