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Student clean-up

From left: Chandra Gray, Holly Foster and Kole Stiner team up at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center for the community-wide clean-up day May 1. The Great Bend High School Student Council helped organize the event as a community-service project.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


Girl Scout volunteers recognized for service

Wichita - Ninety-three volunteers across 80 counties were honored by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland recently at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Annual Meeting.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


OTR for May 8, 2013

Great Bend Police

May 07, 2013 | | On the Record


Job Fest offers chance for networking

People looking for full- or part-time work will have an opportunity to meet employers during Job Fest 2013, taking place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Best Western Courtyard, 2920 10th St.

May 07, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


North Frey bridge work to begin Friday

According to the Barton County Engineers Office, L&M Contractors of Great Bend will begin bridge repair work on NE 10 Ave. (or North Frey Street), north of the Club at StoneRidge on Friday. Barricades will be placed at the intersection North and South of the structure, allowing access to local traffic only for about three weeks.

May 07, 2013 | | Local News


Spelling bee

May 07, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Hoisington forensics places at state

HOISINGTON -The Hoisington High School forensics team brought back eight medals from 3A State Forensics in Wichita on Saturday (May 4). Every Cardinal earned at least one medal and Olivia Lowry earned two.

May 07, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


EHS forensics places at state

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Forensics Championships held at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita on Saturday, May 4.

May 07, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Norma Lea Curry Shafer-Yancey 1928 - 2013

LAWRENCE - Surrounded by her four children at her home, Norma Lea Curry Shafer-Yancey, 84, peacefully passed away on May 4th. Born on Christmas Day in 1928, to Leslie and Glenda Curry in Burlington, Wash., Norma Lea Curry and her family moved to Great Bend, before her second birthday. Shortly after her graduation from high school, Norma met Ted Shafer at a picnic dance. They were married in 1948, and had four children. Shafer's position with a national retail company required the family to move frequently, including to such states as Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Pennsylvania.

May 07, 2013 | | Obituaries


Sylvia M. Wagner 1927 - 2013

LAWRENCE - Sylvia M. Wagner, 86, died on May 2, at Brandon Woods in Lawrence. Born Feb. 24, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of John and Marie (Wollert) Schmidt. On Nov. 17, 1946, she married Duane Wagner in Ellinwood. He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1991. She was a housewife and bank teller. She was an avid reader and enjoyed needlepoint.

May 07, 2013 | | Obituaries


Charles L. Curtiss 1951 - 2013

LAWRENCE - Charles L. Curtiss, 61, concluded his battle with cancer May 6, at his home. Born on July 30, 1951, in Lawrence, he was the son of Earl and Oma Lee (Coleman) Curtiss. In 1983, he married Debra Nichols. They divorced in 1994. He was an employee of Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for 38 years, retiring in 2007. Charles was intensely interested in genealogy tracing his own family back hundreds of years and also providing family trees to countless friends and relatives. His kind and generous spirit was known by all who let him enter their lives.

May 07, 2013 | | Obituaries


Robert (Bob) Raymond Ewald 1931 - 2013

BILLINGS, Mo. - Robert (Bob) Raymond Ewald, 81, passed away on May 2, in Billings, Mo. He was born on July 30, 1931 in Great Bend. On June 4, 1954, he married Shirley Joan Ewald (Wolfe) in Ellinwood. He worked at Blount Industries for 20 years.

May 07, 2013 | | Obituaries


Benefit dinner and dance

A benefit dinner and dance for Laura Brown, who was diagnosed with cancer, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas. A silent auction will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to help pay medical expenses. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Rick Schwager at 786-5255; Becky Sigler at 617-3321; Courtney Kelly at 282-0608; or Chadd Brown at 282-1064.

May 07, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Droning On

Put on your tinfoil hats everybody. Or didn't you get the memo? Its paranoia time in America again. Maybe it's the spring that brings out the crazy in our legislators. Of course, that would assume a semblance of sanity the other three seasons, and nobody wants to bet anything more than lunch money on that proposition.

May 07, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


FCC Must Run Honest Auctions

"America's global leadership in mobile, and the strategic bandwidth advantage so many have worked hard to create, is being threatened by the looming spectrum crunch," recently departed Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

May 07, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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Local officers to carry torch for Special Olympics

It is expected that 965 officers from over 97 agencies will carry the "Flame of Hope" throughout 35 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual Special Olympics Summer Games held in Wichita.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Daniel Ray Vsetecka 1964 - 2015

SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Daniel Ray Vsetecka, 50, died May 27, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Nov. 29, 1964, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he was the son of Emil Frank and Wand Jean (Berry) Vsetecka. A longtime resident of Larned, he was a self-employed mechanic.

May 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Michael Dean Graf 1955 - 2015

HAYS - Michael Dean Graf, 59, died May 28, 2015, at his home in Hays. He was born June 13, 1955, in Great Bend, to Edwin and Armella "Millie" (Stegman) Graf. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1973 and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Robbie (Weatherbee) Dreiling on Aug. 31, 1991.

May 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Richard D. Mitchell 1944 - 2015

Richard D. Mitchell, 71, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 24, 1944, in Texas, he was the son of Lawson and Nettie Mae Mitchell.

May 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Parolee arrested with suspected meth

A traffic stop at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, resulted in a drug arrest, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 30, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


Cain’s go-ahead double gives KC big lift

CHICAGO- Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain had been scuffling a bit, hitting just .242 over his past 24 games.

May 30, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Pittsburg Colgan wins state 2-1A baseball title

Pittsburg Colgan delivered a quick punch taking advantage of six errors in a 15-0 state championship victory over Medicine Lodge Friday at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The game was called after three innings by virtue of the mercy rule.

May 29, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Ellinwood School/Community Library desk

May 29, 2015 | | Entertainment


Wild horse open house and adoption, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, June 5-6

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


Saint Francis Community Services offers free class for prospective foster parents

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


NSA Metadata

May 29, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Singing Those Graduation Blues

May 20, 2015 was one of the most bittersweet days of my life.

May 29, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.

May 29, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Smoky Hills Public Television’s Share a Story hits local libraries this summer

This summer Smoky Hills Public Television is working with public libraries throughout central and western Kansas to conduct summer reading programs through the Share a Story project. At 10 a.m. on June 13, Share a Story will visit Great Bend. The program will be in Ellinwood on at 10 a.m. on July 15.

May 29, 2015 | | Entertainment


BCC pool

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May 29, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


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