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Shafer Gallery draws crowd for Holiday Open House

Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.

December 11, 2012 | | Local News


TOPS gauges interest in evening weight-loss group

The Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss support group is interested in starting an evening group in Great Bend, said Beverly Bednasek, TOPS KS coordinator, Valley Center.

December 11, 2012 | | Business


OTR for Dec. 12, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

December 11, 2012 | | On the Record


Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo welcomes new staff member

The City of Great Bend is to announced that Danielle Ricklefs has joined the Brit Spaugh Zoo as the new zoo educator. Ricklefs' responsibilities will include planning, organizing and implementing educational content for the zoo programs for all ages, updating curricula to meet Kansas Standards and teach various educational programs and presentations.

December 11, 2012 | | Business


Arthur W. “Arty” Timm

WOODBINE - Arthur Wayne "Arty" Timm, 64, born Feb. 4, 1948 in Herington, died Dec. 7 in Wichita.

December 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


CUNA mutual group contributes $100,000 to Great Bend theater

Madison, Wis.,-based CUNA Mutual Group announced Tuesday afternoon that it has pledged $100,000 over three years to the new six-screen theater that is being built in downtown Great Bend. One of Great Bend's largest employers, CPI Qualified Plan Consultants was acquired by CUNA Mutual Group in 2009.

December 11, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Business


Brayden Carl Davis

ST. JOHN - Brayden Carl Davis, stillborn son of Kevin and Laura (Tompkins) Davis, was born on Dec. 8 at Pratt Regional Medical Center.

December 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


GBHS Debate Team

The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.

December 11, 2012 | | Local News


The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012

First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar's Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl necklaces and motorcycle handlebars.

December 11, 2012 | | Columnists


How a For-Profit University Killed Community College Expansion

In response to an increasing demand for bachelor's degrees, community colleges in more than a dozen states have expanded their programs to include career-oriented, four-year degrees. Advocates say these programs – which typically require approval from state lawmakers – better respond to student and employer needs by providing affordable bachelor's degrees.

December 11, 2012 | | Columnists


Fiscal Cliff Averting Budget Deal Advent Calendar

December 11, 2012 | | Editorial Cartoons


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.

December 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


SANTA HAS COME TO TOWN

There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,

December 11, 2012 | BY DEBORAH FREUND Special to the Tribune | Local News


Hoisington church presents St. Lucia

HOISINGTON -On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 11th and Vine Streets in Hoisington will present the story of St. Lucia, Child of Light. The 30-minute service will feature music, readings, prayer, and the compelling story of the girl who died for her faith and became the symbol of light amid the darkness. All are welcome for the service, fellowship, and refreshments.

December 11, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


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December 11, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


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Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3.

May 26, 2015 | KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Not Guthrie’s day as Royals drop opener

NEW YORK- The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

May 26, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Blazers take Wichita championship

The Barton Blazers took first place in the Wichita Tournament. They defeated the Wichita Biggins in the championship game 49-40. Players include Brock Skelton, J.J. Heredia, Chance Sanger, Nick Wondra, Evan Campbell, Sam Ryan, Mason Perez, and Connor Griffith. These Blazers play again next weekend in Wichita.

May 26, 2015 | | Local Sports


Moochers and Takers

May 26, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Christie Dead Wrong About Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American's digital communication.

May 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


​Great Bend City Band concerts start Thursday

The Great Bend City Band will hold its first concert of the summer this Thursday, May 28, at 8:15 p.m. at the band shell in the Barton County courthouse square, 1400 Main.

May 25, 2015 | | Local News


Summer library programs start June 1

The Great Bend Public Library's summer programs start Monday, June 1, and run through July 17. This year's programs have superhero theme.

May 25, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


LeBron’s triple-double helps Cavs top Hawks in thriller

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James dropped to his knees and slapped the floor with his hand.

May 25, 2015 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Juan Pablo Montoya wins his second Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS - With a bold move on a teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya became a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.

May 25, 2015 | CHRIS JENKINS | AP Sports


Slow start, tough breaks mar Ventura’s line

KANSAS CITY- Just because right-hander Yordano Ventura started off a little rocky in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals doesn't mean Royals manager Ned Yost didn't like what he saw.

May 25, 2015 | By Jordan Wilson/MLB.com | AP Sports


​Ruth Marie Cannon

Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, of Great Bend, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.

May 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


2015 CPHS Community Scholarship recipients

The Community Scholarship, Inc. of Claflin awarded scholarships to 19 graduates and 14 alumni at the Central Plains High School graduation ceremony on May 17. Many donors, alumni, and organizations made it possible to award $38,695.00 to the graduates and alumni to help with their college expenses.

May 24, 2015 | | Education


Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


17 year cicadas

This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.

May 24, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

May 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


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