LARNED - Grace Lutheran Church and the Sandstone Pumpkin Patch at 914 W. 2nd, Larned, is sponsoring a benefit for the Orphan Grain Train on Sunday, Oct. 9. A 2 p.m. family pumpkin picking will be followed by a Wisconsin style fish feed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
LARNED - The Larned USD 495 heard reports from building administrators and supervisors at a recent meeting of the board of education. The following are approved minutes from the Aug. 8 meeting.
Gary W. Parr, 50, owner of Parr Sound & Lighting, is not the Gary Parr listed in On the Record in Thursday's Great Bend Tribune. While both men live in Great Bend, the person arrested this week is Gary D. Parr, who is 45 years old, according to jail records.
Members of the Quivira Council Boy Scouts of America will conduct a Scouting for Food collection on Saturday, Oct. 8. Residents in Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood are asked to place non-perishable food items on their porches by 8 a.m. that day. All items collected will be donated to the Barton County Food Bank.
Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner/auction. The fund raiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Highland Convention Center. Tickets are $50 each.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season.
As America moves into the 21s century it faces an increasingly vexing problem: what's it to do about Pakistan? Is it friend or foe or an unacceptable combination of both? Is giving it sensitive information a national security risk?
Self-described Las Vegas "performer" Staysha Randall took 3,200 different piercings in her body during the same sitting to break the Guinness world record by 100 prickings.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Boston Red Sox completed their September collapse in horrific and historic fashion, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals completed one of baseball's greatest comebacks, clinching the NL wild card Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Houston and a later loss by Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - With the season on the line, the Atlanta Braves couldn't get the final three outs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Jared Allen's return to Kansas City this week isn't his priority focus.
The Houston Texans have failed many a litmus test in their near-decade of NFL existence. They're still searching for a playoff berth.
In case you were wondering, black.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.