CLAFLIN - Andy Luebbers, 53, died June 27 at his home in Claflin. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
OLMITZ - Magdalene Josephine Bartonek, 95, died June 28 at Galichia Heart Hospital, Wichita. Born March 18, 1917, at Olmitz, she was the daughter of Joseph J. & Anna (Priesnitz) Nemlowill. She married Abe Bartonek Nov. 26, 1940, at Hoisington. He died 1984. A lifelong Olmitz resident, she was a homemaker.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On the hottest day this year in Kansas City, dehydration was starting to become a concern. Players were exhausted. Royals manager Ned Yost was starting to feel sorry for Tony Randazzo behind the plate, and he wasn't even the umpire whose face had been bloodied in the game.
Fireworks went on sale Tuesday in Barton County and by Tuesday evening the Great Bend Fire Department had its first fireworks-related blaze, Battalion Chief John Stettinger said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Only a malfunctioning phone will cause Hornets general manager Dell Demps to use the full five minutes he'll get to make 6-foot-11 Kentucky star Anthony Davis the first overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers.
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TOPEKA - Richard Kirby Petersilie, 46, died June 25, 2012 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born March 12, 1966 in Ness City, he was the son of Ory Petersilie and Mickie Malone. He attended Otis-Bison High School in Otis. A resident of Topeka for more than 25 years he was employed by Emerson Construction of Topeka and was working on a project in La Crosse. He was formerly a mechanic for Topeka Travel Plaza for many years.
DAVIS, Calif. - Lorraine Lacey Ryan, 82, died May 25, 2012 at her home in Davis, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Ryan "Pat" Lynch, 54, of Hoisington died June 25, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Police Chief Dean Akings has released more information on an aggravated robbery reported Sunday night at 2543 19th St. in Great Bend.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arizona doesn't plan on being a one-year wonder even though the catalysts for the Wildcats' first national championship since 1986 probably are heading off to professional baseball in the next few weeks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City is doing to the Tampa Bay Rays precisely what the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Royals over the weekend.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
HESSTON – South central Kansas will be the destination for five world class musical acts in a variety of backgrounds and genres when Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton) team up to host the 2014-15 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts 2014-15 season.
Mike Westerman will appear as Edgar Allan Poe to present "The Raven" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. Admission is free.
Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., will hold its Fall Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be hayrides, costume contests, and trunk or treat time. Members will be serving soup. Everything is free and the community is invited.
Members of First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on Oct. 31 for Trunk or Treat. Treats will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Forest Ave. in Front of the church, located at Forest and Stone.
First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave., will offer a Judgement House walk-through drama. Hours will be 6-10 Friday, Oct. 24; 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
The Barton County Association of Churches' annual Chicken Noodle Soup Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center at 4100 Broadway Ave. In addition to the homemade soup, homemade pies will be served. A freewill donation will be taken at the door. This project benefits Emergency Aid. For questions, contact Nancy Sundahl at 620-793-5894.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present a musical, "God Will Take You Through," this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. It will be presented at 2 p.m. at Sterling House and a final presentation at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 19th St. and U.S. 281 Bypass.
Allen and Connie Parker of Lamb Watchers Ministries will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at King United Methodist Church, 16th and Odell St.
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HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.