Rhonda Knudson, an American Family Insurance agent in Great Bend and Bryant Birney, an American Family Insurance agent in Ellinwood, have been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program.SM Knudson and Birneny join other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service.
Mole and gopher control demonstration A few years ago, when I lived out south of Ellinwood, a gopher chewed threw my satellite television cable and I lost reception. It was then that I declared war. If you have ever seen the movie "Caddy Shack," you know how the psychotic groundskeeper, played by Bill Murray had fits trying to get rid of the gopher at the golf course. Frankly I always thought the movie was "trashy," ...
Larry and Carolyn Mix will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Dec. 2 with a card shower. Larry Mix and Carolyn Thomas were united in marriage on Dec. 2, 1960 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City. The couples has three daughters: Tina and Jeff Weiszbrod, Tanya and Stephen Kirby and Tammy and Mike Menkhoff; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Their son, the late Timothy Mix, passed away Oct. 1. Cards may be sent to the ...
Monday Ceramics - 7:30 p.m., Meeting Room Tuesday Bowling - 4 p.m., Walnut Bowl
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 milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
Dr. Matthew P. Shaffer and his staff at Heartland Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center have developed treatment protocols to provide patients with comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care of skin, hair and nails. The practice has been serving western and central Kansas families since 1977 – with offices in Great Bend, Hays and Salina.
Tuesday Coffee and Doughnuts - 8:30 a.m., Senior Center Wednesday Holiday Breads - noon, Activity Center Pitch - 7 p.m., Senior Center Thursday Dominoes - 1 p.m. at the Senior Center Legal Aid - 1 p.m., Senior Center Friday Bridge - 1 p.m. Recreation Center In Patient Rehabilitation - 1 p.m., Senior Center Bingo - 1:30 p.m., High Rise
Nex-Tech Wireless has announced that USD 428 Great Bend Schools have agreed to participate in the School Rebate Program. The School Rebate Program, offered exclusively at Nex-Tech Wireless, was created to assist local schools in raising additional funds to be used as determined by the participating school. Since the program was launched in the fall of 2006, over $100,000 has been donated to local schools throughout the Nex-Tech Wireless service area.
Barton County Farm Bureau Association will celebrate a year of successes by hosting an open house for their two thousand members from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, at the Farm Bureau Office 2001 8th Street in Great Bend.
The following meals will be served Nov 29 through Dec. 3. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Club at StoneRidge, 24th and Frey in Great Bend. President Rose Kelly will be in charge of the meeting. Installation of officers for 2011 will be held. Members are asked to continue to record their hours of volunteer service.
Barton Community College honored 20 employees during an All-College Forum Oct. 27, recognizing them for their years of service to the College. Human Resources director Julie Knoblich presented the awards for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Recognized for 35 years of service was Barton's Coordinator of Telecommunications Gerald Resner, Great Bend. Honored for 30 years were Psychology ...
Steven Black, one of five suspects in a federal credit card and check-cashing fraud ring, was arrested in Maryland Heights, Mo., following a car chase. In a search, police discovered that Black was carrying $1,540 in cash, in a roll tied with a shoelace to his privates.
BEVERLY HILLS - God bless America, and how's everybody? The White House was evacuated Tuesday when a small plane accidentally wandered over the mansion. It was just a student pilot in a Cessna. The kid was flying directly over the United States so President Obama was never in any danger of being struck by the plane. Obama slipped to the lowest approval rating of his presidency at 39 percent in the Zogby poll Tuesday. What ...
"We have a large government," political consultant David Axelrod offered as a plea of ignorance to all of the scandals swirling around his boss. "Part of being president is there's so much beneath you that you can't know because the government is so vast." And yet, thanks to Axelrod and Obama, we now stand on the precipice of the largest expansion of government power in almost half a century: Obamacare, officially known as the Patient ...
LAWRENCE - Memphis forward Tarik Black is transferring to Kansas and will be eligible to play immediately.
DETROIT - Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the second round series.
HUTCHINSON - The Barton Community College track and field teams wrapped up their season Saturday at the National Junior College Activity Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
SAN ANTONIO - Zach Randolph's miserable Western Conference finals debut led to a sleepless night and a long film session.
EMPORIA - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team finished sixth overall at the Class 1A golf tournament on Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
HOUSTON - Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
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The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrative personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. There will also be an executive session for discussion of personnel.
KANOPOLIS - The public is invited to take part in a short nature hike and free fishing this Saturday at Kanopolis State Park. Meet at the Wildlife Viewing Area west of the office at 9 a.m. and follow the park naturalist on the trail. Bring a fishing pole for fishing in the ponds after the hike.
ELLINWOOD - Virginia Manning died May 20 at her home in Ellinwood. Services and survivors are pending with Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
After a one-vehicle accident at 6:26 a.m. Sunday at U.S. 56, milepost 211, the driver was arrested by the Barton County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the jail he requested medical assistance for shoulder pain. At 9:27 a.m., a Great Bend Police Officer responded to a disturbance at the Great Bend Regional Hospital Emergency Room, and the BCSO was called to assist. The suspect was served a notice to appear ...
Several people from Colorado Springs, Colo., were injured at 6:10 p.m. Sunday in Russell County, when a Suburban pulling a camper-trailer attempted to pass a semi-trailer on Interstate 70, 1 mile east of Bunker Hill. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the vehicle became unstable as it passed the semi, entering the median. The driver over-corrected and the vehicle entered the ditch, rolling several times. The trailer broke free and landed upright, while the Suburban landed on its roof.
A 2-year-old boy died Monday and others were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Pratt County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 10:18 a.m.. on K-61, 1.5 miles north of Preston.
ELLINWOOD - Dr. Catherine Strecker of Educational Strategies, 17 N. Main, will offer four continuing education workshops on May 31. Two CEU credits will be offered for each session.