The Great Bend High School Debate team competed at the Dodge City Debate Tournament on Nov. 3rd. The Great Bend squad had six teams compete. In the varsity division two Great Bend teams had a 4-1 win/loss record. Marissa Hoisington and Chase Pumford placed sixth with a 4-1 win/loss record and 22 speaker points. Hoisington commented, "Although we debate almost every weekend, each tournament is different and presents unique challenges."
Agent Frank Callahan of Great Bend and Larned has been named Agent of the Month by American Family Insurance. He received the honor for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products during the month of October.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Joiner Construction in Ellinwood at 411 E Santa Fe, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Shay Kasselman with greeters Karmi Green and Jill Fitzsimmons. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The 9.12 Tea Party's monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum, 5944 West Tenth St. in Great Bend. Election analysis by Dick Friedeman, and John Edmunds will preview the 2013 Kansas Legislative Session. The meeting is open to the public and admission is free.
The Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will show "Spider-man 2" at the next Teen Movie Monday, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12. On Nov. 19 it will show "Spider-man 3." The movies are free to students in grades 7-12.
The free educational program "Loving Long-Distance: Families Separated by Distance" will help participants understand the time motivation, and effort it takes to keep connected during times of geographical separation.
Sterling House of Great Bend, 1206 Patton Road, will serve lunch to veterans and their spouses at noon Saturday, Nov. 10. There will be no charge for the meal. The event will include a flag raising, old time band and information for veterans.
Kelsey Kaemmerer, 19, of Great Bend, was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Monday after the car she was driving went off NE 10 Ave. (North Frey St.).
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The Barton Community College Lady Cougars dominated Bethany College's junior varsity squad from the outset of Tuesday night's women's basketball game at Kirkman Activity Center.
Kenjon Barner modestly said No. 2 Oregon did "pretty well" in its big win over USC. As for his own record-setting effort, the ever-humble running back credited his teammates.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has a degree in political science and even has worked on a presidential campaign, but has no interest in trying to lobby for a spot for the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish in the national title game.
NEW YORK - New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12.
A voice came over the loud-speaker system filling every room at Great Bend Middle School.
It's Easter weekend and this past Thursday night saw some fairly severe weather in the area complete with power outages. Spring is really here, especially after the extremely warm temperatures this past week. Today is April 5, so area producers should have wrapped up side dressing the 2015 wheat crop and corn planters are being readied to begin planting shortly. Alfalfa is greening up and in some parts of the state, including some fields here, wheat producers are assessing winter survival. Since not a great deal is going on just yet, let's catch up on what is known.
The Hoisington High School forensics team placed second out of nine schools at a recent tournament at Otis-Bison. Members placed individually as follows:
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FORT LARNED - Everyone is invited to a historic program presented by the Fort Larned Old Guard on Saturday, April 25, at Fort Larned National Historic Site, funded in part by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.
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LARNED - Two eighth-inning errors paved the way for Sterling High's softball sweep over Larned Thursday in a Central Kansas League opener. Sterling swept the Indians 4-3 in extra innings and 18-10 in the nightcap.
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THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.
MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years last Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder still has high hopes for Travis Ford as Oklahoma State's basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation.