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Bennie Joe Dills 1943 - 2012

Bennie Joe Dills, 68, died June 9 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. He was born Sept. 19, 1943 at Thayer, Mo., the son of Manuel Hayde Mitchel and Winnie Myrtle (Daily) Dills.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Joan P. Voth 1925-2012

Joan P. Voth, 87, died Friday at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born Feb. 25, 1925 in Ellinwood, the daughter of Milo and Esther Schermuly Voth. She was a longtime Great Bend resident.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mollie Martina Beard 1919 - 2012

ULYSSES - Mollie Martina Beard, 92, died June 7. She was Born on July 24, 1919 in Seward.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


William D. Medlock I 1927-2012

William Dennis Medlock I, 84, of Great Bend, died on June 3 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Born Aug. 10, 1927 in Jethro, Ark., he was the son of George Leonard and Julia (White) Medlock. He began working on petroleum pipelines moving with his job, coming to Kansas in 1942. He settled in the Great Bend area and had made his home here since, working for Thunderbird Drilling as a cable tool driller for 19 years until his retirement. On Aug. 17, 1978 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Sally (Krestine) Strus at Ozark, Ark.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Reita Mae Gabel 1938 - 2012

NESS CITY - Reita Mae Gabel, 73, passed away on June 6 at the Rhode Island Suites in Ransom. Born July 4, 1938 in Marion she was the daughter of George and Lorena Kuhn Bessel. On July 4, 1956 she married Milton "Stubby" Gabel in Oak Harbor, Mich. They were divorced and he later preceded her in death in May of 2002. She worked as a nurses' aide for many years.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Original Kans kid gets scholarship

Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer came full circle last month when Katie Schwartz, Omaha, Neb., graduated from Millard South High School. Katie was diagnosed with an undifferentiated sarcoma the size of a small volleyball when she was 9 months old on Sept. 14, 1994. Her two cousins, Sarah, 11, and Shane Reif, 8, Hoisington, began recycling aluminum cans to help with Katie's medical expenses.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Rosewood honors clients, celebrates 14 years of service

Rosewood Services Inc. opened its doors 14 years ago as a small agency with a new approach to serving people with developmental disabilities. Clients and guardians alike have responded favorably since that time. The small start-up back then has evolved into the largest agency in the southwest region of Kansas today, according to Tammy Hammond, Rosewood's founder and executive director.

June 08, 2012 | | Business


​Republican candidates listed for Barton County precincts

The following individuals have registered at the Barton County Clerk's Office for the positions of precinct committeeman or committeewoman in the Republican party. The list shows the precinct name, committeeman, committeewoman.

June 08, 2012 | | Local News


​Democrat candidates for Barton County precincts listed

The following individuals have registered at the Barton County Clerk's Office for the positions of precinct committeeman or committeewoman in the Democratic party. The list shows the precinct name, committeeman, committeewoman.

June 08, 2012 | | Local News


On the Record for June 10, 2012

Great Bend Police

June 08, 2012 | | On the Record


Kiwanis scholarship

Great Bend Noon Kiwanis scholarship chairwoman Becky Dudrey, left, is shown with scholarship winner Alyssa Dowson and her parents, Janet and Eric Dowson. Alyssa received a $600 renewable scholarship for Barton Community College.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Register to vote

Dear Editor,

June 08, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


New books at the Ellinwood Library

"Saga of the Sioux by Dwight" Jon Zimmerman. This lavishly illustrated retelling of the classic work "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown is targeted for a younger audience, but still a powerful read for all ages. Original text, combined with new maps and stunning photographs, create a dramatic edition that reveals the other side of the frontier saga--how the West was lost.

June 08, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Robbie Seay band to perform Saturday night

LARNED - The Christian rock band Robbie Seay Band will highlight the Santa Fe Trail Days entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday night. The Russian-based Everfound band will open the outdoor concert in downtown Larned.

June 08, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Colorado band to perform Saturday

Everfound will perform the first half of a Santa Fe Trail Days concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Larned. Everfound is a pop-rock band consisting of four Russian-born Odnoralov brothers who reside in Denver, Colo. after immigrating to the U.S. Ruslan, 23, keys, guitar; Nikita, 22, vocals, keys; Yan, 20, drums, vocals; and Illarion, 17, bass, vocals. Albums include "Colorful Alibis," and "Scandalous Smiles." The brothers write music to challenge themselves and their generation by asking tough questions. They answer the question of what it means to live out your faith in a free country when people ...

June 08, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


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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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