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Great Bend Fire Department

December 20, 2012 | | On the Record


Why Christmas Matters at Trinity Lutheran Church

The Christmas holiday as a remembrance of the birth of Christ has rich significance, theologically and spiritually, for all.

December 20, 2012 | | Religion


St. Mark and St. Paul Lutheran Churches celebrate Christmas

The families of St. Mark Lutheran, 2101 Jackson, Great Bend, and St. Paul Lutheran, 402 N. Main, Galatia, invite the public to join them as they celebrate of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Here is the schedule for holiday services:

December 20, 2012 | | Religion


How Should We Respond?

There has been a great deal said in the news and by pundits about the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, the 14th. What is sad about most of what I have read and heard is the focus on the external causes coupled with opportunists trying to use this tragedy to promote their agenda.

December 20, 2012 | Frankly Speaking by Frank Clark | Religion


Sunday concert at First UMC celebrates Christmas season

Continuing in its long-standing tradition, the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend will offer a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, in the church sanctuary. Church musicians and guests from other congregations have put together a program of sacred and secular music, said Marc Webster at the church.

December 20, 2012 | | Local News


​Dominican Sisters of Peace service times

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December 20, 2012 | | Religion


More churches meeting need for food

The number of people in need of a food box has increased over the last few years, but fortunately the number of churches and organizations distributing has increased as well, according to members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, who recently filled and delivered over 90 boxes.

December 20, 2012 | | Religion


Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci merge with Dominican Sisters of Peace

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci officially became members the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly the Great Bend Dominicans, who have served in Kansas since 1902.

December 20, 2012 | | Religion


Snow and ice visit area briefly

Snow blew into Barton County Wednesday night around 7 p.m., starting first with sleet and rain. In Great Bend, the snow didn't begin to stick until after 9 p.m. Icy conditions were a problem for drivers with several sliding off roadways into the ditch. Motorists woke up to a thin blanket of icy snow and began the task of clearing pavement and defrosting and scraping windshields before hitting the streets.

December 20, 2012 | Staff Reports | News


Mayan Fiscal Cliff

December 20, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


How to Support the Troops over the Holidays

Ah, the holiday season is upon us. What better time to show our support for our men and women in uniform?

December 20, 2012 | | Columnists


Fort Larned offers sights, sounds, smells of a Frontier Christmas

FORT LARNED - Visitors to Fort Larned National Historic Site on Dec. 8 were treated to a recreation of a Frontier Army Christmas.

December 20, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned Police Report

Tuesday, Dec. 18

December 20, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Pawnee County Briefs

Lions Club featured

December 20, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Carolyn Francis Krawetzke, 1957-2012

HOISINGTON - Carolyn Francis Krawetzke, 55, of Sapulpa, Okla. passed away Dec. 15, 2012. She was born Aug. 31, 1957 in Great Bend to Alois "Sonny" and Juanita (Kallaus) Hoeffner. She was a homemaker and care giver to many cats and dogs throughout her life. She was a graduate of Claflin High School, Class of 1975.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Faces of Harvest: Ruthann Spare

The best answer to a complicated question is often the most obvious. Take Ruthann Spare. Searching for a future career path in college, she spent summers working on the family farm in Ellinwood. Eventually, she realized that returning home and farming full time was exactly the lifestyle she was looking for.

July 07, 2015 | Julia Debes | Local News


Greek MythMath

July 07, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


The Confederate Flag Flap

You can tell it's presidential election season.

July 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Powder Room Police

My father grew up in rural Texas during the 1930s. He childhood featured dirt roads, a hand-crank telephone and outhouses. Most, if not all, of the bathrooms the Shannons constructed were what is termed a "one-holer."

July 07, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Glad stained-glass church windows at Olmitz being restored

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July 07, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Sunflower Early Education screening

Sunflower Early Education will hold a free developmental screening open to all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13, at the Sunflower Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing, and vision. Children 6 months and older will be screened using a brand new electronic spot vision screener donated by the Lions Club.

July 07, 2015 | | Local News


Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser 1938 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser died on July 5, 2015, at her home in St. John. Born June 14, 1938, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of James and Mildred Shepherd. She was a resident of St. John since 1968 having worked for First National Bank in St. John for 30 years. On June 16, 1956, she married Lee Eldon Nusser in Sylvia. He preceded her in death in 2003.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Edna M. Rohr 1932 - 2015

DERBY - Edna M. Rohr, 82, loving mother and grandmother, passed away July 4, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Antonino, to Reinhold and Josephine (Kuhn) Herrman. Edna married Alfred Rohr on Nov. 11, 1954. She enjoyed visiting the ocean in New Jersey during the 16 years that they lived in Pennsylvania. After moving back to Kansas, Edna's life centered around her family. She loved to cook, was a devoted member of St. Mary Parish, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren's accomplishments in school and sports. Edna lived ...

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Great Bend Rec extending dates for Hap Dumont

The Great Bend Rec center will be extending the dates for this year's Hap Dumont 11U State Tournament. "We are extending the dates to begin this Friday due to the number of teams that have registered," said Christina Hayes, community development coordinator for the City of Great Bend. Hayes said 23 teams are currently registered for this year's state tournament which will take place at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The three-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 10 and runs through Sunday, July 12. "The Rec is looking to host all the games at the ...

July 06, 2015 | | Local Sports


GBMS eighth grade squad wins Barton Summer League Championship

Front row: Jayden Johnson, Mara Fletchall, Kayli Shull, not pictured Olivia Mull

July 06, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Great Bend volleyball wins summer league tour

The GBHS varsity volleyball team won first place in the Barton Summer League tournament defeating Central Plains in the championship. The team will head to the University of Colorado Team Camp at Boulder July 16-18th. The Great Bend JV finished in second place in their tournament.

July 06, 2015 | | Prep Sports


William L. Johnson 1937-2015

William L. Johnson, 78, died July 1st, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. The son of Clarence "Shorty" and Ruth Lindsay Johnson, Bill was born April 11, 1937 on the family farm near Fellsburg, He served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Koneta Anton 1926-2015

Koneta Anton, 88, of Fort Collins, Colorado, peacefully passed away in her sleep, June 28, 2015. Born 10/17/1926 in New Albany, to Charles Runyon and Cynthia Runyon (Baker), she was the youngest of 12 siblings.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


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