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New pastor joins First United Methodist

The Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church has appointed the Rev. Lennie Maxwell to the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend.

July 12, 2012 | | Religion


Foundry Methodist VBS is 'Mega Sports Camp'

Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, is offering "Mega Sports Camp: Beyond the Gold" as a fun Vacation Bible School where kids in grades 1-6 can learn more about sports and God's love.

July 12, 2012 | | Religion


First Christian to host 'Sky' VBS

Everything is possible through God is the central theme for "Sky" Vacation Bible School at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave.

July 12, 2012 | | Religion


On the Record for July 13, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

July 12, 2012 | | On the Record


Glenda L. Ensz 1927 - 2012

HUTCHINSON - Glenda L. Ensz, 85, died July at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson is in charge of arrangements.

July 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Darlene Zetta Fox 1931 - 2012

LARNED - Darlene Zetta Fox, 81, passed away July 10 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born May 2, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Gilbert Martin and Lena Margaret Bortz Johnson. On Oct. 28, 1950, she married Leo Joseph Fox at Larned. He died Jan. 2, 2001. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker and a sales representative for Stanley Home Products.

July 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Wilbert V. Sanko 1928 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - Wilbert V. Sanko, 83, died July 12 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Oct. 12, 1928, at Spearville, the son of Edward and Mary Shinstock Sanko. He married Imogene M. Hayden on Sept. 8, 1951, at the Cathedral in Dodge City. She died May 29, 2012. An Ellinwood resident for 58 years, he was a farmer, a mechanic at Ward Pivonka, Gaughn Motors, Knop Butane & Davis Childs Motors, all of Ellinwood.

July 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Betty Lou Bangerter 1919 - 2012

Betty Lou Bangerter, 93, died July 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Formosa, she was the daughter of Charles and Ona (Steichelman) Alderson. Betty moved to Hoisington in 1931 where she was the co-owner of Howard's Furniture until 1982. On Sept. 25, 1938, she married Howard Bangerter in Bushton. He preceded her in death. She moved to Great Bend in 1995. Betty enjoyed traveling with her husband in the RV, solving puzzles and sewing.

July 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Students attend Newman University service camp

WICHITA - Sixteen high school students from the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City attended the fourth annual Summer Service Camp hosted by Newman University in June. The week-long camp is held to give students from schools in the Dodge City Diocese an opportunity to serve others while growing in faith and experiencing fellowship.

July 12, 2012 | | Religion


Not enough evidence to arrest Giants' Sandoval, according to investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators say there is not enough evidence to arrest San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval for an alleged sexual assault at a hotel near Santa Cruz.

July 12, 2012 | | AP Sports


Penn State probe accuses Paterno of cover-up

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful "culture of reverence" for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought.

July 12, 2012 | | AP Sports


Research murky on danger of Asian carp invasion in Illinois River

HAVANA, Ill. (AP) - As scientists aboard a research boat activate an electric current, the calm Illinois River transforms into a roiling, silvery mass. Asian carp by the dozen hurtle from the water as if shot from a gun, soaring in graceful arcs before plunging beneath the surface with splashes resembling tiny geysers.

July 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Wisconsin congressman equates anti-doping charges against Armstrong to conspiracy theory

AUSTIN, Texas - In a letter to federal authorities, a Wisconsin congressman equates the anti-doping charges against Lance Armstrong to a conspiracy theory and calls the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's authority over the seven-time Tour de France winner "strained at best."

July 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Rosewood riders start horse-show season strong

LYONS - Rosewood Services Inc. had eleven experienced riders climb back onto the saddle for another season of horse-show competitions.

July 12, 2012 | | Local Sports


Kansas State’s Brown, Malone earn spots on Nagurski Trophy watch list

MANHATTAN - Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive back Nigel Malone both earned their second preseason honor of the week on Thursday as they were named to the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list for the nation's most outstanding defensive player, the Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America announced.

July 12, 2012 | | College/Professional


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​Prince of Peace Altar Society taking orders for Bake and Take

The Prince of Peace Altar Society is taking orders for its spring Kolache Bake and Take. Orders can be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the St. Rose Auditorium.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Church rummage sale Saturday

The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother's, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Model RR group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Veterans coffee klatch will visit Doonan Truck Museum

Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill's telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl's number is 620-617-6757.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Speaker to offer tips for flower growing

"Flowers Popping Color" is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop 'N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


BCC hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for April 18-19, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

April 17, 2015 | | On the Record


​Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

April 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Sampler Festival enters it’s 26th year in Wamego

The 26th annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 2-3 in Wamego's City Park. More than 150 Kansas communities will showcase all there is to see, do, hear, taste, learn and buy in the state.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


HomeWords: A Project of the Poet Laureate of Kansas

During the last month of the HomeWords column, we're running longer cinquain sequences that have arrived at our door from across the state. The American Cinquain is just five-lines long, its 22 syllables fractured into a 2-4-6-8-2 form.

April 17, 2015 | Wyatt Townley | Entertainment


Wyatt Townley final event as Poet Laureate of Kansas

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) announced that Wyatt Townley will be presenting her final presentation as Poet Laureate of Kansas at the Koester House Museum in Marysville on Thursday, April 30. The event, Coming Home to Poetry, will begin at 7 p.m.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Tinseltown Talks

Fans of legendary comic duo Abbott and Costello have much to commemorate this year. Seventy-five years ago, the pair debuted on film for Universal's "One Night in the Tropics." They would go on to make almost 30 films for the studio, including "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy," the last of their 'meet the monster' series, which was released 60 years ago this year.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Railroad repairs will detour K-14/K-96 Highway in Sterling

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won't be able ...

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


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