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Gov. Brownback recognizes Cheyenne Bottoms

Governor Sam Brownback visited the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on Monday. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Secretary Robin Jennison introduced Gov. Brownback, who joined local city and county government officials, media representatives, and local legislators, to tour the center and discuss the importance of educating visitors about the value of wetlands and raising awareness of Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 23, 2015 | | Local News

Do we need to know this?

The newspaper headlines shout "Odom, ex- NBA star, looking stronger." The national news gives us constant updates on the condition of Lamar Odom. That he is alert and improving. This is the guy, somewhat famous because he is an NBA basketball player, that was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel last week, strung out on alcohol and drugs. I'm on a "need to know" basis here and I don't NEED to know this. I don't WANT to know this. Do we really care? I sure don't!

October 23, 2015 | | Local Sports

Trump Halloween

October 23, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Trump Drags the Republicans Back to 9/11

Kudos to Donald Trump for performing a valuable public service. I kid you not.

October 23, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Could Medicare be Obamacare's Savior?

Like it or not, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Whether or not it will prove to protect patients and facilitate affordable medical care is another story.

October 23, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Cougars win third in last four with victory over Pratt

The Barton volleyball team is playing some of its best volleyball of the season.

October 23, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

Oilers celebrate state tennis championship

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Central Plains Lady Oilers Janae Ryan and Keeley Hipp won the 3-1A state tennis title Saturday on a cool, but beautiful fall day in Kansas City. It marked the first individual tennis championship for Central Plains, which includes the history of Claflin High School.

October 22, 2015 | By Mark McCoy Ellsworth County I-R | Prep Sports

Area football preview: Oilers set to meet Gorillas in showdown

It's hard to imagine, but a Central Plains loss could actually be a good thing Friday night.

October 22, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

October 22, 2015 | | On the Record

‘The Rifleman’ restored

This week "The Rifleman" monument is getting a professional cleaning and waxing. Here are some facts about the monument, courtesy of the Barton County Historical Society:

October 22, 2015 | | Local News

The art of bonsai demonstrated to Great Bend Garden Club

Courtesy photo

October 22, 2015 | | Local News

​Wharton, Horton, Holl join Sunflower Electric

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announced the following new employees.

October 22, 2015 | | Business

OTR for October 22, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

October 22, 2015 | | On the Record

GBRC hosting Defensive Driving Course

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and Barton County Farm Bureau will be hosting a "Defensive Driving Course" on Monday, Nov. 16 thru Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center, located at 2715 18th Street. This class will be taught by Steve Billinger, Barton County Sheriff's Department. After participants attend this course, most insurance companies will lower premiums for participants that receive certificates at the end of the class. Participants must attend both days to complete the course. To register or for more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 ...

October 22, 2015 | | Local News

GBRC hosting Halloween party

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a "Halloween Party" on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1-2 p.m., at the Senior Center located at 2005 Kansas Avenue. Dress up in costume, if you would like, and join friends for an afternoon of spooky fun, refreshments, and entertainment by a Jefferson grade school class. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail us at

October 22, 2015 | | Local News

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Sue Shoen 1937-2015

ELLINWOOD - Sue Shoen, 77, of Ellinwood passed into eternal life, with her six children by her side, on Nov. 10, 2015.

November 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

Z. Lee Rouser

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many, Z. Lee Rouser, 85, passed from this earthly life to her eternal home on Nov ...

November 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

Arlene Helen Miles 1915 - 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Arlene Helen Miles, 100, died Nov. 6, 2015, at Life Care Center in Farmington, N.M. Born Jan. 13, 1915, in Breese ...

November 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

Patty Sue Mauler 1947 - 2015

SHAWNEE - Patty Sue Mauler, 68, died on Nov. 9, 2015, at her home. Born Feb. 26, 1947, to Paul and Helen (Riley) Stagner in Lafayette ...

November 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

Nine Patch revisited

Some quilts aren't made for warmth. Some of them are meant to be stared at in awe and wonderment.

November 14, 2015 | | Local News

Barton nursing student gets a head start with Senate Bill 155 classes

Barton Nursing student, 19-year-old Breanna Towers of St. John, started making strides toward her career during her sophomore year of high school by taking college ...

November 14, 2015 | | Local News

Passing out poppies

Great Bend's Poppi Perry passes out Veterans Day poppies at Walmart.

November 14, 2015 | | Local News

Cougars dominate first half cruising to 24-point victory over Planet Athlete

Racing out to an early nine point lead the Barton Community College men's basketball team never looked back in a 94-70 victory Friday over ...

November 14, 2015 | | Local Sports

Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News

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