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Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating their crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it.

April 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Tinseltown Talks

According to the 2010 U.S. census, less than 0.02% of Americans live to be centenarians. Actress Patricia Morison joined that exceptionally rare group last month when she turned 100.

April 03, 2015 | | Entertainment


Farm expo coming to town

The 2015 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Great Bend. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 8th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 9th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 10th with extended hours on Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | News


Kentucky’s 5-9 Tyler Ulis coming up big in NCAA Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Being Kentucky's smallest player on the floor hasn't prevented 5-foot-9 point guard Tyler Ulis from repeatedly coming up big for the Wildcats.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


KU’s Kelly Oubre headed to NBA draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. announced Wednesday he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


BCC softball shuts down Colby, scores nineteen unanswered runs in doubleheader sweep

COLBY- With the pitching staff holding its own it took the bats from the Barton Community College softball team awhile to get going but once they did, the Lady Cougars scored nineteen unanswered runs in sweeping a pivotal conference doubleheader Wednesday at Colby Community College.

April 01, 2015 | Todd Moore, Special to the Tribune | Community College


AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski adapts to ‘1-and-done’ world

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.

April 01, 2015 | | AP Sports


Meteor shower follows Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Police investigate broken windows

The Great Bend Police Department is investigating multiple reports of broken windows on buildings. Lt. William Browne said the windows were shot with some sort of BB or pellet gun. In some cases windows were chipped, but in two or three cases the windows were shattered.

April 01, 2015 | | News


Crystal Irene Taylor 1928 - 2015

AMARILLO, Texas - Crystal "Chris" Irene Taylor, 86, died Jan. 20, at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief struggle with lung and heart disease. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in St. John, she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner. She graduated from St. John High School and soon married Melvin Taylor, who had returned from World War II. They lived in several western Kansas towns before moving to Oberlin in 1965. She was a former businesswoman in Oberlin. She lived in Oberlin until her husband's death in 1990. She moved to Great Bend and later to ...

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cheryl Ann Harrell 1946 - 2015

ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maurice ‘Bryce’ Clark 1937 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Maurice "Bryce" Clark, 77, died March 30, at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born May 20, 1937, in Penokee, he was the son of John George and Margaret Elizabeth Clark. In 1955, he graduated from Hill City High School. He later served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. A Hoisington resident since 1962, he worked as a trackman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad retiring in 1999. On June 1, 1985, he married Betty "JoAnn" Mullis at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She survives.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for April 1, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

April 01, 2015 | | On the Record


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Fair to be installed as new pastor for Immanuel UCC

ELLINWOOD - Immanuel United Church of Christ is pleased to announce the installation of the Rev. Jennifer Fair as pastor and teacher of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ellinwood. The installation will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the church, located at 701 Fritz St. Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service. Edith Guffey, Conference Minister of the Kansas Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ, will serve as preacher for the service. The service is open to the public.

April 10, 2015 | | Religion


OTR for April 10, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

April 10, 2015 | | On the Record


Julian Werth, 1934-2015

RANSOM - Julian Werth, 81, of rural Ransom, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

April 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


Block by block

As the spring weather waivers back and worth, trying to decide what do do, the Great Bend Sanitarian Department is unwavering in it's commitment to continue to implement strategies to ensure compliance with City Property Ordinances, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster said.

April 10, 2015 | | News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

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 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial and the 2015 paint striping program.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


Duane Louis ‘Uke’ Ukens 1940-2015

HUTCHINSON - Duane Louis "Uke" Ukens, 74, died April 8, 2015, at his home in Windom.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Tommy Max Schulz 1934 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Tommy Max Schulz, 81, died April 8, 2015 at Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Ark. Born Feb. 16, 1934, in Chapman, he was the son of Walter Joseph and Marcella (Keegan) Schulz. On Dec. 23, 1958, he married Donna Fay Richards in Kanopolis. She died on Aug. 26, 1985. He earned his bachelor and master degrees fro Fort Hays State University. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Hays and moving to Wichita in 2005, he was an English teacher at Roosevelt Junior High and Great Bend Middle School.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey 1923 - 2015

PLAINVILLE - Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey passed away April 7, 2015 at Hays Medical Center at the age of 92. She was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Jennings, Okla. to the late Edmund Earl "Doc" and Flora (Cranbrink) Jordan.

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Steven Wayne Stueve 1963 - 2015

STAFFORD – Steven Wayne Stueve, 51, passed away April 5, 2015 at his home in rural Stafford. Born May 13, 1963 in Great Bend, the son of Kenneth and Agnes Stoecklein Stueve. Steven grew up in Great Bend. He was a 1981 graduate of Great Bend High School. In the years following high school he worked as a welder for Eddie Stremel Oil Field Service in Great Bend, Mid States Metals of Stafford, and was employed in farming and ranching by Joe Fritzemeyer and Lawrence Newell of Stafford. He had been self-employed as an oil field welder for the last 15 ...

April 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Speaker will address depression, anxiety

LARNED - Layton Hein, Angels Care Home Health, will talk about behavior health programs for depression and anxiety during Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation's "Ask The Expert" Coffee Chat from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday in the St. Joseph Meeting Room at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs


Thursday’s GBMS tennis results at Salina Lakewood Invitational

#1 singles, Dylan Sateren, 0-3

April 09, 2015 | | Prep Sports


GBHS’s Regan Unruh signs with Cougars

The Barton Community College women's basketball program proudly announces the signing of Great Bend High School's Regan Unruh to its 2015 class of Lady Cougars on the first day of national signings.

April 09, 2015 | Todd Moore, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


2015 Larned High School Baseball

The 2015 Larned High School baseball team competes in the Central Kansas League. The Indians play CKL league-leader Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned High Softball 2015

The 2015 Larned High School softball team is coached by Dustin Wilson. The Larned girls play Halstead at home Friday.

April 09, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Time? Clocks go out in minor-league opener

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Minor league baseball's new speed-up rules have hit a glitch on opening day.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


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