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Wilbur Dean Dirks 1928-2012

LARNED - Wilbur Dean Dirks, 84, passed away Nov. 22 at his home in Larned. He was born March 7, 1928 in Pawnee County, the son of John Jacob Dirks and Anna Marie George. He was a resident of both Larned and Wichita. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Larned and attended Evangel Assembly of God, Wichita.

November 24, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Dennis Dale Michel 1948 - 2012

BROWNELL - Dennis Dale Michel, 64, died Nov. 22, 2012 at Ness County Hospital, Ness City, to join God's Thanksgiving feast, after his long three year battle with peritoneal mesothelioma cancer. He was born June 3, 1948 in Great Bend, the son of Walter and Fern (Keatley) Michel. Dennis was a lifetime resident of Ness County and was proud of his heritage, coming from an 1867 century farm in Ness County.

November 23, 2012 | | Obituaries


Model trains displayed

Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will have a model train display at Waters True Value from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and again on Dec. 1. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy the model railroad.

November 23, 2012 | | Area Briefs


​Dwight Murray Jr. 1936 - 2012

CHOCTAW, Okla. -- Dwight Murray Jr., 75, died Nov. 12. He was born Dec. 16, 1936, at Winfield, the son of Dwight Everett and Doris Violet (Prouty) Murray. He retired from Northern Gas Products in Bushton after 35 years of service.

November 23, 2012 | | Obituaries


Wilbur Dean Dirks

LARNED -- Wilbur Dean Dirks, 84, passed away Nov. 22, at his home, Larned.

November 23, 2012 | | Obituaries


Jobs that don’t exist yet

This past Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, members of the various advisory boards assisting the various technical programs spoke to the Trustees. They discussed their service on the appropriate advisory board, how programs at Barton have benefitted their industry, and what they saw as the future needs in their area. Agriculture was well represented by Andrew Murphy from ILS and Marvin Rose from the Great Bend Coop. With their input both the crop and livestock aspects of agriculture were represented.

November 23, 2012 | BY VIC MARTIN | Agriculture


A friend of 4-H

What does it take to be named a "Friend of 4-H". There are many, many people who share their time and talent with the 4-H program.

November 23, 2012 | BY BURNY UNRUH | Local Life


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road. On the agenda is the Superintendent's evaluation.

November 23, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Retailers expect solid holiday growth

With the passing of Grey Thursday and Black Friday, and the coming of Cyber Monday, the 2012 holiday shopping season is in full swing.

November 23, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Christmas Comes Early

November 23, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Googling Obama’s Reelection

President Obama's reelection was a triumph of Big Data, technological innovation, and precision targeting over the usual gravity of an incumbent president with a record of economic failure. This was facilitated by largest data trove in the world, Google, lending talent, expertise, and quite possibly data to the cause. Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt is being rumored as a potential Commerce Secretary or even Treasury Secretary – the top economic policy position – in Obama's second term. That's probably far-fetched, but the close relationship between the administration and Google deserves scrutiny.

November 23, 2012 | | Columnists


Thanksgiving Blessings, 2012

Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn't you be out on recess? After all, it's Thanksgiving. Yes. Already. The earliest Thanksgiving possible. That's what happens when November first is on a Thursday. Merchants are dancing the happy dance. Shoppers too. Retail workers, not so much. Black Friday Creep seems destined to devour Halloween.

November 22, 2012 | | Columnists


Why I’m Thankful in 2012

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long. So, once again, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, this uniquely American holiday, here is the list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2012.

November 22, 2012 | | Columnists


Hospital adds new PA

HOISINGTON - Kristin Ohnmacht, certified physicians assistant ,joins Clara Barton Hospital's physician team. Ohnmacht is a certified physician assistant.

November 22, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


DARE

November 22, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


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Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


Country Place reinvestment

Over the course the past few years, with the bulk of the work being completed recently, Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care have been improved with a reinvestment in the residences. The updates were scheduled in an effort to maintain a comfortable and functional atmosphere for those that call Country Place home and to allow staff to continue to provide top quality care.

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

March 01, 2015 | | Local Life


Farmers Bank & Trust Adds New Advisory Director Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director

Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director Board of Farmers Bank & Trust. Keller is a lifetime resident of Albert, area farmer and cattleman. "We are pleased to have Charlie join our team. He is extremely committed to the Albert community and his values are consistent with those of Farmers Bank & Trust in supporting the communities we serve," said Robert Rugan, Farmers Bank & Trust Central Kansas Market President. Keller stays active and involved in the community, serving as an Albert City Council member since 2003 and the current Fire Chief for the Albert Volunteer Fire Department. He is married to Lisa ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Club Calendar

Monday

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station unveils new platform for publishing research reports

Agricultural Experiment Station researchers on campus and at centers around the state conduct studies in nearly all areas of agricultural production for K-State Research and Extension.

March 01, 2015 | | Agriculture


Agriculture can do the job

Agriculture is losing producers. No one will argue that point, but larger, more efficient producers are replacing those lost in this highly competitive industry.

March 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


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.

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Hoisington School Menu

Breakfast

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Senior Activities

Monday

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Lions Club annual District Convention

The Lions Clubs of Western Kansas District 17-K will hold their annual District Convention on Saturday, March 7, at Memorial Union on the Fort Hays State University Campus. International guests will be Yves and Dominique Leveille of Ormestown, Quebec, Canada.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


USD 428, Holy Family, Helping Hands and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served March 2 through March 6. 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.

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Special Needs Calendar

Monday

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Simple Steps to Seed Starting Success

Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you'll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

March 01, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


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