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Great Bend Farm Equipment to sell Honda Outdoor Power Equipment products

Les Hopkins, owner and general manager of Great Bend Farm Equipment, announced today that the dealership is now a Honda Outdoor Power Equipment dealer. Hopkins made the decision to market the Honda lineup because John Deere no longer manufactures and markets residential walk behind and hand held lawn care equipment. Hopkins stated, "While John Deere is committed to manufacturing and marketing premium riding lawn equipment, they made the decision to team up with Honda in order to provide walk behind lawn equipment to their dealer network. At the start of this new year, we started marketing Honda Outdoor Power Equipment ...

January 13, 2013 | | Business


Just In Time

A major change in many businesses over the last twenty years was an inventory concept termed "just in time." Instead of maintaining a large inventory of parts and products, the idea was to keep just what you need and have what you are going to need ordered, shipped, and delivered just in time. The transportation and communications infrastructure developed with the advent of computers made this possible. Problems arise when something unpredictable happens; earthquakes and tsunamis in Asia or extreme weather here. "Just in Time" is what we are looking at for this year's wheat crop.

January 13, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Falcons to try to end playoff woes against Seahawks

ATLANTA - It's 2010 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons.

January 13, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Elective offices must be filed by Jan. 22

Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Election Officer, has announced the following elective positions are available for the April 2 general election. Council positions are available for the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin, Albert, Galatia, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock and Susank. School board spots will be available for Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood. Spots for the Barton County Board of Trustees and Ellinwood Hospital District Board are also available.

January 13, 2013 | | News


Texans, Patriots looking to keep title hopes alive

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Vince Wilfork was a champion as a rookie with the New England Patriots. So, he wondered, how hard could it be to win the Super Bowl every year?

January 13, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


No. 18 Kansas State holds off West Virginia 65-64

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Shane Southwell saw to it that No. 18 Kansas State's winning streak would reach six games.

January 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Tigers beat Larned; remain undefeated

LARNED - Spencer Nusser led St. John-Hudson High School's boys' basketball team with 22 points during their 10th win of the season, a 67-40 romp past Larned.

January 12, 2013 | | Prep Sports


No. 6 Jayhawks topple Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - Bill Self saw an unenergetic No. 6 Kansas team in the first half and he let his players hear about it.

January 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Kaepernick unloads as San Francisco beats Green Bay

SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick did the passing and running, and Aaron Rodgers couldn't keep up.

January 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Ravens survive Broncos in double overtime thriller

DENVER - Welcome to NFL immortality, Joe Flacco.

January 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


N.C. State pulls off upset of No. 1 Duke

RALEIGH, N.C. - C.J. Leslie scored 25 points - including six straight during a key second-half run - to help No. 20 North Carolina State beat No. 1 Duke 84-76 on Saturday.

January 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


OTR for Jan. 13, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

January 12, 2013 | | On the Record


Larned Chamber will sponsor meeting Monday

LARNED - The Larned Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a special coffee hour and reception at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Pawnee County Courthouse.

January 12, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Hinkle to speak Sunday at Faith Community Church

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said everyone is welcome.

January 12, 2013 | | Local News


Kitts honored

Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."

January 12, 2013 | | Local News


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Frances Marie Thurston 1917 - 2015

LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


KBCA basketball rankings

KBCA basketball rankings

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Barton softball finally loses; splits games at Fort Scott

The Barton Community College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this season. Its response? A 19-4 win.

March 03, 2015 | | Community College


Panther Bowling teams headed to state

On Friday both Panther bowling teams punched their ticket for a return trip to the 5A-1A State Bowling Tournament. The Lady Panthers started off the day by finishing as the regional runner up in the 12 team tournament which was held at the Walnut Bowl. The Lady Panthers were narrowly defeated by Salina South by seven pins. Sophomore McKenzy Black led the Panthers with a team series high of 518. Following close behind were senior Abby Rose and sophomore Allie Brodrick, who each rolled a series of 514, and senior Addie Soukup's series of 507. Black's series earned ...

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Hoisington High School finishes 2nd at State Wrestling Tournament

The Hoisington High School Wrestling team ended their season this past weekend at the K.S.H.A.A. Class 1-3A State Wrestling tournament held in Hays. The team brought 10 kids to the meet with the expectation of bringing home hardware. Not too long ago when the senior class was freshmen they were able to bring home a second place trophy, but this time the expectations were one step higher. The ultimate goal for the team was to bring home the first place state trophy. When all the rounds were finished the team was able to almost achieve that ...

March 03, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Hoisington Forensics 3rd at Great Bend

The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Net Neutrality

March 03, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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


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


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