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Death Penalty is Big Government at its Worst

Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.

June 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Helen R. Templing 1929 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Helen R. Templing, 86, died June 16, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation.

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


Reinhardt F. ‘Ron’ Feil 1930 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Reinhardt F. "Ron" Feil, 84, a longtime Great Bend resident, passed away at his home in Great Bend on Monday evening, June 15, 2015.

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


Glenda Irene Short 1954-2015

GREAT BEND - Glenda Irene Short 60, died June 13, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.

June 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


Royals, mascot face civil case in hot dog injury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberations in a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals by a man who was struck in the eye by a foil-wrapped hotdog flung by the team's mascot.

June 17, 2015 | | AP Sports


Pump prices unexpectedly jump

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.

June 17, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


St. Rose, local employers team up for wellness screenings

St. Rose Health Center is taking its mission to improve community health and wellness to the streets – one employer at a time.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Fatal collision in Barton County

An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Young logs 3 RBIs, fires Royals past Brewers

MILWAUKEE- Chris Young produced on the mound and at the plate, firing seven scoreless innings and driving in three runs as the Royals rolled to a 7-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night to take both games of the Interleague set.

June 17, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Warriors win NBA title, down LeBron, Cavs 105-97 in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) - As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.

June 17, 2015 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Black Faces in White Spaces

Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas was not a "whites only" pool, but it might as well have been. Before Eric Casebolt shoved a black girl's face into the ground and pulled a gun on her two unarmed friends, white neighborhood residents at the pool assumed that all those black teenagers were in the wrong place. They didn't see the invited guests of a black neighbor getting a little rowdy at an end-of-school pool party. They saw black people who didn't belong in the mostly white neighborhood.

June 17, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Googling the Fountain of Youth

Rich people with too much time and money on their hands often seem to get bored with the hum and drum of their gold-filigreed existences. In response they turn to egalitarian enterprises, such as feudal kings commissioning alchemists to turn base metals into gold, because a lot of stuff back then needed to be filigreed.

June 17, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Last Name

June 17, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Wilson State Park OK Kids Event

Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


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Masonic Scholarships

Hoisington Masonic Lodge #331 has awarded $10,100 dollars in scholarships to area students and legacies of Hoisington Masonic Lodge #331 members.

June 28, 2015 | | Education


District 71 Reunion

Former students of Country School District 71, south of Great Bend, held a reunion on June 20, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Marla Brocher served refreshments to the 20 students and spouses. Those attending were: Bill and Marie (Roach) Stanley, Patricia (Wright) Mauch, Mary Brocher Smith, Marla (Whorton) Brocher, Marvin and Marcia (Bliss) McNett, Cathy (McNett) Johnson, Gary and Jimmy Ellis, Rex and Virginia Ramey, Val and Arlene (Lundquist) Bakumenko, Terry and Susie Lundquist, David Gaunt, Patricia (Bliss) Julian, Robert Blake, and Arleen Whittaker.

June 28, 2015 | | Reunions


Farmers encouraged to participate in Cost Share Program

Kansas Certified organic produces or farmers interested in becoming certified organic growers are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The cost share program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill to assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.

June 28, 2015 | | Agriculture


Land is sacred

Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, "My life begins with the land." Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work.

June 28, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Champions in Training

By the late 1950s, many veterans of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps were "aging out," and a paradox ensued. While an all-time number of pre-teems were applying for membership, an all-time low were correctly trained musicians. To address the dilemma while reducing the strain placed on a volunteer staff, the Rebel-Heirs feeder corps was organized.

June 28, 2015 | | Business


Golden Sheaf Chapter #226, Great Bend

Golden Sheaf O.E.S. Chapter 226 of Great Bend met on June 15 at the Hoisington Masonic Hall for their last meeting before summer break. Kristi Hord from the Proficiency Team and Cindy Moore from the Membership Team for District 9 were present.

June 28, 2015 | | Club News


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | Local Life


Get Outdoors!

One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.

June 28, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


DAV Chapter 27 annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27, Great Bend, hold their annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser, Saturday July 4, at local businesses in Great Bend. Chapter 27 members will be stationed at both Dillons stores, WalMart, Waters True Value Hardware and Orschein Farm & Home Store.

June 28, 2015 | | Club News


American Legion Boys State of as Leadership Academy Concludes 2015 Session

More than 450 young men from across the state, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2015 session of the American Legion Boys State of as Leadership Academy. The event, in its 78th year, was held May 31, through June 6, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

June 28, 2015 | | Education


Champions for Life

Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists


198 named to Sterling College’s Spring Dean’s Honor Roll

The spring 2015 Sterling College Dean's Honor Roll recognizes 198 students who completed the semester with a 3.50 GPA or better in at least 12 credits of residential work or 10 credits of online work.

June 28, 2015 | | Education


Wheat Market show

If you are out and about in Barton County right now, you will be able to spot combines rolling through the wheat fields. To me, it is one of the best sites of the year, and I can spend hours watching harvest. All of the hard work raising a crop is coming to the end for a while, and finally, the producer will be able to see a return on the long days he has spent to bring the crop full circle. Many people I have talked to are very pleased with how well the wheat has turned out this ...

June 28, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


California’s Water Woes Hit Home

Pundits sizing up the drought have said that water is the new oil. They're wrong, of course. Oil supplies merely send nations to war, while the water shortage pits neighbors against each other.

June 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time for the South to Surrender

Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.

June 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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