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Shell may be ready for the Arctic, but its oil spill barge isn’t

SEATTLE – A unique ice-class barge designed to clean up any oil spills that might result from Shell Alaska's upcoming operations in the Arctic Ocean has so far failed to acquire final U.S. Coast Guard certification. Engineers from the oil company say it's no longer appropriate to require them to meet the rigorous weather standards originally proposed.

July 11, 2012 | BY KIM MURPHY Los Angeles Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


VA mobile office coming to Great Bend this week

The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs Mobile Office is coming to Great Bend this week. The air-conditioned mobile office staffed with veteran service representatives will be at the Great Bend Dollar General store, 5318 10th street, from 2-7 p.m. Today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Veterans can learn more about VA and state benefits and even apply for benefits on site. Some of the benefits that veterans and eligible family members may qualify for are service connected disability compensation, improved pension benefits, death pensions, VA health care benefits ...

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Maytha Louise Selby Starns 1929 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - Maytha Louise Selby Starns, 82, died July 10, 2012 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.

July 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Families must make safety a priority while camping and hiking

TOPEKA - Sleeping bag? Check. Hiking boots? Check. Safety guidelines? A must! While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water and falls.

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Barton County woman died in wreck

BARTON COUNTY - At 11 a.m. today, Barton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident i the 400 block of NW 10 ave. A 2000 Ford Expedition drive by Gwen Hipp, 64, of Hoisington was south bound on NW 10 Ave. when the vehicle left the roadway.

July 11, 2012 | | News


Bishop, Stallworth headline 2012 class for Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

WICHITA - Former Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop and former Kansas basketball star Bud Stallworth are among the nine members of the 2012 class of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

July 11, 2012 | | College/Professional


Rare bird visits refuge

STAFFORD COUNTY – Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County was recently visited by an adult-phase red-necked stint, representing a potential first-ever Kansas siting for the species, according to information from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. This small sandpiper, considered very rare in the lower 48 U.S., was seen by dozens of birders at Quivira's Little Salt Marsh July 1 and 2.

July 11, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chipper Jones made a brand new stop on his farewell tour.

July 11, 2012 | Jones singles in final All-Star appearance | AP Sports


Verlander melts down in All-Star game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Verlander wanted to give the fans an All-Star show.

July 10, 2012 | | AP Sports


Braun has big night for National League

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ryan Braun was back in the spotlight at the All-Star game. And this time, it was for what happened on the field.

July 10, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


NL wins third straight over AL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval sent the National League to a big early lead. Matt Cain and the rest of an imposing pitching staff finished off a Giant blowout in the All-Star game.

July 10, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Golden Belt swim squad captures meet title in Hays

HAYS - After two weeks without a meet, Golden Belt swim squad blew the competition out of the water on Saturday.

July 10, 2012 | | Summer Sports


Quivira 10-U advances to state

July 10, 2012 | | Summer Sports


GBRC Youth Leagues

GREAT BEND

July 10, 2012 | | Local Sports


Heat sign veteran shooter Lewis

MIAMI (AP) - Rashard Lewis has decided to join the Miami Heat, becoming yet another shooting option for the reigning NBA champions.

July 10, 2012 | | AP Sports


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Time for a Real Conversation About War

My oldest son is handsome, smart, and, in the words of my old boss Ann Richards, very nearly perfect. I love him boundlessly, so it hurts me to know that his homeland has been at war for every single day of his life except for a few months in 2001 when he couldn't yet crawl. Now he's shaving, and for the first time in his life he might get to witness a real discussion about going to war.

February 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Homeland Security Shutdown

February 25, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Up Is Down

I'd advise you to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. You're about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed?

February 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


GBHS Speech Team qualifies four more to state

At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Barton drops rubber game against Des Moines Area

Beating the approaching bad weather the Barton Community College baseball team got in the rubber game of a hastily scheduled 3-game series Saturday afternoon at Lawson-Biggs Field.

February 25, 2015 | | Community College


​Kyle Ann Lichter 1963 - 2015

TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.

February 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eugene Bitter 1931-2015

HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.

February 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hoisington Municipal Court - Feb. 19

Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Barton men capture Region VI Indoor Track title

It doesn't get much more thrilling than one race to determine a champion. Win and the title is in the bag.

February 24, 2015 | | Community College


Barton women come up just short of Region VI indoor track title

The Barton Community College women's track team put up a good battle but came up just short in its pursuit of a Region VI championship. The Cougars closed strong in an effort to catch Coffeyville but the gap was too big.

February 24, 2015 | | Community College


Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Cardinal Wrestlers win Regional Tournament

The Hoisington Cardinal Wrestling Team dominated the Regional Tournament held this past Friday and Saturday at Russell. On the first day of competition the team got on a roll and advanced 11 out of their 14 wrestlers into the semifinals on the championship side of the bracket. The team than went on to win 8 of the semifinal matches to secure an insurmountable lead at the conclusion of the first day of competition. The second day went much the same as the first day. The Cardinals advanced all six of their non-championship finalists into the consolation finals.

February 24, 2015 | | Prep Sports


State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Uncork Kansas

Dear Editor,

February 24, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Experiment has failed, Governor

Dear Editor,

February 24, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


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