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Four area churches are sponsoring a vacation Bible school series that will let kids explore and experience God's underwater universe, and perhaps take their faith to a new level. "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God," is a new VBS package published by Cokesbury. Children 4-12 years old are invited to dive into the fun from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily, July 16-20, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend.
WICHITA - The Jehovah's Witnesses' district convention will be held July 6-8 at the Century II Convention Center, 225 West Douglas Ave., Wichita. An estimated 8,000 people will attend this event and/or the Spanish convention to be held Aug. 17-19 for Bible-based programs, sponsors said.
"Gay Christian, Yes!" support group will hold monthly meetings in Great Bend, starting Wednesday, July 11. Call 617-0386 for details. All calls are confidential.
PHOENIX (AP) - Free agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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LARNED - Melvin M. Murphy Sr. 91, died July 5 at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Sept. 24, 1920, in Pawnee County, he was the son of John Elmer and Elizabeth Wilhelm Murphy. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman. On March 15, 1941, he married Leona Kathleen Byrum at Wichita, where he worked for Beechcraft, and in 1945 he moved to the family farm west of Larned. Leona died March 6, 2003.
NESS CITY - Richard P. Ummel, 64, died July 4 at his home in Ness City. He was born on July 5, 1947, at Ransom, the son of Rolla and Edna Wittman Ummel. He was a retired truck driver for D&S Welding. On July 12, 1969, he married Cynthia Mauch in Ness City. They were later divorced.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Steve Nash is going to the Los Angeles Lakers, a Pacific Division rival the two-time MVP point guard tried so hard to beat, with little success, in his eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns.
HOISINGTON - Alvena Aalie Mondt, 68, died July 4 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Jan. 26, 1944, at Ellis, she was the daughter of William Marion Sr. & Donna Sue (Wade) Mondt. A Hoisington resident, she graduated from Delphos High School. She then attended Barton County Community College and graduated from Marymount College in Salina with her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She worked as an addiction counselor until her retirement.
MCCRACKEN - The McCracken Public Library and the McCracken Historical Society will host a history talk, "The Custer Trail in Kansas," at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, in the McCracken Community Building, located on West Beech Ave. and First Street.
DODGE CITY – The Kansas offices of Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that district staff will host local office hours in 46 towns across Kansas' Big First this month. Staff will be in Pawnee County on July 20 and in Barton County on July 23.
America is a nation in crisis. Faith in our economic and political institutions, from Wall Street to Congress, is at or near historic lows.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
MANHATTAN (AP) - With two weeks and change remaining before Big 12 play, Bruce Weber hopes his team understands the importance of the three games before the Jan. 3 date at Oklahoma State.
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