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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


Lady Cardinals beat Lady Indians

LARNED - Larned kept pace with Hoisington in the first eight minutes, trailing 15-14.

December 08, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Navy tops Army 17-13 for 11th straight win in series

PHILADELPHIA - Navy's decade of dominance over Army was 14 yards away from sinking.

December 08, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Wildcats edge Colonials

WASHINGTON - The nation's top offensive rebounding team survived its first road test by sticking with the plan of attacking the glass.

December 08, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Cowboys’ Brent arrested for intoxicated manslaughter

IRVING, Texas - Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

December 08, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Johnny Football becomes Johnny Heisman

NEW YORK - Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman.

December 08, 2012 | By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer | AP Sports


Rec Commission set to approve computer upgrades

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will act on computer hardware and software bids when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

December 08, 2012 | | Area Briefs


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Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?

We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.

January 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


GOP Deflate-Gate

January 28, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Inflation, Deflation

Inflation, deflation. No, this is not Economics 101. We will not be using the Bell Curve and doing some statistical analysis. No accounting, no spreadsheets. This is about footballs. DEFLATEGATE!

January 28, 2015 | | Sports


No. 17 West Virginia holds off Wildcats

MANHATTAN (AP) - Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a 65-59 victory Tuesday night.

January 27, 2015 | | AP Sports


Charity drive nets thousands of items for local food banks

The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.

January 27, 2015 | | Business


Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unruh 1943 - 2015

NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter L. Graham 1921-2015

EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


College to feature Library Lovers Month

The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 28, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 27, 2015 | | On the Record


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Schridde qualifies for state

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


HHS sends wrestlers to finals at Bob Kuhn Classic

The Hoisington High School varsity wrestling team participated in the Bob Kuhn Sr. Prairie Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Hays. The team sent five wrestlers to the finals where senior Brandon Ball at 138 lbs. won the Championship match to help propel him to win the Tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Sophomore Jonathan Ball, 145 lbs.lbs.; freshman Christopher Ball, 152 lbs.; senior Chance Boor, 195 lbs.; and sophomore Landen Urban, 285 lbs., all finished second. Senior Landon Harmon, 120 lbs., and junior Austin McHenry, 182 lbs., finished in fifth place. Collectively with teammates freshman Tanner Cassity, 113 ...

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


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