First, what a difference a little snow makes. Much of the area received a significant, heavy snowfall. This translated into over two inches of liquid moisture and in some areas about three inches for the month. So if you want to feel better, we are at about 200 percent of normal so far this year. Seriously, this moisture will really help the wheat crop and the way most of it fell and the way it is melting couldn't be better.
Leroy "Lee" Heikkila, 67, died Feb. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1945, at Superior, Wis., to Eino and Alice (Humann) Heikkila. He married Cecilia Ross Sept. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. He was a drug and alcohol addictions counselor at Dream Inc. and worked in construction and painting.
HOISINGTON - Skilled Parenting = Healthy Teens will be the theme of parenting classes taught by the psychology faculty of Fort Hays State University at 7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 27 and April 3. It will be held at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at City Hall, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes walking path improvements at Veterans Memorial Park, a change order on the Kansas Avenue street work project and an economic development report.
The ACT prep class will be held on Friday, March 8, at the Great Bend High School auditorium from 8 a.m. to noon, not in the afternoon as originally printed in the Tribune. The Tribune regrets the error.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced his office will commemorate National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9 by providing consumers opportunities to fight identity theft by destroying personal documents and conducting consumer education programs throughout the state.
The Deines Cultural Center is featuring "Young at Art" an exhibit of art in a variety of media by students attending USD 407 schools. The art is from students at Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools, Ruppenthal Middle School and Russell High School.
The sleight of hand continues unabated in Washington. While Barack Obama holds up this shiny, scary thing called "sequestration" with one hand, his real agenda seems to be to slip through the most massive amnesty bill ever foisted on the American people with the other. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, Dorothy.
Yes, I dutifully affix my copyright notice to my column each week, and I've been known to notify the syndicate of suspected unauthorized use; but I haven't gotten anywhere near as persnickety (or creepy) as the entertainment industry.
The tire recycling business Blizzard Energy will be one of the topics when the Barton County Commission meets a 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other agenda items include a proclamation recognizing this as Severe Weather Awareness Week, bids to repair the bridge just north of Stone Ridge Country Club, a road vacation and a replacement pickup for the Road and Bridge Department.
Following a 10-2 series-opening win over Dodge City Tuesday the Great Bend Chiefs gave up some big hits as the Rangers regrouped for an 11-5 victory in game two. Great Bend moves their record to 13-12 and will face Pratt this evening in doubleheader play at the Great Bend Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
HOUSTON- Auditioning for the starting nod in the All-Star Game in front of American League manager Ned Yost, ace Dallas Keuchel fired eight shutout innings and got just enough run support from George Springer's two-run homer off the foul pole in the third inning as the Astros secured a series win with a 4-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Sarah Adams and Amanda Hockerott. As the local news and multi-media leader, the Great Bend Tribune informs the community about matters of importance and interest. Featuring a blend of print, social media and digital products, the Tribune will be introducing its latest community project. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.
According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Alexis Folkerts, Jadynce Schroeder, Jordyn Stukey and Cadence Brown competed at this year' s National meet in Las Vegas June 10-13. Schroeder led the quad placing third overall after competing in the vault, bars, beam and floor. Stukey and Folkerts placed fifth and sixth while Brown came in ninth. (Not pictured is Cadence Brown)