TOPEKA - Storm and crop damage estimates in Kansas for 2011 have hit a record $1 billion, according to the Kansas Department of Insurance.
TOPEKA - Sandra (Sandy) Craig, 64, died Sept. 25, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Evelyn May Miller, 80, died Sept. 27, 2011 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.
LYONS - Dale Wilson Ballard, 91, died Sept. 28 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information about the theft and destruction of a gray Chevy pickup from Great Bend.
Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner/auction. The fundraiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Highland Convention Center. Tickets are $50 each.
A retirement reception for Great Bend City employee Willard Renfro will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Cemetery Office, located at 4500 Broadway Ave. He will be retiring from the City with 22 years of service.
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Simpson Farm Enterprises, Inc. of Ransom, Great Bend, Hays and Beloit, has been named among the Top Volume Sales Dealers by Spra Coupe for the previous sales year. The Top Volume Spra Coupe Dealer Award is given to the top three dealers in sales of Spra Coupe in North America. Spra Coupe is part of the application division of AGCO, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment based in Duluth, Ga. Simpson Farm Enterprises, Inc. has been a dealer for Spra Coupe since 1982.
Angela Broaderway, PharmD, recently accepted the position of part-time Pharmacy Director at Ellsworth County Medical Center (ECMC). Angela will begin her duties at ECMC Oct. 1, and comes to the medical center with a great deal of enthusiasm and education. A native of Kirksville, Mo., Broaderway moved with her family to Larned several years ago. She is a graduate of Larned High School, Fort Hays State University and a 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Angela will continue to be employed by St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend as well as St. Joseph ...
Great Bend Regional Hospital provided a financial donation to Riley Elementary School that will benefit the school's library. As a result Riley is able to purchase books to go along with its anti-bullying curriculum. Riley already teaches the lessons, explained Riley Elementary School principal Joann Blevins, but there wasn't enough in the school's library fund to also purchase the books that go along with the curriculum. With the donation, however, Blevins said they will immediately make the purchase to receive the books as quickly as possible.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Linda Jamison and Jan Westfall. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are loose and raring to go, ready to work overtime - if necessary - to win the AL wild card.
Tippecanoe County, Ind. judge Loretta Rush, interviewed by the Journal & Courier of Lafayette, Ind., underscored parental drug use as a major risk factor in a child's drifting into substance abuse.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
"Just following the will of the people." That's been the GOP rationalization for accomplishing absolutely nothing for five and a half years. Doesn't matter what the issue is. Immigration. Jobs. Infrastructure. Climate change. Banking reform. The proliferation of substandard dental schools in Nebraska.
Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite.
During times of economic downturn, there has been an increased interest in home food preservation. Farm families have planted gardens and preserved produce for generations. During World War II, the government urged families to plant "Victory Gardens" and to can their surplus for later use. During the 60's and 70's, young women immersed in the back-to-the-land movement rediscovered home canning. Over the course of much of the past three decades, canning, as the primary method of home food preservation, faced serious competition as freezers became a common household appliance.
Teen pregnancy rates are down dramatically and American children are more likely to reach adulthood than they were 25 years ago. But more of them are growing up impoverished.
Birmingham, Alabama, is looking to make chess a fixture in its schools, in hopes that it will allow kids to stretch their minds and improve their analytical abilities.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.
'Cheyenne Bottoms During World War II' presentation to be held