"These are the times that try men's souls" wrote Thomas Paine during the darkest days of the American Revolution.
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Coming off road losses last Friday night, Great Bend High School's boys' and girls' basketball teams are on the road again tonight.
DOUGLASS - One-hundred-twelve points was good for fourth place for Great Bend High School on Saturday at the Douglass Invitational.
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Mathew Cooley of Hoisington was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital with a possible head injury after a one-vehicle accident Monday on U.S. 281.
FOUNTAN HILLS, Ariz. - Born March 18, 1932, Robert Allen Peterson left this world Dec. 6, but forever remains in our hearts.
HOISINGTON - Geraldine Callaway, 83, was born April 30, 1928, in Dodge City, to the Rev. Louis Clyde and Lorraine Goddard Gale. Geraldine died Dec. 10 in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Shawn Alan Ney, 33, died Dec. 10 in Great Bend. Born Dec. 16, 1977, in Hoisington, he was the son of Michael and Debra (Bennett) Ney. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he graduated from Barton Community College with an Associate in Science degree from the LPN program.
Ross Behrens, 56, died Dec. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 18, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Dorothy (Ratliff) Behrens Jr. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Karen Nagel in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a truck driver and a machinist for Aaron's Repair.
Elsie L. Swope, 90, died Dec. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Salem, Ill., she was the daughter of Clyde and Katherine (Brubaker) Barrow. In Aug. 1938 she married Charles Chester Collier. He died on Feb. 8, 1944. On April 11, 1965, she married Edward L. Swope in Salem, Ill. He died on Aug. 8, 1974. A resident of Great Bend since 1976, coming from Salem, Ill., she was a homemaker, a bank teller, and had worked in a shoe store and a dress shop.
LIBERAL - Donald L. Komarek, 86, of Liberal, died Dec. 10, 2011, at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal. He was born June 9, 1925 in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Ann (Engel) Benignus was born in Herington on Oct. 9, 1931, the daughter of Oscar and Hortense (Ehrsam) Engel, and was raised in Enterprise. She graduated from Kansas State University with a teaching certificate and taught at Simpson. On May 25, 1952, she married Robert M. Benignus. They lived in Alton for several years before moving to Hoisington in 1955. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2009. While raising her family, Priscilla substitute taught in Hoisington and then worked for the Central Kansas Girl Scout Council, training and supporting Girl Scout leaders in Barton and surrounding ...
F. Paul Miller, 83, died Dec. 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born March 19, 1928, at Selden, the son of Morton and Adelaide (Gage) Miller. He married Augusta Zeilinger on June 19, 1958, at Heidelberg, Germany. He was a Great Bend resident since 2002, coming from Mundelein, Ill.
Velda L. Brittain, 76, died Dec. 6. She took her last breath at home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 12, 1935, at Cushing, Okla., she was the daughter of Walter and Arkie (Bunch) McMahan. She was a graduate of Cushing High School. She married Robert L. "Bob" Brittain Jan. 1, 1954, at Cushing, Oklahoma.
Sunflower Bank is partnering with Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) to support injured service members and their families. Sunflower has set a goal to contribute up to $50,000 to YRF. To reach this goal, Sunflower will donate $3 for every new account opened and 3¢ for every swipe of a Sunflower Bank debit card, now through December 31, 2014.
Progress Club met on Oct. 6, at the home of Kathy Schugart with Ruth Lowry and Darlene Mathers as co-hostesses. The program was "Women's Health" given by Dr. Ana Refinetti and her assistant Shawna Klima. Dr. Refinetti presented an overview of breast disease, the importance of an annual mammogram and guidelines by the Ameican Cancer Society. Her office will soon be moving to the Kirby Building and establishing a breast care clinic there.
The Great Bend Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams are competitive on and off the court.
It was a heartfelt day for Jefferson School students and staff as they recently learned their efforts last spring earned them recognition from the American Heart Association.
Maybe you heard about the app called "Ignore No More" that a Texas mom created. It's pure genius: It will disable a kid's phone if they ignore a call from mom or dad. Once the parent calls and the son or daughter doesn't pick up, you enter a four-digit code and it locks the phone. Suddenly you get their attention.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died October 10, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, moving from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart, and she retired from Dillons Pharmacy.
Before social media hit the scene, most teens used to spend time every day talking to their friends on the phone. With the rise of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, kids and teens now have a host of mediums through which they can communicate with their social groups.
When it comes to home remodeling, we stand by the saying: "Bigger isn't always better."
In the past year, Americans have been bombarded with news stories about sexual-assault crimes and violent acts against women. The Ray Rice incident served as a catalyst for an increase in domestic violence awareness, a Gannett newspaper reported, and sexual assault on college campuses has garnered national attention through a White House initiative.
With just a few games left in the regular season, every game is important in preparation for the post season for the Barton Community College men's soccer team.
Abilene 39, Clay Center 21
HAVEN - In a game as strange as the weather the Larned High School Indians defeated the Wildcats of Haven.
BALTIMORE - Following another successful road show, the Royals are heading back to Kansas City with momentum and history on their side in the AL Championship Series.
EL DORADO - After a tough stretch of competition against NCAA foes, the Barton Community College cross-country teams returned to NJCAA competition Friday at the Ollie Isom Invitational at Butler in El Dorado. The men took advantage, placing second behind the legs of Sampson Laari. Host Butler won the event with a score of 25 with Barton taking second, 10 points ahead of third place Cowley College. Barton finished with 52 points and Cowley with 62. The women ran without its top runner, taking fifth. Butler won the women's race as well with 42 points. Laari beat a duo of ...
MANHATTAN - Even in the midst of a bye week, Bill Snyder didn't have time to blow out any candles.