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GBHS Debate Team wins 11 medals and a trophy

The Great Bend High School debate squad traveled to Hays on Saturday Oct. 6th, for their second tournament of the season, taking five teams in the Novice Division and two teams in the Open Division. Both Open Teams placed in the top six winning medals. Two Novice Teams placed in the top six also winning medals. Three students won speaker awards in Open and Novice Divisions and two more Novice teams were in the top ten and earning winning records. The team also won a trophy by placing second overall in sweepstakes.

October 09, 2012 | | Local News


October Surprise

October 09, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


The Audacity of Mendacity

A surprisingly large segment of America tuned into the first presidential debate, but for some odd reason, President Obama did not appear among them. Who was in charge of his debate prep, Clint Eastwood? Even an empty chair would have provided a sturdier obstinacy.

October 09, 2012 | | Columnists


Motorcycle goes off U.S. 281 in construction area

Michael W. Cavender, 61, Great Bend, was injured Monday afternoon when he laid down a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in road construction on U.S. 281.

October 09, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Name’s Romney, Mitt Romney

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

October 09, 2012 | | Columnists


OTR for Oct. 10, 2012

Barton County Sheriff

October 09, 2012 | | On the Record


Taylor Calcara joins family law firm

Watkins Calcara, Chartered, a law firm in Great Bend, announced that Taylor Calcara has recently joined the firm as an associate. Calcara Chtd. is the largest law firm based in the western half of the state and has ten lawyers affiliated with the firm. It offers a broad range of legal services focused on business, financial, agricultural and utility law and its litigation group is recognized throughout the state.

October 09, 2012 | | Business


AP TOP 25 SHUFFLE

NEW YORK (AP) - South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia move into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll after a Saturday during which nine Top 25 teams lost.

October 09, 2012 | | AP Sports


St. Rose gauging interest in Parkinson's support group

Since Tom Bauer, M.D., realizes that social contacts can play a big role in the lives of people with a chronic illness, he is trying to gauge the interest in a local Parkinson's disease support group. An informational meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.

October 09, 2012 | | Local News


Sunflower event raises more than $4,000

Sunflower Diversified Services raised more than $4,000 for local and area people with developmental disabilities and delays during a recent annual fundraiser. The Chris Cakes pancake dinner and quilt raffle raised $4,071.25 for the non-profit agency's clients.

October 09, 2012 | | Local News


Friends of the Library plan annual book sale

The third week of October is National Friends of the Library Week and this year's main event is the Annual Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The sale location is the basement meeting room of the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams.

October 09, 2012 | | Local News


Colleen Nell Riegel 1929 - 2012

Colleen Nell Riegel, 82, died Oct. 7 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 29, 1929 in Dodge City, she was the daughter of George W. and Mae L. (Dooley) Fowler. In 1947 she graduated from Dodge City High School and in 1951 from Emporia State Teachers College. She received her Masters degree from Kansas State University in 1979. On Feb. 14, 1954 she married Jerry Manford Riegel in Dodge City. He died on Dec. 3, 1978. A resident of Great Bend since 1952 she was a home economics teacher for Unified School District 428 for 28 ...

October 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Raymond E. Pierce 1934 - 2012

OTIS - Raymond E. Pierce, 78, died Oct. 3 at St. Johns Health Center in Hays. Born Feb. 15, 1934 in Thomas County, he was the son of Orvel and Glenna (Stokes) Pierce. A former resident of the Morland area, he was a driller in the oilfield.

October 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Julian H. Gonzales 1966 - 2012

RUSSELL - Julian H. Gonzales, 46, of Russell, died Oct. 6 north of Great Bend. Born July 2, 1966 in Tulia, Texas, he was the son of Larry and Mary Karlin (Garcia) Gonzales. At the age of 2, Julian and his family moved to Goodland, where he grew up and attended schools. On June 16, 1993 he married Vicky Werth in Victoria. He moved to Russell in 1997 after living in Hays, Gorham, and Victoria. He was employed by Brian Reddig on a pulling unit. Then he worked for Craig Oil as a pumper and rig operator. He worked in the ...

October 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Maurine E. Frink 1925 - 2012

ST. JOHN - Maurine E. Frink, 87, died Oct. 6 in St. John. Born April 18, 1925 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of William O. and Mabel E. (Kennedy) Dorland. On Nov. 26, 1944, she married Robert H. Frink, Jr. in Greensburg. He survives. She was a 1943 graduate of Greensburg High School. A resident of St. John since 1954, she worked in the Stafford County Clerk's office and 20 years as office manager for Farm Bureau Insurance of St. John.

October 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


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2016 Madness

March 20, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


PHHS presents ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker, the Musical’

The Pawnee Heights Players will be presenting their Spring musical on March 27, in the Pawnee Heights High School gym in Rozel. The play," The Elves and the Shoemaker, the Musical," will be presented at 10:30 in the morning, and again at 7 at night.

March 20, 2015 | | Entertainment


Prairie Trail Scenic Byway extended

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.

March 20, 2015 | | News


Wichita arena won’t have watch party

WICHITA (AP) - Wichita State University fans hoping to watch the Shockers' NCAA tournament game Sunday at a Wichita arena should make other plans.

March 20, 2015 | | AP Sports


Second-seeded Jayhawks feel like underdogs in tourney

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Rarely is Kansas an afterthought.

March 20, 2015 | | AP Sports


Credit Union of America (CUA) gives over $46,000 to the Great Bend community

Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.

March 19, 2015 | | News


March 25 Lenten Luncheon

First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington St., will host the March 25 Lenten Luncheon. The host pastor will be Dr. Scott Solether, with cohost pastors Josh and Amy Foster from First Church of the Nazarene. The speaker will be Josh Leu, pastor at First Christian Church.

March 19, 2015 | | Religion


​‘Hero for the Heartland’ tea plannned

The Heartland Center for Spirituality is taking reservations for "Hero for the Heartland," an afternoon tea with savory delights. The come-and-go experience will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at 3600 Broadway Ave. For more information see the website: www.heartlandspirituality.org.

March 19, 2015 | | Religion


​First UMC announces special worship time

First United Methodist Church will only have one worship service this Sunday, March 22. For this week only, the service will be at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located at 2123 Forest Ave.

March 19, 2015 | | Religion


Worship service to be presented in German

MILBERGER - United Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger will celebrate the Easter season with an afternoon worship service conducted in German at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.

March 19, 2015 | | Religion


Who is Jesus?

The Quran says about Jesus, "Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word" (The Quran 4:171). The Jehovah's Witness New World Translation says He was "a god" (John 1:1). Notice the small "g." Rabbi Shraga Simmons says that, according to Judaism, "Jews to not accept Jesus as the messiah."

March 19, 2015 | Hope for Today By Clint Decker | Religion


Power Team to speak at area schools

LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.

March 19, 2015 | | Local News


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