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Marie Schank 1920 - 2012

Marie Schank, 92, died Nov. 29 at her home in Great Bend. Born April 4, 1920 in Rush County, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Horacek) Nepereny. On Sept. 14, 1937 she married John W. Schank in Wichita. He died on March 5, 1966. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Hays, she was a tax clerk for the Barton County Treasurer's Office, retiring in 1986.

December 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Diana Lee Hermansen 1940-2012

Diana Lee Hermansen. 72, died Nov. 29, at home in Great Bend. Born March 9, 1940 at Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of William Lloyd and Wanda Marie (Albright) Ringstrom

December 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Homer C. “Jake” Delaney 1934-2012

Homer C. "Jake" Delaney, 78, died November 29 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 18, 1934 at Ness City, he was the son of George Homer and Fern (Libby) Delaney.

December 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Darlene Ramona Cline 1931-2012

Darlene Ramona Cline, 81, died Nov. 29 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born March 7, 1931 at Sawyer, she was the daughter of Henry and Edith (Greenstreet) Powers.

December 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ada O. (Brown) Harmon, 1914-2012

HAYS- Ada O. (Brown) Harmon, 98, died Dec. 1 in Hays. Survivors include son Roger Harmon of Round Rock, TX; daughter RoAnn Blauer of Hays; sister Elsie Staatz of Junction City; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Harmon in 1997.

December 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


GBHS students place at math relays

Great Bend High School was represented by 17 scholars at the Fort Hays State University Math Relays on Thursday, November 8th. In all there were 681 participants and 48 schools represented at this annual event. GBHS placed 6th overall out of ten teams in the 4A/5A/6A school category.

November 30, 2012 | | Education


BCC raises funds to help wounded soldiers overseas

Imagine a family member was injured overseas while serving in the Army and had to be hospitalized. The costs to be by their bedside would make it fiscally impossible for most people to be able to be there for their loved one, but this obstacle has been shattered with the help of the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that the faculty and staff of Barton Community College have been supporting over the last decade.

November 30, 2012 | | Education


Larned Jazz Band performs at grand opening

The Larned High Jazz Band under the direction of Katie Spery performed during the grand opening of Shopko Hometown.

November 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Larned Pride pays county for water usage

LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.

November 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


24-hour daycare now open

A 24-hour childcare center in Great Bend celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Chamber ribbon cutting, and owner Erika Julian hopes to reach out to area employers as she grows her new business. All The Little Children, currently located at 1416 Broadway in Great Bend, is the only 24-hour licensed daycare in the area. "Businesses who employ evening and overnight help often struggle with high turnover because their staff can't find reliable childcare," Julian said. "I hope to develop good relationships with these types of employers to help solve that problem so they can retain the valuable employees ...

November 30, 2012 | | Business


Santa’s House added to Christmas events

LARNED - Santa's House has been added, but photos with Santa will not be scheduled in downtown Larned.

November 30, 2012 | | Pawnee Co. News


Marilyn Maye coming to McPherson Opera House

McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

November 30, 2012 | | Local News


YPs to host Ugly Sweater Christmas party

The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.

November 30, 2012 | | Local News


​Touched by Cancer group announces holiday meetings

Central Kansas Christian Academy's children will visit Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to sing Christmas carols for patients, staff and visitors. Candy canes will be distributed. Their visit is scheduled to coincide with the Touched by Cancer support group meeting at 2 p.m.

November 30, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Festival of Trees

The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

November 30, 2012 | | Local News


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Co-Op receives national recognition for Cram the Van

Wheatland Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2015 "Spotlight on Excellence" national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Wheatland received a Gold Award in the Best Event Category for the Cram the Van food drive. Shawn Powelson, Manager of Member Services and Corporate Communications coordinated the award-winning event.

May 24, 2015 | | Business


Military families have an ally in BBB’s Military Line

The approach of Memorial Day reminds thoughtful Americans of those who serve in uniform. It's a time of reflection about the sacrifice that many have made for the rest of us. The Better Business Bureau honors the memory of those who served our nation and remains mindful of the needs of the families of military members who continue to serve.

May 24, 2015 | | Business


A Little Agriculture Fun

First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.

May 24, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas 4-H to award scholarships to 64 students

The Kansas 4-H Foundation has selected 64 students to share more than $59,000 in scholarships, rewarding them for their dedication and leadership as Kansas 4-H members.

May 24, 2015 | | Education


Kansas 4-H announces State Project winners

The Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has named the 2015 State 4-H Project Winners.

May 24, 2015 | | Club News


Sterling College graduates 125 at Commencement 2015

The Sterling College Class of 2015 walked across the stage in Gleason Physical Education Center on May 16, to mark the end of their time at Sterling College. President Scott Rich shook the hands of each graduate as they were welcomed into the family of Sterling College Alumni.

May 24, 2015 | | Education


BBB Wise Giving Alliance joins Federal and State Regulators for major charity fraud announcement

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) joined with the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, and State Charity Regulators today to help the donating public avoid questionable fund raising circumstances and find trustworthy charities to support. The FTC announced a major action against Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.

May 24, 2015 | | Business


Foundation awards $54,000 in scholarships to area students

Every year, the need for scholarships is greater than the available resources. As tuition continues to rise, support of scholarships becomes even more invaluable.

May 24, 2015 | | Education


Satisfied spring: Students earn degrees from Kansas State University

Nearly 3,000 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this spring.

May 24, 2015 | | Education


Great Bend Masonic Lodge #15 scholarships

May 24, 2015 | | Education


Debbie Wise retiring from First Kansas Bank

Debbie Wise has announced her retirement from First Kansas Bank. She is currently Assistant Vice President and Security Officer for the Bank. Paul Snapp commented, "Since joining First Kansas Bank, Debbie has brought her knowledge of the community and friendly attitude to our customers. Our bank team and customers will miss her infectious enthusiasm."

May 24, 2015 | | Business


13 Things Reader's Digest Won't Tell You

If not for my son Gideon (age 11), I might have missed my deadline this week.

May 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Memorial Day

What's our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt.

May 24, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


Memorial Day

May 24, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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