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The Tea Party is the Country’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Is politics imitating art? In "The Phantom of the Opera," opera singer Christine Daaé is kidnapped by the deformed, masked Eric. The most dramatic scene is when Christine rips off Eric's mask, revealing underneath the horrifying face of a rotting corpse. And so it is in 2013: independents, moderates, centrists, Democrats, moderate Republicans, traditional conservative Republicans, the Republican establishment have all now seen the underlying face of the Tea Party. And it isn't pretty.

October 18, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling operations in limbo

BY MARIA L. LA GANGA

October 18, 2013 | | Oil & Gas


Fort Larned National Historic Site reopens

LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site reopened to visitors Thursday.

October 18, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Pawnee County Humane started operating in 2005

LARNED - In 2005, a group of concerned citizens recognized that Larned, like many communities across the country, had a problem with pet homelessness.

October 18, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Great Bend youngster helps animal shelter

LARNED - Ethan Reneau of Great Bend turned 11 on his most recent birthday, but he did something that most adults do not do - he requested presents not for himself, but for others less fortunate.

October 18, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Fort Larned site reopens to visitors, travelers

LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site reopened to visitors Thursday.

October 17, 2013 | | News


​Breakout in Worship Friday at Perkins

The next Breakout in Worship will be at 7 p.m. at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Worship will be led by Henry and Michael Conner of Great Bend. These pastors will also give the message. A freewill love offering will be collected.

October 17, 2013 | | Religion


​Grace Community Church announces Fall Harvest Carnival, trunk or treat

Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St. Great Bend, will hold a Fall Harvest Carnival from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be carnival games, hay rides, a family photo booth, chicken noodle soup and chili, as well as "trunk or treat" for the costumed little ones in the parking lot.

October 17, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Upcoming events

• Trunk of Treat – 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway, Great Bend. Children are invited to come in costumes to trick-or-treat in the church parking lot. The pumpkin patch will be open selling pumpkins and gourds; this is also a good place to take family photos.

October 17, 2013 | | Religion


'Inherit the Wind' shows Friday at Motherhouse

Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the 1960 movie "Inherit the Wind" at 6:15 tonight at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. The movie is presented as part of the Movies with a Message Series. Refreshments will be served, and there will be discussion time after the movie. A freewill donation is requested.

October 17, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Fall Gospel Sings starts Friday

The Ninth Annual Fall Gospel Sings Concert will be held Friday and Saturday at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium.

October 17, 2013 | | Religion


DeVore joins Pastoral Care team at St. Rose; office at GBHH&H

The Rev. Angela DeVore has a long history of caring for other people who need a helping hand, which ultimately led to her answering a call to the ministry.

October 17, 2013 | | Local News


Lula Mae Alpers 1938 - 2013

HUTCHINSON - Lula Mae Alpers, 75, died Oct. 15 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born May 5, 1938, at Buffalo, Okla., she was the daughter of Walker Clinton and Elma Mae (Harmon) Irion. Lula Mae graduated from Northwestern College in Alva, Okla., with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. On Aug. 12, 1964, she married Wayne L. Alpers.The couple shared 49 years together. He survives. She was an elementary teacher and substitute teacher for schools in Stafford County and was a homemaker.

October 17, 2013 | | Obituaries


Robert J. “Bobby” Ludwig 1959 - 2013

OLMITZ - Robert J. "Bobby" Ludwig, 54, died Oct. 16 at his home in Olmitz. Born Aug. 30, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Robert G. and Marjorie L. (Debes) Ludwig. In 1978 he graduated from Hoisington High School. On Feb. 11, 1984, he married Veronica Bowden at Great Bend. A lifelong area resident, he was employed by Gerald Schneider construction and was employed by Kansas Brick and Tile for 23 years. He enjoyed taking care of his cattle, working on his home, helping family and friends with harvest, running the road grader in Albion Township, and spending ...

October 17, 2013 | | Obituaries


Dale Hartig 1932 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - Dale Hartig, 80, passed away Oct. 15 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1932, at Strong City, he was the son of Herman and Glenna Rose (Crouch) Hartig. A resident of Ellinwood since 1955, he was a carpenter and worked maintenance at Barton Community College. On Jan. 11, 1957, he married Ella Jane (Koch) at Ellinwood.

October 17, 2013 | | Obituaries


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