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'Is there life after high school?'

Love them or hate them, the years spent in high school were formative for most people. Barton Community College's theater department will offer a chance to reflect on those times with the musical "Is There Life After High School?" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 10 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

March 02, 2013 | | Local News


Lady Tigers, Tigers punch tickets for state tournament

ST. JOHN - A year after finishing as Class 1A Division-I state runners-up, the St. John-Hudson High School girls' basketball team secured a return trip.

March 02, 2013 | | Prep Sports


High school artists win scholarships to BCC

About 120 students from area high schools visited Barton Community College Thursday to participate in Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day and three of them walked away with $500 scholarships from the Barton Foundation.

March 02, 2013 | | Education


Silver Cougar Club to host course on PowerPoint

The Barton Community College Silver Cougar Club will host a class on the ultimate presentation tool, Microsoft's PowerPoint, from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday, March 13 – April 17 at the Great Bend Workforce Center, 1025 Main St., room D-107.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


New grief support group forming

Grief Encouragement Group, sponsored by Harden Hospice Kansas, will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following dates: March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, and May 8 and 22, at 1117 North Washington St. in Great Bend. Register by calling Chaplain Dave Delinger, 620-664-5757.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Beloit pulls away from Cardinals for win

NORTON - Beloit High School's boys' basketball team had an answer for Hoisington's 6-foot-8 Cody Stetler as it held the senior center to nine points in a Class 3A sub-state semifinal game.

March 02, 2013 | | Prep Sports


No. 6 Kansas pummels Mountaineers

LAWRENCE - By shattering Danny Manning's Kansas freshman record with 36 points on Saturday, Ben McLemore did more than propel the sixth-ranked Jayhawks to a 91-65 romp over West Virginia.

March 02, 2013 | | AP Sports


Bette M. Billinger 1916 - 2013

HOISINGTON - Bette M. Billinger, 96, died Feb. 28 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born July 30, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Alice Alt. She married the love of her life, Edmund Raymond Billinger, on April 11, 1942, at Tacoma, Wash. He died Oct. 23, 2011.

March 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


William “Bill” Schoenhofer 1927 - 2013

LYONS - Surrounded by the love of his family, Bill Schoenhofer, Lyons, 85, returned to God on Feb. 28, 2013. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons. Parish rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lyons. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Thomas Leland officiating. Interment will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by Ft. Riley.

March 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Who owns this seed?

First, what a difference a little snow makes. Much of the area received a significant, heavy snowfall. This translated into over two inches of liquid moisture and in some areas about three inches for the month. So if you want to feel better, we are at about 200 percent of normal so far this year. Seriously, this moisture will really help the wheat crop and the way most of it fell and the way it is melting couldn't be better.

March 01, 2013 | BY VIC MARTIN | Agriculture


Leroy “Lee” Heikkila 1945 - 2013

Leroy "Lee" Heikkila, 67, died Feb. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1945, at Superior, Wis., to Eino and Alice (Humann) Heikkila. He married Cecilia Ross Sept. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. He was a drug and alcohol addictions counselor at Dream Inc. and worked in construction and painting.

March 01, 2013 | | Obituaries


Reading applications

March 01, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


State Choir singers

March 01, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Parenting class to be offered at activity center

HOISINGTON - Skilled Parenting = Healthy Teens will be the theme of parenting classes taught by the psychology faculty of Fort Hays State University at 7 p.m. on March 6, 13, 27 and April 3. It will be held at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd.

March 01, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Ellinwood Municipal Court

Ellinwood Municipal Court Docket - Feb. 26

March 01, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


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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


Country Place reinvestment

Over the course the past few years, with the bulk of the work being completed recently, Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care have been improved with a reinvestment in the residences. The updates were scheduled in an effort to maintain a comfortable and functional atmosphere for those that call Country Place home and to allow staff to continue to provide top quality care.

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

March 01, 2015 | | Local Life


Farmers Bank & Trust Adds New Advisory Director Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director

Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director Board of Farmers Bank & Trust. Keller is a lifetime resident of Albert, area farmer and cattleman. "We are pleased to have Charlie join our team. He is extremely committed to the Albert community and his values are consistent with those of Farmers Bank & Trust in supporting the communities we serve," said Robert Rugan, Farmers Bank & Trust Central Kansas Market President. Keller stays active and involved in the community, serving as an Albert City Council member since 2003 and the current Fire Chief for the Albert Volunteer Fire Department. He is married to Lisa ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business


Club Calendar

Monday

March 01, 2015 | | Club News


Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station unveils new platform for publishing research reports

Agricultural Experiment Station researchers on campus and at centers around the state conduct studies in nearly all areas of agricultural production for K-State Research and Extension.

March 01, 2015 | | Agriculture


Agriculture can do the job

Agriculture is losing producers. No one will argue that point, but larger, more efficient producers are replacing those lost in this highly competitive industry.

March 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


Hoisington School Menu

Breakfast

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


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