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Farmers Mutual Insurance Company annual meeting

On Feb. 19, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), Ellinwood, held their 119th Annual Meeting of the Policyholders. Farmers Mutual Insurance Company is a Kansas Domiciled Mutual Insurance Company that is and has been based out of Ellinwood since 1896. Originally formed by a group of Barton county citizens who had a need to insure property that the insurance industry in the late 1800's would not insure, FMI has continued to serve Kansans with insurance protection on residential and farm property throughout those 119 years. A mutual insurance company is one that has no stock investors nor individual owners, being ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business

Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News

Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News

C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News

KU honors 54 high school seniors from five Central Kansas counties

Students from 12 Kansas high schools were honored Feb. 11, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

March 01, 2015 | | Education

Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News

Country Place reinvestment

Over the course the past few years, with the bulk of the work being completed recently, Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care have been improved with a reinvestment in the residences. The updates were scheduled in an effort to maintain a comfortable and functional atmosphere for those that call Country Place home and to allow staff to continue to provide top quality care.

March 01, 2015 | | Business

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

March 01, 2015 | | Local Life

Farmers Bank & Trust Adds New Advisory Director Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director

Charlie Keller recently joined the Advisory Director Board of Farmers Bank & Trust. Keller is a lifetime resident of Albert, area farmer and cattleman. "We are pleased to have Charlie join our team. He is extremely committed to the Albert community and his values are consistent with those of Farmers Bank & Trust in supporting the communities we serve," said Robert Rugan, Farmers Bank & Trust Central Kansas Market President. Keller stays active and involved in the community, serving as an Albert City Council member since 2003 and the current Fire Chief for the Albert Volunteer Fire Department. He is married to Lisa ...

March 01, 2015 | | Business

Club Calendar

Monday

March 01, 2015 | | Club News

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station unveils new platform for publishing research reports

Agricultural Experiment Station researchers on campus and at centers around the state conduct studies in nearly all areas of agricultural production for K-State Research and Extension.

March 01, 2015 | | Agriculture

Agriculture can do the job

Agriculture is losing producers. No one will argue that point, but larger, more efficient producers are replacing those lost in this highly competitive industry.

March 01, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News

Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Hoisington School Menu

Breakfast

March 01, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

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Chiefs clear cap space by releasing WRs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs released wide receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins on Tuesday as they began to clear roster and salary cap space ahead of what could be a busy offseason.

February 17, 2015 | | AP Sports

Shockers beat up on Salukis

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Shaquille Morris scored a career-high 17 points to lead No. 13 Wichita State to an 84-62 over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night.

February 17, 2015 | | AP Sports

Happenings announced at St. Johns Episcopal Church

St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend, will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

February 17, 2015 | | Local News

Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Pawnee County Sheriff's Report

PAWNEE SHERIFF

February 17, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs

Larned Police Report

LARNED POLICE

February 17, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs

Snowpacked road causes rollover accident

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.

February 17, 2015 | | News

Police to enforce seatbelt use near schools

Beginning Feb. 23 and running through March 6, the Great Bend Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teens not using seatbelts.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

​Seventh-day Adventist School taking frozen berry orders

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Feb. 25 and the fruit will arrive in late March or early April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.

February 17, 2015 | | Local News

Barton County Jail Log, Feb. 13-16, 2015

Barton County Jail

February 17, 2015 | | On the Record

OTR for Feb. 18, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 17, 2015 | | On the Record

KBCA state basketball rankings

GIRLS

February 17, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Golden Belt Swim Club Garden City February Freeze results

8 under 25 free

February 17, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Local Sports

Bob Simon: 'A Reporter's Reporter'

I'll tell you a little story about Bob Simon, the veteran CBS News correspondent who was killed Wednesday night in a car crash after having survived innumerable wars over five decades.

February 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Six Months Won't Solve Williams' Woes

Brian Williams probably isn't a liar. Based on recent revelations, amplifications and clarifications, he appears to be a serial exaggerator.

February 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

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