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What Makes A Soil?

Last week's column asserted that soil is the foundation of our agricultural industry and a scarce resource. This week let's start to examine why. First, 70% of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Of the remaining 30%, only 11% is considered arable, suitable for farming, or approximately 3.3% of the total of the earth's surface. Of that total, well over half has been degraded to some extent. Often that degradation is due to soil erosion (loss of the soil) by air or water. Why is that a big deal? A large part of ...

March 11, 2012 | | Agriculture


Nine area residents accomplish travel’s ultimate achievement

ecently, 14 intrepid travelers returned from an "Expeditions Adventure" that encompassed the continents of South America and Antarctica. Starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and traveling to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city situated on the Patagonian peninsula overlooking the historic Beagle Channel, the group then boarded the expedition-class cruise ship, M.S. Fram, and cruised across historic Drake's Passage en route Antarctica. For the next seven days they explored both the majestic sea life of minke, killer, and humpback whales, elephant and weddel seals, and indescribably-beautiful icebergs and ice shelves; along with many diverse areas of the "seventh continent ...

March 11, 2012 | | Business


We are stuck with the bill -- again

March 11, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


CLASS 6-1A STATE TOURNAMENT SCOREBOARD

CLASS 6-1A STATE BASKETBALL

March 11, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Lady Oilers fall 48-47 in third-place game

MANHATTAN - It came down to the wire in the Class 2A state tournament girls' third-place basketball game at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

March 11, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Missouri leaving Big 12 as tournament champs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It seemed as if everybody was rooting against Missouri, the school that nearly brought the Big 12 to ruin, and you can be sure coach Frank Haith and the rest of the Tigers heard them.

March 11, 2012 | | AP Sports


Larned Briefs

Camp Pawnee benefit Sunday

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Pawnee Heights to perform '45 Minutes from Broadway'

ROZEL - The National Honor Society at Pawnee Heights will perform the musical, "45 Minutes from Broadway," Thursday at the high school.

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned Police Report

Thursday, March 8

March 10, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Beverly Ann Herrod 1945-2012

GREAT BEND - Beverly Ann Herrod, 66, died March 8, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Bean 1914-2012

GREAT BEND - Mildred Bean, 97, died March 8, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Ellinwood.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Lane Bates 1922-2012

GREAT BEND - Robert Lane Bates, 89, died March 10, 2012 at his home in Great Bend.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


David Kenneth Patterson 1961-2012

LARNED - David Kenneth Patterson, 50, died at his home in Larned.

March 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Shafer Gallery's Vortex Exhibit for feature area high school artists

Area high school artists will have a chance to sample the life of a professional artist when their work is featured during a special reception for the Shafer Gallery's Vortex High School Exhibit.

March 10, 2012 | | Local News


BCC trustees meet with Fort Riley brass

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees spend two days last week visiting Fort Riley campus.

March 10, 2012 | | News


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USD 428, Holy Family, Helping Hands and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served May 11 through May 15. 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.

May 10, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Special Needs Calendar

Monday

May 10, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


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.

May 10, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Senior Activities

Tuesday

May 10, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Club Calendar

Sunday

May 10, 2015 | | Club News


Memorial Day decorations

Dear Editor,

May 10, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Kansas State FFA Adviser visit

May 10, 2015 | | Education


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 approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.

May 10, 2015 | | Local News


Clinton J, Hammeke joins Membership of American Angus Association

Clinton J. Hammeke, Great Bend, is a new member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


NRCS extends comment period for Agricultural Conservation Easement program interim rule

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend the deadline to provide public comment on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's (ACEP) interim rule until May 28.

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


The Drought’s Over, Right?

The last part of April and the beginning of May certainly brought a change in the weather pattern. An unsettled weather pattern with heavy rains, hail, strong winds and even tornados brought much needed moisture and as this is written the end of this week is looking unsettled. As is common with this pattern, while most all areas received rain, totals have ranged from around an inch or less to close to ten inches for some. On average it appears most of the area two to three inches or more. This helps but the area is still under the average ...

May 10, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Boomin’ times

Being one of the early Baby Boomers there's plenty to talk about in my lifetime that's lasted into its sixth decade. During this wonderful, turbulent time my generation has been praised and pummeled.

May 10, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


FHSU selects seven students, five faculty and staff as outstanding ‘Men of Merit’

Twelve men on the Fort Hays State University campus were named as 2015's "Men of Merit." A reception in their honor was held on Tuesday, April 28.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


Enrollment open for Summer Fun at Incredible Years Preschool

Whether parents want to prepare a child for preschool or wrap up the school year for current preschoolers on a high note, Sunflower Diversified's Incredible Years Preschool may be the answer.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


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