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Kirmer retires

Barton Community College Coordinator of Community Education Janet Kirmer receives a big hug from Dean of Workforce Training Elaine Simmons during her retirement reception Monday. Kirmer's last day is June 28, when she will begin working as the parish secretary for Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Great Bend. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time," she said, but added it is hard to say goodbye after more than 35 years with the college. "The thing I will cherish most about my time at Barton is to see the students grow and fulfill their ...

June 19, 2012 | | Business


George W. Bemis 1935 - 2012

George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen at Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.

June 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


Helen Maxine Barlow 1927-2012

HOISINGTON- Helen Maxine Barlow, 85, died June 18 at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born Jan. 25, 1927 at Arkansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest and Iola (Kincaid) Hilderbrandt. In 1950, she married E.C. "Dusty" Barlow in Arkansas. Helen was a Barton County resident since 1964. She moved to Texas in 2011 to be closer to her daughters.

June 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sharon Kay Douglas 1950-2012

CHASE - Sharon Kay Douglas, 62, of Chase died June 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 7, 1950 at Lyons, the daughter of Raymond Arthur and Nancy Elizabeth (Kelso) Gates.

June 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


Great Bend resident injured in wreck

ELLINWOOD - A Great Bend man, Tyler Deforest, was injured in a truck wreck at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday at 400 SE 50 Rd.

June 19, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Pivotal Game 4 tonight in South Beach

MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

June 18, 2012 | | AP Sports


Astros hold off Royals comeback, hang on for 9-7 home victory

HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.

June 18, 2012 | | AP Sports


Clemens acquitted on all charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.

June 18, 2012 | | AP Sports


Ricky Lee Fischer 1948-2012

TULSA, Okla. - Ricky Lee Fischer, 64, died June 17 at Cancer Treatment Center of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born March 8, 1948, at Great Bend, he was the son of Edwin and Ruth (Krueger) Fischer. He worked for North American Salt of Lyons and was a truck driver for C and P Electric, Branson, Snell, and Builders Transport.

June 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gloria Dianne Youngdahl 1943-2012

LARNED - Gloria Dianne Youngdahl, 68, died June 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1943, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Glenn N. and Olive D. Smiley Johnson. She was a customer service representative in electronics.

June 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Byron G. "Skip" Larson

DODGE CITY - Byron G. "Skip" Larson, 88, passed away on May 2.

June 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Bonnie M. Miller 1941-2012

KINSLEY - Bonnie M. Miller, 70, died June 15 at Pratt Hospice House. Born Sept. 23, 1941, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Lawrence E. and Evelyn C. Schauf Jacobs. On Aug. 8, 1959, she married Richard Miller in Dubuque. He died on July 8, 2000. She was a dietary manager.

June 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Minetta M. Carothers 1929-2012

KINSLEY - Minetta M. Carothers, 83, died June 16 at Medicalodge in Kinsley. Born May 29, 1929 ,in Spearville, she was the daughter of William E. and Minnie E. Diehl Berry. On June 22, 1947, she married Lee E. Carothers in Offerle. He died on Jan. 15, 2011. She was employed as a district secretary.

June 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Betancourt's homer in 15th lifts Royals past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.

June 18, 2012 | | AP Sports


Disgraced Donaghy cashes in after jury awards $1.3M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.

June 18, 2012 | | AP Sports


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Shockers heading into offseason with plenty of questions on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wichita State reached another Sweet 16 this season thanks in part to the frenzied, full-court press that coach Gregg Marshall often employs to such success.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Gonzaga gets first regional final in 16 years

HOUSTON (AP) - Gonzaga and coach Mark Few have been a constant presence in the NCAA Tournament, even if the loveable Zags rarely get this deep into March Madness.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Royals have newfound expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Every once in a while, Ned Yost will spin a story about his days on Bobby Cox's bench with the Atlanta Braves, back when the organization was winning NL pennants by the fistful.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Spartans, Cardinals clash to settle East Region

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are Final Four regulars, and one of them will be back this year even though both of their teams were counted out weeks ago.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Wisconsin heads to Final Four after win over Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.

March 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


​Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Spring Expo scenes

These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.

March 28, 2015 | | News


Community Concerts of 2015-16 season come 'From the Top'

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Local candidates submit short biographies

Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

March 28, 2015 | | On the Record


Parkinson's group to meet April 7

In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Dorothy Mae Dawson 1926 - 2015

Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.

March 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


High school boys tennis regionals

CLASS 6A

March 27, 2015 | | Prep Sports


High school boys golf regionals

CLASS 6A

March 27, 2015 | | Prep Sports


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