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Shafer Gallery draws crowd for Holiday Open House

Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.

December 11, 2012 | | Local News


TOPS gauges interest in evening weight-loss group

The Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss support group is interested in starting an evening group in Great Bend, said Beverly Bednasek, TOPS KS coordinator, Valley Center.

December 11, 2012 | | Business


OTR for Dec. 12, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

December 11, 2012 | | On the Record


Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo welcomes new staff member

The City of Great Bend is to announced that Danielle Ricklefs has joined the Brit Spaugh Zoo as the new zoo educator. Ricklefs' responsibilities will include planning, organizing and implementing educational content for the zoo programs for all ages, updating curricula to meet Kansas Standards and teach various educational programs and presentations.

December 11, 2012 | | Business


Arthur W. “Arty” Timm

WOODBINE - Arthur Wayne "Arty" Timm, 64, born Feb. 4, 1948 in Herington, died Dec. 7 in Wichita.

December 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


CUNA mutual group contributes $100,000 to Great Bend theater

Madison, Wis.,-based CUNA Mutual Group announced Tuesday afternoon that it has pledged $100,000 over three years to the new six-screen theater that is being built in downtown Great Bend. One of Great Bend's largest employers, CPI Qualified Plan Consultants was acquired by CUNA Mutual Group in 2009.

December 11, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Business


Brayden Carl Davis

ST. JOHN - Brayden Carl Davis, stillborn son of Kevin and Laura (Tompkins) Davis, was born on Dec. 8 at Pratt Regional Medical Center.

December 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


GBHS Debate Team

The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.

December 11, 2012 | | Local News


The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012

First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar's Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl necklaces and motorcycle handlebars.

December 11, 2012 | | Columnists


How a For-Profit University Killed Community College Expansion

In response to an increasing demand for bachelor's degrees, community colleges in more than a dozen states have expanded their programs to include career-oriented, four-year degrees. Advocates say these programs – which typically require approval from state lawmakers – better respond to student and employer needs by providing affordable bachelor's degrees.

December 11, 2012 | | Columnists


Fiscal Cliff Averting Budget Deal Advent Calendar

December 11, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.

December 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


SANTA HAS COME TO TOWN

There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,

December 11, 2012 | BY DEBORAH FREUND Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington church presents St. Lucia

HOISINGTON -On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 11th and Vine Streets in Hoisington will present the story of St. Lucia, Child of Light. The 30-minute service will feature music, readings, prayer, and the compelling story of the girl who died for her faith and became the symbol of light amid the darkness. All are welcome for the service, fellowship, and refreshments.

December 11, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


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December 11, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


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EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock

The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board.

May 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Debate Dilemma: How to Cull the Republican Herd

This is more daunting than a Rubik's cube: How in the world do you fit as many as 18 Republican candidates on one debate stage?

May 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Swimming offers alternative athletic competition

Dear Editor,

May 27, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Farm payment limits

Dear Editor,

May 27, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Medicare Basics Workshop slated June 4, in Ellsworth

If you'll soon be getting Medicare, or just want to know more about Medicare, experts on Medicare will present a "Medicare Basics" workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library, 219 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth that will cover essential Medicare information and provide answers to your questions.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Clara Barton Hospital Foundation, 250 West 9th in Hoisington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters January Pecora and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Quake felt in Great Bend

A Great Bend resident reported feeling an earthquake at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of Broadway Ave.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend NAMI changes bake sale plans

The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has changed the time and place of its upcoming fundraiser. There will be a bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Walmart.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Track's Cliff Burt to retire following state meet

You can measure success for a high school and youth sports coach in a lot of different ways; number of state champions, number of athletes continuing their career in college with a scholarship and, most of all, having a positive impact on an adolescent's development. Cliff Burt exemplifies all of those categories and then some. A track coach in Great Bend for the past 35 years, 20 at the high school level, coach Burt has left his mark on the shot and discuss rings that will never be matched.

May 26, 2015 | CHRIS BURT, Special to the Tribune | Prep Sports


​John L. “Jack” Godin 1939 - 2015

PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Erwin “Erv” Leiker 1934 - 2015

Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Ruth Marie Cannon 1936 - 2015

Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Argonne Rebels exhibit coming to Great Bend Public Library

An exhibit featuring the Argonne Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps will open Monday, June 1, at the Great Bend Public Library.

May 26, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | Local News


NCAA Division I baseball tournament

NCAA REGIONALS

May 26, 2015 | | Local Sports


OTR for May 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 26, 2015 | | On the Record


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