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Great Bend Fire/EMS

April 28, 2015 | | On the Record


​Program explains AirMedCare Network

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free educational program about AirMed Care programs at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. AirMedCare Network is an alliance among Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport and REACH Air Medical Services creating America's largest air ambulance membership network.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Sen. Moran to visit Rush County Memorial

LA CROSSE - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Rush County Memorial Hospital from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Rush County Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital located at 801 Locust St. in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair 1931 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Rush County, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Rosemary (Leiker) Urban. In 1949, she graduated from La Crosse High School. On June 20, 1954, she married Millard Schloemer in Great Bend. He died Feb. 22, 1982. She later married Ural G. (Jack) Clair in Ellinwood, on Dec. 7, 1990. She worked as a secretary for USD 403 in Bison and as an operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​LeRoy George Schartz Jr. 1952 - 2015

HOISINGTON - LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015, at his home in Hoisington. Born May 3, 1952, in Great Bend, he was the son of LeRoy George and Viola Marie (Hermann) Schartz. He married Sharon Holcomb. They were later divorced. He recently moved to Hoisington from Great Bend, where he had worked in both the carpentry and automotive repair trades. Those who truly knew LeRoy will remember him for his kindness and generosity. LeRoy was not a man of material possessions, so he used his kindness and skills to give to others. He loved helping his friends by ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James (Jim) W. Kolb 1944 - 2015

LARNED - James (Jim) W. Kolb, 70, passed away April 25, 2015, at his home in Austin, Texas. Born June 8, 1944, in Dodge City, he was the son of Harold "Sandy" and Rhoda Jean Donovan Kolb. A longtime area resident of Larned then moving to Austin, Texas, he was an Licensed Mental Health Technician and later changed positions to Activity Therapist at the Larned State Hospital. After he retired from 30 years of service at Larned State Hospital, he drove a school bus for 10 years at Larned School District. On July 26, 1975, he married Bonnie Ladean Eaton in ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


Stan Nelson 1962 - 2015

Stan Nelson, 52, of Great Bend died April 26, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Oct. 13, 1962, at Council Grove, to Byron Keith and Carolyn (Parsons) Nelson. He married Joyce Klassen Dec. 6, 1996, at Great Bend. Stan had been a Great Bend resident since 1970, coming from Lawrence. Formerly operating and managing the family business, Schendel Weed and Pest Control, Stan currently worked for Barton County Road and Bridge Department.

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway. Items on the agenda include approval of photography quote; approval of grant application; and approval of licensed teacher/administrator resignations and licensed personnel appointments. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Misty Straub and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

DETROIT (AP) - Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he said Tuesday.

April 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Moose breaks loose in Cleveland

CLEVELAND- The new Mike Moustakas is a hitter Royals fans, coaches and teammates are having fun watching.

April 28, 2015 | | AP Sports


Hornets win 14 and under division at Hap Dumont

The Central Kansas Hornets won the 14 and under division at last weekend's Hap Dumont tourney. The Hornets were undefeated at 5-0.

April 28, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Local Sports


Clinton Stirring the Wrong Passions

The troubling thing about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is that she is arousing passion among the wrong groups for the wrong reasons.

April 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Drone Conndolences

April 28, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Congress's Bipartisan Obamacare Fraud

One of the most outrageous but least reported ongoing scandals in Washington is that the House and Senate have both falsely certified themselves as small businesses in order to fund health insurance for themselves and their staff with taxpayer dollars, sidestepping provisions of Obamacare.

April 28, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Regan Ochs and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


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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


Local gas prices below state average

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.66.

May 12, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


GBMS tennis and soccer teams donate items to Heartland Cancer Center

It was a friendly challenge between two teams but the win went to patients at the Heartland Cancer Center.

May 12, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


Central Prarie League golf tournament results from Claflin

Top 10 individual medalists:

May 12, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Joyce L. Boos 1940-2015

Joyce L. Boos, 74, died May 10, 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 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Naomi L. Converse 1938 - 2015

GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Edgar Sturtz 1934-2015

ELLINWOOD - William Edgar Sturtz, 80, passed away at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood, KS on May 10. Born June 24, at Shattuck, Okla., he was the son of Willie and Roselea (Miller) Sturtz.

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


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