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Adame/Fischer baby boy

Rodrigo (Kino) Adame and Nakita Fischer announce the birth of their son, Kacen Rodrigo Adame, on March 18th. He weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long.

May 19, 2013 | | Births


Johnson —

Jessica Pearson and Robert (Jake) Johnson were united in marriage on Jan. 26, in an outdoor service in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic. Parents of the bride are Linda and Clayton Pearson of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are John and Peggy Johnson of Wichita.

May 19, 2013 | | Weddings


Thurman baby boy

Ryan and Katie Thurman announce the birth of their son, Grady Ryan Thurman, on March 24 in Lawrence. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 in. long.

May 19, 2013 | | Births


Taylor baby boy

Brent and Jamie Taylor announce the birth of their son, Connor James Taylor, on April 10 at St. Luke's South Hospital in Overland Park. He weighed 8 lbs. and was 19 1/4 in. long.

May 19, 2013 | | Births


Earl Burroughs 80th

Earl Burroughs of Aurora, Colo. will celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise Open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 25 at the Front Door in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be his daughter, Anita Burroughs, granddaughter, Erica St. James and grandson Andrew St. James, all of Aurora, Colo. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

May 19, 2013 | | Birthdays


Keller 65th

Lonnie Kuhn and Stephen Keller were united in marriage on May 3, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in Ellis in a ceremony officiated by Father Virgil Kuhn. Stephen is retired from the Barton County Highway Department. Lonnie is a retired teacher. They have four daughters, Yvonne and Darel Hoffman of Crowley, Texas, Debbie and Dean Allen of Tonganoxie, Stephanie and Kirk Thompson of Topeka and the late Rebecca Ann Keller; five grandchildren, Kristen and Ricky Price of Crowley, Texas, Mandy and Dr. Paul Schroeppel of Eden Prairie, Minn., Danielle and Joseph Elliot of Burleson, Texas, Nicole and Pat Hinrichsen ...

May 19, 2013 | | Anniversaries


Vera Burfield 90th

Vera Burfield will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 24 with a card shower.

May 19, 2013 | | Birthdays


Reifschneider - Heimann

Jon and Marilyn Reifschneider of Arlington announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Reifschneider, to Andrew Francis Heimann, son of William and Teresa Heimann of Hays.

May 19, 2013 | | Engagements


Violet Kasselman 90th

Violet Kasselman will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 25 at the American Legion, 117 E Santa Fe Blvd in Ellinwood. Hosts for the event will be her children, grandchildren and their families.

May 19, 2013 | | Birthdays


Great Bend Optimist and Rotary Club luncheon

A joint luncheon recognition was recently held for the Great Bend Optimist and Rotary Clubs. Brigadier General Vic Braden, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, for the United States Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth was the speaker.

May 19, 2013 | | Club News


GBMS Above and Beyond winners

Great Bend Middle School announces the April and May Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school Administrators.

May 19, 2013 | | Education


Sunflower Bank Donates More Than $6,900 to Great Bend and Ellinwood Schools and Students

Wrapping up the 12th year of the annual ABC Program, Sunflower Bank contributed $6,910 to schools and students in the Great Bend and Ellinwood area. Since the inception of the ABC Program in 2001, Sunflower has contributed $52,038 to schools and students in the Great Bend and Ellinwood area.

May 19, 2013 | | Education


Dean’s Honor Roll at NCK Tech announced

Commencement ceremonies for NCK Tech were held in Beloit on May 10th. Students achieving a 3.5 – 4.0 GPA earned Dean's Honor Roll academic honors during the ceremony. Area students recognized are: Carpentry-Cabinetmaking: John Kubick, Ellsworth and Richard Tice, Great Bend; Advanced Computer Information Technology: Nicholas Syx – Russell; Electrical Technology: Toby J Hubka– Wilson.

May 19, 2013 | | Education


University team receives $9.6 million USDA grant to help develop solutions for beef cattle grazing s

Drought, flooding, extreme heat, subzero temperatures: All of these climatic events and more in Kansas can threaten the supply and affordability of the nation's beef supply. It's hard to do much about the weather, but a team of Kansas State University scientists will be trying to find solutions so cattlemen can better adapt to any future climate extremes in their grazing operations.

May 19, 2013 | | Agriculture


Imagine…

Remember the 1996 movie, "A Time to Kill"?

May 19, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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​Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Great Bend Rec extending dates for Hap Dumont

The Great Bend Rec center will be extending the dates for this year's Hap Dumont 11U State Tournament. "We are extending the dates to begin this Friday due to the number of teams that have registered," said Christina Hayes, community development coordinator for the City of Great Bend. Hayes said 23 teams are currently registered for this year's state tournament which will take place at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The three-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 10 and runs through Sunday, July 12. "The Rec is looking to host all the games at the ...

July 06, 2015 | | Local Sports


GBMS eighth grade squad wins Barton Summer League Championship

Front row: Jayden Johnson, Mara Fletchall, Kayli Shull, not pictured Olivia Mull

July 06, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Great Bend volleyball wins summer league tour

The GBHS varsity volleyball team won first place in the Barton Summer League tournament defeating Central Plains in the championship. The team will head to the University of Colorado Team Camp at Boulder July 16-18th. The Great Bend JV finished in second place in their tournament.

July 06, 2015 | | Prep Sports


William L. Johnson 1937-2015

William L. Johnson, 78, died July 1st, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. The son of Clarence "Shorty" and Ruth Lindsay Johnson, Bill was born April 11, 1937 on the family farm near Fellsburg, He served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Koneta Anton 1926-2015

Koneta Anton, 88, of Fort Collins, Colorado, peacefully passed away in her sleep, June 28, 2015. Born 10/17/1926 in New Albany, to Charles Runyon and Cynthia Runyon (Baker), she was the youngest of 12 siblings.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Four Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds’ Frazier, too

NEW YORK (AP) - The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.

July 06, 2015 | RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer | AP Sports


Carli Lloyd becomes Captain America for US women

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - For a brief time Sunday night, Carli Lloyd's Wikipedia page listed her position as "President of the United States."

July 06, 2015 | ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Hosmer's double gives Royals 2nd walk-off win

KANSAS CITY- Slumping first baseman Eric Hosmer ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with none out in the ninth, giving the Royals a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon.

July 06, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


AG Schmidt’s office to provide consumer protection information at Barton County Fair

Information to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, scams and deceptive business practices will be offered next week at the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Eagles plan sock hop, luau

Great Bend's Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 646, 1024 Main, has events planned for the next two Saturdays.

July 05, 2015 | | Local News


Gathering the grain

It's 10 a.m. and the sun blazes down on a patchwork of golden grain that dots the High Plains near Seguin in northwestern Kansas. A blistering southerly wind pushes the heat index to the century mark.

July 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Honorable Recognition: Nearly 460 Kansas State University students receive graduation honors

Nearly 460 Kansas State University students have earned graduation honors with their May 2015 degrees.

July 05, 2015 | | Education


Farmers Bank & Trust adds new Advisory Director

Farmers Bank & Trust announces Kevin Bahr as their newest Advisory Director. "We are pleased to have Kevin join our team at Farmers Bank & Trust. His commitment to the community mirrors ours and we look forward to his contribution to our organization," stated Robert Rugan, Central Kansas Market President. Kevin has served as Board Chairman of the Barton County Extension Council and on the Barton County FSA County Committee. He is also an active volunteer for Otis-Bison school activities and helps coach the Middle School basketball team. Kevin is married to Jennifer, and has three children, Blake, 15, Abbi, 12, and ...

July 05, 2015 | | Business


Garden City Community College honor roll

The Spring 2015 Honor Roll for Garden City Community College has been announced. The considerations were based on degree-seeking students enrolled in eight (8) hours or more for the Spring 2015 Semester.

July 05, 2015 | | Education


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