There are some birds and critters that just steal the show. Different classes or types of birds take our breath for different reasons. Eagles stir our national pride, pheasants and quail focus our state pride, and there is a fake bird called a Jayhawk that has been a source of pride and controversy for lots of years. This bird originated in the mid-1800's to describe early Kansas settlers, primarily the "Free-State" population. It is a imaginary mix of a noisy, quarrelsome Jay with a Sparrow Hawk (probably a Kestrel) who is a good hunter. The artistic rendering of this ...
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of K-6 math curriculum adoption; approval of financial services program; first reading of the 2015-2016 student handbooks; first reading of the 2015-2016 teacher handbooks; first reading of 2015-2016 activities and athletics handbook; first reading of K-6 music adoption; approval to purchase hardware and software and approval to sell used computers; approval of three year technology plan; details of curriculum day; facilities and grounds projects; three year quote for students photography; approval of ...
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
Dianne Morse, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the TOP 11 percent of the approximately 85,000 sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
Progress Club met March 2 at the home of Linda Dougherty with Norma Ward and Judy Turner as co-hostesses. The meeting was opened with a prayer. Correspondence read was a thank you from Diana Webster, presenter of the the Feb. program. Cards were signed for Mary Ann Mull and Janet Little. Judy announced the nominating committee of Sharon Jones, Kathy Schugart, and Judy Turner who will present a ballot of proposed officers at April meeting.
This spring, Straub International's Wichita location will add Polaris to their already extensive selection of farm, ranch, and rural lifestyle equipment. Straub's Great Bend and Salina stores have carried the Polaris line of equipment for a number of years. Their familiarity and experience with this product line will allow them to immediately assist new customers at their Wichita store.
Last week's column defined what acidity is and how it is described. This week, what determines soil pH, what causes the pH in soils, and what it means for plant growth. Please remember this is a very condensed overview. First, what determines the pH of undisturbed soil?
When I learned on Thursday that John Keenan had passed away, Uncle John to me – though we were actually first cousins – there were many thoughts that came to mind. Foremost was the trip in August, 1971 I took with John, Ersa, and their son Mike to the American Legion National baseball championship playoffs in Billings, Montana. I was 12. John was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and if there was young talent playing somewhere, someplace, John was usually in the stands, stop watch, pencil and program in hand.
That crazy cat, the Cat in the Hat, was spotted in Barton County Tuesday, celebrating his 111th birthday with students at Great Bend Children's Learning Center and Barton Community College's child development center.
In a decision written by Justice Marla Luckert, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Adam J. Longoria's Barton County convictions of capital murder, vehicle burglary, and theft. Justice Lee Johnson concurred in the result, issuing a separate opinion.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Playing in his final home game, senior Jon Holmes scored 10 points and blocked four shots, helping Texas defeat Kansas State 62-49 Saturday in the final regular season game for both teams.
WASHINGTON (AP) - NHL goals leader Alex Ovechkin returned to the Washington Capitals' lineup Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Buddy Hield scored on a tip-in with 0.2 seconds left to give No. 15 Oklahoma a 75-73 victory over No. 9 Kansas on Saturday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jeff Gordon crashed during the final practice before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where his pole-winning car was damaged enough that Hendrick Motorsports pulled out a backup Chevrolet.
After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.
The 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Radiothon will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 27, on all four Eagle Radio stations. There will also be special activities, including live-remote broadcasts, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kans for Kids can drop locations: Walgreen's in Great Bend; the recycling center in Hoisington; Knop's in Ellinwood; behind the library in Claflin; and at Sportsman's Corner in Russell. Donate your aluminum cans at any of those locations or call 620-562-5437 and pledge your support to make a difference to children ...
The EHS band had a good day at the league music festival on March 10 at Barton Community College. The band received First Division Ratings from all three judges at the festival. The Brass Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble both received "I" ratings and the Saxophone received a "II" rating, missing a "I" by one point. Additionally each of the soloists from the band received First Division ratings for their solos. They were: Elizabeth Frakes, flute; Mikayla Monday, bass clarinet; Hunter Pemberton, trumpet; Katelyn Robinson, trumpet; and Rachael Dickson, marimba. Members of the brass ensemble are Katelyn Robinson, Cody Woodruff, Hunter ...
A retirement reception honoring Renee Johnson, who is retiring from Keller Real Estate and Insurance Agency after many years of service, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at St. Patricks Parish Center, 4100 Broadway. The public is invited to attend.
A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products.
Beginning in June, the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) at Fort Hays State University will host a brand new summer program: the KAMS Summer Academy. The academy will consist of six residential week-long enrichment camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems - or UAS - as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.
The 12th Highlander Reunion and Car Show will be held on April 18, at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita. The car show will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the hotel parking lot. Admission and entry are free. Dinner and a short program will be held at the hotel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., by reservation. Contact CC Wiley at 316-689-6959 or Ann (Anderson) Smith at 316-683-4597 for more information and cost.
The League of Women Voter's of Great Bend will be presenting a candidate's forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crest Theatre on the square, downtown Great Bend. It is free of charge to the public. Candidates who have someone running in opposition will be on the forum. There will be three races for the spring election. There are openings on the Board of Trustees for Barton Community College, Great Bend
The Kansas Authors Club invites "would be" and interested writers to attend their 61h District meeting from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Delos Smith Center, 101 West First Street in Hutchinson. The registration fee is $5, to be paid at the meeting. This is an opportunity for writers of all kinds to come together and get acquainted and to share their abilities and ideas with one another. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.
Clayton Karst celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9, with a dinner held in his honor at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. Attending were his sisters, Isabella Dumler of Hoisington and Pauline Ray of Junction City; daughters, Jan Spencer of Overland Park and Sue LaFaver and husband John of Greeley, Colo.; granddaughter, Angela Walts of Odessa, Texas; sister-in-law, Janet Smith of Hoisington; nieces, Barb Nolte and husband Roy of Hoisington, Jolene Hindman, and Patty Stueder and husband Bill, all of Claflin, and Donna Potter of Junction City. A granddaughter Amy LaFaver of Atlanta, Ga. was unable to attend.
Carlos Miller recently celebrated his 95th birthday. His family commemorated this milestone with a small family dinner in his honor. Carlos has been a lifelong resident of the Great Bend area and would love hearing from relatives and friends.