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KDOT announces Phase I of airport funding

Twenty-one projects have been selected to receive funding to enhance safety and service at public-use airports in the state through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


March is a good time to cut back ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses have staked their claim as gorgeous assets to many a landscape, even in the cold, dark days of winter. But now is the time to cut them back to make room for new growth.

March 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Huelskamp continues Town Halls tradition

On March 11 and 12, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) will add to his Town Hall tradition, hosting nine Town Halls in Kansas's Big First district to hear Kansans' thoughts and concerns so he can bring them back to Washington.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Soil stewardship

Consider this:

March 08, 2015 | | Agriculture


Don’t Miss This Duck!!!

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 ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

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 ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

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.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Dianne Morse named to Coldwell Banker® International Diamond Society

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.

March 08, 2015 | | Business


Progress Club meeting

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.

March 08, 2015 | | Club News


Straub’s reinforces product options with Polaris equipment

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.

March 08, 2015 | | Business


The Soil Environment – Soil Acidity Part 2

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?

March 08, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


John Keenan – reflections on a life well lived

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.

March 08, 2015 | by Matt Keenan | Columnists


The Cat in the Hat spotted — United Way shares gift of reading

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.

March 08, 2015 | | News


Longoria conviction upheld

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.

March 07, 2015 | | News


Texas defeats Kansas State 62-49

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.

March 07, 2015 | | AP Sports


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Think of the children!

"What about the children?"

March 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Dwight C. Martin 1941-2015

HOISINGTON - Dwight C. Martin, 73, died March 21, at his home in Hoisington. Born Aug/ 12, 1941, in Ransom, he was the son of Clade and Sylvia (Everhardt) Martin. Dwight graduated from Utica High School,Utica. He retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a train dispatcher, after working there for more than 40 years. Dwight was a member of the Hoisington Masonic Lodge #331, ISIS Shrine in Salina, Russell Shrine Club, Sunflower Shrine Club in Great Bend, and was a former president of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce. On Feb. 8, 1964, he married Carolyn Kuder in Tribune. They ...

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carl Marcus Fox 1926-2015

ELLINWOOD - Carl Marcus Fox, 89, died March 23, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. Born Charles Orman Bear on March 5, 1926 at Cortez, Colo., he was the son of Orman and Philomena (Swan) Bear, he was later adopted by Clarence M. "Bud" Fox and his name changed to Carl Marcus Fox.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carlos Myles Miller 1920-2015

Carlos Myles Miller, 95, died March 21 at Stafford County Hospital. Born March 12, 1920, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence and Alverta (Gaunt) Miller. On Sept. 28, 1941, he married Mary Emily Downey. She preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 1994.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Frances Elizabeth “Tee” Simpson 1916-2015

Frances Elizabeth "Tee" Simpson, 98, died March 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Born Sept. 23, 1916 at St. Clair County, Mo., she was the daughter of Fred and Mayme (Malicoat) Jackson.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Deborah E. “Debbie” Berkley 1952-2015

Deborah E. "Debbie" Berkley, 63, died March 20 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. Born Feb. 29, 1952 at Salina, she was the daughter of Harold Rayfield and Doris Eleanor (Corman) Berkley.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Frances Elizabeth “Tee” Simpson 1916-2015

Frances Elizabeth "Tee" Simpson, 98, died March 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Born Sept. 23, 1916 at St. Clair County, Mo., she was the daughter of Fred and Mayme (Malicoat) Jackson.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


JoAnn Hlavaty 1927 - 2015

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.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


​Stop ‘N Learn program features frogs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Fantastic Frogs" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Great Bend Activity Center 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

March 23, 2015 | | Local News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


OTR for March 24, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 23, 2015 | | On the Record


​Teen seriously injured in rollover

A Great Bend teenager was flown to a Wichita hospital following a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning in the 800 block of NW 40 Road.

March 23, 2015 | | Local News


Lewis sworn into office

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.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Kans for Kids Radiothon

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 ...

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


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