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​Presbyterians announce Irish Stew

The Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Irish Stew from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the church's Fellowship Hall, located at 24th and Washington St. in Great Bend. Presbyterians will be serving Irish stew and homemade pie. Tickets are $6 and available at the door; preschoolers can eat for free. Carry-out can be purchased and picked up at the northeast church entry.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Kiwanis Pancake Day is Thursday

Kiwanis will be serving pancakes and sausage from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Expo I building, for the 55th annual Great Bend Kiwanis Pancake Day. Tickets are $3. Proceeds allow the club to sponsor a number activities for youths and other nonprofit entities.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Class 6-1A Sub-State Tournaments

High school scores

March 02, 2013 | | Prep Sports


Biopsy patients more comfortable with new HCC adjustable stretcher

Patients who must undergo a bone marrow biopsy at Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) can now be much more comfortable during the procedure, thanks to the generosity of private donors.

March 02, 2013 | | Business


Touched by Cancer announces programs

Mark Mingenback from St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will talk about updates at St. Rose at the next Touched by Cancer support group meeting, set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


No. 2 Gonzaga stakes claim to No. 1 ranking with 81-52 win over Portland

SPOKANE, Wash. - Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 on Saturday to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press' Top 25.

March 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Indy ousts Lady Cougars

INDEPENDENCE - Things were looking up for the Barton Community College women's basketball team in the first half of an NJCAA Region VI tournament first-round game on Saturday afternoon.

March 02, 2013 | | Community College


'Is there life after high school?'

Love them or hate them, the years spent in high school were formative for most people. Barton Community College's theater department will offer a chance to reflect on those times with the musical "Is There Life After High School?" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 10 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

March 02, 2013 | | Local News


Lady Tigers, Tigers punch tickets for state tournament

ST. JOHN - A year after finishing as Class 1A Division-I state runners-up, the St. John-Hudson High School girls' basketball team secured a return trip.

March 02, 2013 | | Prep Sports


High school artists win scholarships to BCC

About 120 students from area high schools visited Barton Community College Thursday to participate in Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day and three of them walked away with $500 scholarships from the Barton Foundation.

March 02, 2013 | | Education


Silver Cougar Club to host course on PowerPoint

The Barton Community College Silver Cougar Club will host a class on the ultimate presentation tool, Microsoft's PowerPoint, from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday, March 13 – April 17 at the Great Bend Workforce Center, 1025 Main St., room D-107.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


New grief support group forming

Grief Encouragement Group, sponsored by Harden Hospice Kansas, will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following dates: March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, and May 8 and 22, at 1117 North Washington St. in Great Bend. Register by calling Chaplain Dave Delinger, 620-664-5757.

March 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Beloit pulls away from Cardinals for win

NORTON - Beloit High School's boys' basketball team had an answer for Hoisington's 6-foot-8 Cody Stetler as it held the senior center to nine points in a Class 3A sub-state semifinal game.

March 02, 2013 | | Prep Sports


No. 6 Kansas pummels Mountaineers

LAWRENCE - By shattering Danny Manning's Kansas freshman record with 36 points on Saturday, Ben McLemore did more than propel the sixth-ranked Jayhawks to a 91-65 romp over West Virginia.

March 02, 2013 | | AP Sports


Bette M. Billinger 1916 - 2013

HOISINGTON - Bette M. Billinger, 96, died Feb. 28 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born July 30, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Alice Alt. She married the love of her life, Edmund Raymond Billinger, on April 11, 1942, at Tacoma, Wash. He died Oct. 23, 2011.

March 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


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Fishy Election

July 28, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Why the Media Loves Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the politically unhinged train wreck equivalent of the Kardashians.

July 28, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Misleading Monikers in the News

Pop quiz: Which of the following was hatched in the mind of George Costanza? (a) The Center for Financial Stability, (b) The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, (c) The Hudson Institute, (d) The American Enterprise Institute.

July 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Firemen are the heroes of blood drive

Dear Editor,

July 28, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Robert Eugene Kuhn 1932-2015

HOISINGTON - Robert Eugene Kuhn, 82, passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home, in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He was born Nov. 20, 1932, in Hoisington.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for July 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

July 27, 2015 | | On the Record


​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting to shoot a snake in her yard on Charles Street in Albert. At 4:20 she called back, asking if an officer would make sure the snake was dead.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel, 705 10th St. The man called police shortly before 9 a.m. At that time he also identified his alleged attacker, saying they were arguing over money. He was reportedly hit in the knee with a small baseball bat, and then his wallet was taken.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Juanita C. Landrum 1935 - 2015

MCPHERSON - Juanita C. Landrum, 79, died on July 25, 2015, at the McPherson Hospital. She was born on Sept. 11, 1935.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eudale Brack 1926 - 2015

OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the son of Herman E. and Alma A. (Brack) Brack. On Sept. 12, 1945, he married Magdalene T. Tuzicka at Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. She past away on Dec. 19, 2012. A lifetime Otis resident, he served as Mayor of Otis from 1963 to 1995, while working as a carpenter, farmer, and operating the Otis Cafe with his wife from 1964 to 1997. In May 2001, he received his high school diploma from Otis High ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Grace (Wilkens) Johnson 1937 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Kruse) Wilkens. On Aug. 30, 1958, Grace married Richard E. Johnson. He preceded her in death. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, moving from the farm three miles east of town, she was a housewife. She worked part-time at Quivira Heights Jr. High School in the computer lab.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black colors prompted its name – the same colors as England's Baltimore family crest.

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school year. This program is free - except for a $40 initial enrollment fee - and is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker - Hall of Famer.

July 27, 2015 | John Kekis, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


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