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Michael and Kathleen Jilek of Wausau, Wis. announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ann (Katy) to Matthew Allen Hertel, son of Gary and Diana Hertel of Great Bend.

March 13, 2011 | | Engagements

William Small qualifies for 2011 Million Dollar Round Table

William E. Small, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, Financial Consultant with AXA Advisors serving the Great Bend area has fully qualified for the 2011 Million Dollar Round Table. This is the 25th consecutive year he has achieved membership in this organization. Membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. It also reflects a commitment to continuing advanced education to better serve the financial security needs of families, individuals and businesses.

March 13, 2011 | | Business

USS Clinton crewmens reunion

The USS Clinton Crewmen's Reunion Association is looking for crewmen and families for their 18th annual reunion on Oct. 10-14 in Orlando Fla. For membership and reunion information contact Duncan E. Atkinson, Reunion Coordinator, 1510 19th Ave. North, Texas City, Tx. 77590, phone 409-945-6148 or 409-739-1341, fax 409-945-5181,

March 13, 2011 | | Reunions

Alfred Hammeke 80th

Alfred Hammeke will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. on March 20 at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Claflin. Host for the event will be his wife Linda Sue and daughters.

March 13, 2011 | | Birthdays

Kansas Organization of Mothers of Twins Club

Kansas Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs

March 13, 2011 | | Club News

Claflin Lions Annual Seafood Buffet

Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 18th.

March 13, 2011 | | Club News

Sunflower Bank Promotions

Sunflower Bank announces the following promotions and officer elections after the regional community bank's annual Board of Directors meeting in February.

March 13, 2011 | | Business

Zeta Gamma Chapter of Epislon

Zeta Gamma Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha met on March 8 at the home of Karen Lindberg. Ten members were present with two members absent. Meeting included discussing the agenda for the upcoming months. We will be having a Wine Tasting/Birthday party this month. District H will be hosting a Tea Party/Installationat 1:30 p.m. on March 13 the at First Presbyterian Church with our chapter members hosting. It was decided that we would bring items for the Barton County Food Bank to our April 12. The programs for the evening were given by Shirley Blanchard who ...

March 13, 2011 | | Club News

Club Calendar


March 13, 2011 | | Club News

USD 428 Board of Education meeting

The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include recognition of Great Bend High School 5A State Wrestling champions, approval of the 2011-2012 school calendar, approval to purchase computer hardware and software, approval to sell used computers, a bullying workshop, and Teacher Evaluation Committee update.

March 13, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Bob Cates, a life long resident of Claflin, is the owner/operator of Bob's Service Center in Claflin and owner of Cates CARQUEST in Hoisington. Bob has nearly 40 years of experience in automotive repair, with a long family history in the business. His father, V.E. Cates, owned and operated Cates Motor Service in Claflin beginning in 1958 and Cates Service & Supply after that. Bob attended Salina Area Vo-Tech from 1971-1973, where he passed the ASE test with the highest score in the state at the time. He then furthered his experience working in Pratt & Hays before returning ...

March 13, 2011 | | Business

Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met March 1 at the CPI Annex. President Brenda Black led the meeting.

March 13, 2011 | | Club News

Fire remains vital management tool

Every spring, this ritual continues. Viewed up close or at a distance, prairie fires are riveting. Across the vast, open grasslands we call the Flint Hills, fires can be seen for miles. The flames lick at the blue Kansas sky as the brown, dry grass crinkles, cracks and bursts into orange.

March 13, 2011 | | Agriculture

Parnassus Club Annual Vocal and Piano Auditions

On March 5, The Parnassus Club held its annual vocal and piano auditions at Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. The 1st place piano award was given to Hannah Mosier of Great Bend, 2nd place piano award was given to Taylor Fry of Great Bend, and 3rd place piano award was given to Hannah Wilborn of Hoisington. Tiffany Harms, piano instructor at McPherson College and formerly of Great Bend judged the piano contestants. Piano teachers entering piano students were Lorrie Stickney, Connie Schneweis and Karole Erikson. The vocal contest winners were: 1st place, Andrew Koster of Great Bend, 2nd place ...

March 13, 2011 | | Club News

Sterling College Debate Team captures State Title at the State Collegiate Championship Tournament

Continuing their record setting season, the Sterling College Debate team successfully hosted the State Collegiate Championship Tournament on Feb. 18-19, and captured yet another state title. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Sterling Debate team has captured either the individual or team title in parliamentary debate. In addition, Emily Graham of Hutchinson, and Nolan Chaney of South Hutchinson, were named the top two speakers in the tournament.

March 13, 2011 | | Education

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Graduate student’s original play, ‘Dunia, an Ex-Muslin Woman’s Story,’ Jan. 29-31 at Purple Masque T

"Dunia, an Ex-Muslim Woman's Story" is being presented at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre in East Stadium. Admission is free and a talk back will be conducted after each performance.

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment

On Race, the Left Should Look in the Mirror

Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.

January 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Technology Vs Privacy: Is Your Home No Longer Your Castle?

When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.

January 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Deflate-Gate Hype

January 30, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Morgan Francis signs with Baker University to play tennis

Baker University head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian has announced the signing of Morgan Francis to play tennis for the Baker Wildcats in Baldwin City. Morgan is a senior at Great Bend High School and the daughter of John and Nancy Francis.

January 30, 2015 | | Local Sports

Governor statements

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Barton women dominate Cloud to end 7-game skid in Concordia

The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College

Central Plains girls reach Hilltop finals

The No. 1 ranked Class 2A Central Plains girls beat league rival St. John 49-36 Thursday to qualify for Friday's championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Topeka Seaman defeats Great Bend girls

EMPORIA -- Topeka Seaman avenged last year's Class 5A state tournament loss with a 63-42 victory over Great Bend's girls in the Glacier's Edge Tournament at Emporia.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports

High school girls scores

Hilltop Classic

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Kansas bicycle tour accepting registrations

Registration is now open for the 2015 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the State of Kansas. The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - 500-mile ride across the State - begins on Saturday, June 6. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of up to 900 bicyclists, including support staff.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News

Annual chili challenge to benefit local, area patients

It's time to get the big roasters out for the next Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News

OTR for Jan. 30, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

January 29, 2015 | | On the Record

Prayer of the Week, Jan. 30, 2015

May the Holy Spirit enfold us,

January 29, 2015 | | Religion

Church bulletin

Upcoming programs:

January 29, 2015 | | Religion

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