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GBHS Speech Team places nine events again

The Great Bend High School Forensics Team competed at the Jetmore Invitational Tournament on Saturday, April 13th. The team had nine individual placings like they did at the last tournament they competed in earlier in the week, on Monday, April 8th. The team also qualified three new events to the State Championship tournament giving them a total of 16 events which is a full entry. Every team member broke into finals in at least one event, which consisted of Nathaniel Cheney, Kenna Dirks, Michael Gieck, Mallorie McNett, Jesus Sandoval, Kameko Schultz, and Kane Schumacher. Cheney and Schumacher broke into finals ...

April 16, 2013 | | Local News

Save Our Schools From Creationism

I was raised as a creationist. I'd come home from school with a brain full of evolution and an enthusiasm for T-Rex and my mother saw it as her mission to put an end to it. To counter my indoctrination she'd say, "Dinosaurs and people were alive at the same time." The world, she explained, was created in six days. All the animals were there at once. "Why were there no dinosaurs anymore," I asked? Her answer: "They were too big to get on the boat." (Noah's ark.)

April 16, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

OTR for April 17, 2013

Vehicle windows broken

April 16, 2013 | | On the Record

Steal This Video

Back in 1971 when the hippie revolution's Pied Piper, Abbie Hoffman, authored "Steal This Book" he got the very outrage he sought. Thirty publishing houses rejected it and, when the book finally came out, more than a dozen newspapers refused to print ads to promote it.

April 16, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Cougars sweep Dodge

The Barton Community College baseball team rebounded from Saturday's losses to sweep Sunday's doubleheader against Dodge City, winning the first game, 6-4, and the second, 14-2.

April 15, 2013 | | Community College

Red Sox beat Rays before explosions

BOSTON - The Red Sox and Rays were making their ways out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.

April 15, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Georgetown’s Porter Jr. declares himself eligible for NBA draft

WASHINGTON - All-American Otto Porter Jr. is leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.

April 15, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Scott beats Cabrera in playoff at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Adam Scott barely had time to think about an Australian in a green jacket when a sudden roar from the 18th green and a quick look at the TV reminded him it's never been easy. Not for him in the majors. And certainly not for the Aussies at Augusta National.

April 15, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Bombs shatter Boston Marathon after finish

BOSTON - Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.

April 15, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Kenneth D. “Ken” Williams 1939 - 2013

Kenneth D. "Ken" Williams, 74, died on April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 14, 1939 in Stephenville, Texas, he was the son of Myrl and Ruth (Onions) Williams. On Aug. 15, 1959 he married Nancy Giebler in Hays. She survives. Growing up in Liberal, he was a Great Bend resident since 1963, coming from Hays. He served as the C.F.O. for Central Kansas Medical Center for twenty years, retiring in 1988. Following, he operated Abacus Accounting, serving as the interim C.F.O. and consultant for respective hospitals in Pratt, Abilene, McPherson, and Plainville. He ...

April 15, 2013 | | Obituaries

‘After Dinner Theater’

April 15, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

Local orators place at Modern Woodmen contest

DODGE CITY - Speaking about "A Person Who Has Overcome," two local orators placed at a speech contest in Dodge City.

April 15, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

Gordon's RBI sends Royals over Blue Jays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ervin Santana kept the Kansas City Royals in the game, wiggling out of every jam that the Toronto Blue Jays created. Alex Gordon made all the work pay off.

April 14, 2013 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports

City wide 6th grade banc concert

The annual City Wide 6th grade band concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Great Bend High School Gym. Participating elementary schools are Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Central Kansas Christian Academy and Holy Family School. The public is invited to attend.

April 14, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Applications open for Fort Hays State University High Plains Music Camp

Junior high and high school instrumentalists and high school vocalists can experience a week of quality musical performances and training in classes and workshops from guest artists at the Fort Hays State University High Plains Music Camp, July 14 to July 20.

April 14, 2013 | | Education

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The canary in the coal mine

The title of this article refers to a method coal miners used before sensitive detection equipment and modern ventilation. Miners would take a canary into ...

October 09, 2015 | | Agriculture

AG Schmidt announces public hearing on scrap metal regulations

A public hearing on the proposed permanent scrap metal dealer regulations has been scheduled at 10 a.m. on October 22, at Memorial Hall, 120 ...

October 09, 2015 | | Local News

Speaker Boehner Leaves House Republicans Painted in a Corner

October 09, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

The Lingering Problem of Race Relations

Race relations have returned to the forefront of our national discussion over the last several years. Unless one refers to illegal immigration, relations in question ...

October 09, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Time for Sensible Background Checks

In the wake of the recent homicidal shooting rampage at an Oregon community college, I'm forced to come to the conclusion that it is ...

October 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Check It Out!

James Patterson Book Series are popular at ESCL, so we have added his most recent to our collection. Stop by to check them out!

October 09, 2015 | Sheri Holmes Director of Library/Media Services Ellinwood School/Community Libraries | Entertainment

McHugh leads Astros to 5-2 win over Royals in Game 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching ...

October 08, 2015 | | AP Sports

​Saturday’s YP 5K and half marathon open to all

The Barton County Young Professionals are putting together the first ever YP5K and half marathon this Saturday, Oct. 10, in Great Bend. Participants can choose ...

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

OTR for October 8, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

Young Irelanders Bring Their Song and Dance to GBCCA Concert Stage

The Young Irelanders – with an eclectic repertoire of Irish traditional music, world jazz and pop – will take the stage for the Golden Belt Community Concert ...

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

St. Rose Health Center now offering cardiac rehab program

Anyone who has suffered from a heart-related event or illness may now seek follow-up care at St. Rose Health Center. Its new Cardiac Rehabilitation program ...

October 08, 2015 | | Business

Healthy food initiative catching on in Kansas hospitals

Hospitals aren't typically associated with fine dining. And even though hospitals are in the business of health care, the beverages and foods they offer ...

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

The Decline of American Greatness

"I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain."

October 08, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

My Dog Ate My Blueprints

"It takes a heap of shedding to make a house a home."

October 08, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Jimmie Jule Homan Sr. 1931 - 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Jimmie Jule Homan Sr., 83, passed away Oct. 1, 2015, after a 14 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born ...

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries

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