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Political Benefits of a Royal Baby

Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution. But this morning, with the arrival of The Royal Baby, I finally get it. The House of Windsor gives the British permission to ignore their political and economic woes, to escape from themselves.

July 26, 2013 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Catholic Social Service offers series on adoption

DODGE CITY - Catholic Social Service will hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant.

July 25, 2013 | | Religion

St. Bernard, St. Ignatius churches host renowned speaker

ELLSWORTH - Richard Lane, son of NFL Hall of Famer Dick "Night Train" Lane, will be the featured speaker at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Aug. 4-6.

July 25, 2013 | | Religion

Royals’ bats burn Orioles in 7-1 uprising

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings and Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Thursday.

July 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Hall of Famer Brett steps down as Royals hitting coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - George Brett took over as the Kansas City Royals' interim hitting coach with the rudderless team mired in an eight-game skid. He leaves with them showing signs of life.

July 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Softball tourney postponed

The Storm Co-Ed Softball Tournament scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Aug. 3. For more information, contact Patty Halseth, tournament organizer,, 620-786-4378.

July 25, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Russell Co. inmates face federal drug charges

TOPEKA – Two people have been indicted on one charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.

July 25, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Sooners still unsure who will start at QB

DALLAS - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was quick to point out there still is no final decision on who will be the starting quarterback for the Sooners this season.

July 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Photos released apparently showing Hernandez with gun

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is holding what authorities have said is a gun in several surveillance photos that were released Thursday and had been recorded hours before - and minutes after - his friend was shot to death.

July 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Falcons, Ryan reach agreement on five-year contract extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Now that he's wearing a $100 million smile, quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to get back to work for the Atlanta Falcons.

July 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

OTR for July 25, 2013

Great Bend Fire/EMS

July 25, 2013 | | On the Record

Poker tournament to be held

HOISINGTON - Everyone 21 and over is invited to play in a Texas Hold'Em Poker tournament to raise funds for area charities. The tournament will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 North Main.

July 25, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

What’s in a name

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 25, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Straw for Kids and Klowns

July 25, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

Check It Out!

ELLINWOOD - "Iron House" by John Hart. When an older boy is brutally killed at the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, Michael makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect his brother. He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him. Now, two decades later, Michael wants a chance to start fresh, and to build a family of his own. But he must first find his lost brother, and return to the Iron House of their childhood, to the place where it all began.

July 25, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

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OTR for November 25, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

November 25, 2015 | | On the Record

2B Organized announces new franchise in Great Bend

2B Organized, a professional organizing firm, announced the launch of a new franchise to serve Great Bend and surrounding areas. Services include residential and commercial ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced ...

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate ...

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists

Syrian Refugees

November 25, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Annual Turkey Awards

It's time, once again, for our Annual Turkey Awards. That time of year when we recognize the biggest "Turkeys" from the world of sports ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Grant benefits local swim team

Earlier this year the Golden Belt Community Foundation established the Barton County Pool Grant and Endowment Funds (Funds) as a way to provide long-term support ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Galindo joins Plains State Bank

Plains State Bank announces the hiring of Cory Galindo at their Great Bend Loan Production Office located at 2700 10th Street in Great Bend. Cory ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Nex-Tech announces new location in Great Bend

Nex-Tech relocated its store location to 3700 10th Street in Great Bend on Nov. 1. Nex-Tech customers will enjoy easier access in and out of ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Trustees look at campus security

Dear Editor,

November 25, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor

Tiger fans make plans for bowl game

It's been a long time since the Fort Hays State University football team has qualified for the post-season, and fans are making plans to ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

​Cookie Contest promises sweet fun to Saturday shoppers

Great Bend shoppers have the opportunity to participate in a fun event this Saturday as they visit local retail stores and support Small Business Saturday ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Prairie Ink accepting submissions

Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, are accepting entries for its seventh edition.

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Galindo joins Plains State Bank

Plains State Bank announced the hiring of Cory Galindo at its Great Bend Loan Production Office located at 2700 10th St.

November 24, 2015 | | Business

St. Rose Health Center volunteers host Jewelry Fair

Anyone who is on the search for stocking stuffers and other gifts may want to take advantage of the upcoming B&N Jewelry Fair. St ...

November 24, 2015 | | Business

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