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The Top Stories of 2016: You Saw Them Here First

This is not the year-end column I had intended to write.

January 03, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Time for the GOP to Divorce the Christian Right

It looks like Ted Cruz won't get a leg up on Donald Trump after all.

January 03, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Election year

January 03, 2016 | | Editorial Cartoons


​Ralph R. Wickstrom 1928 - 2016

LARNED - Ralph R. Wickstrom, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. He was born June 24, 1928, in Larned, the son of John and Lena Jantz Wickstrom. On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Verda Lea Thomas Mauney in Wichita. She passed away Dec. 8, 2006. He moved to rural Pawnee Rock in 1966 where he was a farmer.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Incomplete voter registrations cleared from the books

Two years ago the Barton County Clerk's office reported the registrations of more than 300 potential voters were on hold. This year, that number has been greatly reduced to thanks to a change in the law, according to Darin DeWitt, voter registration clerk in the Barton County Clerk's Office.

January 02, 2016 | | Local News


​Jay Shelton Cummings 1956 - 2015

ADA, Kan. - Jay Shelton Cummings, 59, Ada, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Hutchinson. He was born at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka on July 12, 1956, to Joseph L. and Sharon Cummings.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Jack J. Ferrell 1950 - 2015

Jack J. Ferrell, 65, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 22, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of "A. J." and Ruth Ferrell. A Great Bend resident, he was a retired truck driver for Linde Transport and a private pilot.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz 1935 - 2015

LARNED - Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born October 23, 1935, to Leo P. and Ruth G. (Schlick) Gleason in Spearville. On March 2, 1957, she married A.W. (Bill) Schartz at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hodgeman County. He survives.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Donald H. Matthews 1928 - 2015

Donald H. Matthews, 87, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Dec. 28, 1928, at Medicine Lodge, the son of Harry and Clara (Chambers) Matthews. Don married Mary Louise Powell Jan. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. She died Nov. 23, 2010.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Commission, council to meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Kansas Asphalt Paving Association award, the designation of officials depositories, the Kansas Association of Counties membership and appointments to the The Center for Counseling and Consultation Board.

January 02, 2016 | | Local News


Early Kansas settlements topic for Kinsley Library Winter Series

"The Kansas Mosaic: Ethnic Settlement in Central and Western Kansas, 1870-1900" discussion series will begin at the Kinsley Library on Sunday, January 10 from 2-5 p.m. The series which includes imminent scholars, historical reenactors, and ethnic culture was developed in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council.

January 01, 2016 | | Entertainment


Check It Out!

2015 has been a busy year at the library! Starting with the beginning of the year in January, we hosted the PAC Book Bingo and ended the month bringing in the amazing Smithsonian Exhibit, which provided many activities through the month of March. Sharon Sturgis contributed so much of her time and talent to make this a wonderful addition to our library during that period of time. March was the month that I completed the PRAXIS, and now need to continue working through the end of the 2016 school year to receive my Library/Media Endorsement. The end of March ...

January 01, 2016 | | Entertainment


2016: What To Expect

It's hard to believe, but we're on the brink of another presidential election year. Let us pray. Every quadrennial, the American political process plays out as a big-top carnival sideshow featuring moral contortionists, ethical geeks and fat sweaty white guys teetering on slack media wires.

January 01, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


News Certain to Occur in 2016

Other than global warfare, politics, economics and fantasy sports, there really isn't much news to recap from 2015. So, looking ahead, here's a handy precap of news certain to occur in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Airport security

January 01, 2016 | | Editorial Cartoons


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ECF staff battered by inmate

ELLSWORTH – At approximately 5:12 p.m. Sunday, a corrections officer at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility was battered by an inmate, according to Adam Pfannenstiel ...

January 25, 2016 | | Local News


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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