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If Ever We Needed Christ in Christmas, It Is Now

This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.

December 26, 2012 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


Leora Lou Steffen 1931 - 2012

BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Chosen Wok, 3908 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Jim Vopat. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.

December 26, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Connie Sue Starks 1962 - 2012

Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Terri Lynn McCord 1958 - 2012

Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gun Control Won’t Prevent Tragedy

It's not tougher gun control, stupid.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


Jobless Elf

December 26, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Guns, Guns and Guns

It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.

December 26, 2012 | Raging Moderate, by Will Durst | Columnists


Merry Mayan apocalypse day

HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


GBHS EV race team featured in state magazine

On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


November report shows continued drop in jobless Rate

TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


NFL rookie QBs on roll

As the guy who drafted Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows something about quarterbacks.

December 24, 2012 | By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer | AP Sports


Kansas State enters poll; KU ranked No. 6

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Hilltoppers’ Guidry looks to make bowl-game history

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Kentucky's Lance Guidry has a chance to make history.

December 24, 2012 | Deletebodycopy The Associated Press | AP Sports


PASSING HISTORY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The Detroit Lions have gotten quite a return on the $132 million, eight-year investment they made in Calvin Johnson nine months ago.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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​Luella “Lu” Fercking 1937 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...

May 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Joyce L. Boos 1940 - 2015

Joyce L. Boos, 74, died May 10, 2015, at Bixby Southtown Nursing Home, Bixby, Okla. Born Oct. 19, 1940, at Winfield, she was the daughter of John James Hutto and Opal (Spittler) White.

May 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Phyllis Eileen Blythe 1928 - 2015

Phyllis Eileen Blythe, 86, died May 10, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 16, 1928, at Williamsburg, the daughter of Clyde E. and Ruth (Decker) Todd.

May 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hitmen win 10 and under

Hoisington Hitmen baseball placed first in the 10 and under age division at the Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex tournament on May 10, 2015. The team is sponsored by parents and CUNA Mutual Group.

May 12, 2015 | | Local Sports


Barton women sit 11th after day one at NJCAA Golf meet

MESA, Ariz. – National meets are not supposed to be easy. And it wasn't – at least for the opening round.

May 12, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


OTR for May 13, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 12, 2015 | | On the Record


Carly Fiorina's Game-Changing Presidential Run

Carly Fiorina may be the most important presidential candidate who will not win the nomination.

May 12, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Learning from Obamacare's Spectacular Failures

Federal taxpayers spent a shocking total of $5.4 billion - with a B - on grants to establish what ended up being just 13 state Obamacare exchanges. In some states the failures have been spectacular enough to embarrass officials and imperil political careers, and in far too many places, Republicans who should have known better went along. It's an object lesson in keeping your fingerprints off the other party's very bad ideas, and should be front of mind not just if the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell sparks new Obamacare exchange fights in state capitals, but also ...

May 12, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Hillary Superpac

May 12, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Coasting to the finish line GBHS students roll out inlaid coasters

DeletebodycopySure, the Great Bend High School Mass Production II students know how to design and produce drink coasters, but it's a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.

May 12, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by AT&T Wireless, 3407 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Cindy Parr and Dale Hogg. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 12, 2015 | | Local News


Cavs and Bulls recovering, Clippers aiming to oust Rockets

There's been former MVP's winning games with dramatic buzzer-beating jumpers. There's been injuries to stars. There's been a coach getting questioned by his own team.

May 12, 2015 | TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | AP Sports


MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball pumped up security for its game balls this season in the wake of the Tom Brady flap.

May 12, 2015 | BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer | AP Sports


Warriors tie their semifinal at 2-2, rout Grizzlies 101-84

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Steve Kerr challenged his Golden State Warriors to ratchet up the intensity to playoff-level. With MVP Stephen Curry leading the way, they responded and looked like the team that cruised through the regular season.

May 12, 2015 | TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Duffy, Royals stumble in opener with Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre's 399th career home run and another strong outing from Colby Lewis helped the Rangers open their homestand with a 8-2 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Globe Life Park.

May 12, 2015 | T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com | AP Sports


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