Between 1840 and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a quarter million people crossed the great plains on foot or in wagons as they moved west to begin new lives. This summer, 77 youth (14 to 18) and 44 adults (acting as chaperons) went on a three day trek with the Sooner Cattle Company in Pawhuska, Okla. to experience a little of what they went through. The Sooner Cattle Company runs these treks from spring through fall. The youth, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) came from Concordia (5), Great Bend (5), Hays ...
Friday, July 22
Larned Police Dept.
By Jim Misunas
Sometimes coincidences can really dampen your spirits.
Apparently, the federal government failed to foresee that fighting two wars simultaneously, with historically high wound-survival rates, might produce surges of disability claims.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be host the free program "Agriculture Around the World," at 1 p.m. Monday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Rena Berrett, Barton County Extension intern, will share some of the experiences she has had with agriculture through her exchange program.
Barton County Sheriff
LE MONETIER-LESBAINS, France (AP) - Andy Schleck led a daring attack in the Alps to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, putting him within seconds of the yellow jersey and quashing Alberto Contador's hopes of a fourth title.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a tentative agreement Thursday that would end the lockout, provided that players re-establish their union and sign off on the proposal. But the players didn't vote, leaving the country's most popular sport in limbo for at least another day.
Harold Allen Piper, 82, died July 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born July 11, 1929 in Great Bend, he was the son of James Jacob and Helen Ann (Tucker) Piper. On April 16, 1948 he married Shirley Ruth Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. She died Aug. 10, 2002. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Pratt, he worked in the oilfield and was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing.
Betty Lorraine Garner, 86, died July 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Sept. 27, 1924 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Lucy (Kendall) Johnson. On Dec. 31, 1947 she married Dink Everett Garner in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she worked in surgery, the nursery and as a ward secretary at Central Kansas Medical Center.
HOISINGTON - For the first time since 2007, the city of Hoisington will once again start having softened water.
ELLINWOOD -At its meeting on Monday, the Ellinwood District Hospital Board said they will continue to hold further meetings on the improvement project determining feasability and viability of the project, said Richard Kimple, president of the board. The board is considering upgrades and renovations to the hospital and clinic.
Interested Barton County citizens are invited to review the Final Draft of the Region E Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan until September 4, 2014. Comments on the document are welcomed and individuals should go to the Barton County website to view the proposed plan. Participation by citizens is an important element in the development of emergency plan development.
Kenneth Friedel, Wichita, has been named the new Senior Vice-President & Director of Corporate Strategies for American State Bancshares, Inc. The position involves strategic planning, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, process improvements and special projects.
America's attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. While all the facts surrounding the shooing have yet to come to light, the shock of seeing police using tear gas (a substance banned in warfare), and other military-style weapons against American citizens including journalists exercising their First Amendment rights, has started a much-needed debate on police militarization.
Whether you are getting ready for the last bash of the summer or getting ready for the start of football season it's helpful to know what is on the road ahead. Before you get stopped by a big detour, check out the Kansas Department of Transportation's travel planning system.
Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started -- just like clockwork.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.
LAWRENCE - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Health Department is pleased to announce that the agency is the recipient of a grant to provide toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste from Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation.
LARNED - The United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus drive will take place in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Dillons, 423 Main St., and Shopko, 908 E. 14th.
Roberta Jo Carr, 59, died Aug. 25 at Great Bend Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 11, 1954, in Fayette County, Ohio. Roberta was a resident of Great Bend since 1987, moving from Washington Courthouse, Ohio. She worked as a night auditor for Days Inn.
The Barton Community College music department will host auditions for its holiday musical, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 for adults. There will be a separate audition for children only on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. The total cast number will be around 35.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session is on the agenda for discussion of personnel, and the hiring of several individuals for the Barton County campus is on the consent agenda, as well as a part-time military programs instructor. BCC has classrooms at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.