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Mullen — Ralston

Paul and Sue Anne Mullen of Evansville, Ind. announce the engagement of their daughter Kim Mullen, to Zachary Ralston, son of Kelly and Cheryl Ralston.

October 14, 2012 | | Engagements


Corbett —

Jenna Hayes and Jason Corbett were united in marriage on June 9 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ellinwood in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Charles Mazouch. Parents of the bride are Jim and Kathy Hayes of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Jim and Jeanie Corbett of Ellinwood and Randy and Ronda Miller of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Virginia Karlin of Great Bend and the late Ronald Karlin, Lawrence and Frances Hayes. Grandparents of the groom are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Jr. and Glen and Jean Miller.

October 14, 2012 | | Weddings


Erdman — Brittain

Rick Erdman and Barbara Erdman announce the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Erdman to Rick Brittain, son of Robert Brittain and the late Velda Brittain.

October 14, 2012 | | Engagements


Hein 40th

John and Julie Hein will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Oct. 15. The couple was married on Oct. 15, 1972, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington. John is retired from Dillon's after 36 years and Julie is retired from Landmark National Bank after 27 years. The couple has a daughter and son-in-law, Joelle and Jay Jacobs; and two grandchildren, Jensen and Jozie. They will celebrate the occasion with a family dinner in November.

October 14, 2012 | | Anniversaries


Anna Lee Habiger 90th

Anna Lee Habiger of Bushton will celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct. 20 with a family dinner and a card shower.

October 14, 2012 | | Birthdays


Jerry Desmarteau 80th

Jerry Desmarteau will celebrate his 80th birthday on Oct. 20 with a Come and Go reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center Burnside Room. No gifts are requested.

October 14, 2012 | | Birthdays


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for November

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.

October 14, 2012 | | Local News


Barton Community College Foundation offers scholarships

The Barton Community College Foundation presents scholarships each year from funds received through its fundraising events, endowments and annual scholarship gifts. For the 2012-13 academic year, the Foundation has selected the following students for scholarship offers:

October 14, 2012 | | Education


Unexpected Agricultural Inputs

You may have noticed farmers in their fields applying anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers or herbicides getting ready to plant wheat. Economists speak of inputs as land, labor, capital, and management. Farmers and ranchers are all too aware of and concerned about the increasing cost of the inputs necessary to produce food, fiber, and fuel. They are even more aware of the consequences of not obtaining the proper inputs and input combinations in agricultural production. One of those isn't often thought of when considering the resources necessary for production in agriculture but in many ways it matters most – management ...

October 14, 2012 | | Agriculture


Keeping your identity to yourself

Last year nearly 12 million Americans fell victim to identity thieves. The bad credit ratings that those victims were left with could potentially harm them for years to come. Identity theft can be costly and may be a nightmare to contend with. Consumers are not, however, powerless in their efforts to thwart scammers out to swipe their identities. There is a simple, effective way to decrease the odds that you will be among those who are hit by these scammers: shredding sensitive documents before discarding them.

October 14, 2012 | | Business


The Benghazi Story

October 14, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Tigers take 1-0 series lead in 12th inning

NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees.

October 14, 2012 | | AP Sports


Cougars crush Eagles, 46-0

HEALY - The Otis-Bison High School football team shut down Western Plains on Friday night.

October 13, 2012 | | Prep Sports


No. 6 Wildcats hold off Cyclones

AMES, Iowa - Kansas State's offense is at its best when quarterback Collin Klein has the ball in his hands as much as possible.

October 13, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Texas Tech upsets No. 5 West Virginia

LUBBOCK, Texas - Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a career-high 504 yards while Texas Tech's defense shut down Geno Smith and No. 5 West Virginia as the Red Raiders upset the Mountaineers 49-14 on Saturday.

October 13, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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BBB advice for choosing a tax preparer wisely

W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.

January 28, 2015 | | Business


Hoisington High SchoolBaskeball Season Stats

Team Stats

January 28, 2015 | | Local Sports


GBHS JV Wrestling results

This last weekend the Great Bend Panther's JV squad competed at the Stafford JV wrestling tournament. The Panthers placed 8 of their 9 wrestlers with three 1st place finishers.

January 28, 2015 | | Local Sports


The New Political Ice Age

Raging Moderate by Will Durst

January 28, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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


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