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Wilma “Jean” Schenk 1930 - 2013

Wilma "Jean" Schenk, 83, died July 27 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 18, 1930 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Joe and Zora (Zinn) Stukey. On May 5, 1965 she married Clemith Burton in Hoisington. He died on Oct. 21, 1994. She married Harold Schenk on Dec. 14, 1996 in Olmitz. He survives. A long time resident of Great Bend, she owned and operated a beauty salon.

July 29, 2013 | | Obituaries

Larned Police Report

Thursday, July 25

July 29, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


We have a special bird in our area at the present time. The upland sandpiper is a beautiful bird. We see them sitting on fence posts. They are very well camouflaged when on the ground. This bird has been called "The Shorebird of the Prairie" since most of it's relatives are never far from water. This bird thrives on the grasslands. It was previously called the upland plover and Bartram's Sandpiper after the American naturalist William Bartram (a very interesting fellow - Google him up some time). The bird has been in decline for some time due to loss ...

July 29, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


July 29, 2013 | | AP


OAKVILLE, Ontario - Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.

July 29, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Newman breaks 49-race winless streak

INDIANAPOLIS - A born and bred Hoosier, Ryan Newman spent his childhood racing everywhere from Anderson to Winchester and every short track he could find in a state mad about racing.

July 29, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Gordon's two-run homer in 12th lifts Royals to sixth straight win

CHICAGO - It's down to the last couple days of July, and the Kansas City Royals have an equal amount of wins and losses.

July 29, 2013 | | AP Sports

GBHS Class of 1993 reunion

On Aug. 30 and 31 the Great Bend High School Class of 1993 will hold their 20 year class reunion. For more information email

July 28, 2013 | | Reunions

Oetken family reunion

The 71st annual John Oetken family reunion was held on July 21 at the Great Bend Best Western Court Yard. The reunion was hosted by the Ida

July 28, 2013 | | Reunions

Worst ever?

Hundred degree days coupled with 30-40 mile-per-hour winds and little moisture spells crop and pastureland failure for western Kansas. It's like putting the corn and grass in a giant outdoor oven and turning a fan on.

July 28, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Snyder —

Melissa Ideva Chandler and Clint Wesley Snyder were united in marriage on June 1 at Fields Pentecostal Church in Fields, La. in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Reverend Terry Lee. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Parents of the couple are the Reverend James Chandler of DeQuincy, La. and the late Nina Chandler (both formerly of Great Bend) and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Snyder of Bancroft, La.

July 28, 2013 | | Weddings

Area students accept scholarships from Fort Hays State University

Seven area students have accepted scholarships from Fort Hays State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

July 28, 2013 | | Education

Welch - Doll

Tim Welch and Jean Garner announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Marie Welch, to Ryan Wade Doll, son of Clayton and Cheri Doll. The bride-elect attended Barton Community College where she majored in journalism. She is employed as a loan processor at Farmers Bank and Trust in Great Bend.

July 28, 2013 | | Engagements

Froetschner baby girl

Jamie and Christopher Froetschner announce the birth of their daughter, Royce Callait Froetschner, on July 5 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She has an 18 month old big sister, Finley LaRue Froetschner.

July 28, 2013 | | Births

Klepper baby girl

Dallas and Kimberly Klepper of Council Grove announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Kay Klepper on June 21, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. She weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.

July 28, 2013 | | Births

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Fern Faye Nairn 1921-2015

Fern Faye Nairn, 94, died Nov. 27, 2015, at home in Great Bend. Born Jan. 22, 1921, at Alexander, she was the daughter of William ...

November 28, 2015 | | Obituaries

Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice hosts holiday grief session

Even though Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors grief support groups throughout the year, it has once again scheduled a special holiday-related session.

November 28, 2015 | | Local News

Florence Marie Clayton Doze 1938 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Florence Marie Clayton Doze passed from this life Nov. 25, 2015, in Wichita. Born on Jan. 19, 1938, in Kingman, she was the daughter ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Loray W. “Ray” Wilhelm

BUHLER - Loray W. "Ray" Wilhelm, 90, died Nov. 25, 2015, at Buhler Sunshine Retirement Community. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elliott Mortuary and Crematory in ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Abbie Louise Miller

Abbie Louise Miller, a resident of Great Bend since 1945, entered her eternal home Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Abbie and her husband Dean moved to ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Rowetta Mae Clements Calp 1934-2015

Rowetta Mae Clements Calp, 81, died Nov. 26, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital, Wichita. Born April 6, 1934 at Jefferson City, Mo., she was the ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

​Touched by Cancer members to celebrate Christmas

Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Third and ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

​Students attend KAY Regional Conference

Ten members of the Great Bend High School Kays and 17 Kayettes attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Nov. 10 at Mulvane High ...

November 27, 2015 | | Education

Barton Community College Foundation hopes establish new endowed scholarship

Barton Automotive Technology student Ashley Revel knows full well the tremendous benefits derived from the Barton Foundation. As a scholarship recipient for the 2015-16 school ...

November 27, 2015 | | Education

​Crafters World offers free art classes for kids

Lynn Benefield from Crafters World will offer free art classes for children 6-18 years old on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Great Bend Public Library ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

​Great Bend Regional Hospital to host lab fair

As a service to the Great Bend area residents, Great Bend Regional Hospital will provide a community lab fair from 6-7:30 a.m. on ...

November 27, 2015 | | Business

Chili for the Soul

Sunflower Diversified Services recently presented two checks totaling $387 to local charities. The checks represent the proceeds from Sunflower's Annual Chili Cook-off.

November 27, 2015 | | Business

VFW bingo canceled tonight

VFW Post 3111 has canceled bingo tonight.

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Hustle postponed because of ice

Due to the icy weather, the United Way of Central Kansas' Light to Unite Holiday Hustle, originally scheduled for this evening has been postponed until ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Suspected Terrorists in America are Free to Buy Guns

Now that congressional Republicans and roughly 50 cowered Democratic colleagues have passed a panicky bill to impede the entry of Syrian refugees, I think it ...

November 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

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