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Congress needs lessons from sports

After four horrible seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars canned their general manager. The Bears missed the playoffs, and now Lovie Smith is unemployed. And now Andy Reid, once called "coach for life" by the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, is out of work.

January 02, 2013 | BY JASON STANFORD | Columnists

Ellinwood to have Red Cross blood drive

ELLINWOOD - The Red Cross will have an Ellinwood Community blood drive at St. Joseph Parish center, 110 W. 2nd St. from 2-7 p.m. on Jan. 14.

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

EGS receives visit from Mrs. Claus

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

HHS debaters honored

HOISINGTON - Recently, Hoisington High School sophomore Brandy Bodine and freshmen Robbie Willesden were named the Outstanding Debaters of the Cardinal Debate Team this past season. Robbie and Brandy, along with junior Jenny Fercking, earned letters in debate. All three were novice (first year) debaters.

January 02, 2013 | | Barton Co. News

Charities Need Your Help All Year Round

While Obama moves his fiscal chess pieces toward the inevitable cliff (or more like a boat ramp), and the sad and equally inevitable failed ideas of gun control stain newspapers and online news sites, I would like to take this moment to address America's most generous contributors of time, talent and treasure to charities - conservatives.

January 01, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Tips offered in times of low temperatures

TOPEKA – As winter weather chills the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe and exercise caution when temperatures drop below freezing.

January 01, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Kenneth Jeno

BELLEVILLE – Kenneth Jeno, 74, died Dec. 29, 2012. Born in Rice County, Minn., he was the son of Herbert and Charlotte (Johnson) Jeno. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

Gene W. Boomhower 1933 - 2012

DIGHTON - Gene W. Boomhower, 79, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. Born March 15, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of J.E. "Toots" and Amalia (Boxberger) Boomhower. Gene graduated from Hoisington High School with the Class of 1951. On March 23, 1952, he married Marlene Susank in Hoisington. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge he returned to Barton County to farm with his father and in 1963 moved to Lane County and was a lifelong farmer. He and Marlene celebrated their 60th wedding ...

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

Happy New Year Mr. President

LA JOLLA - Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.

January 01, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Maxine C. Rogers 1911 - 2012

Maxine C. Rogers, 101, died Dec. 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 27, 1911 in Larned, she was the daughter of John William and Salina Ann (Ferree) Grizzle. On Jan. 2, 1932 she married Preston James Rogers in Ellinwood. He died on May 3, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1929, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

New Year's Toast

January 01, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Ode 2 2012

And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed "L for loser" sign above our heads. "So long. See ya. Don't let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don't give them this address."

January 01, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Norman W. Chakir 1918 - 2012

Norman W. Chakir, 94, died Dec. 30, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, at Ellis, the son of William A. and Louise (Schoenthaler) Chakir. Norman married Mildred Kohlmeier in 1944, in Ellinwood. She passed away in 1974. He then married Hilda Griffith on March 10, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

Lela Wilson

Lela Wilson, 102, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Sterling House Of Great Bend, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

Curtis T. Smith 1952 - 2012

SALINA - Curtis T. Smith, 60, of Salina, passed away Dec. 28, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1952, in Hays, he was the son of Charley T. and Della Lorene (Musselman) Smith. He worked as an engineer with Union Pacific for 41 years. A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed building things, loved to play golf and was politically passionate.

January 01, 2013 | | Obituaries

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Chili for the Soul

Sunflower Diversified Services recently presented two checks totaling $387 to local charities. The checks represent the proceeds from Sunflower's Annual Chili Cook-off.

November 27, 2015 | | Business

VFW bingo canceled tonight

VFW Post 3111 has canceled bingo tonight.

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Hustle postponed because of ice

Due to the icy weather, the United Way of Central Kansas' Light to Unite Holiday Hustle, originally scheduled for this evening has been postponed until ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Suspected Terrorists in America are Free to Buy Guns

Now that congressional Republicans and roughly 50 cowered Democratic colleagues have passed a panicky bill to impede the entry of Syrian refugees, I think it ...

November 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Both Sides Half Right on Refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my conservative friends raise their eyebrows whenever I ...

November 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Area farmers and residents invited to Farmers Union Meeting

Farmers and all who are interested in farm issues are invited to the Pawnee County Farmers Union annual meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. on ...

November 27, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News

Sterling College Department of Music to present two concerts

Sterling College's Department of Music will showcase the diverse talent of its students by hosting both instrumental and a vocal concerts in December. Dr ...

November 27, 2015 | | Entertainment

Black eye Friday

November 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Master Gardeners work to save monarchs

Sherry Brent spoke to the Great Bend Garden Club on Nov. 19 to explain K-State's Master Gardener program. That program was begun in the ...

November 26, 2015 | | Local News

'Addams Family' musical auditions start Sunday

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday for the Barton Community College Music Department's spring 2016 musical, "The Addams Family: A New Musical," by ...

November 26, 2015 | | Local News

Hillary Clinton, Wall Street’s Candidate

Wall Street crony Hillary Clinton's scandalous attempt to redefine her support of and by the top 1 percent is being met with revulsion from ...

November 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Giving Thanks

It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write. It's also a reminder ...

November 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Nation of immigrants

November 26, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Hoisington Middle School Basketball

Hoisington Middle School basketball teams recently hosted Pratt Liberty Middle School. Hoisington 8th grade boys won 46-36. Hoisington 7th grade boys won 45-11, C team ...

November 26, 2015 | | Prep Sports

GBMS grapplers take second at Clay Center

Great Bend Junior High wrestlers improved their dual record to 6-2 for the season after finishing second overall Saturday at the Clay Center dual tournament.

November 26, 2015 | | Prep Sports

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