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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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Iran Deal and Republicans

April 07, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


​Get ‘The Skinny on Complete Streets’ at Stop ‘N Learn

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "The Skinny On Complete Streets," a free Stop 'N Learn program, at noon Wednesday, April 8, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. "Complete streets" are context sensitive and allow for the movement of people as well as automobiles. Representatives from Be Well Barton County will talk about accessible walking, traffic calming measures and how trails encourage economic growth.

April 06, 2015 | | Local News


Compost workshop announced

Heartland Farm is offering "Compost 101," Thursday evening, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

April 06, 2015 | | Local News


Church rummage sale Saturday

Great Bend's Presbyterian Women will hold their annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11, in the church Fellowship Hall at 24th and Washington. Funds raised by the rummage sale are contributed by Presbyterian Women to local charities and service organizations as well as to national and world-wide missions. A wide-variety of minimally priced useful items in good condition will be for sale.

April 06, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for April 7, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

April 06, 2015 | | On the Record


Mary Jane Wells 1925 - 2015

Mary Jane Wells, 89, died April 4, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, in Fort Scott she was the daughter of James L. and Lillie Mae (Chambers) Parker and was later adopted by Ruth Chidester Noggle. She attended school in St. John and later in Russell, where she graduated from in 1943. On June 1, 1943, she married Wayne Ingalls Grippin. They later divorced. She then married Joseph B. Wells. He died on June 5, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1992, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles ...

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlin Thomas Stang 1948-2015

ELLSWORTH - Merlin Thomas (Thom) Stang, 66, passed away March 26 at his home in Ellsworth. Thom was born to Albert and Anita Stang on August 7, 1948 in Marysville. He was raised in Victoria and was part of their graduating class of 1966. Thom was drafted and served the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1972, he married Ruann Kuntzsch. He completed training and was certified in printing at Salina Area Technical College.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kathryn M. Busch

WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Baseball splits West series at Garden

GARDEN CITY- Same song next verse for the Barton Community College baseball team - a weekend series split. This time the Cougars split games at Garden City over the weekend in Jayhawk West play. It was the third time in five West series Barton split games and the fifth time in seven total 4-game series.

April 06, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Rollover accident reported

A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Calipari, Haywood top list of Hall of Fame selections

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

April 06, 2015 | | AP Sports


Connecticut, Notre Dame in NCAA title game-again

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - All season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Connecticut would play for another women's national championship. It wasn't as clear cut for Huskies nemesis Notre Dame.

April 06, 2015 | | AP Sports


Harper earns Player of the Week honor yet again

Erica Harper is making a strong case for several post season honors - among those is the probable front runner for Jayhawk Conference Division I Player of the Year. If earning Player of the Week is any indication she is in the lead for Player of the Year honors.

April 06, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Cougar men roll to easy win over Ottawa tennis team

NORTH NEWTON­- With the regular season winding down, it was a good time for the Barton Community College men's tennis team to pick up an easy win. Coming off a pair of rough losses the 22nd ranked Cougars had an easy time with Ottawa University Saturday in North Newton.

April 06, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


Barton women have rough weekend

NORTH NEWTON- It wasn't a weekend to remember for the Barton Community College women's tennis team.

April 06, 2015 | Mike Marzolf, Special to the Tribune | Community College


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