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James L. Blakey 1935 - 2013

ames L. Blakey, 77, died Feb. 17 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 28, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of William and Esther (Langrehr) Blakey. In June 1970, he married Dorothy Parker in Hoisington. She died on March 3, 1973. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a Juvenile Corrections Caseworker for Larned State Hospital.

February 21, 2013 | | Obituaries


Antonio M. “Tony” Guajardo 1957-2013

Antonio M. "Tony" Guajardo, 55, Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013. Antonio was born on Dec.11, 1957 at Devine, Texas to Juan and Maria (Munoz) Guajardo. He graduated from Greeley West High School in Greeley, Colo., and lived most of his life in the Devine, Texas area until moving to Great Bend two years ago. Tony was employed by Hertz Rent-a-Car and Smith Security in San Antonio, and since coming to Kansas, was employed at the Kwik-Shop in Great Bend. One of Tony's hobbies was leatherworking.

February 21, 2013 | | Obituaries


CBH Foundation purchases analyzer

HOISINGTON - Through the years, Clara Barton Hospital Foundation members have been generously committed to helping Clara Barton Hospital, a not-for-profit Critical-Access Hospital, expand healthcare services and update equipment to meet the community's healthcare needs. This year was no exception. Contributions from the 2012-13 membership drive funded a Hematology Analyzer for the laboratory.

February 21, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


I-70 closed between Salina and Hays

At 11:30 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) closed I-70, from Exit 159 in Hays to Exit 249 near Salina, in both directions.

February 21, 2013 | | News


Ellinwood native, entrepreneur and community friend chosen as ‘Distinguished Citizen’

ELLINWOOD - Except for a few years, Richard Kimple has lived in Ellinwood nearly all of his life and invested of himself and his family in the community, including a business, as a volunteer, as well as providing generous support to the schools and area foundations. He also provides emotional support to families during the death of a loved one as owner of his business, Kimple Funeral Home. He is also the owner of Kimple Monuments and Kimple Furniture.

February 21, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


Injury wreck occurs

At 9:02 p.m. on Feb. 20, a 2002 Ford pickup owned by Seth E. Alexander of Garden City was westbound on U.S. highway 156 at mile marker 132 when he lost control on icy roads and crossed the center line. Alexander entered the south ditch and rolled one time coming to rest on its wheels, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log.

February 21, 2013 | | News


What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ is hard to understand?

Evan Todd was a student at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in the late 1990s. He is a miraculous survivor of the infamous living nightmare that occurred there on April 20, 1999. In fact, he was the first student shot when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris began their rampage that day.

February 21, 2013 | By Doug Patton | Columnists


Sherlock Holmes and my personal shame

Perhaps it's not a mystery evocative of eerie moors or Victorian London alleyways, but the question still perplexes me: how did I let writer Martin Powell escape from my radar screen?

February 21, 2013 | By Danny Tyree | Columnists


AP Top 25 capsules

NO. 8 SYRACUSE 84, PROVIDENCE 59

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Tharpe's late jumper helps KU trim Oklahoma State in 2OT thriller

STILLWATER, Okla. - Naadir Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting No. 9 Kansas to a 68-67 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Iowa State nails 11 3s, beats Baylor

WACO, Texas - Iowa State got key baskets from the perimeter and in the paint on Wednesday night.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Drivers seek right fit in sponsor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For sale! Made-for-TV premium ad space on the hood of the car of NASCAR's most popular driver.

February 20, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Lady Beavers sweep Lady Cougars

For the first five innings of Tuesday's softball game between Barton Community College and Pratt, the Lady Cougars looked well on their way to winning their fourth game of the year.

February 20, 2013 | | Community College


OTR for Feb. 21, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

February 20, 2013 | | On the Record


WINTER BLAST

Wednesday's predicted snow did not begin to fall in the Great Bend area until after 6 a.m., and the forecast for one to three inches of snow during the daylight hours did not cause Barton County schools to call off classes. But as classes started, snow began to accumulate, leading administrators to consider calling an early release day.

February 20, 2013 | by Staff reports | News


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Texas coaches swear, in testimony, they share play calling

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The $600,000 question at Texas is just who calls the plays for the Longhorns' anemic offense.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Distraction and teen crashes: even worse than we thought

Drive-cam video shows distraction a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes

April 09, 2015 | | Local News


Late-inning outbursts lead Barton to sweep at Dodge City

DODGE CITY- Taking care of business when it mattered most. That is what the Barton Community College softball team did Wednesday afternoon in a sweep of Dodge City.

April 09, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


I'd Forgotten Peace Was Possible

The President of the United States of America announced a peace deal with Iran. It's been so long that American leadership in the world sought peace through diplomacy I forgot we had it in our foreign policy tool box. The last time that occurred to me was on a Spring Break trip to Arkansas, which, granted, is also not an idea that occurs to many people.

April 09, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tax-Time Misery

When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant's office.

April 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Testing Stress

April 09, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Ellinwood Prom

Ellinwood High School Prom 2015 will be held at Ellinwood High School on April 11th. Prom decorations may be viewed by the public from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Promenade will begin at 6 p.m. on the east side of the high school. The prom theme for this year will be Candy Land. The dance will end at 11 p.m. Transportation to After Prom will be on the north side of the high school.

April 09, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend bowlers earn All State honors

Great Bend senior Jeff Mietler was selected to be on the All Kansas State Bowling team. The Panther captain ended the season with an average of 218. At the conclusion of the regular season, Jeff was named the Most Valuable Player in the WAC and was also named to the All WAC First Team. Mietler anchored the Great Bend boys to a regional runner-up finish and a third place finish at the state tournament.

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


All eyes on McIlroy and Woods as the Masters gets underway

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.

April 09, 2015 | | AP Sports


Pam Jackson 1953-2015

GREAT BEND - Pam Jackson, 62, died April 7, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.

April 08, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hilda Chakir 1916 - 2015

Hilda Chakir, 98, died April 7 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born April 8, 1916, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Gustav "Gus" and Matilda (Liese) Kasselman. On Aug. 19, 1939, she married Theodore Richard "Dick" Griffith in Great Bend. He died on April 25, 1977. She then married Norman William Chakir on March 10, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He died on Dec. 30, 2012. A lifetime resident of Barton County she was a homemaker. She was a former 4-H Leader, and enjoyed her family, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and going to dances.

April 08, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Free program explores caregiving for seniors

A free program for caregivers of senior citizens will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Jail Log, April 6-7, 2015

Booked April 6

April 08, 2015 | | On the Record


Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

April 08, 2015 | | AP Sports


Cardinal baseball moves its record to 4-2 with a pair of wins over Hillsboro

HILLSBORO- The Hoisington Cardinals baseball team outlasted the Hillsboro Trojans Tuesday squeaking out an 8-6 win at Hillsboro.

April 08, 2015 | LONDON REIF, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


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