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Santa sighting

Residents in the southeast part of Great Bend reported seeing Santa Claus in town Saturday, handing out bags of candy. Taking advantage of the nice weather, George Weber put on a Santa suit and hitched his mule to a wagon. "I've been doing this for several years," he said, adding the candy was furnished by his cousins, Rick and Randy Suchy. Weber said he'd given away 100 bags of candy, including one to Darien Montes, shown here with his mom. Darien will be 3 years old on Dec. 20.

December 08, 2012 | | News


Donna J. Schmidt 1938 - 2012

HAYS - Donna J. Schmidt, 74, died Dec. 7 at Hays Medical Center. Born April 20, 1938, in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Henry Oscar and Hertha Elsa (Reiswig) White. She grew up and attended high school in Hutchinson. On Dec. 20, 1959, she married Richard E. "Rich" Schmidt in Hutchinson. He died on Oct. 26, 1998. She and her husband owned and operated Al's Chickenette in Hays, from 1976 to 2010. She received a nursing degree at Fort Scott and worked at Central Kansas Hospital in Great Bend for a few years. She moved to Hays in 1976 ...

December 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Doris "Arlene" Bigham 1923 - 2012

Doris "Arlene" Bigham, 89, formerly of Great Bend, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born the daughter of Roy and Nellie (Stump) Van Cleave on March 18, 1923, in Pawnee County near Larned. In 1943, Arlene and Phillip Eugene Bigham were united in marriage in Denver, Colo. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage. She was a loving mother and grandmother that touched many lives. All that knew Arlene loved her dearly.

December 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Judy Kay Prather 1955 - 2012

GUYMON, Okla. - Judy Kay Prather, 57, of Guymon, Okla., passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County in Guymon. The daughter of Michael Ross and Othilia Bertha (Bender) Prather, she was born June 10, 1955, in Great Bend. She attended the Countryside school, as well as the Laverne and Keyes, Okla., schools, graduating from Keyes High School with the Class of 1974.

December 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Winter concerts feature GBHS Orchestra, Bands on Monday

The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.

December 07, 2012 | | Local News


Pearl Harbor Day

Dear Editor,

December 07, 2012 | | Columnists


Rewriting the law of gravity

December 07, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Syria and Chemical Weapons: An Unmovable Line in the Sand?

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Syria's detestable Bashar-al Assad regime -- or the beginning of a new international crisis swirling around it? Or both?

December 07, 2012 | | Columnists


Secular Humanists Bid All ‘A Merry un-Christmas’

That "most wonderful time of the year" has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the crèche.

December 07, 2012 | | Columnists


Greatest Christmas gift ever given

Dear Editor,

December 07, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


Marsh Musings

One of the most anticipated events in Kansas is the rifle season for deer. White-tailed deer across the state, and mule deer primarily in Western Kansas are harvested for excellent meat and bragging rights related to large racks. Most of us that bow hunt take a break if we haven't harvested our deer, and the game wardens are working 24/7 during this intense 10 day event. Lots of good and bad things happen and sometimes normally sane people do some unusual things in relation to deer hunting. I am stunned at some of it. One day a game ...

December 07, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Ellinwood Municipal Court

Ellinwood Municipal Court Docket - Nov. 27

December 07, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Larned Briefs

Larned High calendar

December 07, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Need help? Rent a student

If you can't get your own teenager to help around the house, here's an idea: Rent one.

December 07, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Linebacker Te’o’s Notre Dame career seems perfect for Hollywood script

If Manti Te'o's career at Notre Dame has seemed like something straight out of a Hollywood script, perhaps it is fitting the linebacker is cast as a underdog in the final two scenes of his collegiate career.

December 06, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


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Cougars lose in final second at Cloud

Arley Bryant Gymnasium has been the site of some thrilling games between Barton Community College and Cloud County over the years. Several of those high-scoring affairs.

January 30, 2015 | | Community College


Leslie Caron Dazzled Hollywood

Only a handful of actresses danced in feature films with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One was Leslie Caron.

January 30, 2015 | Nick Thomas | Entertainment


Kansas premiere of new Pride and Prejudice play at Sterling High School

Romance! True Love! And all of the twists and turns of Jane Austen's most popular love story "Pride and Prejudice" will fill the Sterling High School Theatre stage this week. The school's theatre program will present the Kansas premiere of a new adaptation entitled "Pride@Prejudice" at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, in the school's theatre.

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


Student printmaking show opens Thursday at Sterling College

The 2015 Student Printmaking Show will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, in the Sterling College Art and Media Center gallery. Students in the interterm class AR140 Introduction to Printmaking will display their work and will also have prints and cards created through a variety of printmaking techniques for sale during the show opening. All money goes to the student who made the work, therefore cash is preferred. Checks will be accepted by some students. Work that is not sold at the show opening will be on display until Feb. 20. The gallery is open to the public ...

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


Graduate student’s original play, ‘Dunia, an Ex-Muslin Woman’s Story,’ Jan. 29-31 at Purple Masque T

"Dunia, an Ex-Muslim Woman's Story" is being presented at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre in East Stadium. Admission is free and a talk back will be conducted after each performance.

January 30, 2015 | | Entertainment


On Race, the Left Should Look in the Mirror

Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.

January 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Technology Vs Privacy: Is Your Home No Longer Your Castle?

When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.

January 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Deflate-Gate Hype

January 30, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Morgan Francis signs with Baker University to play tennis

Baker University head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian has announced the signing of Morgan Francis to play tennis for the Baker Wildcats in Baldwin City. Morgan is a senior at Great Bend High School and the daughter of John and Nancy Francis.

January 30, 2015 | | Local Sports


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


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