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​BCC looking at more student housing

A plan to add another student housing unit at Barton Community College will be discussed when the board holds its September study session, at 4 p.m. Thursday in F-30, the Seminar Room of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will learn about a proposal to add a $4 million dormitory, funded by student housing revenue.

September 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Food safety program targets seniors

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free program, "Food Safety for Seniors," at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Since September is National Food Safety month, Donna Krug, Barton County family and consumer science agent, will remind seniors about safe food handling practices.

September 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


​Audition set for ‘Drinking Habits’

Auditions for the first show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Drinking Habits," a comedy by Tom Smith, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.

September 11, 2012 | | Area Briefs


On the Record for Sept. 12, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

September 11, 2012 | | On the Record


Gayle Ann Bell 1958 - 2012

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Gayle Ann Bell, 58, died Sept. 2nd. Born Oct. 9, 1958 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Gale and Shirley Juby. Her family moved from Perry, Okla., to Gillette in 1972. She graduated from Campbell County High School in 1976. On Oct. 22, 1977, she married Rick Bell.

September 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Rae ‘Bob’ Rowe 1955-2012

ENID, Okla. - Robert Rae "Bob" Rowe, 57, died Sept. 7 at his home in Enid, Okla. He was born May 15, 1955 in Winfield, the son of Billie Rae and Patricia Joan (Sumner) Rowe. On July 20, 1974, he married Charlotte Rathbun in Great Bend. An Enid, Okla. resident since 2006, coming from Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Rowe Wireline Service from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, he sold the business to Pioneer Energy, where he was district manager. He was a devoted, loving husband, dad, papa, brother and uncle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and ...

September 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


UWCK putting towards its goal

United Way of Central Kansas will hold its Mini Golf United at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Walnut Bowling Center. The fee is $30 per three-member team. Cash prizes will be awarded to top golfers and there will be an award to the business that registers the most teams. All money raised will go to UWCK.

September 11, 2012 | | Local News


Chargers beat Raiders 22-14 in Monday Night Football opener

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on mistakes instead of making them for a change.

September 11, 2012 | | AP Sports


Eagles win meet

HESSTON - The Ellinwood High School boys' cross-country team won the Swather Special hosted by Hesston on Thursday.

September 10, 2012 | | Prep Sports


Ravens overwhelm Bengals

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens' new no-huddle offense gave the Cincinnati Bengals no chance to win.

September 10, 2012 | | AP Sports


Gordon Schmidt 1924-2012

Gordon Schmidt, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Scott County Hospital in Scott City. Born Sept. 20, 1924, in Barton County, he was the son of Amos and Augusta Rodenberg Schmidt. A resident of Scott City since 1945, he was a farmer. On Dec. 9, 1948, he married Jeannine Clinton at the Prairie View Church of the Brethren in Friend,Kans. She survives.

September 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Big second half leads Falcons over Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs were without their best pass rusher, their top coverage cornerback, a stalwart on the defensive line and a reliable safety who hardly ever misses a game.

September 10, 2012 | | AP Sports


Dorothy R. O’Connell 1914 - 2012

Dorothy R. O'Connell, 98, died Sept. 8 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 10, 1914 in Bison, she was the daughter of Harvey Robert and Grace Maude (Crotinger) Timken. On June 4, 1936 she married Earl Ronald O'Connell in Bison. He died on Aug. 21, 2001. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker.

September 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Harlie Edwin Nutting 1913-2012

Harlie Edwin Nutting, 99, died Sept. 7, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 2, 1913 at Aberdeen, Idaho, he was the son of John W. and Mary Ellen (Esery) Sisler. At the age of four, he was adopted by Lewis and Emma (Lynn) Nutting and moved to Southwest Mo. On March 18, 1934, he married Helen Luticia Sanders at Rural Stafford County. She died on Jan. 30, 2005. Mr. Nutting started farming as a teenager with a team of horses. He was a farmer and ranch foreman for W. A. Cross Ranch for 25 years. In 2002 ...

September 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Father James F. Graner 1928 - 2012

LARNED – Father James F. Graner, 83, died Sept. 10 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 15, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Carl and Marialice Ludeman Graner. On April 7, 1956, he married Anne LoBianco, at Oyster Bay, N.Y. She survives. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He worked for the G.M. and Republic Aviation, then went to St. Luke Seminary, at Sewanne, Tenn. where in 1967 he was ordained an Episcopal Priest in Birmingham, Ala. Upon his retirement in 1994, he wrote several books. Father Garner was the ...

September 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Schridde qualifies for state

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


HHS sends wrestlers to finals at Bob Kuhn Classic

The Hoisington High School varsity wrestling team participated in the Bob Kuhn Sr. Prairie Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Hays. The team sent five wrestlers to the finals where senior Brandon Ball at 138 lbs. won the Championship match to help propel him to win the Tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Sophomore Jonathan Ball, 145 lbs.lbs.; freshman Christopher Ball, 152 lbs.; senior Chance Boor, 195 lbs.; and sophomore Landen Urban, 285 lbs., all finished second. Senior Landon Harmon, 120 lbs., and junior Austin McHenry, 182 lbs., finished in fifth place. Collectively with teammates freshman Tanner Cassity, 113 ...

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Barton Blazers place 2nd

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Cheap Gas

January 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Cougar women make it back-to-back West wins

Some portions of a schedule are tougher than others. Thanks to a make-up reshuffling earlier this year, the Barton Community College women's basketball had about as tough a 3-game stretch as anyone in the nation will play this season.

January 27, 2015 | | Community College


Barton offensive continues to roll in 100-90 win over Pratt

On a night when Gene Butler, a member of the highest scoring team in school history, was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame, the current Cougars showed him they can score a few points as well. Barton hit triple digits for the third time in seven conference games in a 100-90 win over Pratt.

January 27, 2015 | | Community College


Man found burning wire

Great Bend Fire Department dispatched units at 10:39 a.m. Friday for a possible structure fire at 600 Kansas Ave. Chief Mike Napolitano said that upon arrival they found that a man was in the basement burning the insulation off copper wire. The fire was out when units arrived; however, there was still some smoke in the building.

January 26, 2015 | | On the Record


Norma Ruth Schaefer - 1926 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Norma Ruth Schaefer, 88, passed away Jan. 25 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. She was born June 10, 1926, in Lincoln, to Anna E. (Bahls) and Neils M. Pedersen.

January 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hazel "Alberta" Crone - 1925 - 2015

PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel "Alberta" Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, at her home in rural Pawnee Rock. Born July 12, 1925, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of George Albert and Hazel Olive (Colgin) Payne. On June 26, 1942, she married Francis "Roy" Crone in Iola. He died on Nov. 19, 2007. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

January 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for Jan. 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 26, 2015 | | On the Record


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