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Naomi L. Converse 1938 - 2015

GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Edgar Sturtz 1934-2015

ELLINWOOD - William Edgar Sturtz, 80, passed away at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood, KS on May 10. Born June 24, at Shattuck, Okla., he was the son of Willie and Roselea (Miller) Sturtz.

May 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kansas high school students participate in Vortex Art Day

About 100 Kansas high school students flocked to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from Barton's art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit on Thursday.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Vandalism reports in Great Bend

Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Drug busts reported

Great Bend police made a narcotics arrest at 1:38 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Jackson Street, after a driver allegedly failed to use her turn signal.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Man reports knife attack

A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.

May 11, 2015 | | News


Brownies conduct service project

Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 11142 recently conducted a sweet community service project at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. They made and delivered 50 chemo kits filled with journals of inspirational pictures and quotes, along with pens, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, candy and mints. They also made special kits with toys for children.

May 11, 2015 | | Local News


Thunder on the Plains opens NHRA West Central Division

S.R.C.A Dragstrip will host Thunder on the Plains on May 15-17 at 455 W. Barton County Rd.; 2½ miles west of Great Bend on the old Air Force base. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


KDWPT to hold duck zone informational meeting Thursday

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff are hosting a series of informational meetings to hear public input on duck hunting zone boundaries in the Kansas Low Plains Early, Late and Southeast Zones.

May 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


OTR for May 12, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

May 11, 2015 | | On the Record


Larned city council to meet Monday

CITY OF LARNED, KANSAS

May 11, 2015 | | Pawnee Co. News


Clippers rout Rockets 128-95 to take 3-1 series lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Houston's strategy of intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooter DeAndre Jordan backfired in a big way.

May 11, 2015 | BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Top seeds in both East, West in trouble trailing semis 2-1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First-year coach Steve Kerr knows a crucial moment in the playoffs, so he understands exactly the test his Golden State Warriors face trailing Memphis 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.

May 11, 2015 | TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


After delay, Royals down Tigers in 10th

DETROIT- The weekend showdown between the Tigers and Royals lasted into Monday morning before Omar Infante's 10th-inning sacrifice fly decided the rubber match of their three-game set, sending Kansas City to a 2-1 win at Comerica Park.

May 11, 2015 | JASON BECK/MLB.com | AP Sports


Katherine Heeke graduates from Southwester Assemlies of God University

Katherine Mary Heeke of Great Bend, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Ministries during Southwestern Assemblies of God University's 107th commencement ceremony, held on May 1.

May 10, 2015 | | Education


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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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