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I was privileged this past week to be a "involved observer" for the Christmas Bird Count at Quivira Refuge. My mentor for this event was Bob Gress, who recently retired from the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. His attributes include being a learned and very respected birder, and his photographic skills are well known to everyone who has seen the "Birds of Kansas" which he co-authored with David Seibel and Judd Patterson. They also have a web site-- "Birds in Focus" that is stunning. There is a new edition available, and it is an amazing book. I can't ...

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Star of Hope seeking donations

ELLINWOOD - Star of Hope in Ellinwood is seeking donations for a Haitian four-year-old, Emmanuela, who has sickle cell anemia. She lost her parents in the earthquake and was taken in by another family with eight children.

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Thousands of tabs

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Check It Out!

ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Notre Dame's Kelly wins AP college football coach of the year award

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - After two seasons as Notre Dame coach, Brian Kelly decided he wasn't spending enough time doing the best part of his job: coaching players.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Sooners to complete Heisman trifecta when they play A&M-led Manziel

NORMAN, Okla. - So which of the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy really has been college football's best player this season? Check back with the Oklahoma Sooners after the Cotton Bowl and they could offer an educated opinion.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


BYU runs away with 23-6 win in Poinsettia Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Mustangs win shootout

MACKSVILLE - It was an offensive battle for the high school boys of Macksville and Cunningham.

December 20, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Lady Mustangs secure season’s first win

MACKSVILLE - The Macksville High School girls' basketball team refused to go into the holiday break with a winless record.

December 20, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Cookie Town

To say that Jake Hofflinger's yearly candy house project just keeps getting bigger and better seems like a huge understatement. After all, half of this year's undertaking measures more than 14 feet long.

December 20, 2012 | By Jennifer Schartz Special to the Tribune | News


Diggins scores 22 as No. 5 Irish top Kansas State

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to an 87-57 victory over Kansas State on Thursday night in the second round of the World Vision Classic.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Seahawks vs. 49ers: Late-season classic

Under normal circumstances, Seattle's CenturyLink Field rocks from the noise of the 12th Man.

December 20, 2012 | By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer | AP Sports


Magdalene T. Brack 1924 - 2012

OTIS - Magdalene T. Brack, 88, died Dec. 19 at Hays Medical Center. Born June 27, 1924, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Adolph and Minnie (Mater) Tuzicka. In 1942 she graduated from Otis High School. On Sept. 12, 1945, she married Eudale Brack at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. A lifelong resident of Otis, she was the owner and operator of the Otis Cafe from 1968 to 1997. She enjoyed crocheting and flowers and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Paul Shook 1925 - 2012

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Paul Shook, 87, of Cumberland, Md., passed away Dec. 19 at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center. Born Dec. 4, 1925, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Casper A. and Susan (Bobo) Shook.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Mary Ann Wondra 1938 - 2012

HOISINGTON - Mary Ann Wondra, 74, died Dec. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born Aug. 26, 1938, in rural Barton County, the daughter of Arthur F. and Mary (Busch) Maneth. She married Bernard Wondra June 8, 1959, at Olmitz. A lifelong Barton County resident, she worked as a teller at Hoisington National bank for 25 years until retirement.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


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​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Juanita C. Landrum 1935 - 2015

MCPHERSON - Juanita C. Landrum, 79, died on July 25, 2015, at the McPherson Hospital. She was born on Sept. 11, 1935.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eudale Brack 1926 - 2015

OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Grace (Wilkens) Johnson 1937 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black ...

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker - Hall of Famer.

July 27, 2015 | John Kekis, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Royals get Cueto in trade with Reds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for ...

July 27, 2015 | | AP Sports


Ventura pitches Royals past Astros in rubber game

KANSAS CITY- Omar Infante and Cheslor Cuthbert each came through with two-out, two-run hits in the first inning and Yordano Ventura delivered seven strong innings ...

July 26, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Sugercane aphids

Sugarcane aphids have a good chance of being a serious issue in Sorghum fields this year. Despite a slow start in 2015, the sugarcane aphid ...

July 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Beat the Heat with Plenty of Fluids

We made it through the Barton County Fair with just a couple of really hot days. Some of the surrounding counties have not been that ...

July 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


It’s time to divide Bearded Iris

Showy, elegant, and easy are terms that describe bearded iris flowers, and because they grow so well in the heartland, it's a good idea ...

July 26, 2015 | | Local Life


Kansas State University researchers attack antibiotic resistance, improve public policy

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the ...

July 26, 2015 | | Agriculture


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