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June 10, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Pardon my Cantonese

Awfully odd to see the French getting their panties in a big bad bundle over gay marriage. Like watching a river otter work a crossword puzzle. In ink. Recently the entire country went completely bonkers with thousands taking to the streets to express concern over the level of free will leaking out of the same-sex end of their famously perforated hose of liberté, egalité and fraternité.

June 10, 2013 | | Columnists

A congressman with guts takes on Obama

Few members of the United States Congress are willing to risk their careers to state the truth to the American people. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is one, but unfortunately she has announced she is calling it quits after four terms in the House.

June 10, 2013 | | Columnists

Michael Wayne Kirkman 1950 - 2013

Michael Wayne Kirkman, 62, died June 7 at his home in Midwest City, Okla. Born Nov. 6, 1950 in Great Bend, he was the son of Wayne and Carolyn (Nowles) Kirkman. On Aug. 12, 1972, he married Gail Broadbooks in Great Bend. They later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend and Pratt, residing in Midwest City, Okla. for three years, he was an oilfield salesman for W.L. Kirkman, Inc., until his retirement.

June 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Gladys Voos - Service correction

HOISINGTON - Gladys Voos, 86, died June 6 at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. A full obituary will appear at a later date.

June 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Melvin L. Krom 1930 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - A celebration of life memorial gathering for Melvin L. Krom will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the First Southern Baptist Church in Great Bend with Pastor Doyle Smith officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. A lunch for family and friends will be served at 1 p.m. before services.

June 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Melvin L. Krom 1930 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - Melvin L. Krom, 83, died June 6 at the Good Samaritan Center in Lyons. Born March 24, 1930 in Galatia, he was the son of Conrad H. and Nima Schafer Krom. On Nov. 6, 1953 he married Bessie Weber in Galatia. They later divorced. A resident of Great Bend, formerly longtime Ellinwood resident, he worked as an oil field supervisor for Stevens Well Service and maintenance supervisor for Grove Park Golf Course in Ellinwood.

June 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Oregon State downs Wildcats 12-4, evens series at 1-1

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning and Oregon State beat Kansas State 12-4 on Sunday night to force a decisive third game in the NCAA super regional series.

June 10, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

NBA Finals Box


June 09, 2013 | | AP Sports

Gordon, Hosmer lead Royals to fifth consecutive victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Luis Mendoza finally figured out what he needs to do to succeed at home.

June 09, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

James fuels second-half barrage as Heat level series

MIAMI - LeBron James needed almost 12 full minutes before scoring his first points. He missed 10 of his first 13 shots. He wore a wrap on his knee and put on a display that won't be remembered for offensive brilliance.

June 09, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

May Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

June 09, 2013 | | Local News

League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.

June 09, 2013 | | Club News

Conservation Stewardship Program applications due by June 14

The Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will provide about $175 million in funding for up to 12.6 million additional acres enrollment this year.

June 09, 2013 | | Agriculture

Not so fast

Pre-packaged, vacuum-packed, just add water…

June 09, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

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Syrian Refugees

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Annual Turkey Awards

It's time, once again, for our Annual Turkey Awards. That time of year when we recognize the biggest "Turkeys" from the world of sports ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Grant benefits local swim team

Earlier this year the Golden Belt Community Foundation established the Barton County Pool Grant and Endowment Funds (Funds) as a way to provide long-term support ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Galindo joins Plains State Bank

Plains State Bank announces the hiring of Cory Galindo at their Great Bend Loan Production Office located at 2700 10th Street in Great Bend. Cory ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Nex-Tech announces new location in Great Bend

Nex-Tech relocated its store location to 3700 10th Street in Great Bend on Nov. 1. Nex-Tech customers will enjoy easier access in and out of ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Trustees look at campus security

Dear Editor,

November 25, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Tiger fans make plans for bowl game

It's been a long time since the Fort Hays State University football team has qualified for the post-season, and fans are making plans to ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

​Cookie Contest promises sweet fun to Saturday shoppers

Great Bend shoppers have the opportunity to participate in a fun event this Saturday as they visit local retail stores and support Small Business Saturday ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Prairie Ink accepting submissions

Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, are accepting entries for its seventh edition.

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Galindo joins Plains State Bank

Plains State Bank announced the hiring of Cory Galindo at its Great Bend Loan Production Office located at 2700 10th St.

November 24, 2015 | | Business

St. Rose Health Center volunteers host Jewelry Fair

Anyone who is on the search for stocking stuffers and other gifts may want to take advantage of the upcoming B&N Jewelry Fair. St ...

November 24, 2015 | | Business

Mutual aid dispatched to river fire on Monday

Great Bend Fire Department dispatched units to the west of Radium Road in the area of the Arkansas River (SW 60 Ave. and West Barton ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

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