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Chiefs look for normalcy as they travel to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Their emotions remain raw following a week when their schedule included a memorial service. The Kansas City Chiefs are recovering from an unspeakable tragedy that has altered an already difficult season, changed lives and provoked some questions that may never be answered.

December 08, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


OTR for Dec. 7, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

December 08, 2012 | | On the Record


OTR for Dec. 9, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

December 08, 2012 | | On the Record


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


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American Legion Post 180 Auxiliary May Day Celebration

The American Legion Post 180 Auxiliary will host a May Meet and Greet in recognition of their new Executive Board members from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 13, at 1011 Kansas Street. This is an opportunity to meet the new board members and receive information about the organization, accomplishments, activities and benefits offered to individuals and the community. Tea and cookies will to be provided. Current members and anyone that may want information about the organization, interested in making new friends or have questions are welcome.

May 10, 2015 | | Club News


FHSU business college ceremony recognizes award winners $285,000 in scholarships, assistantships pre

About $285,500 in financial assistance, scholarships and graduate fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year, were awarded at the annual scholarship award ceremony of Fort Hays State University's College of Business and Entrepreneurship on April 30.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


Kansas Board of Accountancy announces successful CPA examination candidate

The Kansas Board of Accountancy has announced that Austin Coyan, Great Bend, successfully passed the computerized examination in the January/February exam window.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


BBB issues warning involving asphalt paving scam

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning consumers to beware of paving companies that knock on your door, claiming to offer bargain prices.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


Three FHSU communication studies students win state communication awards

Three Fort Hays State University students were recognized at the Kansas Professional Communicators Conference and Awards Banquet on April 24, for their second-place finish in the public relations campaign competition.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


Shorebird Stumpers

Do you like puzzles? Have we got one for you!

May 10, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Swan 50th

Jim and Diana (Derr) Swan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 7. A family reunion is planned for July in Great Bend with their children and grandchildren.

May 10, 2015 | | Anniversaries


Dr. Joey Linn, FHSU alum, named new vice president for student affairs

Dr. Joey Linn, who had been serving on an interim basis since last fall, was named today as the new vice president of the Division of Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University. The appointment takes effect immediately.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


Rous — Doze

Rous - Doze

May 10, 2015 | | Engagements


Wheat plot

This year's wheat crop has had to have nine lives in order to survive to this point. The stressors for this year's crop have been many including: winter-kill, drought, insects, various rusts, and mosaic diseases. The rains came late as well, leaving the wheat shorter than normal. Even though the wheat is short, and many issues have been against it, the wheat still has a chance in many places to make a decent harvest. The individual wheat varieties are responding in various ways to the different stressors that have been present this year. This is one major reason ...

May 10, 2015 | | Agriculture


Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


PSU releases list of spring 2015 graduates

More than 1,100 students are expected to participate in Pittsburg State University's spring commencement exercises on May 8 and 9, in the Garfield Weede physical education building on the PSU campus. Friday May 8, the College of Arts and Sciences will be held at 5:30 p.m. Kelce College of Business including College of Arts and Sciences departments of Art, Communication and History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at 8 p.m. Saturday May 9, commencement for the College of Education will be at 9:30 a.m. The College of Technology will be at 12 p.m.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


League of Women Voters meeting

League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.

May 10, 2015 | | Club News


Hoisington School Menu

Breakfast

May 10, 2015 | | Menus and Activities


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