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Doris L. Kisner, 95, died Feb. 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Jan. 30, 1918 in Hardy, Ark., she was the daughter of Marion and Charity (Sears) Richardson. In 1935 she married Forrest Ferguson in Hardy, Ark. She later married Earl Hilliard and Al Kisner. A resident of Great Bend since 1957, coming from Hoisington, she was a homemaker and a clerk at various department stores. She was a seamstress making many dolls and quilts.
LARNED - Marjorie R. Vratil, 93, died on Feb. 20 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary in Larned.
Memorial service for Antonio M. "Tony" Guajardo has been postponed from 10:30 a.m. today to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Charter Funerals in Great Bend.
Indiana is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to No. 2 for the first time in school history.
Due to inclement weather, high school sub-state basketball games originally scheduled for Monday were postponed.
JOHANNESBURG - His head shrouded by a sports hoodie, the young man walked unnoticed through a bustling crowd outside the gates of the Olympic village in London last year. When he got close, I saw a familiar face smiling at me.
COLBY - An early scoring explosion by sophomore guard Blair Bloomfield put the Barton Community College Lady Cougars in the driver's seat on Sunday afternoon.
INDIANAPOLIS - Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu thought he hit rock bottom when Les Miles kicked him off the team last August for failing multiple drug tests.
A burning car in front of the apartments at 5210 10th St. Monday morning was suspicious in nature, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. The state fire marshal is expected to investigate as soon as weather permits.
DAYTONABEACH, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson went two years without a title and suddenly became an afterthought at the Daytona 500.
COLBY - Al Key kept making big play after big play on Sunday afternoon.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has now closed several roads in southwest Kansas at the Kansas-Oklahoma state line at the request of Oklahoma. The following roads are closed southbound at the state line, but remain open in Kansas:
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Ray and Ida (Robbins) Stewart. On April 3, 1957, she married Joseph Anthony Machal in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 21, 1992. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. for seven years, coming from Great Bend, she was an insurance and financial planner for L.C. Harmon Agency.
MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka. He was born June 1, 1976, at Great Bend, the son of Richard L. Reed and Mary Denise (Keenan) Carroll. He married Smo Ortiz April 7, 1995, at Lawrence. He was a boxing promoter matchmaker for Empire Sports Management and Promotion.
ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.
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Great Bend will be hosting the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) softball and baseball tournament for the second year from April 29 through May 3, 2015. The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have worked hard to help host this championship baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.
ARKANSAS CITY – It was not the kind of ending that Coach Lyle Stickney had hoped for his Barton Community College men's tennis team.
ARKANSAS CITY – After a frustrating regular season at times, the Barton Community College women's tennis team put it all together – well almost all together – at the Region VI meet this past weekend. The Cougars battled to the end for a second place finish, coming up just short in third place.
ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
CLEVELAND- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Monday.
CHICAGO- The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox also won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.
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