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What About Cecil?

I have been queried several times regarding my thoughts on Cecil, the lion that was supposedly cherished by local people and killed by a American bow-hunter in Africa. I suppose that my trips to Africa with my bow bestow some level of understanding or experience that makes my opinion and observations interesting. I understand the interest in this on-going event. I will be as honest and transparent as possible.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Traveling disability exhibit comes to FHSU

Fort Hays State University will host the Ability Ally Initiative on campus Sept. 9-11. The traveling exhibit focuses on awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities.

September 06, 2015 | Randy Gonzales University Relations and Marketing | Education

Labor Day: 12 Random Thoughts

Local schools started in early August, I haven't checked in on the MDA Telethon since Jerry Lewis was ousted as host and my family has no particular Labor Day traditions; but I do find myself pondering the holiday that salutes the accomplishments of America's workers.

September 06, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

League of Women Voters meeting

League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.

September 06, 2015 | | Club News

Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival

All things "butterfly" will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Correct Hand Washing Keeps Germs from Spreading

It is "Food Safety Awareness Month" and so I want to remind you of the most important way to prevent foodborne illness; WASH YOUR HANDS. At all stages of food preparation and clean-up it is important to keep those hands clean. Next week I will be making my annual visit to Helping Hands pre-school to share the importance of proper hand washing with over 100 three and four year olds. I have access to a Glo-Germ, complete with a black light. After tossing a ball around that has the "magic potion" on it we should be able to see exactly ...

September 06, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Agriculture and Labor

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the official end of summer and a transition to more indoor activities. For many it means things are slowing down a bit and thoughts start to turn towards the holiday season. While that may be true for much of the country, for those in Kansas agriculture, and depending on the weather, it's just another day in the office.

September 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Shining examples of greatness, forged in the fire of adversity

About every month, another parenting book arrives at Barnes & Noble. I bought the most recent arrival and skimmed it quickly - entitled "How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success," by Julie Lythcott-Haims.

September 06, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

HR Policy Association weighs in against expansion of overtime coverage as hindering needed workplace

HR Policy Association sent its comments today to the Department of Labor regarding the Wage and Hour Division's proposed rule on Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 as published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2015.

September 06, 2015 | | Business

Remembrance ceremony is September 12

The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership is holding a Remembrance Ceremony in conjunction with the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5 K Run at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Vet's Park in Great Bend. The public is invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony that will be held at the west shelter next to the lake. Community members who would like to recognize the memory of someone are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Ceremony and participate in the Recognition.

September 06, 2015 | | Local News

Lois Harman 1942-2015

WICHITA – Lois Jean Harman, 72, passed away Sept. 2, 2015.

September 05, 2015 | | Obituaries

John J. Perez Jr. 1958 - 2015

WICHITA - John J. Perez Jr., 57, passed away Sept. 2, 2015, at his home in Wichita. Born June 28, 1958, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of John Perez and Helen Lemuz Perez Asher. On June 17, 2010, he married Vorapa Khomsiri in Wichita. She survives. A lifetime area resident, living in Wichita for the last 10 years, he was a truck driver, a lineman and a Certified Med Aide.

September 05, 2015 | | Obituaries

Kenneth Ballard King 1925 - 2015

Kenneth Ballard King, 89, died Aug. 31, 2015, at AMG Specialty Hospital in Wichita. He was born Sept. 2, 1925, at Maryville, Mo., the son of Eugene James and Margaret Grace (Allen) King. He graduated from Conception High School, Conception, Mo., and attended the University of Kansas and Purdue University. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving during World War II and was later recalled to serve during the Korean Conflict. Between his two tours of service, he worked as an electrical engineer for Black and Veatch. Mr. King married Norma Mae Spacil on ...

September 05, 2015 | | Obituaries

Royals trim magic number despite loss to White Sox

KANSAS CITY- Adam Eaton had four hits, including a three-run homer, and Alexei Ramirez had four hits as well as the White Sox gave left-hander John Danks plenty of support in a 12-1 romp over the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

September 05, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/ | AP Sports

Area football recap

Victoria-16, Central Plains-12

September 05, 2015 | | Prep Sports

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The Other Republican Debate

September 20, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Senior Activities


September 20, 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 ...

September 20, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Club Calendar


September 20, 2015 | | Club News

USD 428, Holy Family, and Helping Hands

The following meals will be served Sept. 21 through Sept. 25. The secondary schools also have available daily main dish, chef salad, combo lunches and ...

September 20, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Special Needs Calendar


September 20, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Scoring the Great Debate

I didn't watch CNN's telecast of the Republican debate because I was there in person.

September 20, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Murphy 50th

Joseph A. and Roma Lee (Riner) Murphy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11, with family.

September 20, 2015 | | Anniversaries

Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News

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