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Residents in the southeast part of Great Bend reported seeing Santa Claus in town Saturday, handing out bags of candy. Taking advantage of the nice weather, George Weber put on a Santa suit and hitched his mule to a wagon. "I've been doing this for several years," he said, adding the candy was furnished by his cousins, Rick and Randy Suchy. Weber said he'd given away 100 bags of candy, including one to Darien Montes, shown here with his mom. Darien will be 3 years old on Dec. 20.
HAYS - Donna J. Schmidt, 74, died Dec. 7 at Hays Medical Center. Born April 20, 1938, in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Henry Oscar and Hertha Elsa (Reiswig) White. She grew up and attended high school in Hutchinson. On Dec. 20, 1959, she married Richard E. "Rich" Schmidt in Hutchinson. He died on Oct. 26, 1998. She and her husband owned and operated Al's Chickenette in Hays, from 1976 to 2010. She received a nursing degree at Fort Scott and worked at Central Kansas Hospital in Great Bend for a few years. She moved to Hays in 1976 ...
Doris "Arlene" Bigham, 89, formerly of Great Bend, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born the daughter of Roy and Nellie (Stump) Van Cleave on March 18, 1923, in Pawnee County near Larned. In 1943, Arlene and Phillip Eugene Bigham were united in marriage in Denver, Colo. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage. She was a loving mother and grandmother that touched many lives. All that knew Arlene loved her dearly.
GUYMON, Okla. - Judy Kay Prather, 57, of Guymon, Okla., passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County in Guymon. The daughter of Michael Ross and Othilia Bertha (Bender) Prather, she was born June 10, 1955, in Great Bend. She attended the Countryside school, as well as the Laverne and Keyes, Okla., schools, graduating from Keyes High School with the Class of 1974.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Syria's detestable Bashar-al Assad regime -- or the beginning of a new international crisis swirling around it? Or both?
That "most wonderful time of the year" has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the crèche.
One of the most anticipated events in Kansas is the rifle season for deer. White-tailed deer across the state, and mule deer primarily in Western Kansas are harvested for excellent meat and bragging rights related to large racks. Most of us that bow hunt take a break if we haven't harvested our deer, and the game wardens are working 24/7 during this intense 10 day event. Lots of good and bad things happen and sometimes normally sane people do some unusual things in relation to deer hunting. I am stunned at some of it. One day a game ...
Ellinwood Municipal Court Docket - Nov. 27
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If you can't get your own teenager to help around the house, here's an idea: Rent one.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Regan Ochs and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 14.
The Hair Studio at 1007 Williams in Great Bend is doing its Kuts for Kids again this year and needs some help from the community by choosing a name from its Christmas tree and making a $10 donation so these kids get their hair cut for Christmas.
Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Sprint informed NASCAR it won't extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season.
WICHITA (AP) - Darius Carter had a game-high 16 points and the go-ahead slam with 11.9 seconds remaining to lead No. 11 Wichita State to a 53-52 victory over Alabama Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - The new-look White Sox added another bat to their potent lineup on Tuesday, announcing a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Derek Fredrick, manager of Water's True Value, presents a $920 check for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund at Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF). The check represents 100 percent of the proceeds from the store's Pink Bucket fundraiser for breast cancer. Accepting the check, from left, are Leann Danner, RN OCN at Heartland Cancer Center, and Christy Tustin, GBCF executive director.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
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 Science degree in 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.
It was a Homecoming of sorts for the Barton Community College men's basketball team – in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is.