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Fern Marie Zajic 1926 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Fern Marie Zajic, 89, passed away Nov. 14, 2015. Born Oct. 28, 1926, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Hedwig (Hoffman) and Edwin Westerman. On May 14, 1948, she married Harold Ray Zajic in Holyrood. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, she was a homemaker.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Krista Gagelman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Krista Gagelman, 42, passed away on Nov. 12, at her home in Kansas City, Mo. She was the daughter of Rita Gagelman of Albert, and the late Merlin Gagelman.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Richard L. Ford 1946 - 2015

OSKALOSSA, Iowa - Richard L. Ford, 69, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Nov. 11, 2015, at the MHP Hospital in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Born May 18,, 1946, in Great Bend, he was the son of L.V. and Betty Cox Ford. He attended school in Kansas. Following school, Richard joined the U.S. Navy Reserves. On May 6, 1972, he married Connie E. Olds. She died April 16, 2014. Richard worked at the Post Office in Hutchinson, the City of Chase, and the State of Kansas. He retired from Young Motors in Lyons. In 2011, Richard and Connie moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa. He ...

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Ronald L. “Ron” Royer 1936 - 2015

Ronald. L. "Ron" Royer, 79, died Nov. 14, 2015, at Almost Home, Inc., in Great Bend. Born April 6, 1936, in Sunbury, Penn., he was the son of John W. and Verna (Bartlow) Royer. On July 17, 1955, he married Fern D. Ochs in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Otis, he owned and operated Ochs, Inc., of Otis. In his retirement, he enjoyed substituting for USD 428, gardening, and woodworking.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Aron Villegas 1992-2015

Aron Villegas, 23, died Sunday, November 15, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 1, 1992, he was the son of Jose and Paula (Enriquez) Villegas.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Ruby M. Popp 1934-2015

HOISINGTON - Ruby M. Popp, 81, died Nov. 15, 2015, at home in Hoisington. Born July 12, 1934 at Newton County, Ark., she was the daughter of James and Lena (Cline) Armer.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

Mary Lyne Grandclair 1954-2015

HOISINGTON - Mary Lyne Grandclair, 61, died Nov. 15, 2015, at her residence in rural Hoisington. Born Oct. 10, 1954 at LaCrosse, she was the daughter of Edson and Melva (Donovan) Merlau.

November 16, 2015 | | Obituaries

BCC to host Prairie Winds Concert

Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band and Jazz Band, featuring members of the community, will present their annual fall concert titled "It Is Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

Hughes donates car to Almost Home in memory of brother

Rhonda Hughes, Great Bend, believes that her brother, Stanton Bergen, is probably tickled with the idea that his 2012 Kia Soul is being put to good use.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

​School board to recognize PE teacher

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Library at Great Bend High School. The board will recognize Tyler Shirley, a physical education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, for winning the Kansas Horizon Award, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education to recognize outstanding first-year teachers.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

Barton Theatre presents “The Santaland Diaries” to raise funds for program

The Barton Theatre Department will present "The Santaland Diaries," starring Barton Theatre and Kansas State University Theatre alumnus, Great Bend resident Grady Bolding at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Donations will be taken at the door and will go toward new equipment and materials for the theatre program. The play was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

Deputies recover stolen vehicle

ALBERT – A tip from an Albert resident led to the arrest of an alleged car thief from Hays and the recovery of a stolen vehicle, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

November 16, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Believers Wrestling Club to hold meeting Tuesday

The Great Bend Believers Wrestling Club is sponsoring an informational and sign-up meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Great Bend Middle School on the south entrance.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

Firearms stolen on Friday

According to the Barton County Sheriff's Department, on Nov. 13, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., a burglary was committed in the 200 block of North East Baker, north of the city of Great Bend. Four firearms were stolen.

November 16, 2015 | | Local News

OTR for November 16, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

November 16, 2015 | | On the Record

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Where Have all the Ducks Gone?

We are in a duck vortex right now. There are essentially NO ducks in the Bottoms. We had a nice teal season and early duck ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Club Calendar


November 29, 2015 | | Club News

Special Needs Calendar


November 29, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with ...

November 29, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Senior Activities


November 29, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

USD 428, Holy Family, and Helping Hands

The following meals will be served Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. The secondary schools also have available daily main dish, chef salad, combo lunches and ...

November 29, 2015 | | Menus and Activities

Metzger baby girl

Kyle and Kendra Metzger announce the birth of their daughter Brynn McKenzie Metzger on Sept. 30, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. She weighed 10 ...

November 29, 2015 | | Births

Fern Faye Nairn 1921-2015

Fern Faye Nairn, 94, died Nov. 27, 2015, at home in Great Bend. Born Jan. 22, 1921, at Alexander, she was the daughter of William ...

November 28, 2015 | | Obituaries

Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice hosts holiday grief session

Even though Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors grief support groups throughout the year, it has once again scheduled a special holiday-related session.

November 28, 2015 | | Local News

Florence Marie Clayton Doze 1938 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Florence Marie Clayton Doze passed from this life Nov. 25, 2015, in Wichita. Born on Jan. 19, 1938, in Kingman, she was the daughter ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Loray W. “Ray” Wilhelm

BUHLER - Loray W. "Ray" Wilhelm, 90, died Nov. 25, 2015, at Buhler Sunshine Retirement Community. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elliott Mortuary and Crematory in ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Abbie Louise Miller

Abbie Louise Miller, a resident of Great Bend since 1945, entered her eternal home Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Abbie and her husband Dean moved to ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

Rowetta Mae Clements Calp 1934-2015

Rowetta Mae Clements Calp, 81, died Nov. 26, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital, Wichita. Born April 6, 1934 at Jefferson City, Mo., she was the ...

November 27, 2015 | | Obituaries

​Touched by Cancer members to celebrate Christmas

Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Third and ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

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