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Calving season tips: Increased energy management during extreme weather is crucial

Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also tend to bring on the most volatile and extreme cold periods, cold stress can add another level of needs to their energy requirements.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Praising Bossy

Talk to farmers, stockmen and ranchers – most will tell you how much they love their cows. Problem is this humble and in most cases easy-going beast rarely receives the praise associated with the noble show horse or one of the so-called smartest creatures, the squealing pig.

January 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


K-State Forage Bowl Team takes top honors in national competition

The Kansas State University Agronomy Forage Bowl Team took first place honors in the National Forage Bowl Competition held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Jan. 10 - 13. The National Forage Bowl Competition is held in conjunction with the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting.

January 24, 2016 | | Education


Great Bend Board of Realtors announce merger

The Great Bend Board of Realtors has announced its merger with several other area real estate boards to create a new entity known as The Great Plains Association of Realtors. In response to new guidelines recently handed down from The National Association of Realtors, the professional real estate boards of Great Bend, Salina, Russell and The Flint Hills have merged to create the new organization. With its headquarters in Salina, The Great Plains Association of Realtors is now a larger regional professional organization. However, on a local basis, no significant changes will occur as each of the previously individual boards ...

January 24, 2016 | | Business


2016 4H Air Rifle season gets started

On Jan. 16, seven Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Sedgwick County to compete in the first 4H air rifle match of the 2016 season.

January 24, 2016 | | Club News


Memories are the true trophies of the Pinewood Derby

In the universe of parenting young children, January is a dead zone of dreadful nothingness. Christmas gifts break or worse - become obsolete - cabin fever sets in, kids start fighting and dads suddenly find business trips to Scottsdale or San Diego. Clinicians long ago came up a clinical diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD - which is translated to "get me out of here." I read where experts have noted that other mammals figured out the best way to cope with this - go find a cave and sleep for three months.

January 24, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Saint Francis Community Services hires Director for Clover House

Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS) announced today that Melanie Miller Garrett, LSCSW, has joined the nonprofit child and family services provider as Director of Clover House, a new, Restorative Residential program for survivors of human trafficking.

January 24, 2016 | | Business


Great Bend Middle School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Principals Honor Roll

January 24, 2016 | | Education


Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26, at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016, election of 2016 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and reports from members.

January 24, 2016 | | Local News


Surviving the Winter

I was driving to the grocery store last Wednesday and passed the high school football field about 4:00 in the afternoon. There were several kids playing ball with a skiff of snow on the ground. It occurred to me that some of the athletic success in Kansas might be predicated on the innate drive of our kids to get out and joyfully play in less than perfect weather conditions. I then thought that possibly the majority of all our outdoor activities happen in adverse conditions. My conclusion is that Kansas really does have some of the best people living ...

January 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


National Science Foundation awards grant extension to continue development of high-throughput measur

The National Science Foundation has given a big thumbs up to Kansas State University research on determining the most promising plant traits to help increase food production.

January 24, 2016 | | Agriculture


Oklahoma City University Dean’s Honor Roll for Fall

Oklahoma City University Dean's Honor Roll status is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

January 24, 2016 | | Education


Winter bird feeding

Severe winter weather is not only hard on people but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Though birds also require water and shelter, food is often the resource most lacking during cold weather. Many different bird food mixes are available because various species often prefer different grains. However, there is one seed that has more universal appeal than any other: black oil sunflower. If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix. White proso millet is second in popularity and is the favorite of dark-eyed ...

January 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


White Oscars

January 24, 2016 | | Editorial Cartoons


More Exploitation of Students

Yes, I hung up on an interview subject live on the air during my afternoon radio show. She was a spokesweasel for a website abetting prostitution who is paid to insist it isn't a website abetting prostitution.

January 24, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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What Republicans Get Wrong About Amnesty

Since when did being a conservative mean also having to agree that some wall with mythical powers could "make America great again," a la Donald ...

February 10, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Champagnie puts her name at top of Barton record books

The Barton women's track history is long and storied. One of, if not the best in the history of the NJCAA. So setting records ...

February 10, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


Wilson, Adderly hit 400m qualifying mark for Barton men

The list of events the Barton men's track team will take competitors for the NJCAA Indoor Championships added the 400m at the Frank Sevigne ...

February 10, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


Floreine Margaret Blankenship 1918-2016

Floreine Margaret Blankenship, 97, died Feb. 8, 2016, at Carriage Square Nursing Home in St. Joseph, Mo. Born Sept. 13, 1918, in Boyd, she was ...

February 09, 2016 | | Obituaries


Ann Marie Mantz 1936-2016

Ann Marie Mantz, 79, died Feb. 9, 2016 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Dec. 8, 1936, at Hoisington, the daughter of Bernard ...

February 09, 2016 | | Obituaries


Melvin Lyle Herrell 1933-2016

PRETTY PRAIRIE - Melvin Lyle Herrell, 82, died Feb. 8, 2016, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Stafford, to Leo Jesse ...

February 09, 2016 | | Obituaries


TIED AT THE TOP

LAWRENCE (AP) - Landen Lucas rarely gets much credit for the work he does for Kansas, mainly because the blue-collar forward earns his minutes with rebounding ...

February 09, 2016 | | AP Sports


OTR for February 9, 2016

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 09, 2016 | | On the Record


BCSO conducts canvas of registered sex offenders

According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office. In recent weeks, in an effort to ensure compliance and foster public safety, the Barton County Sheriff ...

February 09, 2016 | | Local News


GBRC to host ‘Concealed and Carry Firearm Regulations’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Concealed and Carry Firearm Regulations" on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from ...

February 09, 2016 | | Local News


Cougars on short end of another close Jayhawk battle

The past two games it was the Barton's men's basketball team that left the floor following close wins. Wins, in fact, that came ...

February 09, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


Barton women pick up win over Dodge

It has been a season of some rough moments for the Barton women's basketball team. A pair of injuries have taken away what most ...

February 09, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


2015 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest Winners

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center announces the winners of the 2016 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest. Nearly 400 second graders completed a coloring sheet featuring ...

February 09, 2016 | | Local News


Democrats, Not Republicans, Are Spewing Racism

You've read about it ad nauseam in mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post: "What social science tells us about racism in the Republican ...

February 09, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Iowa, Where Everyone's a Winner

The great state of Iowa has a history of cultivating its topsoil for a harvest of winners the rest of the country may enjoy. Glenn ...

February 09, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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