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John E. Carlson

LARNED - John E. Carlson, passed away Jan. 9, 2016, at St. Lukes Hospital-Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary in Larned.

January 11, 2016 | | Obituaries


Lora Marie (Lauer) Kaus 1957 - 2016

BISON - Lora Marie (Lauer) Kaus, 58, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at rural Bison. Born June 2, 1957, in Hays, she was the daughter of Anthony and Shirley Lauer. In 1975 she graduated from St. John's Catholic School in Beloit. On Dec. 29, 1984, she married Michael "Mike" Kaus at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken. A resident of Rush County since 1984, moving there from Beloit, she was a homemaker and spent most of her time canning whatever was in season, gardening, and with her grandchildren.

January 11, 2016 | | Obituaries


Betty J. Loewen 1935-2016

ELLINWOOD - Betty J. Loewen, 80, was born in a farm house in rural Meade County, March 9, 1935 to John H and Elizabeth Harder. Betty received Jesus Christ as her Savior as a young girl. Betty attended her church, grade school and graduated from a parochial high school, as Salutatorian, all within a few miles from her family home. She graduated from Grace University, Omaha, Neb., with a three-year degree in Biblical Studies.

January 11, 2016 | | Obituaries


API to hold luncheon Wednesday

The Western Kansas Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute will hold a luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Club at StoneRidge, 1438 24th St. in Great Bend.

January 11, 2016 | | Club News


Snyder confirms he will coach next season

MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State coach Bill Snyder announced Monday that he will return next season, ending months of speculation that the 76-year-old Hall of Famer might retire for the second time.

January 11, 2016 | | AP Sports


​BCC to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Barton Community College will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18. Barton's Center for Adult Education and the Shafer Art Gallery also will be closed. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


Limited options: Chiefs move on while Maclin remains in limbo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs cobbled together an 11-game win streak that included their first playoff triumph in 22 years by using backups, third-stringers and a whole lot of scotch tape.

January 11, 2016 | | AP Sports


College trustees to discuss naming rights

Donations to the Barton Community College Foundation may lead to a new name for the weight training room in the college's Kirkman Building. The details of a proposed agreement to name the "Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center" will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building at BCC.

January 11, 2016 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 11, 2016

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 11, 2016 | | On the Record


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

January 10, 2016 | | Local News


Two-room school

One of the misfortunes of progress in education is the demise of the small country school. As I look back on all the attributes of attending a two-room school during the first eight years of my life, I wonder if we may have lost something we can never replace.

January 10, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Buying local firewood helps prevent spread of tree diseases

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) encourages Kansans who use firewood to heat their homes to consider using local firewood to help prevent the spread of tree diseases and pests.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee to meet in Lyons

The Kansas Water Office's (KWO) Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the basin as well as the state.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


‘Cover Your Acres’ conference set for Jan. 19-20

K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 13th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on Jan. 19-20 at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

January 10, 2016 | | Agriculture


Krug receives national award

January 10, 2016 | | Local Life


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James “Jim” Alan Norvell 1961 - 2016

James "Jim" Alan Norvell was born on Nov. 25, 1961, and entered eternal life on Jan. 29, 2016.

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


Bill Bortz 1931 - 2016

DOWNS - Bill Bortz, 84, passed away Jan. 18, 2016, at his home in Downs. Born June 10, 1931, in Claflin, he was the son of ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


Donald D. Peterson 1934 - 2016

LARNED - Donald D. Peterson, 81, passed away Jan. 29, 2016, at Via Christi St. Francis Select Specialty in Wichita. Born May 22, 1934, in Larned ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


Wilbert C. “Willie” Fanshier 1926 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Wilbert C. "Willie" Fanshier, 89, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born Aug. 2, 1926, in Stafford County, he ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


James Bennett “J. B.” Webster 1928-2016

James Bennett "J. B." Webster, 87, died Feb. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 10, 1928 at Dexter, N.M ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


Larned wrestlers compete at JV meet

LARNED - Larned wrestlers competed at the Larned JV Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

February 01, 2016 | | Pawnee Co. News


Two Panther JV wrestlers place first

LARNED - Great Bend's Braulio Vargas (152-160) and Blake Ridgel (170-182) placed first at the Larned JV Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Vargas won five matches on ...

February 01, 2016 | | Prep Sports


OTR for February 1, 2016

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 01, 2016 | | On the Record


Huelskamp asks for student entries for Congressional Art Contest

Each spring, a nationwide, high-school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an ...

January 31, 2016 | | Education


Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is ...

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wetland Explorer: Searching for Fun

Oh, the scavenger hunt – many of us have fond memories of days at summer camps, racing around with your team, trying to find everything on ...

January 31, 2016 | Jean Aycock, Education Director | Local News


Associated Youth Services to join Saint Francis Community Services

Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS) announced today that Associated Youth Services (AYS) is merging with SFCS in a move designed to expand and enhance services ...

January 31, 2016 | | Business


Pittsburg State University releases Fall honor rolls

Pittsburg State University has released the honor rolls for the 2015 fall semester. To qualify for Dean's Scholastic Honors, a student must complete at ...

January 31, 2016 | | Education


Fourth quarter woes cost Barton women

For three quarters the Barton women's basketball team had a good chance to earn a Jayhawk Conference road win. Then came the final period.

January 31, 2016 | | Community College


Keller Real Estate receives award

The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson have announced that Keller Real Estate & Insurance Inc. in Great Bend has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent ...

January 31, 2016 | | Business


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