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Motorcycle Awareness Ride

Bikers of Central Kansas will sponsor the Motorcycle Awareness Ride on Saturday. All riders will meet at 11 a.m. at Ernie's Bar and Grill, 619 main in Great Bend. Bikes will be leaving about noon and the ride will go through Larned and south to Belpre. Then east on Highway 50 through Macksville, on to St. John and a ride around the city square. From St. John to Stafford for a fuel stop at the Cenex station on the highway, north into Ellinwood, north on the blacktop from Ellinwood through Cheyenne Bottoms to Highway 4 and on into ...

April 27, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Kobe's emphatic dunks slam New Orleans

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant picked up his dribble with two hands and soared to the hoop, looking more like the cocky teenager who used to wear a No. 8 Lakers jersey than the weary veteran with five rings and perpetually gimpy ankles.

April 27, 2011 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Kansas Senate to recognize KU's Reed

TOPEKA (AP) - The state Senate will take a few minutes from its first day back at work to recognize Kansas guard Tyrel Reed for his achievements on and off the basketball court.

April 27, 2011 | | AP Sports


Take kids to school Thursday

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day ought to be expanded.

April 27, 2011 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


He’s not on royal wedding list

British loyalist Michael Stone still claims it was all a misunderstanding - that he did not intend to assassinate Irish Republican Army political leaders in 2006, despite being arrested at the Northern Ireland legislature carrying knives, an ax, a garotte, and a bag of explosives that included flammable liquids, gas canisters and fuses.

April 27, 2011 | | News of the Weird


No royal wedding invite for the Prez

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

April 27, 2011 | | Columnists


Lady Panthers sweep doubleheader in Scott City

SCOTT CITY - The Great Bend High School softball team totaled 36 hits in a non-conference doubleheader sweep against Scott City on Tuesday night.

April 26, 2011 | | Prep Sports


Chicago finishes off Pacers

CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Luol Deng added 24 and the Chicago Bulls finally played like a top seed, knocking off the Indiana Pacers 116-89 in Game 5 to wrap up their first-round playoff series Tuesday night.

April 26, 2011 | | AP Sports


Cleveland batters light up Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

April 26, 2011 | | AP Sports


Hoisington Middle School track team sets new meet records

OSBORNE - The Hoisington Middle School track team set four meet records in Osborne last Thursday.

April 26, 2011 | | Local Sports


GBHS athletics cancellations

The Great Bend High School JV Tennis Invitational and the Panthers "C" team baseball game against Hoisington that was to be played on Monday has been cancelled.

April 26, 2011 | | Prep Sports


GBHS boys tennis team makes finals at Sterling meet

STERLING - The Great Bend High School boys tennis team completed pool play at the Sterling Invitational on Tuesday before inclement weather forced the meet to end early.

April 26, 2011 | | Prep Sports


Iowa pens commitment from Kansas basketball player

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says Gabe Olaseni (oh-lah-SEHN'-ee), a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center from Kansas, has signed a national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes.

April 26, 2011 | | AP Sports


Magic stays alive with win over Atlanta

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Jason Richardson scored 17 points and J.J. Redick added 14 to help the Orlando Magic stay alive in the playoffs with a 101-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

April 26, 2011 | | AP Sports


GBHS girls soccer team loses to Hays

HAYS - The Great Bend High School girls soccer team gave up a late goal to Hays to lose on Monday, 2-1.

April 26, 2011 | | Prep Sports


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Barton Blazers place 2nd

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Cheap Gas

January 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Cougar women make it back-to-back West wins

Some portions of a schedule are tougher than others. Thanks to a make-up reshuffling earlier this year, the Barton Community College women's basketball had about as tough a 3-game stretch as anyone in the nation will play this season.

January 27, 2015 | | Community College


Barton offensive continues to roll in 100-90 win over Pratt

On a night when Gene Butler, a member of the highest scoring team in school history, was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame, the current Cougars showed him they can score a few points as well. Barton hit triple digits for the third time in seven conference games in a 100-90 win over Pratt.

January 27, 2015 | | Community College


Man found burning wire

Great Bend Fire Department dispatched units at 10:39 a.m. Friday for a possible structure fire at 600 Kansas Ave. Chief Mike Napolitano said that upon arrival they found that a man was in the basement burning the insulation off copper wire. The fire was out when units arrived; however, there was still some smoke in the building.

January 26, 2015 | | On the Record


Norma Ruth Schaefer - 1926 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Norma Ruth Schaefer, 88, passed away Jan. 25 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. She was born June 10, 1926, in Lincoln, to Anna E. (Bahls) and Neils M. Pedersen.

January 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hazel "Alberta" Crone - 1925 - 2015

PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel "Alberta" Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, at her home in rural Pawnee Rock. Born July 12, 1925, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of George Albert and Hazel Olive (Colgin) Payne. On June 26, 1942, she married Francis "Roy" Crone in Iola. He died on Nov. 19, 2007. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

January 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for Jan. 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 26, 2015 | | On the Record


High school basketball scores

HIGH SCHOOL SCORES

January 26, 2015 | | Prep Sports


Trees vs Grass

Many times when I go out on home visits, the homeowners concerns are with trees on their property. One reason for your trees being in distress may very well be your lawn. If your grass, (especially cool season grasses such as fescue) is allowed to grow up to the trunk of your trees, the competition for water and other nutrients may cause your tree to decline in health. Following is a report on research that has been completed by KSU with more information about the grass and tree competition issue many homeowners have faced.

January 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


Raindrop Repair technician attends Reinke advanced PLUS Seminar

Reinke announces that Stephen Batten with Raindrop Repair in St. John, recently attended the 3-day Reinke Advanced PLUS (Proven Leaders in Unmatched Service) Seminar. Service technicians representing 13 Reinke dealerships from across the U.S. attended the seminar in Deshler, Neb.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Check It Out!

If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


RiverBend auction benefits Clara Barton Hospital Foundation

"Having a benefit auction with the proceeds going to the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation was a great way for us to support our medical providers and helps enhance services for our residents at the same time," reports Bryan Stacey, Executive Director at RiverBend Assisted Living, in Great Bend. "Our two facilities are a natural fit and have a great working relationship."

January 25, 2015 | | Business


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