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I was privileged this past week to be a "involved observer" for the Christmas Bird Count at Quivira Refuge. My mentor for this event was Bob Gress, who recently retired from the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. His attributes include being a learned and very respected birder, and his photographic skills are well known to everyone who has seen the "Birds of Kansas" which he co-authored with David Seibel and Judd Patterson. They also have a web site-- "Birds in Focus" that is stunning. There is a new edition available, and it is an amazing book. I can't ...

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Star of Hope seeking donations

ELLINWOOD - Star of Hope in Ellinwood is seeking donations for a Haitian four-year-old, Emmanuela, who has sickle cell anemia. She lost her parents in the earthquake and was taken in by another family with eight children.

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Thousands of tabs

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Check It Out!

ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:

December 21, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Notre Dame's Kelly wins AP college football coach of the year award

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - After two seasons as Notre Dame coach, Brian Kelly decided he wasn't spending enough time doing the best part of his job: coaching players.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Sooners to complete Heisman trifecta when they play A&M-led Manziel

NORMAN, Okla. - So which of the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy really has been college football's best player this season? Check back with the Oklahoma Sooners after the Cotton Bowl and they could offer an educated opinion.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


BYU runs away with 23-6 win in Poinsettia Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Mustangs win shootout

MACKSVILLE - It was an offensive battle for the high school boys of Macksville and Cunningham.

December 20, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Lady Mustangs secure season’s first win

MACKSVILLE - The Macksville High School girls' basketball team refused to go into the holiday break with a winless record.

December 20, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Cookie Town

To say that Jake Hofflinger's yearly candy house project just keeps getting bigger and better seems like a huge understatement. After all, half of this year's undertaking measures more than 14 feet long.

December 20, 2012 | By Jennifer Schartz Special to the Tribune | News


Diggins scores 22 as No. 5 Irish top Kansas State

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to an 87-57 victory over Kansas State on Thursday night in the second round of the World Vision Classic.

December 20, 2012 | | AP Sports


Seahawks vs. 49ers: Late-season classic

Under normal circumstances, Seattle's CenturyLink Field rocks from the noise of the 12th Man.

December 20, 2012 | By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer | AP Sports


Magdalene T. Brack 1924 - 2012

OTIS - Magdalene T. Brack, 88, died Dec. 19 at Hays Medical Center. Born June 27, 1924, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Adolph and Minnie (Mater) Tuzicka. In 1942 she graduated from Otis High School. On Sept. 12, 1945, she married Eudale Brack at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. A lifelong resident of Otis, she was the owner and operator of the Otis Cafe from 1968 to 1997. She enjoyed crocheting and flowers and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Paul Shook 1925 - 2012

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Paul Shook, 87, of Cumberland, Md., passed away Dec. 19 at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center. Born Dec. 4, 1925, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Casper A. and Susan (Bobo) Shook.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Mary Ann Wondra 1938 - 2012

HOISINGTON - Mary Ann Wondra, 74, died Dec. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born Aug. 26, 1938, in rural Barton County, the daughter of Arthur F. and Mary (Busch) Maneth. She married Bernard Wondra June 8, 1959, at Olmitz. A lifelong Barton County resident, she worked as a teller at Hoisington National bank for 25 years until retirement.

December 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Norma Lea Gray 1937 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Deer 1921 - 2015

FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Patrick John O’Connell 1929 - 2015

FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Only horse ever flagged in NCAA game dies at 42

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game has died.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Rolfs to coach Barton women’s basketball team

Trevor Rolfs will be the next head women's basketball coach at Barton Community College. He will take over for Carter Kruger who resigned at the end of the season, spending three years at the helm.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Duke guard Tyus Jones latest Blue Devil to enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tyus Jones is the latest Duke freshman to enter the NBA draft.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Busch has no timetable for return after Daytona wreck

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - As he pulled off pit road at Daytona International Speedway moments before the season-opening Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch said he looked to the left and noticed for the first time a concrete wall along the race track.

April 15, 2015 | | AP Sports


Cougars blanked by 4th ranked Cowley in tennis

HESSTON- There is little doubt the Barton Community College men's tennis team plays in one, if not the toughest, regions in the NJCAA. Two of the top four teams in the nation are in the region.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Dale Hogg and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend cruises against Liberal

Nine runs in the first inning provided a little foreshadowing for Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference opener between Class 5A power Great Bend and Liberal. The Lady Panthers needed just six innings to complete two 15-0 wins.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE COURSON, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


Cougar men fifth at Jayhawk golf meet

LAWRENCE- It was a battle all day long. The second Jayhawk Conference men's golf tournament was a close contest the entire way at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.

April 15, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College


A Capitulation to Iran

You know there's a problem with the Iran nuclear agreement when The White House releases a fact sheet to the press outlining the agreement, and Iran issues a statement claiming the fact sheet is false... within 15 minutes.

April 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


End the Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Scam

Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.

April 15, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Students from Central Plains HS visit College cadaver lab

A group of students from Central Plains High School recently toured the human cadaver lab and biology department at Cloud County Community College (CCCC).

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Launching Hillary

April 15, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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