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‘The Candidates’ Holiday Traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

December 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do We Need the Fed?

Stocks rose Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement of the first interest rate increase since 2006. However, stocks fell just two days later. One reason the positive reaction to the Fed's announcement did not last long is that the Fed seems to lack confidence in the economy and is unsure what policies it should adopt in the future.

December 23, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Goodbye chimney deliveries

December 23, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


House fire occurs in Barton County

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 20 SE 40 Ave., late Tuesday morning. Upon arrival responders saw smoke coming from the residence. There was structural damage and damage to the living-room area. No one was hurt in the fire. The cause is still under investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal. The GBFD was assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

December 22, 2015 | | Local News


Arlene Helen Miles 1915-2015

Arlene Helen Miles, 100, died Nov. 6, 2015, at Life Care Center in Farmington, N.M. Born Jan. 13, 1915, in Breese, Ill., she was the daughter of Carl and Stella Gerfen. Arlene graduated from high school in Carlyle, Ill., and from a business college in St. Louis, Mo. On Apr. 26, 1943, she married Hugh S. Miles. The couple lived in Norfolk, Va., Olney, Ill., Ardmore, Okla., and from 1968 to 2003, in Great Bend. In 2003, she moved to Farmington to be with family. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and had a passion for gardening.

December 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dennis R. Schuckman 1943-2015

LA CROSSE - Dennis R. Schuckman, 72, La Crosse, died Dec. 21, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Liebenthal, the son of Rudolph H. and JoAnn (Basgall) Schuckman. On July 2, 1962, he married Dorothy (Dotti) E. Teater at St. Michael's Catholic Church, La Crosse. He was a lifetime resident of Rush County.

December 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Milton LeRoy Rice 1935-2015

PAWNEE ROCK - Milton LeRoy Rice, 80, passed away Dec. 19, 2015, at Hays. Born on Feb. 28, 1935, in rural Hudson, he was the son of Albert L. and Edna (Mettscher) Rice. On May 18, 1957, he married Merita F. Delker in Great Bend. She survives. A resident of Pawnee Rock since 1967, he was an X-ray ASME code welder from 1956-1987.

December 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Robert E. Ray 1927-2015

HOISINGTON - Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling.

December 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Betty J. Loewen

ELLINWOOD - Betty J. Loewen, 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Ellinwood on Dec. 22, 2015. A memorial service is pending and will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Betty J. Loewen memorial fund in care of Minnis Chapel, Ellinwood.

December 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gas prices at all time low

According to GasBuddy, for the first time since March 25, 2009, the national average price of gasoline has dropped below $2 a gallon.

December 22, 2015 | | Local News


No VIN inspections Thursday; Treasurer’s Office to be closed Dec. 31

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will not be doing vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections on vehicles on this Thursday or Thursday, Dec. 31, the Barton County Treasure's Office reported Tuesday.

December 22, 2015 | | Local News


Hirsh guilty of threatening family

Darrin Hirsh is guilty of multiple counts relating to threatening his wife and children, a jury in Barton County District Court determined Tuesday afternoon.

December 22, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for December 22, 2015

Great Bend fire/EMS

December 22, 2015 | | On the Record


Let's Not Forget About Iran

Deep behind the headlines of recent political theater is the very real rattle of Iran's ballistic sabre.

December 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Watching the Tuesday Night Fights

Maybe it was because it was held in Las Vegas, where so many great prizefights have been held.

December 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Barton drops second straight in Jayhawk play

For the first time this season the Barton men's basketball lost back-to-back games. Courtesy a home loss Wednesday night to Colby the Cougars have ...

January 22, 2016 | Mike Marzolf | Community College


Barton split wrestling duals

Being a first year program, the Barton wrestling team is looking for progress. The Cougars showed that for sure Tuesday night at the Barton Gym.

January 22, 2016 | | Community College


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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