The conference season has officially tipped off. It did so in a very favorable way for the Barton Community College women's basketball team Monday night. After having to wait two extra days due to the weather for the Jayhawk West opener, Barton started the conference off with a double-digit road win.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Thrivent Financial at the Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters AJ Chrest and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The 2015 editions of the Kansas Travel Guide, Kansas Outdoors and Kansas State Parks, the official guides to experiencing the Sunflower State, are now available. Published by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), each publication is packed with stunning photographs, tips, information and brief descriptions of activities, events and places to experience. These new guides join the recently-released Kansas Byways Guide to give visitors plenty of ways to plan a Kansas experience – whether it's a daytrip, weekend getaway or longer vacation.
Orscheln Farm and Home LLC, a Midwest family owned rural retailer, announced its acquisition of a 357,000 square foot distribution center located on 54 acres in Abilene.
Since New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year's resolutions for Congress:
Pope Francis recently praised the benefits of big families - that a big family teaches children selflessness and sharing, which benefits the whole of society - and I couldn't agree more.
A public open house for the national traveling exhibit, Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kinsley Library. The library was one of only 25 entities across the country chosen to host the exhibit.
The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms officers and board of directors will host the Third Annual Winter Social from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Classic Inn, 1 South Patton Road, Great Bend.
Barton Community College history instructor Linda McCaffery will present a course focusing on World War II and the Cold War from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 31 in the Fine Arts building, Room F-30.
The Great Bend Public Library is offering free sessions on how to use Pathfinder, GBPL's online catalog. Library spokseperson Jennifer King said this is the perfect opportunity for the public to get comfortable with the library's system as they prepare to operate from a smaller site for a few months. The library will offer multiple public sessions and there is no need to register in advance.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year.
Bo Black wanted to make sure everyone knew he wasn't out looking for a job. But when one came his way, he found it too good an opportunity to pass on.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.
In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is "Je suis Charlie," meaning "I am Charlie." The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it's clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: "We are screwed."
Hitler is in the news again, invoked by some ignorant people.
Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - JoAnn Hlavaty, 87, died Jan. 15, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. Born Sept. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Francis and Eveline Barland. On Oct. 14, 1967, she married Donald Hlavaty of Olmitz. JoAnn and Donald lived in the Olmitz area until 1982 when they retired and moved to Bella Vista, Ark.
RUSSELL - Verlin E. "Buster" Humphrey, 67, passed away Jan. 19, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 12, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kenneth "K.D." and Ruth (Pearce) Humphrey. He graduated from Russell High School and attended Kansas State University. On April 24, 1980, he was united in marriage to Linda Harmon in Salina. He was employed by Southern States Oil Company, later known as Lasmo Oil Company, as a pumper and made his way up to Regional Production Manager. He then worked for over 13 years for the Kansas Lottery, retiring in 2011 as ...
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.
OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.
Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.
RUSSELL - A Russell man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with a possible injury on Tuesday after vehicles collided on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Russell.