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K-96 stores unveil their birdhouses

Oversized "birdhouses" are slowly popping up throughout town as part of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau's scene byway promotion. Now stores along K-96 have collaborated to unveil their birdhouses at the same time, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.

May 08, 2012 | | Business


BCC Field Ops Day stresses realism

More than 100 people were involved in Barton Community College's EMT Field Ops Day on Saturday. Students from the EMS, Medical Assistant, and Criminal Justice programs; instructors, volunteer patients; and local law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel were on hand to create lifelike emergency scenarios designed to put the students' skills to the test and mimic the high stress situations they might encounter in the field.

May 08, 2012 | | Local News


​Wildlife centers will offer Saturday event

The Great Migration Rally will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants start at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and "migrate" the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, stopping at three points and acquiring cards worth points along the route. Lunch will be served at the Dozier Winery.

May 08, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Second audition session set for ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Barton Community College, in conjunction with the Russell Arts Council, will host a second session for auditions for the upcoming summer musical production of Gilbert & Sullivan's satirical opera "Pirates of Penzance," 6 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.

May 08, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Angry bird

Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, examines the zoo's bald eagle, last Wednesday at the zoo. The eagle was dusted with powder, which deter mites, while zookeepers were busy adding new tree branches to its enclosure. Although the bird was none too happy, it was safely back in its enclosure a short time later.

May 08, 2012 | | News


Bo Vincent Brown 1989-2012

PLAINVILLE - Bo Vincent Brown, 23, of Plainville, passed away Monday, May 7, 2012 at his home.

May 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Nell V. Thalheim 1911-2012

LAWRENCE - Nell Thalheim, 101, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Brandon Woods Retirement Center, Lawrence.

May 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Larned Police Report

Tuesday, May 8

May 08, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


HHS recognized for character education

TOPEKA-Hoisington High School was recognized as one of ten Kansas schools and one school district receiving the Promising Practice in Character Education Awards last week.

May 08, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Hesston College celebrates the class of 2012

HESSTON- The Hesston College community celebrated the academic accomplishments of 167 graduates during the commencement ceremony May 6. Joe Manickam, a 1987 Hesston College graduate presented the commencement address "Back to Basics," based on the college's 2011-12 theme verse from Micah 6:8.

May 08, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Middle School students participate in Cardinal Kindness Campaign

Hoisington Middle School students participated in Cardinal Kindness Campaign by having students write down on a strip of paper the kind things they did. A chain throughout the central hall at the school was made with the links of red and white paper.

May 08, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Ellinwood forensics places at state

ELLINWOOD - Ten members of the Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Forensics Championships held at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita on May 5. Ellinwood placed 6th in team sweepstakes out of 37 schools represented in the tournament.

May 08, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Eugene (Gene) Louis Meyer 1928 - 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. - Eugene (Gene) Louis Meyer died May 5 at his home in Tempe, Ariz. Born July 11, 1928, in Lorraine, he was the son of Harvey and Delia (Mehl) Meyer. On Jan. 1, 1950, he married LorRetta Keyser at Holyrood. She died April 17, 1995. On April 11, 1999, he married Gladys Whitcombe at Tempe, Ariz. He was a Holyrood area farmer, and an accountant and Realtor in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.

May 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lobner, Nathan win at S.R.C.A. Drag Strip

J.R. Lobner and Pat Nahan led the winner's list over the weekend at S.R.C.A. Drag Strip for the Thunder on the Plains event.

May 07, 2012 | | Local Sports


Ginobili helps Spurs sweep aside Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Manu Ginobili broke out of a scoring slump to help sweep the Utah Jazz out of the NBA playoffs.

May 07, 2012 | | AP Sports


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GOP Deflate-Gate

January 28, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Inflation, Deflation

Inflation, deflation. No, this is not Economics 101. We will not be using the Bell Curve and doing some statistical analysis. No accounting, no spreadsheets. This is about footballs. DEFLATEGATE!

January 28, 2015 | | Sports


No. 17 West Virginia holds off Wildcats

MANHATTAN (AP) - Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a 65-59 victory Tuesday night.

January 27, 2015 | | AP Sports


Charity drive nets thousands of items for local food banks

The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.

January 27, 2015 | | Business


Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unruh 1943 - 2015

NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter L. Graham 1921-2015

EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


College to feature Library Lovers Month

The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 28, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 27, 2015 | | On the Record


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Schridde qualifies for state

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


HHS sends wrestlers to finals at Bob Kuhn Classic

The Hoisington High School varsity wrestling team participated in the Bob Kuhn Sr. Prairie Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Hays. The team sent five wrestlers to the finals where senior Brandon Ball at 138 lbs. won the Championship match to help propel him to win the Tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Sophomore Jonathan Ball, 145 lbs.lbs.; freshman Christopher Ball, 152 lbs.; senior Chance Boor, 195 lbs.; and sophomore Landen Urban, 285 lbs., all finished second. Senior Landon Harmon, 120 lbs., and junior Austin McHenry, 182 lbs., finished in fifth place. Collectively with teammates freshman Tanner Cassity, 113 ...

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


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