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Smoked by Obamacare

Boy, do I feel sorry for smokers these days.

February 20, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Meteor

February 20, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Shakespeare in the Senate

From what little I can remember from when I remained awake in high school and college, William Shakespeare loved mistaken identities, crossed purposes and scheming villains. Shakespeare would have loved Elizabeth Warren, Richard Shelby and Wall Street bankers.

February 20, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Hoisington Chamber of Commerce Coffee canceled

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce has canceled the coffee scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 due to the snow.

February 20, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Lady Cardinals rout Larned

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls' basketball team claimed a 50-23 Mid-Central Activities Association rout over Larned on Tuesday night to close out the regular season.

February 19, 2013 | | Prep Sports


Paul has 20 points, 15 assists to win MVP honors

HOUSTON (AP) - The NBA's career scoring leader in the All-Star game, Kobe Bryant has never been just about offense.

February 19, 2013 | | AP Sports


New general manager announced for Western Cooperative Electric

WAKEENEY - Western Cooperative Electric Cooperative president Larry Evans announced that Darrin Lynch has been selected to serve as the next general manager. David Schneider, current general manager, will retire May 31.

February 19, 2013 | | Business


​Library announces programs

Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will show the motion picture "Total Recall" at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, for Teen Movie Monday. The free program is open to all students in grades 7-12.

February 19, 2013 | | Area Briefs


​Author Rebecca Willman Gernon to visit GBPL

Author Rebecca Willman Gernon will visit the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, to speak on the issue of "Two Sides of the Same Story: Deaf in a Hearing Family."

February 19, 2013 | | Area Briefs


​Seventh-Day Adventist school taking frozen berry orders

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for frozen berries from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. These excellent quality berries are flash frozen and packed in 14 pound boxes and can be divided easily. Available are: blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries, pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and rhubarb.

February 19, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Barton Community College to host blood drive

Barton Community College will host a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Kirkman Student Activity Center.

February 19, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Barton enrollment continues to climb; trend shows shift to online education

On-campus enrollment is down, but Barton Community College appears to be maintaining steady growth for a sixth consecutive year, college officials reported.

February 19, 2013 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


James L. Blakey 1935-2013

James L. Blakey, 77, died Feb. 17, 2013 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born July 28, 1935 at Great Bend, the son of William and Esther (Langrehr) Blakey.

February 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


OTR for Feb. 20, 2013

Barton County Sheriff

February 19, 2013 | | On the Record


Ann T. Brown 1948 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - Ann T. Brown, 64, died Feb. 18 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born May 24, 1948 in Duncan, Okla., she was the daughter of Howard Gardner and Gladys B. Baldwin Gardner. On June 10, 1967 she married Terrance W. Brown in Ellinwood. A resident of Ellinwood for 50 years and a seasonal resident of Sargents, Colo., she was a legal secretary, a property manager, office manager for North American Drilling and Exploration and an aerobics instructor for 25 years.

February 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


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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 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial and the 2015 paint striping program.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Duane Louis ‘Uke’ Ukens 1940-2015

HUTCHINSON - Duane Louis "Uke" Ukens, 74, died April 8, 2015, at his home in Windom.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Tommy Max Schulz 1934 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Tommy Max Schulz, 81, died April 8, 2015 at Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Ark. Born Feb. 16, 1934, in Chapman, he was the son of Walter Joseph and Marcella (Keegan) Schulz. On Dec. 23, 1958, he married Donna Fay Richards in Kanopolis. She died on Aug. 26, 1985. He earned his bachelor and master degrees fro Fort Hays State University. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Hays and moving to Wichita in 2005, he was an English teacher at Roosevelt Junior High and Great Bend Middle School.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey 1923 - 2015

PLAINVILLE - Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey passed away April 7, 2015 at Hays Medical Center at the age of 92. She was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Jennings, Okla. to the late Edmund Earl "Doc" and Flora (Cranbrink) Jordan.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Steven Wayne Stueve 1963 - 2015

STAFFORD – Steven Wayne Stueve, 51, passed away April 5, 2015 at his home in rural Stafford. Born May 13, 1963 in Great Bend, the son of Kenneth and Agnes Stoecklein Stueve. Steven grew up in Great Bend. He was a 1981 graduate of Great Bend High School. In the years following high school he worked as a welder for Eddie Stremel Oil Field Service in Great Bend, Mid States Metals of Stafford, and was employed in farming and ranching by Joe Fritzemeyer and Lawrence Newell of Stafford. He had been self-employed as an oil field welder for the last 15 ...

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Speaker will address depression, anxiety

LARNED - Layton Hein, Angels Care Home Health, will talk about behavior health programs for depression and anxiety during Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation's "Ask The Expert" Coffee Chat from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in the St. Joseph Meeting Room at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Thursday’s GBMS tennis results at Salina Lakewood Invitational

#1 singles, Dylan Sateren, 0-3

April 09, 2015 | | Prep Sports


GBHS’s Regan Unruh signs with Cougars

The Barton Community College women's basketball program proudly announces the signing of Great Bend High School's Regan Unruh to its 2015 class of Lady Cougars on the first day of national signings.

April 09, 2015 | Todd Moore, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


2015 Larned High School Baseball

The 2015 Larned High School baseball team competes in the Central Kansas League. The Indians play CKL league-leader Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned High Softball 2015

The 2015 Larned High School softball team is coached by Dustin Wilson. The Larned girls play Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Time? Clocks go out in minor-league opener

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Minor league baseball's new speed-up rules have hit a glitch on opening day.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Texas coaches swear, in testimony, they share play calling

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The $600,000 question at Texas is just who calls the plays for the Longhorns' anemic offense.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Distraction and teen crashes: even worse than we thought

Drive-cam video shows distraction a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes

April 09, 2015 | | Local News


Late-inning outbursts lead Barton to sweep at Dodge City

DODGE CITY- Taking care of business when it mattered most. That is what the Barton Community College softball team did Wednesday afternoon in a sweep of Dodge City.

April 09, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


I'd Forgotten Peace Was Possible

The President of the United States of America announced a peace deal with Iran. It's been so long that American leadership in the world sought peace through diplomacy I forgot we had it in our foreign policy tool box. The last time that occurred to me was on a Spring Break trip to Arkansas, which, granted, is also not an idea that occurs to many people.

April 09, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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