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GBMS boys suffer first loss of season; GBMS girls sweep

HAYS - The Great Bend Middle School eighth-grade Panthers "A" basketball team suffered their first loss of the season last Thursday at Hays Middle School.

December 17, 2012 | | Local Sports

San Francisco holds on for win over New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The San Francisco 49ers earned a playoff berth by withstanding a stunning comeback by New England from a 28-point deficit to beat the Patriots 41-34 on Sunday night in the rain.

December 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Chiefs offense falters in 15-0 loss to Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. - The defense dominated, the running game clicked and the Oakland Raiders finally ended up on the winning end for the first time in seven weeks.

December 17, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

‘Situation’ raises concerns at Larned, GBHS

A rumor that there might be shooting at "the high school" spread through two towns Monday afternoon. While students at Great Bend and Larned weren't sure what was going on, law enforcement officers were checking out the same information. Then students with smartphones quickly spread the word through social networks – adding a fair share of speculation. Students said it started with something posted on Facebook.

December 17, 2012 | BY SUSAN THACKER and JIM MISUNAS | News

L. Evelyn Harrison 1916 - 2012

STAFFORD - L. Evelyn Harrison, 96, died Dec. 16 at Leisure Homestead in Stafford. Born Jan. 23, 1916 at the Bethel Community in Kiowa County, she was the daughter of Lulu Wilkinson Hargadine and Walter Hargadine. After her mother died on Feb. 17, 1916 she was raised by her grandparents Alice Hollingsworth Hargadine and L. E. Hargadine. On March 14, 1932 she married Donald Ray Harrison at Hutchinson. He died on Jan. 10, 1990. Along with her husband she was the owner of Ontjes-Harrison Dry Goods Store.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

Esther E. Kruckenberg 1927 - 2012

Esther E. Kruckenberg, 84, Great Bend, passed away early on Sunday morning, Dec. 16 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born on Dec. 19, 1927 in Russell, she was the daughter of Sigmund and Ernestine (Becker) Keil. The family moved to Great Bend in 1940, and she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. Esther was united in marriage to Lyman L. Kruckenberg on Dec. 15, 1946 in Larned, and the couple celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary the day before her death. Esther and Lyman continued to make their home in Great Bend up ...

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

Ray S. Schenkel 1935 - 2012

Ray S. Schenkel, 77, died Dec. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 20, 1935 in Topeka, he was the son of Emil H. and Hannah (Foos) Schenkel. On Aug. 12, 1959 he married Laura Ann Steinbacher in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

Katrina Marie Holzinger, 1990-2012

BELPRE - Katrina Marie Holzinger, 22, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born June 27, 1990 at Fort Polk, La., she was the daughter of Jonathon D. Holzinger and Deana Raye Hall. She was a longtime resident of Belpre, recently from Great Bend, she was a Detention Officer of Barton County Sheriff office, Great Bend. She was of the Christian Faith.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

CPHS student plays with honor band

CLAFLIN - Central Plains High School, Senior Emily Girard was selected to play with the Southwest District Honor Band.

December 17, 2012 | | Barton Co. News

Hoisington debate team finishes season

HOISINGTON -In the last tournament of the season, Hoisington High School debaters Robbie Willesden and Erica Schwager went 3-2 at Pratt and earned a 10th place finish out of 32 varsity teams. They defeated two Valley Center teams and a Nickerson teams. They lost to teams from Wichita-Independent and Kingman. Abi Hurter served as the alternate.

December 17, 2012 | | Barton Co. News

Theresa H. Dykes Carlson 1931-2012

Theresa H. Dykes Carlson, 81, did Dec. 16, in Salina. Born Feb. 27, 1931 at Beaver, she was the daughter of Joseph F. and Teresa (Hoffman) Hipp. On July 15, 1950, she married Billy Dykes in Great Bend. He died March 24, 1995. She then married Phil Carlson Sept. 1, 2000, in Great Bend. He survives.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

Ruth W. Wynn 1925 - 2012

SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Ruth W. Wynn, 87, died Dec. 15 at Mennonite Friendship Manor in South Hutchison. Born May 31, 1925 in Chase, she was the daughter of Fred Leslie and Sara Maude Elliot Willard. In 1943 she graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont. On Dec. 18, 1977 she married Phillip G. Wynn Hr., in Sterling. He died on Oct. 28, 2012. Formerly of Great Bend and Ellinwood, with winters spent in McAllen, Texas, she was a receptionist at Sterling Drilling Company for 14 years.

December 17, 2012 | | Obituaries

Chamber open late for last-minute gift certificate sales

This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.

December 17, 2012 | | News

County lists holiday hours

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 17, 2012 | | News

Serving as Kay Area President

Greg Burley, a junior at Great Bend High School has been selected to serve as Area 6 KAY President. Greg's selection took place at the Nov. 1 Regional Conference hosted by the Halstead High School KAY Club.

December 16, 2012 | | Education

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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event promoting reading to children under the age of five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read ...

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Where Have all the Ducks Gone?

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