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2013: A Year of Ironies

If 2013 was a year of ups and downs, it was also a year peppered with ironies. Here are just a few:

December 13, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Facing a Tea Party Challenge

For those who enjoy lowbrow political theater, it's Christmas come early. Steve Stockman, a Texas congressman so far to the right he's in danger of falling into the Gulf of Mexico, is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican Primary. Though Tea Party leaders were calling Texas' senior senator a "traitor" who "surrendered" on Obamacare, the conservative case against Cornyn is thin. Stockman's challenge demonstrates that nothing less than absolute faith is sufficient to survive in a radicalized Republican Party that no longer resembles the Party of Reagan, much less that of Lincoln.

December 13, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Chiefs’ special teams becoming difference makers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The most accurate description of Dave Toub may be that he's a special teams savant.

December 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Texas’ Brown mum on future

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.

December 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Cano signs 10-year, $240 milllion deal with Mariners

SEATTLE - Robinson Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by mentors named Jeter, Posada and Rivera.

December 12, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

LeRoy to speak at Aglow Lighthouse meeting

Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Following coffee and social time, the Rev. David LeRoy will speak at 9:30 a.m. David and his wife Elaine have been the pastors of River of Life Foursquare Church since 1997.

December 12, 2013 | | Religion

Breakout in Worship Dec. 20

Another Breakout in Worship will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Worship will be led by Christina Ball, and the message will be delivered by Marshall Rouse, both of Great Bend.

December 12, 2013 | | Religion

Jan. 12 reception planned for retiring ministers

First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway, invites the public to attend a retirement reception for the Rev. Bill and Lois Johnson. It will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Great Bend Convention Center, 3017 10th St., to celebrate 27 years of service to their church and community.

December 12, 2013 | | Religion

Catholic diocese names development director

Mark Roth, vice president of the First National Bank of Liberal for 16 years, was recently named full-time director of development for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City by the Bishop John B. Brungardt. Roth will begin his ministry Dec. 16.

December 12, 2013 | | Religion

Area residents attend National Catholic Youth Conference

In January, 2012, students and adults from the Claflin/Ellinwood/Odin parish cluster began to prepare for their pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference 2013 in Indianapolis.

December 12, 2013 | | Religion

OTR for Dec. 13, 2013

Great Bend Fire/EMS

December 12, 2013 | | On the Record

Library announces events

Upcoming events at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 William St., include movies, an author visit and a book club meeting.

December 12, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Ethel Bainbridge 1930 - 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. - Ethel Bainbridge, age 83, of Mitchell, S.D., died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Bethany Lutheran Home in Brandon, S.D. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with burial at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Will Funeral Chapel.

December 12, 2013 | | Obituaries

Area Briefs

Ellinwood Library announces holiday hours

December 12, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

HMS basketball

December 12, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

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