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April 14, 2013 | | Club News


Remembering Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

April 14, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Gipper and the Iron Lady Tower over Today’s ‘Leaders’

Back when I was still writing speeches and giving policy advice to naïve candidates foolish enough to listen to me, I once told a young, first-time congressional candidate who was depressed about all the negative attacks coming his way that you can tell a lot about a man by the enemies he attracts. Such was the case with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

April 14, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Obama Bipartisan Budget

April 14, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Garden Pot workshop

Kick off spring gardening with a workshop about making your own faux stone pots for succulents. The first in a year-long series of hands-on exploration workshops is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Carolyn Bigham and Doris Johnson will help participants explore some of the possibilities for creating custom garden pots using a mix of concrete, vermiculite and plaster. Objects can be cast in a rough mold and then further embellished with carving before the mixture hardens completely. Students can try their hand at carving on a small ...

April 14, 2013 | | Local News


Toy Train weekend at the Luray Stone Church

On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, the Stone Church in Luray will be transformed into a huge railway system of blue-track Thomas trains just waiting for young engineers and playful adults. Besides the trains and yards and yards of track, there will be concessions available from the trackside depot. The playday runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

April 14, 2013 | | Local News


Mini-medical students in training

Great Bend Regional Hospital welcomed 115 preschool students for a day of medical learning and fun. Students participated in learning events that consisted of "Why Shots Are Good for You", "Germs – Go Away", "Surgeons in Training", and "Vitals – How I Tick". Helping Hands Preschool brought two groups of students on April 4th to experience a day at the hospital.

April 14, 2013 | | Business


Hazardous occupation

Farming is a dangerous business. In fact, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the US. Every year, around one hundred youth are killed in farm work related activities. A lot of these deaths could have been prevented with better safety practices. Every year, Barton County, K-State Extension and Research provides a class in Hazardous Occupations Training to teach youth ages 13-18 about the Hazards of farm work, and how to create a safer working environment. Even though the class if offered for a larger age range, it is required for individuals 14-15 years old who will be ...

April 14, 2013 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Nine Lives and Winter Wheat

Wheat farmers in Kansas joke that wheat has nine lives and you don't produce a crop unless at least eight of them have been used up before harvest. While this may sound a bit like gallows humor, there is a lot of truth in this statement. The wheat crop here is exposed to the extremes of our weather for nine months while crops like corn, soybean, and sorghum for approximately four. One of the hazards continually on the minds of wheat producers is a late freeze. Before the wheat joints in the spring, the growing point of the plant ...

April 14, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


California agriculture is mind-blowing big

Huge and nearly impossible to comprehend are words that best describe the economic impact of California agriculture as viewed through the eyes of nine Kansas farm families who toured the state beginning on March 25.

April 14, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Padres, Dodgers face repercussions of brawl

PHOENIX - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will need surgery to repair his broken collarbone and is expected to miss eight weeks.

April 13, 2013 | | AP Sports


Atlanta beats Washington 3-1 for eighth straight victory

WASHINGTON - Tim Hudson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Evan Gattis homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-1 Saturday for their eighth straight victory.

April 13, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Fort Hays State to host 47th annual intercollegiate rodeo

HAYS - The thrills and excitement that is college rodeo comes back to the Doug Philip Arena as Fort Hays State University hosts its 47th annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Spring Rodeo from April 19-21, as 600 competitors try to stamp their ticket to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., later this year.

April 13, 2013 | | College/Professional


Dodge City sweeps Cougars in doubleheader

The Barton Community College baseball team dropped both Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference games against Dodge City on Saturday at Lawson-Biggs Field.

April 13, 2013 | | Community College


Boston seizes postseason spot with win

ORLANDO, Fla. - Courtney Lee scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 17 as the Boston Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

April 13, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Mel and Darnell Holopirek named Old Bill Honoree

Each year the Barton Community College Foundation Board chooses someone to honor with the "Old Bill" honorarium. This year's honorees are Mel and Darnell Holopirek.

July 23, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


St. Rose changes name of Urgent Care; offers wait-time, mobile-device app

Delete While the many health-care services remain the same, the name of one of the St. Rose Health Center clinics has changed.

July 23, 2015 | | Business


BCC releases new 'Prairie Ink'

Editors of Barton Community College's literary journal, "Prairie Ink," aim to provide a venue for local authors to showcase their creative writing talents and have done so again with the release of their sixth issue of the annual publication.

July 23, 2015 | | Local News


Chiefs knock off top seeded Garden City in pool play

DODGE CITY- Coach Roger Ward and his Great Bend Chiefs took care of business early Wednesday as Great Bend delivered an 11-2 pounding of top seeded Garden City. Anson Hall collected the complete game victory as the Chiefs improve their season record to 21-18. Garden City falls to 24-5 and will enter the consolation round of this week's double elimination tournament. In the other game from yesterday's opening round host and third seed Dodge City (29-12) defeated second seed Russell (24-7) by a score of 8-1.

July 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Fourteen swimmers qualify at Manhattan meet

MANHATTAN- Fourteen swimmers from The Golden Belt Barracuda's qualified for the District West Championship Meet in Manhattan last weekend. The 14 qualifiers joined teammates from the Western Kansas Swim team to compete against 25 other teams across Kansas.

July 23, 2015 | | Local Sports


Royals' four-run seventh money against Bucs

KANSAS CITY- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson delivered the decisive hit for the second straight night -- a safety-squeeze single -- and right-hander Edinson Volquez fired 7 2/3 strong innings as the Royals rolled to a 5-1 win over the Pirates in Wednesday night's rubber game at sold-out (39,105 fans) Kauffman Stadium.

July 23, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Charlie's Inside Corner: Are we Shriner quality?

The 42nd annual Kansas Shrine Football Bowl Game will be played Saturday, July 25th at 7:05pm at Fort Hays State University. The Golden Belt area will have three players on the roster; Layne Bieberle of Central Plans, Seth Owen of Hoisington and Sheldon Schmidt of LaCrosse.

July 23, 2015 | Charles Tabler | Local Sports


Obama hurdles

July 23, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Senate Could Destroy Your Car's Trade-in Value

The Senate may vote soon on an amendment by Democratic senator Dick Blumenthal that would make it illegal for dealers to sell any car with an open recall. That might sound good, but there's a huge problem: many recalls are for items as trivial as a printing error in the owner's manual, and when a part is simply unavailable, there's nothing you can do about it. The Blumenthal proposal would therefore effectively make it impossible for millions of Americans - finding their cars suddenly with little or no trade-in value - to buy a new car.

July 23, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Peace is Boring

In all of America's 239 years of existence, only roughly 20 of them have been without warfare of some kind. And no, those are not in a row. We've had one or two years, here and there, where we haven't spent our time bombing foreign countries, bayoneting our brothers in hopes of keeping our slaves or invading Canada (that really happened, and more than once). We are a warring people. In the 219 years we've been raging and waging, we've managed to amass the largest military in the history of gatherings where people dressed alike.

July 23, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Sheryl Dean Gray 1947-2015

GREAT BEND - Sheryl Dean Gray, 68, died July 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by loved ones in Great Bend.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Irwin F. Alefs

GREAT BEND - Irwin F. Alefs, 90, died July 21, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


At the Mike: Fall seasons inch ever closer

The fall sports season will be upon us before we know it. Some of the first signs were shown recently when some teams released their full schedules for the upcoming season. The schedules are out for all the fall sports.

July 22, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Prescription assistance program moves to Kirby Building; applicants welcome

The office for the local program that helps with the cost of prescription drugs has moved but its services are still available for those who qualify.

July 22, 2015 | | Local News


Dog, cat, pet shows judged at fair

LARNED - Pawnee County winners were crowned in 4-H divisions and community division for non-4H members in the annual Pawnee County Fair show for cats, dogs and hand pets.

July 22, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


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