With the end of summer looming within a few weeks, students and their families may need to brush up on some financial dos and don'ts in preparation for that new college experience. Whether shopping for school supplies or applying for that first credit card, it pays to be smart about every transaction. The Better Business Bureau has some reminders designed to help avoid financial pitfalls for students transitioning to the college world.
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Crime Stoppers of Barton County is seeking information about the theft of geothermal equipment from a work site in the 1400 block of SE 50 Road that occurred July 14 or 15. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said items taken include geo phones, a data box, cables and a battery. Loss was $3,160. "If you have information about this crime or any other crime, please call 792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Remember we don't want your name, just your information."
First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St., chose "Amazing Wonders Aviation" as the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School, starting Monday, July 23.
"Walking with Jesus through the Parables" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road.
The other day I saw a chart illustrating the growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the federal budget. The chart and article were produced by www.bankruptingamerica.org and it showed these three items growing from 16 percent of the Federal budget in 1967 to a whopping 41 percent of the budget in 2011. I believe that there are two reasons for this.
Twelve youths will represent Great Bend at a national fine arts competition this summer.
Faith Community Church will host the Central Kansas Missions Conference, Aug. 3-4. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton, Great Bend, on West Barton County Road.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr., 114th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will preach at Myers Chapel AME Church, 1511 Ninth St., at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. The Rev. Martin F. Grizzell, pastor of the church, said Myers Chapel is pleased to welcome Bishop Kirkland, the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church.
MACKSVILLE - Macksville High School's head track and field coach Jennifer Gillespie was designated the Class 1A Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year for the 2012 season by the Kansas Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches Association.
A Called to Greatness basketball camp will be held on July 23-24 at Great Bend High School.
Rest easy, Colts fans. The Andrew Luck era can now officially begin.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Felix Hernandez worked quickly in the rising heat.
LONDON (AP) - Transforming the Olympic Stadium into a rural idyll is proving far from serene for Danny Boyle ahead of the opening ceremony.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - About 150,000 people came to Kansas City from out of town to attend baseball's All-Star events earlier this month.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...