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Naomi L. Converse 1938 - 2015

GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Edgar Sturtz 1934-2015

ELLINWOOD - William Edgar Sturtz, 80, passed away at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood, KS on May 10. Born June 24, at Shattuck, Okla., he was the son of Willie and Roselea (Miller) Sturtz.

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kansas high school students participate in Vortex Art Day

About 100 Kansas high school students flocked to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from Barton's art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit on Thursday.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Vandalism reports in Great Bend

Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Drug busts reported

Great Bend police made a narcotics arrest at 1:38 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Jackson Street, after a driver allegedly failed to use her turn signal.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Man reports knife attack

A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Brownies conduct service project

Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 11142 recently conducted a sweet community service project at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. They made and delivered 50 chemo kits filled with journals of inspirational pictures and quotes, along with pens, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, candy and mints. They also made special kits with toys for children.

May 11, 2015 | | Local News


Thunder on the Plains opens NHRA West Central Division

S.R.C.A Dragstrip will host Thunder on the Plains on May 15-17 at 455 W. Barton County Rd.; 2½ miles west of Great Bend on the old Air Force base. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


KDWPT to hold duck zone informational meeting Thursday

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff are hosting a series of informational meetings to hear public input on duck hunting zone boundaries in the Kansas Low Plains Early, Late and Southeast Zones.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


OTR for May 12, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 11, 2015 | | On the Record


Larned city council to meet Monday

CITY OF LARNED, KANSAS

May 11, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Clippers rout Rockets 128-95 to take 3-1 series lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Houston's strategy of intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooter DeAndre Jordan backfired in a big way.

May 11, 2015 | BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Top seeds in both East, West in trouble trailing semis 2-1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First-year coach Steve Kerr knows a crucial moment in the playoffs, so he understands exactly the test his Golden State Warriors face trailing Memphis 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.

May 11, 2015 | TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


After delay, Royals down Tigers in 10th

DETROIT- The weekend showdown between the Tigers and Royals lasted into Monday morning before Omar Infante's 10th-inning sacrifice fly decided the rubber match of their three-game set, sending Kansas City to a 2-1 win at Comerica Park.

May 11, 2015 | JASON BECK/MLB.com | AP Sports


Katherine Heeke graduates from Southwester Assemlies of God University

Katherine Mary Heeke of Great Bend, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Ministries during Southwestern Assemblies of God University's 107th commencement ceremony, held on May 1.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


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Swimming is a family

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May 28, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Archeology Field School at High Plains prehistoric site near Hays

Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Asphalt overlay on US-281 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Friday, May 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-281 Highway in Barton County, from the west US-281/K-4 junction continuing north 11 miles to the Barton/Russell County line. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface milling and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

May 28, 2015 | | Local News


Iola May Depperschmidt 1920 - 2015

HAYS - Iola May Depperschmidt, 94, died on May 25th. She was born July 24, 1920.

May 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kelptyn Jack Graham 2011 - 2015

ENCINITAS, Calif. - Kelptyn Jack Graham lost his courageous battle with many health issues on May 25th. He was born on Jan. 26, 2011.

May 27, 2015 | | Obituaries




New pastor to be installed at First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sunday, May 31, First Congregational United Church of Christ rejoices with the installation of Julie Shields as their new pastor. For several years, Shields has ministered to members and friends with her gentle yet powerful message, that all children of God. Her installation will be part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Edith Guffey, United Church of Christ conference minister, will participate in the installation. All are welcome.

May 27, 2015 | | Religion


Two federal indictments involve Great Bend area

WICHITA – The indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Wichita Wednesday included two central Kansas cases, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

May 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Rockets’ Howard won’t be suspended for Game 5 vs Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors after the NBA decided to uphold his flagrant 1 foul.

May 27, 2015 | ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer | AP Sports


Better than ever, LeBron leads Cavaliers into NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) - Escorted by family members and friends, LeBron James walked out of Quicken Loans Arena cradling his sleepy youngest son with his left arm while clutching an expensive bottle of champagne in his right hand.

May 27, 2015 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Family fishing event planned at Quivira

Celebrate the start of summer vacation with a fishing trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Kids' Fishing Day on Saturday, June 6.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Royals bitten by Yankees’ early power surge

NEW YORK- Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

May 27, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Hoisington man wins $150,000 with lottery scratch ticket

TOPEKA – How lucky can one guy get? In the case of Brian Batt, about $150,000 worth. That was the amount of the top prize the Hoisington resident scratched off on the $20 Extreme Crossword ticket he purchased.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Mosquito spraying starts Thursday in Great Bend

The City of Great Bend will be spraying for mosquitoes from 8 p.m. through midnight on Thursdays, starting tonight and running through July 2, weather permitting. Officials urge residents to keep their doors and windows closed during this time. Contact the Public Works Department at 620-793-4150 with any questions.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Post Memorial Day

May 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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