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​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


GBHS jv tennis home invite results

Team Results

April 28, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Muriel S. Machal 1924 - 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Ray and Ida (Robbins) Stewart. On April 3, 1957, she married Joseph Anthony Machal in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 21, 1992. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. for seven years, coming from Great Bend, she was an insurance and financial planner for L.C. Harmon Agency.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Kirmser Awards recognize exceptional undergraduates at KSU

MANHATTAN - Outstanding undergraduate research in topics ranging from presidential history to biosystems engineering has earned several Kansas State University students the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award, presented through the K-State Libraries.

May 15, 2015 | | Education


From Barton to bachelor’s

MANHATTAN - Nathan Legleiter always wanted a Kansas State University degree, but he needed a way to complete it while living and working in the Great Bend area. He used a special partnership between Barton Community College and the university to complete his bachelor's degree in general business.

May 15, 2015 | | Education


BCC receives $317K for Camp Aldrich

The directors of the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation delivered a $317,000 check Wednesday toward construction of the new Camp Aldrich Dining Hall.

May 14, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


OTR for May 15, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 14, 2015 | | On the Record


CPMS May students of the month selected

Central Plains Middle School recognizes Delaney Rugan, seventh grader, and Jameson Whiterock, fifth grader, as the May Students of the Month.

May 14, 2015 | Special to the Tribune | Education


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the placing of flowers at Great Bend Cemetery, the Community Improvement District public hearing and ordinance for the new Holiday Inn Express and the Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Funds Exchange Program.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


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 an introduction of the new Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, the purchase of a replacement Sheriff's Office patrol car and a report on city-wide clean-up efforts.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


Fox shoots 80 on second day of NJCAA

NEWTON – It was another up and down day for Landon Fox.

May 14, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Cougar women move into Top 10 at NJCAA golf meet

MESA, Ariz.- With a solid third day of action the Barton Community College women's golf team is now among the nation's top 10 with just one day left at the NJCAA National meet at Longbow Golf Club.

May 14, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Panther softball vs. Hutch moved to 5 p.m. start, JV softball vs. Larned cancelled

Due to wet field conditions, today's regular season finale between Great Bend and Hutch softball has been moved to a 5 p.m. start. Today's JV softball game against Larned has been cancelled.

May 14, 2015 | | Prep Sports


GBHS baseball moved to Larned

Due to wet field conditions today's Panther baseball games against Larned, originally scheduled to be played at home, have been moved to Larned's Moffett Field with the first pitched scheduled for 5 p.m. The JV games will be played at Jordaan Park in Larned.

May 14, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Citizens need to pay attention

Dear Editor,

May 14, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


USD 428 Education Foundation

If ever education needed a good friend, this is the time.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


Schooling Millennials

Welcome to class, American millennials. Sit down and take notes - because you are in for a rude awakening.

May 14, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big League Knitting

The baseball season is in full swing with the game's beloved sounds filling the air: the crack of the bat, roar of the crowd, clicking of knitting needles, and groans when an error is made, requiring several rows of yarn to be ripped out.

May 14, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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