TOPEKA (AP) - Kansas lawmakers scrambled Friday to adjust to a new political landscape after three federal judges redrew the state's voting districts and created more than two dozen open legislative seats and potential incumbent-on-incumbent matchups.
SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners catcher Jesus Montero ran around with his arms in the air looking for someone to join in the party.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – West Coast oil refiners cut gasoline production after a fire earlier this year at a Washington state refinery, creating a supply shortage that's left West Coast motorists now paying very high prices at a time when the rest of the nation is seeing prices plunge, according to an influential senator and a veteran energy analyst.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (MCT) – Let's be clear at the outset, the Obama administration's decision to delay building part of the Keystone XL pipeline has contributed to Canadian public dialogue about the need to seek alternative markets for its oil reserves.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (MCT) – U.S. energy policies – specifically President Obama's delay of a decision pending further environmental-impact study for a part of the Keystone Pipeline – are pushing Canada into a closer trading relationship with China.
Paul W. Hammans, 68, died June 9 at Great Bend. He was born Aug. 2, 1943 at Florence, the son of John and Ethel (Roberts) Hammans. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He married Martha Weller June 23, 1973 at Great Bend. They later divorced. He then married Karen Ueckert April 16, 1988 at Great Bend.
Bennie Joe Dills, 68, died June 9 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. He was born Sept. 19, 1943 at Thayer, Mo., the son of Manuel Hayde Mitchel and Winnie Myrtle (Daily) Dills.
Joan P. Voth, 87, died Friday at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born Feb. 25, 1925 in Ellinwood, the daughter of Milo and Esther Schermuly Voth. She was a longtime Great Bend resident.
ULYSSES - Mollie Martina Beard, 92, died June 7. She was Born on July 24, 1919 in Seward.
William Dennis Medlock I, 84, of Great Bend, died on June 3 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Born Aug. 10, 1927 in Jethro, Ark., he was the son of George Leonard and Julia (White) Medlock. He began working on petroleum pipelines moving with his job, coming to Kansas in 1942. He settled in the Great Bend area and had made his home here since, working for Thunderbird Drilling as a cable tool driller for 19 years until his retirement. On Aug. 17, 1978 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Sally (Krestine) Strus at Ozark, Ark.
NESS CITY - Reita Mae Gabel, 73, passed away on June 6 at the Rhode Island Suites in Ransom. Born July 4, 1938 in Marion she was the daughter of George and Lorena Kuhn Bessel. On July 4, 1956 she married Milton "Stubby" Gabel in Oak Harbor, Mich. They were divorced and he later preceded her in death in May of 2002. She worked as a nurses' aide for many years.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer came full circle last month when Katie Schwartz, Omaha, Neb., graduated from Millard South High School. Katie was diagnosed with an undifferentiated sarcoma the size of a small volleyball when she was 9 months old on Sept. 14, 1994. Her two cousins, Sarah, 11, and Shane Reif, 8, Hoisington, began recycling aluminum cans to help with Katie's medical expenses.
Rosewood Services Inc. opened its doors 14 years ago as a small agency with a new approach to serving people with developmental disabilities. Clients and guardians alike have responded favorably since that time. The small start-up back then has evolved into the largest agency in the southwest region of Kansas today, according to Tammy Hammond, Rosewood's founder and executive director.
The following individuals have registered at the Barton County Clerk's Office for the positions of precinct committeeman or committeewoman in the Republican party. The list shows the precinct name, committeeman, committeewoman.
The following individuals have registered at the Barton County Clerk's Office for the positions of precinct committeeman or committeewoman in the Democratic party. The list shows the precinct name, committeeman, committeewoman.
The death of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but during the holidays, grief can be overwhelming. Instead of being "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be the most dreaded.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
MANHATTAN (AP) - With two weeks and change remaining before Big 12 play, Bruce Weber hopes his team understands the importance of the three games before the Jan. 3 date at Oklahoma State.
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