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President declares disaster for Kansas

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that federal aid has been made available for the state of Kansas, including several Golden Belt counties, and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of April 14-15.

May 24, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

A-Rod goes deep twice as Yankees trim KC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez gave Will Smith a rude welcome to the major leagues Wednesday night, hitting two homers off the rookie to back another strong start for Andy Pettitte and lead the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 8-3.

May 24, 2012 | | AP Sports

Philadelphia forces Game 7 with Boston

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jrue Holiday scored 20 points, and Elton Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the tough-and-determined Philadelphia 76ers past the Celtics, 82-75 on Wednesday night to send the Eastern Conference semifinals back to Boston for Game 7.

May 23, 2012 | | AP Sports

On the Record for May 24, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

May 23, 2012 | | On the Record

Fort Riley graduation

SPC Jessica Marand, a graduate of Barton Community College's Fort Riley campus, leans in for a congratulatory kiss from her husband, Sgt. Mohammed Morand after receiving her associate in science degree May 22. Barton graduated more than 90 students, which is more than the combined graduates of every other institution associated with the Fort Riley Education Services.

May 23, 2012 | | Local News

Early wheat harvest under way

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Board of Trade, the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers issued their first Kansas Wheat Harvest Report.

May 23, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

James, Wade lead Heat to 115-83 win over Pacers

MIAMI (AP) - Miami took a big step forward. Indiana lost two forwards.

May 22, 2012 | | AP Sports

Eagles gain experience at state tournament

SENECA - The experience of competing at a Class 2A state golf tournament got to many of the Ellinwood High School golfers, according to Eagles head coach Greg Maxwell.

May 22, 2012 | | Prep Sports

Yankees edge Royals

NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano homered, Phil Hughes beat Kansas City for the second time this month and the New York Yankees - still looking to bust out with the bats - eked out a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.

May 22, 2012 | | AP Sports

Sculptor Chet Cale to speak at Arts Center

Chet Cale, whose sculpture "The Gift" was unveiled in front of the Barton County Courthouse last month, will discuss the process of creation during "Dialogue with the Artist," at 7 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend.

May 22, 2012 | | Area Briefs

BCC's Grandview Plaza campus hosts national HazMat training seminar

GRANDVIEW PLAZA - Barton Community College's Grandview Plaza campus in Geary County was the site of national "Train the Trainer" sessions. The satellite campus focuses primarily on education in the realms of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hazardous materials management and emergency management.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News

​Business hit by two crimes in one day

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about two crimes that happened the same day at two locations in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings said stolen items belonged to the same local business, Garb's Welding.

May 22, 2012 | | Area Briefs

On the Record for May 23, 2012

Great Bend Police

May 22, 2012 | | On the Record

Representative Robert G. Bethell 1942 - 2012

ALDEN - Representative Robert G. Bethell, 69, died May 20 in Topeka. Born Nov. 5, 1942, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of George and Ann Bath Bethell. A resident of Alden since 1982, he was formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark. He received his bachelor's degree from John Brown University and his master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 19, 1965 he married Lorene Fay Redmon in Joliet, Ill. He was a State Representative for the 113th District, Senior Pastor at the Alden and Raymond Baptist Churches and former nursing home administrator in various ...

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries

​Harry Leon “Papa Harry” Owen 1954 - 2012

McPHERSON - Harry Leon "Papa Harry" Owen, 57, of McPherson, passed away on May 19 unexpectedly at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of William Emmett "Bill" and Glenda Vivian (Muench) Owen. He attended Great Bend grade schools and Great Bend High School. Currently working for Stanion Wholesale Electric Company of McPherson as a counter salesman, he had worked for them for over 22 years.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries

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Jazz Concert set for Oct. 6

Music fans are invited to join the Great Bend High School Panther Jazz Band at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, for their annual Fall ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

Customer service: how to improve it from both sides

Customer service in today's marketplace is very much a two-sided coin: There's the business side and the consumer side. This week your Better ...

October 04, 2015 | | Business

Agriculture Safety Items Sometimes Overlooked

The last full week of September was Agricultural Safety Week. Rather than compete with various stories in the media then, we will tackle this issue ...

October 04, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Air quality

October is noted as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. This is such an important topic so today seems like the perfect time to share some ...

October 04, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

FHSU Music and Theatre Department offers broad range of events

In addition to the major productions from the theatre and Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays State University Music and Theatre Department has a busy ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local Life

Club Calendar


October 04, 2015 | | Club News

Water on Mars

October 04, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings ...

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

USD 428, Holy Family, and Helping Hands

The following meals will be served Oct. 5 through Oct. 9. The secondary schools also have available daily main dish, chef salad, combo lunches and ...

October 04, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Special Needs Calendar


October 04, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Senior Activities


October 04, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

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 ...

October 04, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

September Marriage/Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

October 04, 2015 | | Local News

Rose Ann Wondra 80th

Rose Ann Wondra of Claflin will celebrate her 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, at the Claflin ...

October 04, 2015 | | Birthdays

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