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Connie Sue Starks 1962 - 2012

Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Terri Lynn McCord 1958 - 2012

Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.

December 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gun Control Won’t Prevent Tragedy

It's not tougher gun control, stupid.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


Jobless Elf

December 26, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Guns, Guns and Guns

It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.

December 26, 2012 | Raging Moderate, by Will Durst | Columnists


Merry Mayan apocalypse day

HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.

December 26, 2012 | | Columnists


GBHS EV race team featured in state magazine

On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


November report shows continued drop in jobless Rate

TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.

December 25, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


NFL rookie QBs on roll

As the guy who drafted Peyton Manning, Bill Polian knows something about quarterbacks.

December 24, 2012 | By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer | AP Sports


Kansas State enters poll; KU ranked No. 6

Duke and Michigan remain the top two teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll while Syracuse drops from third to ninth after its first loss.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Hilltoppers’ Guidry looks to make bowl-game history

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Kentucky's Lance Guidry has a chance to make history.

December 24, 2012 | Deletebodycopy The Associated Press | AP Sports


PASSING HISTORY

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The Detroit Lions have gotten quite a return on the $132 million, eight-year investment they made in Calvin Johnson nine months ago.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Griffin III, Redskins hold on to beat Eagles for sixth straight win

PHILADELPHIA - Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years.

December 24, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Colts capture playoff berth in win over Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The expectations placed upon Andrew Luck almost seemed unfair.

December 24, 2012 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Big-hearted Grinch

The Grinch gets his nose pinched by Evelyn Essmiller at the Food Bank of Barton County on Friday afternoon, while he places a furry hand atop the head of Bob Essmiller. The husband-and-wife Food Bank Board co-chairs and the Grinch are joined by Food Bank manager Jenny Gordy. In true Grinch fashion, the green guy delivered more than 100 food items in trash bags. The food was donated by Rosewood Services employees who conducted a food drive this month. Starring as the Grinch was Rosewood employee Ric Loiland.

December 24, 2012 | | Local News


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Governor statements

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Barton women dominate Cloud to end 7-game skid in Concordia

The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College


Central Plains girls reach Hilltop finals

The No. 1 ranked Class 2A Central Plains girls beat league rival St. John 49-36 Thursday to qualify for Friday's championship game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Topeka Seaman defeats Great Bend girls

EMPORIA -- Topeka Seaman avenged last year's Class 5A state tournament loss with a 63-42 victory over Great Bend's girls in the Glacier's Edge Tournament at Emporia.

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


High school girls scores

Hilltop Classic

January 30, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Kansas bicycle tour accepting registrations

Registration is now open for the 2015 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the State of Kansas. The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - 500-mile ride across the State - begins on Saturday, June 6. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of up to 900 bicyclists, including support staff.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Annual chili challenge to benefit local, area patients

It's time to get the big roasters out for the next Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 30, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

January 29, 2015 | | On the Record


Prayer of the Week, Jan. 30, 2015

May the Holy Spirit enfold us,

January 29, 2015 | | Religion


Church bulletin

Upcoming programs:

January 29, 2015 | | Religion


King UMC serving ham and beans Friday

King United Methodist Church, located at 16th and Odell Street in Great Bend, will hold its annual Ham & Bean Benefit Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The menu includes ham and beans, corn bread, relishes, cake and dessert. Admission is by freewill donation. Carry-out will be available.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 29, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 29, 2015 | | On the Record


​Claflin UMC holds annual Groundhog and Pancake Supper

CLAFLIN - Claflin United Methodist Church's 54th Groundhog and Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is by freewill donation. Proceeds will go to scholarships. To arrange for delivery to shut-ins (Claflin only), call the church office, 587-3505.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington K of C romantic meal

HOISINGTON - Everyone is invited to a prime rib dinner with salad, baked potato, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea for $20 per person from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 N. Main. This dinner is a benefit to raise funds to improve the air conditioning in the hall and to install a fire suppression system in the kitchen.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


A great Valentine's evening planned at Kingman

KINGMAN - The Historic Kingman Theatre Association and Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce have announced a special event for Valentine's night. International Elvis Entertainer Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings with Debbi Cay will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the theater located on Main Street in Kingman.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


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