The other day I saw a chart illustrating the growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the federal budget. The chart and article were produced by www.bankruptingamerica.org and it showed these three items growing from 16 percent of the Federal budget in 1967 to a whopping 41 percent of the budget in 2011. I believe that there are two reasons for this.
Twelve youths will represent Great Bend at a national fine arts competition this summer.
Faith Community Church will host the Central Kansas Missions Conference, Aug. 3-4. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton, Great Bend, on West Barton County Road.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr., 114th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will preach at Myers Chapel AME Church, 1511 Ninth St., at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. The Rev. Martin F. Grizzell, pastor of the church, said Myers Chapel is pleased to welcome Bishop Kirkland, the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church.
MACKSVILLE - Macksville High School's head track and field coach Jennifer Gillespie was designated the Class 1A Boys' Track and Field Coach of the Year for the 2012 season by the Kansas Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches Association.
A Called to Greatness basketball camp will be held on July 23-24 at Great Bend High School.
Rest easy, Colts fans. The Andrew Luck era can now officially begin.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Felix Hernandez worked quickly in the rising heat.
LONDON (AP) - Transforming the Olympic Stadium into a rural idyll is proving far from serene for Danny Boyle ahead of the opening ceremony.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - About 150,000 people came to Kansas City from out of town to attend baseball's All-Star events earlier this month.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) - Britain's Bradley Wiggins overcame the mountains and challengers to retain the yellow jersey, while Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.
This article was updated Friday afternoon.
HOISINGTON - Ryan J. Booth, age 28, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was born October 26, 1983 at Hoisington the son of Randy and Rebecca Sue (Martin) Booth.
YORK, Neb. - Harold C. Newsome, 73, of York, Neb. died July 16 at the Grand Island Veterans' Home in Grand Island. Born July 19, 1938 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Cecil and Gertrude Newsome. In 1962 he moved to York, Neb. He married Karen Epke in January of 1968 in Grand Island, Neb. The couple made their home in York, Neb.
TOPEKA – The Great Bend-based Family Crisis Center was awarded a grant for its crime victim and witness program, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas coach Bill Self made sure to remind his team at halftime Saturday night that Iowa State has a penchant for putting together dramatic comebacks.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
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Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.
WICHITA - Joseph F. Bunk, 67, passed away Feb. 28. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, to Maurice and Mary (Kaechele) Bunk of Hoisington. In 1965, Joe graduated from Hoisington High School. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
AUGUSTA - Victor L. Shumate, 64, died on March 12, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. Born Jan. 4, 1951, in El Dorado, he was the son of Paul Bennett and Isa Lou (Gale) Shumate. He was a graduate of El Dorado High School and Butler County Community College. He was a retired truck driver and care giver. Mr. Shumate served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.
Leona A. Reichuber, 92, died March 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Aug. 28, 1922 at rural Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Antonia (Langer) Stoss.
BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN