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Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference sees record attendance

More than 500 young farmers and gathered in Manhattan, Jan. 25-27 for the 2013 Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leaders Conference.

February 03, 2013 | | Agriculture


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March

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.

February 03, 2013 | | Local News


Barton County producer attends KLA Leadership Conference

Evan Cooper of Great Bend attended the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Leadership Conference in Topeka. He was among 15 producers to participate in the event, which is designed to expose attendees to services provided by KLA and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the legislative process, industry advocacy and various aspects of beef marketing.

February 03, 2013 | | Agriculture


CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. patents Plan Audit System

CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Patent office has granted patent 8,355,964 to CPI's Auditor's Toolbox process. The brainchild of former CPI CEO, Robert J. Dema, the Auditor's Toolbox brings together, online and in one central location, all of the information an auditor needs in order to complete the audit required for qualified plans with more than 100 eligible employees. This information includes, but is not limited to: the applicable SSAE16 audit reports, plan documentation, website data, transaction detail, financial statements, and detailed information on the plan's loan program ...

February 03, 2013 | | Business


Arrogance isn’t the Answer

I'm getting tired of President Obama blaming Republicans for everything.

February 03, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Preceptor Pi donation

February 03, 2013 | | Club News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces scholarships available for 2013

The Golden Belt Community Foundation has announced scholarships available to students in the Golden Belt area.

February 03, 2013 | | Business


Volunteers in Action

RSVP has received a grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission to expand into a full service volunteer center that works with volunteers of all ages. RSVP will maintain a separate identity for the over age 55 volunteers and the new Volunteer Connections will recruit and manage volunteers under age 55. We are in the process of hiring a part time person to coordinate this new program and plan to be up and running soon. Central Kansas Volunteers in Action will be the umbrella agency for the two volunteer programs; we plan to be a one-stop shop to look for volunteers ...

February 03, 2013 | | Local Life


Randy Parsons named to Coldwell Banker® International Diamond Society

Randy Parsons, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the Top 8 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.

February 03, 2013 | | Business


Obama the Groundhog

February 03, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Crop Science 101 – Part 2

Last week's column discussed temperature and what it means for crop growth. This week will focus on moisture. While temperature determines the area of crop adaption, moisture determines the potential for growth and yield potential. However, it is not as simple as the amount of precipitation an area receives yearly and involves other factors besides rain or snow. And we are discussing the long-term average precipitation, not just one or two years.

February 03, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


American State Bank promotes Brad Herter

Claflin native Brad Herter has been promoted to Senior Vice-President at American State Bank and Trust Company in Great Bend. He will continue in his present role as Chief Financial Officer, managing financial reports and data for the bank and its constituents.

February 03, 2013 | | Business


Donald Ronck joins Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is pleased to announce that Donald Ronck has joined the company as a Transmission Engineer I. Donald joined Sunflower on Jan. 21st. He will perform professional engineering work to evaluate the distribution operations as well as maintenance practices and procedures. He will also provide appropriate support to achieve the lowest cost and most reliable and environmentally sound electric transmission and distribution possible.

February 03, 2013 | | Business


4-step plan for waking teenagers

I'm not a doctor, but I play one at home. I'm a sleep specialist. And for most of the summer I've been conducting a clinical trial of sleep disorders. My patients: two of my teenage sons. The ones not yet old enough for a summer job.

February 03, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Pistol offense is rage with 49ers’ Kaepernick

NEW ORLEANS - If the idea was simple, so was the way former Nevada coach Chris Ault went about mapping it out.

February 03, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Morgan Francis signs with Baker University to play tennis

Baker University head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian has announced the signing of Morgan Francis to play tennis for the Baker Wildcats in Baldwin City. Morgan is a senior at Great Bend High School and the daughter of John and Nancy Francis.

January 30, 2015 | | Local Sports


Governor statements

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Barton women dominate Cloud to end 7-game skid in Concordia

The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College


Central Plains girls reach Hilltop finals

The No. 1 ranked Class 2A Central Plains girls beat league rival St. John 49-36 Thursday to qualify for Friday's championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Topeka Seaman defeats Great Bend girls

EMPORIA -- Topeka Seaman avenged last year's Class 5A state tournament loss with a 63-42 victory over Great Bend's girls in the Glacier's Edge Tournament at Emporia.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


High school girls scores

Hilltop Classic

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Kansas bicycle tour accepting registrations

Registration is now open for the 2015 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the State of Kansas. The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - 500-mile ride across the State - begins on Saturday, June 6. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of up to 900 bicyclists, including support staff.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Annual chili challenge to benefit local, area patients

It's time to get the big roasters out for the next Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 30, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

January 29, 2015 | | On the Record


Prayer of the Week, Jan. 30, 2015

May the Holy Spirit enfold us,

January 29, 2015 | | Religion


Church bulletin

Upcoming programs:

January 29, 2015 | | Religion


King UMC serving ham and beans Friday

King United Methodist Church, located at 16th and Odell Street in Great Bend, will hold its annual Ham & Bean Benefit Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The menu includes ham and beans, corn bread, relishes, cake and dessert. Admission is by freewill donation. Carry-out will be available.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 29, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 29, 2015 | | On the Record


​Claflin UMC holds annual Groundhog and Pancake Supper

CLAFLIN - Claflin United Methodist Church's 54th Groundhog and Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is by freewill donation. Proceeds will go to scholarships. To arrange for delivery to shut-ins (Claflin only), call the church office, 587-3505.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington K of C romantic meal

HOISINGTON - Everyone is invited to a prime rib dinner with salad, baked potato, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea for $20 per person from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 N. Main. This dinner is a benefit to raise funds to improve the air conditioning in the hall and to install a fire suppression system in the kitchen.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


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