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The Christmas Tree: the year fake beat out real

Someone famously said that Christmas comes in four phases. First you believe in Santa, then you don't, next you become Santa, and then you look like Santa. But enough about me.

December 09, 2012 | | Local Life


And the game is underway

BEVERLY HILLS - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 09, 2012 | | Columnists


Farmers and ranchers finish business at annual meeting in Manhattan

More than 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up importance business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2013. These policies will now become the roadmap for the organization during the upcoming legislative session.

December 09, 2012 | | Agriculture


Staudinger family reunion

The Staudinger family reunion was held Nov. 23 at Dubuque Community Center. The family thanks the Nick Weber family for making it available for them.

December 09, 2012 | | Reunions


Preceptor Pi members share stories of family Veterans

Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 20 at Rosewood Gallery. Susan Coulson served as hostess. President Jeri Brozek led the meeting attended by 11 members.

December 09, 2012 | | Club News


New Debt Ceiling

December 09, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Restoring Confidence

Help us, we're falling and we can't get up again.

December 09, 2012 | | Columnists


Sign of the Times

The sheriff from Tillman County Oklahoma was featured this past week during a story on a crime increasing significantly in his and many other counties in the Great Plains. They had successfully arrested the criminals using GPS technology. What was the crime? You might guess some drug problem like crystal meth or even cattle rustling. You would be wrong. The crime epidemic catching the attention of the national media was stealing hay.

December 09, 2012 | | Agriculture




2012 Extension Appreciation Award

Each year the Executive Board selects someone who has dedicated a significant amount of time to Extension educational programs in Barton County to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. This year the honoree named was Karen Kramp from Ellinwood.

December 09, 2012 | Berny Unruh Barton County 4-H and Youth Development | Local Life


Giving the Gift Of Education: Students receive $19.2 million in scholarships from university donatio

More than 9,400 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, students have earned more than $19.2 million in scholarships for the current academic year -- nearly $1 million more than the previous year.

December 09, 2012 | | Education


Shooting of hawks is illegal

Dear Editor,

December 09, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


Pathways November Employee of the Month

Shawn Wear has been named Pathways November Employee of the Month. Shawn has been caring for the clients at Pathways for almost two years now. He has a great attitude and is always smiling. Shawn strives to do better and has been described by one supervisor as "Most Improved". He is always willing to work any house and any hours at a moments notice. This means he has to be very knowledgeable about many houses and routines. Shawn has definitely grown in his role at Pathways and is very well liked by the clients. He is extremely dependable and always ...

December 09, 2012 | | Business


Board of Barton County Commissioners meeting

The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include approval of Township Treasurer bonds; purchase of Sheriff's office vehicles; appointment of Deputy and Special Deputy Coroners; and board appointments for the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board.

December 09, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Roenbaugh joins American State Bank board

Fellsburg native, Bill Roenbaugh, has joined the 10-member board of directors of American State Bank and Trust Company. American State has branches in Great Bend, Larned, St. John, Macksville and Garden City.

December 09, 2012 | | Business


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Barton season comes to early end with Region VI opening round loss

There is little doubt it wasn't a typical opening round game for a high seed. So to say it was a huge upset might be a bit of an over statement.

March 03, 2015 | | Community College


Barton women advance to Region VI quarterfinals

It didn't take long for the Barton Community College women's basketball team to squash thoughts of an upset to start the post-season.

March 03, 2015 | | Community College


Larned Juvenile honors employees, volunteer for service

LARNED - The Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) recently recognized the employees and volunteer of the quarter for the months of October, November, and December, 2014. These individuals were selected from nominations submitted by their peers; nominees are chosen based upon factors including job performance, dependability, competence, initiative, work ethic, and achievement.

March 03, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Area basketball substates

CLASS 5A GIRLS

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Betty R. Standlee 1926 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Betty R. Standlee, 88, died Feb. 28, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Russell, she was the daughter of Carl W. and Beatrice S. (White) Kastrup. On Nov. 28, 1942, she married R. D. Standlee in Russell, He died on Dec. 31, 2007. A resident of Ellinwood since 1971, coming from Bristow, Okla., she was a homemaker.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Jo Simmons

Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1. Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for March 3, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 02, 2015 | | On the Record


Wanda Jo Simmons

GREAT BEND - Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1, 2015.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Area basketball substates

CLASS 5A GIRLS

March 02, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Blood drive set

Dear Editor,

March 01, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Fundraiser for Claflin Lions Club

Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 20. The menu for the evening will include all you can eat servings of fish, shrimp, clam chowder, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, bread, coffee or tea.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


4H’ers compete in Edward’s County 4H Air Rifle Match

On Feb. 14, 16 Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Offerle to compete in the Edward's County 4H Air Rifle Match.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Estes — Shirey

Kayla Estes and Tyler Shirey announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stephen and Tanya Kirby of St. John and David and Gay Estes of Arlington and the granddaughter of Larry and Carolyn Mix and Lloyd and Verla Estes both of St. John. The prospective groom is the son of Kevin and Maria Shirey of Canton, Mo. and the grandson of Robert and Rita Kirchner and Alice both of Canton, Mo. and the late Art Shirey.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Price — Johns

Terry and Shelli Price announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Price to Joseph Johns, son of Terrill Johns and Marsha French Joseph.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


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