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Shannon Laurice Brack and Gerald Lee Wilburn were united in marriage on June 2 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. James Strasen. Parents of the bride are Roger and Sharon Brack of Otis. Grandparents of the bride are Eudale Brack of Otis and the late Magdalene Brack and Irene Miller. Grandparents of the groom are Mary and Carl Henkle.

March 31, 2013 | | Weddings


Katherine George 80th

Katherine George of Larned will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 7 with a card shower. Her children are Alan George of Boulder, Colo., and the late Debbie George.

March 31, 2013 | | Birthdays


GBMS Above and Beyond winners

Great Bend Middle School announces the January and February Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school Administrators.

March 31, 2013 | | Education


Pasture and range evaluation and recovery planning workshops set for April

Cattlemen across much of Kansas are in a quandary. As grass managers, they are asking themselves how many cattle will their ranges and pastures support after twenty to thirty months of drought. What steps can be taken to protect the grazing resources while maintaining enough cattle numbers to be financially viable? Will we get enough runoff to fill the ponds?

March 31, 2013 | | Agriculture


It’s twister time again

If you've ever heard the stampeding sound of a tornado or been close enough to see fence posts, the side of a building or the steel of a grain bin twisting furiously as the dreaded black monster gobbles up the countryside, you'll remember it always.

March 31, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Bureau leaders take their message to the nation’s capital

More than 150 farmer and ranchers from across Kansas participated in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C., March 18-21.

March 31, 2013 | | Agriculture


Easter Sequester

March 31, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


National Nutrition Month comes to an end

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end for another year I hope you and your family have found ways to add more color to your meals. The new MyPlate recommendations for healthy eating stress that half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables; seven or more servings scattered throughout the day. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming, but I can't emphasize enough the wonderful benefits in eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Besides all of the great vitamins and minerals you get from these colorful plants your body also benefits from the generous ...

March 31, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Progress Club Learns About “The Gift”

Local sculptor Chet Cale recently presented a program to members of the Progress Club at the home of Karen Becker. Using a variety of visual aids, he explained the processes involved in creating "The Gift," from early drawings to the casting and final installation of the three bronze figures in front of the Barton County Courthouse.

March 31, 2013 | | Club News


Boring insects

Well, my first week at Barton County Research and Extension has definitely has not been boring to say the least! I have hit the ground running and am learning something new every day. I have had several subjects brought to me, but one that has been talked about several times is boring insects in trees. This made me curious on why I would hear about this problem so much in a week's time, so I set out to do some research to see what I could dig up.

March 31, 2013 | | Local Life


USD 428 Kindergarten round-up

Dates have been set for USD 428's kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug, 31, 2013, and planning to attend local schools in the fall.

March 31, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Kari Wirth promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer at First Kansas Bank

Kari Wirth is being promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer for First Kansas Bank according to Paul Snapp, President and CEO of the Bank. Snapp remarked, "Kari has the work experience and educational background to lead the operations of our Bank. She will continue to strengthen our bank's commitment to operate in a safe and sound manner while providing personalized service to our customers. We are excited to have Kari leading this important area of First Kansas Bank."

March 31, 2013 | | Business


Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend recognized as 2013 National Premier Store

The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend has been named a 2013 Sears Hometown Premier Store. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offers the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. At the end of last year, the Great Bend store was one of only 293 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.

March 31, 2013 | | Business


USD 428, Holy Family, Central Kansas Christian Academy and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served April 1 through April 5. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

March 31, 2013 | | Menus and Activities


Students interact with author via Google+

With advancements in technology, there are more opportunities for creative teaching methods in the classroom. Professor of Theology and Ministry Dr. Henry Lederle took advantage of the possibilities that technology provides by inviting the author of a book used in his Intro to Missions class to interact with the students through Google+ Hangout, a video chat and conference service. Fritz Kling, author of "The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents that will Propel the Future Church," joined the class for a day, engaging in discussion with the students and answering their questions.

March 31, 2013 | | Education


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BCC softball at Western Nebraska moved to Thursday

Due to inclement weather, Wednesday's District E championship doubleheader opener between Barton and Western Nebraska has been moved to a 1 p.m. start on Thursday, May 7 at Scottbluff, Nebraska.

May 06, 2015 | | Community College


Tornadoes strike three-state area

NORMAN, Okla. -- A dangerous weather situtation is rapidly-changing tonight, as tornado-producing storms burst into the Plains. Tornadoes have developed in at least three states so far -- Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma -- and the threat is far from over. Tornado watches are posted across the region through the evening.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program sign-up open

Any Barton County senior who is interested in the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can apply from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, or on Tuesday, June 3, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas. Additional dates will be announced for sign up at Hoisington and Ellinwood Friendship Meal sites.

May 06, 2015 | | News


OTR for May 7, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 06, 2015 | | On the Record


TIPOFF: Paul ‘50-50’ for Clippers; Bulls’ Rose ready to play

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks the odds are 50-50 point guard Chris Paul will return tonight to try to help the Clippers build a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.

May 06, 2015 | | AP Sports


Conley comes back, leads Grizzlies past Warriors 97-90

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The masked man came to the rescue for the Memphis Grizzlies.

May 06, 2015 | | AP Sports


Sen. Moran now accepting applications for fall internships

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced he is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for fall 2015.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Memorial Day grave decorations

Dear Editor,

May 06, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Great Bend accounting firm, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announces promotions

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered (ABBB) announces the promotions of Regan Ochs, Nancy Peschka and Brad Shirer.

May 06, 2015 | | Business


Hosmer’s four RBIs push Royals past Indians

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer belted a three-run homer and Jason Vargas tossed his best outing of the season as the Royals held on for a 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

May 06, 2015 | | AP Sports


The Kansas Peach

Once when Ty Cobb, a partner at Hogan Lovells, was trying a case before a particularly cantankerous judge, he wondered if he should worry when the judge asked him to approach the bench. Cobb was a young lawyer at the time, cocky and given to cracking the occasional joke to the jury. It was only his third time before this particular judge, who was known for dressing down lawyers for missteps. The opposing counsel rose with Cobb, but the judge waved him away. When Cobb approached, the judge smiled at him. "Are those new boots?" he asked.

May 06, 2015 | Bill Glose | Business


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday May 14, 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.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Codognotto, Beck advance in consolation bracket

TUCSON, Ariz.- Barbara Codognotto had a busy day Tuesday at the NJCAA women's tennis championships. Busy and successful.

May 06, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Roadside Assistance for Highway Trust Fund

May 06, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


The GOP's Daddy Issues

While running for president in 2012, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was chatting up some students at Otterbein University about how they could get ahead in this world. He offered that his friend, Jimmy John, borrowed $20,000 from his parents to start a sandwich shop. "This kind of divisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we've seen in our country's history," said the candidate. "We've always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business."

May 06, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


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