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The Bright Sides of Extreme Maturity

Some fancy-dancy public-policy think-tank just released a brand-new study that speculates the legion of aging baby boomers will permanently redefine retirement. Mainly because so few of us will be able to afford to retire. "Uh, lady, you want lids on these?" Fast-food break rooms equipped with CPR paddles. A forest of tennis ball-footed walkers leaning against the brooms and mops by the back door. Intra-generational minimum wage squabbles: "Hey you punks, get your greasy hot apple pie holes off my oxygen tank."

March 12, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Getting Left Behind

March 12, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons


Medicare Needs More Competition, Not Less

Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt. But unfortunately, there are indications that they intend to focus on the small piece of Medicare (10.6 percent in 2012) that is actually working well: the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

March 12, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Saint Francis offering free training for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.

March 12, 2013 | | Local News


Solid pitching leads Cougars to series split with Seward County

Playing six games in three days, the Barton Community College baseball team needed and received solid pitching to earn a series split with Seward County Community College this past weekend at Lawson-Biggs Field.

March 12, 2013 | | Community College


Betty Jo (Jody) Rader 1931 - 2013

LARNED - Betty Jo (Jody) Rader, 82, died March 10, at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Jan. 29, 1931 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Merle and Muriel Ratliff Kelly. In 1949 she graduated from Greensburg High school. On Aug. 7, 1949, she married Dorl Rader in Greensburg. He survives. She was a doctor's nurse for Doctors Cram, Blount, Brenner, Ewing and Smith in Greensburg.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Joan Budig 1954 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - A rosary for Joan Budig will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


Richard Ralph Coker 1950 - 2013

BROKEN BOW, Okla. - Richard Ralph Coker, 63, died on March 7 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950.

March 11, 2013 | | Obituaries


SMART SWEEPS AWARDS

Marcus Smart has made quite an impression in his first - and maybe only - Big 12 season.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1

Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Heat looking to stay focused during 18-game win streak

MIAMI - LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference's best record.

March 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


​Teens wanted for Spring Break Zoo Crew

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo offers teens a chance to learn about animal care and experience zoo careers as part of this year's Spring Break Zoo Crew. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. According to Danielle Ricklefs at the zoo, teens will work alongside zoo staff and will assist with the educational program and development.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


Gala raises over $52,000 for Sunflower Diversified Services

Supporters of Sunflower Diversified Services set records recently at its 8th annual Charity Gala. The non-profit agency raised more than $52,000 and reported 169 guests.

March 11, 2013 | | Area Briefs


OTR for March 12, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

March 11, 2013 | | On the Record


Ellinwood briefs

Ellinwood City Council meeting Monday

March 11, 2013 | | Barton Co. News


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David E. Horton 1951 - 2016

NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - David E. Horton, 64, passed away on Jan. 27, 2016, at Cardinal Tein Hospital in Xin Vain, Taiwan. He was born ...

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Kenneth Pack Sr. 1934 - 2016

Kenneth Pack Sr., 81, died Feb. 6, 2016, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Nov. 4, 1934, in Louisville, Ky., he was the son of Roy ...

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Kenneth E. Bohannan 1955 - 2016

STERLING - Kenneth E. Bohannan, 60, died Feb. 6, 2016, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born May 15, 1955, in Hays, he was the son of Howard ...

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Floreine Blankenship

Floreine Blankenship, 97, died Feb. 8, 2016 at Carriage Square Nursing Home in St. Joseph, Mo. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Ernest Paul Blazek 1948 - 2016

IOLA - Ernest Paul Blazek, 67, Iola, formerly of Dodge City, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Fort Scott Mercy Health Center. Born Oct ...

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Emily Suzanne Haxton 1976 - 2016

ELLSWORTH - Emily Suzanne Haxton, 39, passed away Feb. 7, 2016, in Ellsworth. Born July 23, 1976, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Melody (Ammeter ...

February 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Larned wrestlers compete at Rose Hill

ROSE HILL - Larned wrestlers Kristopher Nolde (106), Hunter Fitzpatrick (113), Marcus Nolde (126), Drew Cobb (132) and Wes Koch (145) competed at the Rose Hill ...

February 08, 2016 | | Pawnee Co. News


Barton County Jail Log, Feb. 5-7, 2016

Barton County Jail

February 08, 2016 | | On the Record


Quilts of Valor

Courtesy photos by Marianne Krallman

February 08, 2016 | | Local News


​Blown tire causes rural collision

LURAY - A Lucas teen sustained possible injury last Thursday during a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 281, about half a mile north of Luray in ...

February 08, 2016 | | On the Record


County to observe Presidents Day

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the ...

February 08, 2016 | | Local News


OTR for Feb. 8, 2016

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 08, 2016 | | On the Record


2015-2016 WKMA Scholarships Awarded

Western Kansas Manufacturers Association (WKMA), sponsor of the 3i SHOW, is proud to continue their support of western Kansas students furthering their education at area ...

February 07, 2016 | | Education


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from ...

February 07, 2016 | | Local News


Soil Testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have ...

February 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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