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James L. Blakey 1935 - 2013

ames L. Blakey, 77, died Feb. 17 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 28, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of William and Esther (Langrehr) Blakey. In June 1970, he married Dorothy Parker in Hoisington. She died on March 3, 1973. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a Juvenile Corrections Caseworker for Larned State Hospital.

February 21, 2013 | | Obituaries


Antonio M. “Tony” Guajardo 1957-2013

Antonio M. "Tony" Guajardo, 55, Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013. Antonio was born on Dec.11, 1957 at Devine, Texas to Juan and Maria (Munoz) Guajardo. He graduated from Greeley West High School in Greeley, Colo., and lived most of his life in the Devine, Texas area until moving to Great Bend two years ago. Tony was employed by Hertz Rent-a-Car and Smith Security in San Antonio, and since coming to Kansas, was employed at the Kwik-Shop in Great Bend. One of Tony's hobbies was leatherworking.

February 21, 2013 | | Obituaries


CBH Foundation purchases analyzer

HOISINGTON - Through the years, Clara Barton Hospital Foundation members have been generously committed to helping Clara Barton Hospital, a not-for-profit Critical-Access Hospital, expand healthcare services and update equipment to meet the community's healthcare needs. This year was no exception. Contributions from the 2012-13 membership drive funded a Hematology Analyzer for the laboratory.

February 21, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


I-70 closed between Salina and Hays

At 11:30 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) closed I-70, from Exit 159 in Hays to Exit 249 near Salina, in both directions.

February 21, 2013 | | News


Ellinwood native, entrepreneur and community friend chosen as ‘Distinguished Citizen’

ELLINWOOD - Except for a few years, Richard Kimple has lived in Ellinwood nearly all of his life and invested of himself and his family in the community, including a business, as a volunteer, as well as providing generous support to the schools and area foundations. He also provides emotional support to families during the death of a loved one as owner of his business, Kimple Funeral Home. He is also the owner of Kimple Monuments and Kimple Furniture.

February 21, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Injury wreck occurs

At 9:02 p.m. on Feb. 20, a 2002 Ford pickup owned by Seth E. Alexander of Garden City was westbound on U.S. highway 156 at mile marker 132 when he lost control on icy roads and crossed the center line. Alexander entered the south ditch and rolled one time coming to rest on its wheels, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log.

February 21, 2013 | | News


What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ is hard to understand?

Evan Todd was a student at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in the late 1990s. He is a miraculous survivor of the infamous living nightmare that occurred there on April 20, 1999. In fact, he was the first student shot when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris began their rampage that day.

February 21, 2013 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


Sherlock Holmes and my personal shame

Perhaps it's not a mystery evocative of eerie moors or Victorian London alleyways, but the question still perplexes me: how did I let writer Martin Powell escape from my radar screen?

February 21, 2013 | By Danny Tyree | Columnists


AP Top 25 capsules

NO. 8 SYRACUSE 84, PROVIDENCE 59

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Tharpe's late jumper helps KU trim Oklahoma State in 2OT thriller

STILLWATER, Okla. - Naadir Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting No. 9 Kansas to a 68-67 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Iowa State nails 11 3s, beats Baylor

WACO, Texas - Iowa State got key baskets from the perimeter and in the paint on Wednesday night.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Drivers seek right fit in sponsor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For sale! Made-for-TV premium ad space on the hood of the car of NASCAR's most popular driver.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Lady Beavers sweep Lady Cougars

For the first five innings of Tuesday's softball game between Barton Community College and Pratt, the Lady Cougars looked well on their way to winning their fourth game of the year.

February 20, 2013 | | Community College


OTR for Feb. 21, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

February 20, 2013 | | On the Record


WINTER BLAST

Wednesday's predicted snow did not begin to fall in the Great Bend area until after 6 a.m., and the forecast for one to three inches of snow during the daylight hours did not cause Barton County schools to call off classes. But as classes started, snow began to accumulate, leading administrators to consider calling an early release day.

February 20, 2013 | by Staff reports | News


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No Legit Precedent for Gay Marriage

I did a lot of soul searching last week, trying to figure out why the legalization of same sex marriage has administered such an emotional sucker punch to my solar plexus. Some would say it's because I'm a bigot, and a bigot is never ready for the sea change that annihilates her bigoted world view. Others, including my caring and cautionary friends, have said that they understand how difficult it must be to see my concept of constitutional integrity ignored and displaced by that branch of government that represents the pinnacle of my profession, my secular Vatican, as ...

July 08, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Republicans Are at Odds with Corporate America

The Republican brand is that they're on the side of business. "Corporations are people, my friends," uttered doomed 2012 presidential candidate, CEO-turned-Massachusetts-Governor Mitt Romney. At the time I assumed what he actually meant was, "Corporations are my friends, people."

July 08, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Street Rodding American Style coming to Party in the Park

The City of Great Bend is excited to announce that "Street Rodding – American Style" will be coming to Great Bend during the Party in the Park event on Aug. 8th. "Street Rodding – American Style" is a reality TV show whose crew travels to towns across the Midwest to see and enjoy car shows in different communities and to view street rodding at its purest form. "Street Rodding – American Style" focuses on the creativity of these incredible works of art and the stories behind them. The reality show truly spotlights the cars in attendance and the event itself. An important part ...

July 08, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Barton County Fair, at EXPO II, at 7:30 a.m., Thursday. Hosts will be AJ Chrest and Charles Atkinson with the Barton County 4-H Ambassadors as greeters. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

July 08, 2015 | | Local News


Danceography enrollment

Danceography will be holding open enrollment from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Previous and new dancers will be enrolled at these times. It is at a come and go event. Enrollment forms will be filled out and dance instructor Laura Klima will discuss what talent level the dancer is at and what type of classes the dancer is interested. "I can't wait to meet all of the new studio dancers! I am happy to jump start the year in July for our open enrollment to see who is all ...

July 08, 2015 | | Business


​Verl Lee Martin 1930 - 2014

Verl Lee Martin, 84, died Dec. 8, 2014, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Utica, to Clade and Sylvia (Everhart) Martin. He had been a Great Bend resident since 1971. He was retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad as a truck driver.

July 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlyn L. Stoecklein

Merlyn L. Stoecklein, 78, died July 7, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, Nebraska.

July 07, 2015 | | Obituaries




OTR for July 7, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

July 07, 2015 | | On the Record


​Cartooning, puppets coming to library

Children can learn to draw cool cartoons and watch a puppet show this week at the Great Bend Public Library.

July 07, 2015 | | Local News


Points needed for food fight

Teens who haven't cracked a book open this summer should do so this week, if they want to participate in the biggest food fight of the summer.

July 07, 2015 | | Local News


24 students earn scholarships from Sunflower Bank

SALINA – Sunflower Bank has awarded 24 scholarships to local students in their communities who participated in the bank's Community Ambassadors Program. Scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,500 totaling $20,000 for the class of 2015.

July 07, 2015 | | Business


Fan hit by line drive and injured during Braves-Brewers game

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A woman sitting several rows behind the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout was injured Monday night when she was hit by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta's Eury Perez.

July 07, 2015 | RICH ROVITO, Associated Press | AP Sports


Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

July 07, 2015 | JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer | AP Sports


Rays-Royals game rained out; fans evacuated

KANSAS CITY- Monday night's game between the Royals and Rays at Kauffman Stadium scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT was postponed due to rain and the threat of tornadoes in the area.

July 07, 2015 | Jordan Wilson/MLB.com | AP Sports


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