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Hoisington debaters medal

HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School Cardinal novice (first year) debaters did well recently at TMP-Marian in Hays. Brandy Bodine tied for first in the Best Speaker contest, receiving a medal. Robbie Willesden and Shae Bitter placed 6th, receiving medals, with a 3-2 record and 25 speaker points. They defeated teams from Colby, Ellinwood, and Hays. They lost to teams from Garden City and Hays.

November 12, 2012 | | Barton Co. News


Aaron Richard Cobb 1991 - 2012

OLATHE - Aaron Richard Cobb, 21, of Olathe, passed away Nov. 9, in Rolla Mo. due to injuries from a car accident. Born Jan. 27, 1991, he was the son of Richard and Stacy Cobb. He was a 2009 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas. Aaron excelled in soccer and went on to play for the Kansas City Wizards/Sporting K.C. with Paul Rideout and was said to be an outstanding and hardworking player by his coaches. He was currently attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (UMR) where he was scheduled to receive his degree in Civil Architectural and Environmental ...

November 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Little shakeup in hoops AP Top 25

The opening weekend of the 2012-13 college basketball season did little to change The Associated Press' Top 25 rankings.

November 12, 2012 | | AP Sports


Kansas State, Oregon on course to meet in BCS title game

NEW YORK - Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship.

November 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Kansas State two wins away from berth in BCS national championship game

FORT WORTH, Texas - Kansas State is so close. With two more wins, the Wildcats almost certainly will be headed to Miami for the BCS championship game and a shot at their first national title.

November 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Kiwanis costume drive

November 11, 2012 | | Club News


Great Bend Middle School 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Principal's Honor Roll

November 11, 2012 | | Education


Moving time: Anyone got any Tylenol?

Last month we joined many other parents in our demographic by moving to a smaller home. This was our fourth move in 25 years. It was different from the others, however. You see, there are moves in the early years, when your kids are toddlers and all your possessions can fit in a pickup. Where the furniture is particle board and weighs 30 pounds. It's not really moving; it's a fun adventure when people pitch in and everyone grabs something like a Big Wheel. Laughter and joy are plentiful.

November 11, 2012 | | Local Life


Hoisington seeking volunteers

Dear Editor,

November 11, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


Donate blood

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November 11, 2012 | | Letters to the Editor


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of project bid for GBMS gymnasium addition; approval of Kansas Clean Diesel Program grant; information regarding property located near a school for a parking addition; GBHS gym bleachers update; and scheduling for 2013-2014 fundraising dates

November 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


2012 Kay Regional Conference

Ten members of the Great Bend High School Kays and 16 Kayettes attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Nov. 1 at Halstead High School. The clubs returned with the highest state award possible. The Kays and Kayettes each received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2011-2012 school year.

November 11, 2012 | | Education


Chamber of Commerce welcomes Bauer as Director of Sales and Member Services

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development announces that Andrea Bauer has joined their progressive team as the new Director of Sales and Member Services. Bauer's responsibilities will include membership and sponsorship sales, event planning, program management, and other special projects. "Andrea's background in event planning and hospitality will make her a great fit in our organization," says Chamber President/CEO Jan Peters. "We are excited to bring home a Great Bend High School graduate, especially someone who is so creative and driven."

November 11, 2012 | | Business


Penka 90th

Eleanor Penka will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 25 with a card shower.

November 11, 2012 | | Birthdays


DeWitt 50th

Lewis and Dennie DeWitt will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception and dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Page Banquet Room. Hosts for the event will be their children, Julia and Neil Cordre, Darin DeWitt, Lindsey and Scott Ensley, all of Great Bend and Jane Skolaut of Nebraska; their nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

November 11, 2012 | | Anniversaries


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The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


USDA reminds producers of upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.

January 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


Food gets ‘no respect’

Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.

January 25, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


American snipers

January 25, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Kansas to host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.

January 25, 2015 | | Agriculture


Phone scams continue to be serious threat, remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 201

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Think your life is complicated? Not until you buy your daughter a horse

This column was originally published in 2006

January 25, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Collins baby girl

Merle J. Collins Jr. and Carrie Lynn Hogg, of Russell, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie Collins, on Jan. 16, in Hays. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a big sister, Lana Collins, 11 years old; and two big brothers, Joe Collins, 10 years old and Jacob Collins, 8 years old.

January 25, 2015 | | Births


OTR for Jan. 25, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 24, 2015 | | On the Record


Gloria K. Zamarripa 1948 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.

January 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Charley Hoffsmith 1947 - 2015

Charley Hoffsmith, 67, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 4, 1947, at Dighton, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Charley's Tree Service.

January 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Hazel Crone

PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, 2015 at home in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

January 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Sue Elizabeth Ballantine 1947 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born on Feb. 28, 1947, to Donald H. and Violet Ann (Schartz) Ballantine. Sue was a resident of Wichita for 35 years and formerly of Ellinwood, KS. She retired from Boeing in 1998 where she worked for 20 years.

January 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


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