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Dr. Robert Glenn Sheppard 1921-2012

SMITH CENTER - Dr. Robert Glenn Sheppard, 91, passed away Nov. 24, 2012 at the Smith County Long Term Care.

November 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


It’s Time to Upgrade Our Presidential Elections

On election night 2012 I was in DC doing the rounds of various media outlets. At one stop I found myself in a small cramped office of foreign journalists reporting to countries all over Europe and Asia, some as far as Korea. The conversations in the unventilated suite defaulted into election night chatter: "Two-seventy is impossible without Wisconsin." "Florida has 29 electrical votes, but their demographics are changing." "If Romney wins Ohio, he still needs Pennsylvania, but if Obama wins Ohio he doesn't need Pennsylvania."

November 28, 2012 | | Columnists


Is it Tebow time?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

November 28, 2012 | | Columnists


CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. names Divisional Vice President for Northeast

CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc., a full-service retirement plan solutions company headquartered in Great Bend, announces that Ivette Dominguez has accepted the position of divisional vice president for CPI's Northeast Division. As divisional vice president, Ms. Dominguez will lead the sales strategies as well as the growth and development of six retirement plan consultants on the Northeast Divisional team. With extensive experience in qualified retirement plans, Ms. Dominguez will also represent the distribution of CPI solutions in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia, helping financial advisors and plan sponsors drive our outcome based approach for their retirement plan ...

November 28, 2012 | | Business


Convention Center

Dear Editor,

November 28, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


Reinke recognizes St. John-based dealership for long-term commitment to representing Reinke Irrigati

Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, announces that Raindrop Repair, Inc. of St. John, has received a Reinke Longevity award for its 20 years of marketing Reinke products. The Reinke dealership was also awarded a Gold Reinke Pride award in recognition of the company's 2011-2012 marketing year success.

November 28, 2012 | | Business


Lindsey, stoned and pilloried

During a trip to Washington, D.C., last month, Lindsey Stone posed for a snapshot while making crude gestures. She posted it on Facebook, and soon her life turned upside down.

November 28, 2012 | BY PETER FUNT | Columnists


Union vultures on the prowl

So what do you get when you cross a community organizer-turned-president with union thugs? No one is really sure – yet, but one thing is for sure, Congressional Democrats have every reason to be afraid. President Obama's BFFs have them in their sights and promise to strong-arm them into submission should they dare compromise on the fiscal cliff. On MSNBC just before Thanksgiving, United Steelworkers Union boss Leo Gerard said any Democrats compromising with Republicans will suffer the same fate as former senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the last of a dying breed of moderate Democrats.

November 28, 2012 | BY SUSAN BROWN | Columnists


Honored musicians

November 28, 2012 | | Local News


No. 7 K-State can wrap up Big 12 title, BCS berth

MANHATTAN - It probably wasn't the most happy of Thanksgivings for seventh-ranked Kansas State.

November 28, 2012 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


‘One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do’

On Monday, the Great Bend Middle School "A" boys' basketball team trounced the visiting Medicine Lodge Indians 47-1 inside the cozy confines of the GBMS gymnasium.

November 27, 2012 | | Local Sports


Eagles release DE Babin

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles, in a midst of a seven-game losing streak and with their defense struggling, released defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday.

November 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


No. 1 Hoosiers rout No. 14 UNC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Cody Zeller had 20 points and eight rebounds, leading No. 1 Indiana to a stunning 83-59 rout of No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

November 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Manziel looking to break Heisman Trophy freshman curse

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In the 77-year history of the Heisman Trophy, no freshman has ever won the award.

November 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


No. 7 Kansas State’s Snyder still favors Big 12 title game

MANHATTAN - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder still believes the Big 12 should ultimately expand to at least 12 teams, creating two divisions and a conference championship game.

November 27, 2012 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


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​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


Dyck Arboretum Welcomes Spring with the FloraKansasPlant Sale and Prairiestock Local Music Festival

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will host the 2015 FloraKansas Spring Plant Sale April 23 to April 27, and the 3rd Annual Prairiestock Local Music Festival on April 25.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Playoffs set to open without Kobe, D-Wade and more stars

MIAMI (AP) - No Kobe. No D-Wade.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Friday GBHS softball doubleheader postponed

HAYS- Due to inclement weather, Friday's WAC softball doubleheader between Great Bend and Hays has been postponed to Tuesday, April 28.

April 17, 2015 | | Prep Sports


T. Boone Pickens shows up at Oklahoma State scrimmage

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - It was just like old times at Oklahoma State when billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens arrived at the football facilities he is largely responsible for Friday.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Kansas guard Greene has surgery to repair torn hip labrum

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas guard Brannen Greene had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and the extensive recovery will cause him to miss the World University Games in July.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Ellis to return to Kansas for senior season

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas forward Perry Ellis announced Monday that he will return to school for his senior season.

April 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Higher tax bracket

April 17, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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