There has been a great deal said in the news and by pundits about the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, the 14th. What is sad about most of what I have read and heard is the focus on the external causes coupled with opportunists trying to use this tragedy to promote their agenda.
Continuing in its long-standing tradition, the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend will offer a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, in the church sanctuary. Church musicians and guests from other congregations have put together a program of sacred and secular music, said Marc Webster at the church.
The number of people in need of a food box has increased over the last few years, but fortunately the number of churches and organizations distributing has increased as well, according to members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, who recently filled and delivered over 90 boxes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci officially became members the Dominican Sisters of Peace, formerly the Great Bend Dominicans, who have served in Kansas since 1902.
Snow blew into Barton County Wednesday night around 7 p.m., starting first with sleet and rain. In Great Bend, the snow didn't begin to stick until after 9 p.m. Icy conditions were a problem for drivers with several sliding off roadways into the ditch. Motorists woke up to a thin blanket of icy snow and began the task of clearing pavement and defrosting and scraping windshields before hitting the streets.
Ah, the holiday season is upon us. What better time to show our support for our men and women in uniform?
FORT LARNED - Visitors to Fort Larned National Historic Site on Dec. 8 were treated to a recreation of a Frontier Army Christmas.
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HOISINGTON - Carolyn Francis Krawetzke, 55, of Sapulpa, Okla. passed away Dec. 15, 2012. She was born Aug. 31, 1957 in Great Bend to Alois "Sonny" and Juanita (Kallaus) Hoeffner. She was a homemaker and care giver to many cats and dogs throughout her life. She was a graduate of Claflin High School, Class of 1975.
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Greg McElroy has thought about this moment for years, ever since he was a young boy in Texas pretending he was Troy Aikman.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
It's time to get the big roasters out for the next Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients.
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May the Holy Spirit enfold us,
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.
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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.
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.
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.