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Authorities probing inmate death

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Barton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate held at the Barton County Detention Facility, according to a news release from the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

December 22, 2012 | | News


Featured cartoon

December 22, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


County Commission will not meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will hold its next agenda meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, instead of on Monday, which is Christmas Eve day. The agenda includes the Workforce Investment Board agreement and appointment, cereal malt beverage license renewals, a discussion about a road being declared minimum maintenance and a janitorial services proposal.

December 22, 2012 | | News


Verlie Eugene “Tex” Marymee 1920 - 2012

Verlie Eugene "Tex" Marymee, 92, died Dec. 19 at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 7, 1920, in Larned, he was the son of Roy Wallace and Ruby Marie (Grizzle) Marymee. On March 1, 1942, he married Dorothy Kruckenberg in Las Vegas, N.M. She died on Sept. 10, 1978. He then married Ruth L. (Carpenter) Burton on April 4, 1987, in Willits, Calif. She died on Oct. 4, 2003. A resident of Great Bend since 1989, coming from Reno, Nev., he worked for the Police and Fire Departments in Julesburg, Colo. He was known as "Tex the Clown ...

December 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Paul D. Hazen 1924 - 2012

Paul D. Hazen, 88, died Dec. 20 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 13, 1924, at Odense, the son of George and Idella (Beggs) Hazen.

December 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Clara Mae Lowrey

LARNED - Clara Mae Lowrey, 88, died Dec. 22 at Larned Healthcare Center. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.

December 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Phyllis Jean Rainbolt 1927-2012

Phyllis Jean Rainbolt, 85, died Dec. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 21, 1927 at Nakoma, the daughter of Fred Clarence and Mable Margarette Merrell Caldwell. She was a resident of Great Bend for 20 years, formerly of Rozel.

December 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ellinwood Municipal Court

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December 22, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Ellinwood briefs

Ellinwood Library announces holiday hours

December 22, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Holy Family School earns Governor’s Achievement Award

Holy Family School in Great Bend has received the Governor's Achievement Award, Principal Karen Moeder announced. This is the fourth time that the school has received this award.

December 21, 2012 | | Local News


Harvesting the wind

HAYS - The Kansas wind can be unpredictable. It can change direction, it can change speed and, sometimes, it can temporarily subside. But one thing is certain. The wind will blow most of the time.

December 21, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose Urgent Care hours to change at end of year

The number of people seeking Urgent Care treatment at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center continues to be significant during the day and early evening. The same cannot be said for the wee hours.

December 21, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose orthopedist shares skills with Clara Barton Hospital

Abelardo Sotelo, M.D., found a new home at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center last summer and this fall he discovered his second home. The orthopedic surgeon is now performing surgeries at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington in addition to his St. Rose procedures.

December 21, 2012 | | Business


OTR for Dec. 23, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

December 21, 2012 | | On the Record


Pawnee County Briefs

Driver hospitalized

December 21, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


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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


Barton Blazers place 2nd

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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