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Michael W. Willms, 1960-2013

HAYSVILLE – Michael W. Willms, 52, passed away Jan. 5, 2013.

January 09, 2013 | | Obituaries


Wesley L. Belden 1939-2013

PAWNEE ROCK - Wesley L. Belden, 73, died Jan. 9 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 7, 1939, at Binghamton, N.Y., the son of Helen (Cobb) Belden. He married Judy Smee Dean on Aug. 29, 1992, in Hoisington.

January 09, 2013 | | Obituaries


“Barton County’s Got Talent” to Include Donated Works of Art

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County is busily preparing for their upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater on Saturday, January 19th.

January 09, 2013 | | News


Great Bend thespians compete in Wichita talent show

Great Bend High School's got talent and students proved it last weekend during a trip to Wichita.

January 09, 2013 | | News


Flu season going strong

Kansas is one of the 29 states reporting a high level of influenza-like illnesses according to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

January 09, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Chase High School/Raymond Junior High School Honor Rolls

Chase High School Honor Roll

January 09, 2013 | | Education


Great Bend Regional Hospital reports that 87% of health care workers received the flu shot

Flu season is upon us and the best way to prevent the flu is through annual flu immunizations. In 2010 the Kansas Healthcare collaborative started a four-year campaign to increase the number of hospital health care workers receiving annual influenza immunizations as part of the effort to decrease health care-associated infections.

January 09, 2013 | | Business


Online ticket buying requires caution

Whether it's a ball game or a hot concert, consumers are more likely than ever to buy their tickets online. Your Better Business Bureau says it is best to consider the source carefully. Be sure the seller is trustworthy before sending them the sometimes-extravagant sum required for those seats.

January 09, 2013 | | Business


Area square dance lessons

The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club and the Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor square dance lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting on Friday and running through March 9 at the Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street, west end of City Auditorium. There will be no session on Jan. 18 so the dancers can attend the Annual Snow Ball Festival in Hays.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


“Cliff” Not Our Real Crisis

Washington's self-created "fiscal cliff" crisis has been somewhat resolved, which means we can continue ignoring the real fiscal crises that are dead ahead.

January 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Democrats win fiscal game

January 09, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Hurricane Sandy Relief: A Flood of Hypocrisy

If you go to the website of Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, you'll see a whole page devoted to Hurricane Sandy recovery. You'll see pictures of him touring flooded coastal towns. You'll see the number to call if you lost your power. You'll even see a link to the website for the National Flood Insurance Program.

January 09, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Lady Mustangs pull ahead of La Crosse with last-second shot

LA CROSSE - With 4.6 seconds remaining in a girls' basketball game tied at 37, Macksville High School head coach Nathaniel Norman had a choice to make - call a timeout or let his team run the floor.

January 08, 2013 | | Prep Sports


Key named KJCCC Player of the Week

Barton Community College men's basketball player Al Key was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Player of the Week for his play over the New Year's holiday extended.

January 08, 2013 | | Community College


Saban, SEC on roll in BCS title games

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - There is no end in sight, not for Alabama or the Southeastern Conference.

January 08, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kraft — Reif

Karla Kraft and Eldon Reif announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Vella Mae Jantz of Wichita. The prospective groom is the son of Dorothy Reif of Great Bend.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


Central Plains High School 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Superintendent's Honor Roll

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Leroy Rube 90th

Leroy Rube will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 3, with a card shower.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Wetland Explorer: Migration Madness

While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.

March 29, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Flick baby boy

Ryan Flick and Jennifer Stelmach Flick announce the birth of their son Bennett Ryan Flick on Dec. 15, in Salina. He weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz. and was 17 in. long. He has a big sister, Harper Flick.

March 29, 2015 | | Births


Hafner —

Samantha Kay Hickel and Matthew William Hafner were united in marriage on Oct. 18, at Dozier Vineyard and Winery in Ellinwood, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Lenard Maxwell. Parents ofthe couple are Doug and Karen Hickel of Claflin and Rod and Kathy Hafner of Great Bend. Grandparents of the bride are Alice Bednasek of Holyrood and the late Vernon Bednasek, and Betty

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Peltier —

Gentry Sauder and Scott Peltier were united in marriage on Nov. 1, at the First Evangelical Free Church in Wichita in a double ring ceremony officiated by Kevin Ingram of Manhattan. Parents of the couple are Art and Connie Sauder of Great Bend and Jim and Theresa Peltier of Concordia.

March 29, 2015 | | Weddings


Williamson 55th

Clayton and Teddy Williamson will celebrate their 55th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS building located at 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jettie and Jeff Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, and Karla Weeks and their families.

March 29, 2015 | | Anniversaries


Clayton Williamson 80th

Clayton Williamson of Hoisington will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at the GPS Building, 352 W. 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Teddy Williamson 75th

Teddy Williamson will celebrate her 76th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 4, at GPS, 352 West 12th in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be Jeff and Jettie Zoller, Brad and Laura Barnard, Karla Weeks and families.

March 29, 2015 | | Birthdays


Lagud — Keffer

Dr. Dustin Wayne Keffer and Ms. Crystal Sue Lagud announce their engagement. The parents of the groom are Vicki and Bill Keffer of Great Bend. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Judy Rusco of Great Bend, the late A. Wayne Rusco, and the late Arthur and Frankie Keffer.

March 29, 2015 | | Engagements


Cheryl Rugan announces candidacy

Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. After consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. "I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Use your head for something other than a hat rack

If Billy Crystal's Fernando character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn't be telling too many farmers, "Darling, you look marvelous." You can also bet not too many farmers, step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ or Esquire.

March 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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