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The first Christmas tree and do you remember ... Christmas?

Editor's note: This story by Mary Jo Cunningham of Ellinwood is the second part of a two-part series.

December 23, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


City of Ellinwood changes trash pickup

Trash pickup for the weeks of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday for the east side and Wednesday and Friday for the west side due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

December 23, 2011 | | Barton Co. News


It is OK to NOT worry this Christmas

This is a quiet Christmas.

December 23, 2011 | Martha Randolph Carr | Columnists


Habitat gives the gift of safety & security, just in time for Christmas

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. "We think the timing on this announcement couldn't be better," says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. "What better gift than the safety and security of a new home."

December 23, 2011 | | News


Christmas Hope

December 23, 2011 | | Editorial Cartoons


Under the tree

December 23, 2011 | | Editorial Cartoons


Peace on Earth

December 23, 2011 | | Editorial Cartoons


Some assembly required

December 23, 2011 | | Editorial Cartoons


Easy to shop for

December 23, 2011 | | Editorial Cartoons


Merry Christmas from the extension staff

Each year at this time we like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. It is easy to get caught up in the media reports about the economic downturn, threats of terrorism, or chronic health issues that are plaguing our country. What can be done to change this negative news into positive thoughts? Read on for my advice.

December 23, 2011 | | Local Life


Here's the real economic indicator

The world's real economy may be flagging, but not necessarily the make-believe economy of online multiplayer games, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal and the website Singularity Hub.

December 23, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Harry Reid is an embarrassment

For the past three years the United States Senate, under the leadership of Obama toady Harry Reid, has been an embarrassment for the United States.

December 23, 2011 | Mike Reagan | Columnists


We're down on Congress right now

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 23, 2011 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Colts get past Houston 19-16 for second straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.

December 22, 2011 | | AP Sports


Beltran, Cardinals agree to two-year contract

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.

December 22, 2011 | | AP Sports


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Fundraiser for Claflin Lions Club

Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 20. The menu for the evening will include all you can eat servings of fish, shrimp, clam chowder, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, bread, coffee or tea.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


4H’ers compete in Edward’s County 4H Air Rifle Match

On Feb. 14, 16 Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Offerle to compete in the Edward's County 4H Air Rifle Match.

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Estes — Shirey

Kayla Estes and Tyler Shirey announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stephen and Tanya Kirby of St. John and David and Gay Estes of Arlington and the granddaughter of Larry and Carolyn Mix and Lloyd and Verla Estes both of St. John. The prospective groom is the son of Kevin and Maria Shirey of Canton, Mo. and the grandson of Robert and Rita Kirchner and Alice both of Canton, Mo. and the late Art Shirey.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Price — Johns

Terry and Shelli Price announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Price to Joseph Johns, son of Terrill Johns and Marsha French Joseph.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Mayette Keith 95th

Mayette Keith will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 10, with a card shower. She will celebrate with her family with a dinner at Brookville Hotel in Abilene.

March 01, 2015 | | Birthdays


Behrendt baby boy

Adam and Kate (Corbett) Behrendt announce the birth of their son Milo Edwin Behrendt on Jan. 5, in Omaha, Neb. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 22 in. long. He has a big brother, Will Michael, who is 18 months old.

March 01, 2015 | | Births


Stueder — Marshall

Terry and MelEasa Stueder announce the engagement of their daughter Brenna Lynn to Logan Dane Marshall, son of Paul and Debbie Marshall.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Lewis — DeHaven

Michael and Cheryl Lewis of Smithville, Mo. announce the engagement of their daughter Miranda Lewis to Garrett DeHaven, son of Tom and Deb DeHaven of Hoisington.

March 01, 2015 | | Engagements


Farmers Mutual Insurance Company annual meeting

On Feb. 19, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), Ellinwood, held their 119th Annual Meeting of the Policyholders. Farmers Mutual Insurance Company is a Kansas Domiciled Mutual Insurance Company that is and has been based out of Ellinwood since 1896. Originally formed by a group of Barton county citizens who had a need to insure property that the insurance industry in the late 1800's would not insure, FMI has continued to serve Kansans with insurance protection on residential and farm property throughout those 119 years. A mutual insurance company is one that has no stock investors nor individual owners, being ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


KU honors 54 high school seniors from five Central Kansas counties

Students from 12 Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 11, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

March 01, 2015 | | Education


Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


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