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Who’s to blame for the shutdown?

"DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say the government shutdown will last a long time, America will default on its debt and our economy and the world economy will nosedive. They say conservative Republicans are bullying the America political system and economy in way that doesn't fit with how democracy is defined in my history books. My father says President Barack Obama and the Democrats started it and want the government shut down and a default. Papa says 'If you see it on Fox News, read it on a conservative website, or if ...

October 11, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Congressman Wingnut

October 11, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Tajchman attends international conferences

Kristina Tajchman, daughter of Lloyd and Gerry Boger of Great Bend, recently returned from a two-month trip to Munich, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic, where she took part in several international energy conferences. She was accompanied on the trip by her sister, Renee, and nephew, Justin Owen, of Great Bend.

October 11, 2013 | | Local Life

MACK model airplanes to fly Saturday

The Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK) is an organization providing a safe, family-oriented environment to promote education and wholesome recreation for its members and the community as a whole through modeling activities. Join MACK on Saturday, October 12th, from 1:00 pm until dusk as members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event. Who knows? You may even have a chance to fly one of these model airplanes with the aid of a MACK instructor. This program is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by at least one adult ...

October 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Pray for world peace Saturday

Everyone is invited to meet at the Barton County Courthouse Square at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, to pray a rosary for world peace. Ruth McFrederick from St. Rose said the gathering will take place by the Jack Kilby Memorial facing Main Street. "All are welcome to share our prayer for world peace."

October 10, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Roast Beef Fall Supper planned in Bushton

BUSHTON - Holy Name Catholic Church will host a Roast Beef Fall Supper, from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Bushton Community Center in Bushton. The will be a drawing for a quilt and other prizes, as well as bingo, a cake wheel and kids games.

October 10, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Trinity Lutheran to hold Service of Healing

The 6 p.m. worship service this Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will include a Service of Healing. Members will offer the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, along with prayers for all who are ill in any way.

October 10, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Pumpkins arrive at First Christian Church

First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., is selling pumpkins and gourds as a fundraiser for next summer's Vacation Bible School. The pumpkin patch in front of the church is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, through Halloween. Coordinators Jennifer Cauley and Stacy McReynolds said they have a variety of sizes and prices.

October 10, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Michelle Gwin to speak at Aglow Lighthouse

Michelle Gwin will speak at the next Aglow Lighthouse meeting, this Saturday, Oct. 12, at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. in Great Bend. Coffee and social time is at 9 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30.

October 10, 2013 | | Religion

Faith Community Church celebrates 61 years of ministry, new addition

Faith Community Church of Great Bend will be celebrating 61 years of ministry and dedicating the new church addition at 10 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 13. Speakers will include the Rev. Fred Kirkpatrick, founding pastor of 52 years, and Sandy Kennedy, senior pastor.

October 10, 2013 | | Local News

Rae Vivian Zahradnik 1935 - 2013

LYONS - Rae Vivian Zahradnik, 78, died Oct. 8 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 9, 1935 in Oklahoma City, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy William and Eleanor Mullinix Revell. She was a graduate of Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University with a bachelor's degree in education. On June 7, 1959, she married Gordon L. Zahradnik at Wilson. He died on Oct. 8, 2013. A resident of Sterling and Lyons for 50 years, she was a retired teacher at Sterling College and the Wichita School District.

October 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Gordon L. Zahradnik 1933 - 2013

LYONS - Gordon L. Zahradnik, 80, died Oct. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 18, 1933 in Wilson, he was the son of Emil and Georgina Chrudimsky Zahradnik. He graduated from the Wilson School system and from Fort Hays State University with a master's degree in education. On June 7, 1959 he married Rae Vivian Revell at Wilson. She died on Oct. 8, 2013. A resident of Sterling and Lyons for 50 years, he was a retired teacher at Sterling College and the Wichita School District.

October 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Annette Kruckenberg 1932 - 2013

Annette Kruckenberg, 81, died Oct. 9 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 19, 1932 in Kiefer, Okla., she was the daughter of Otho E. and Eva (Reynolds) Chancey. On April 3, 1965, she married Robert L. Kruckenberg in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1963, coming from Lyons, she was a homemaker.

October 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Mark Alan Schneider 1943 - 2013

PRATT - Mark Alan Schneider, 70, died Oct. 9 at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita. Born June 7, 1943, in Wichita, he was the son of Arthur and Marie (Schwertfeger) Schenider. He was a farmer. On June 29, 2002, he married Virginia K. Bunch in Pratt. She survives.

October 10, 2013 | | Obituaries

Barton to host annual Sneak Preview Concert at Fine Arts Auditorium

The Barton Visual and Performing Arts Department will host its annual Sneak Preview Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

October 10, 2013 | | Area Briefs

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Diana S. Wehling, 68, died Nov. 25, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born April 6, 1947, at Great Bend, the daughter of ...

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19th annual Santa’s Workshop is coming to Great Bend

Great Bend High School students, community volunteers and Great Bend Recreation Commission staff will be transforming the City Auditorium into Santa's Workshop.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

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According to AAA nearly 3.8 million in the West North Central Region of the U.S., of which Kansas is a part, will journey ...

November 25, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

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Great Bend Fire/EMS

November 25, 2015 | | On the Record

2B Organized announces new franchise in Great Bend

2B Organized, a professional organizing firm, announced the launch of a new franchise to serve Great Bend and surrounding areas. Services include residential and commercial ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced ...

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate ...

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists

Syrian Refugees

November 25, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Annual Turkey Awards

It's time, once again, for our Annual Turkey Awards. That time of year when we recognize the biggest "Turkeys" from the world of sports ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Grant benefits local swim team

Earlier this year the Golden Belt Community Foundation established the Barton County Pool Grant and Endowment Funds (Funds) as a way to provide long-term support ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Galindo joins Plains State Bank

Plains State Bank announces the hiring of Cory Galindo at their Great Bend Loan Production Office located at 2700 10th Street in Great Bend. Cory ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

Nex-Tech announces new location in Great Bend

Nex-Tech relocated its store location to 3700 10th Street in Great Bend on Nov. 1. Nex-Tech customers will enjoy easier access in and out of ...

November 25, 2015 | | Business

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