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City hires Events Center architect

The next step in improving the city-owned Great Bend Events Center are now in the works, after the City Council Monday night approved hiring an architect to sketch out what will be done.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

City helps Crisis Center with grant

Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner's story touched a nerve with Great Bend City Council members Monday night, moving them to step in make sure a key source of the agency's funding remains intact.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries

Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser 1938 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Audrey Faye (Shepherd) Nusser died on July 5, 2015, at her home in St. John. Born June 14, 1938, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of James and Mildred Shepherd. She was a resident of St. John since 1968 having worked for First National Bank in St. John for 30 years. On June 16, 1956, she married Lee Eldon Nusser in Sylvia. He preceded her in death in 2003.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries

Edna M. Rohr 1932 - 2015

DERBY - Edna M. Rohr, 82, loving mother and grandmother, passed away July 4, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Antonino, to Reinhold and Josephine (Kuhn) Herrman. Edna married Alfred Rohr on Nov. 11, 1954. She enjoyed visiting the ocean in New Jersey during the 16 years that they lived in Pennsylvania. After moving back to Kansas, Edna's life centered around her family. She loved to cook, was a devoted member of St. Mary Parish, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren's accomplishments in school and sports. Edna lived ...

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries

What parents need to know about Jott, the rising new teen messaging app

There's now an app for messaging that requires no mobile data plan and no Internet connection, and it's exploding in popularity among junior high and high school kids.

July 06, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | Trending Topics

​Irvin J. Gerstenkom 1945 - 2015

DUMAS, Texas - Irvin J. Gerstenkom, 70, of Dumas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Irvin was born on June 22, 1945, to Hubert Leo and Mary Rose (Oborny) Gerstenkom in Hoisington. He was a part of the Dumas community since 1981.

July 06, 2015 | | Obituaries

Setting targets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night looked over its list of goals for 2015 and 2016 and focused in on their key targets. Council members selected from: Continuing Work on Top Priorities from 2014 and 2015; Event Center improvements and operations; continuing to work on streets; supporting city employees; and plan and begin implementation of improvements to recreational venues such as Stone Lake, the Sports Complex, the water park, zoo, Brit Spaugh Park, bandshell and others.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

County audit to be late, again

It was a triple dose of bad news for the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

First trailer for 'Rocky' spin-off 'Creed' released



PHILLY — Rocky Balboa is a classic piece of Americana. In 1976 he was the ultimate underdog story; in 1979 he became America’s champion; in 1982 he kind of became a joke; in 1985 he became the hero of every 9-year-old and music montage lovers everywhere; in 1990 we just kind of hated him; and in 2006 we kind of jumped back on his bandwagon.

July 06, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Entertainment

Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

A new teacher training program announced by the Boston-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation in partnership with MIT aims to upend teacher training by awarding degrees based on mastery of specific skills, not time in the classroom. (See a Q&A with Patrick Riccards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation here.)

July 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Your commute just got a lot less stressful with this podcast

Meditating in the middle of the freeway in bumper-to-bumper traffic seems both impossible and impractical.

July 06, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Trending Topics

Fighting bad habits with warning labels won’t work. Here’s why

Obesity is a large problem in the U.S., but some think a small warning label could fight it.

July 06, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Trending Topics

Dads, listen up! 5 tips to prevent dad burnout

Fatherhood is one of the most significant roles that men can take upon themselves. It’s a tough job. Being a dad is often overwhelming, always busy with many roles and duties. While it is important to take care of family, jobs, and other duties, spending some time with yourself and your friends can help prevent burnout.

July 06, 2015 | Mark Miller FamilyShare | Trending Topics

Great Bend Rec extending dates for Hap Dumont

The Great Bend Rec center will be extending the dates for this year's Hap Dumont 11U State Tournament. "We are extending the dates to begin this Friday due to the number of teams that have registered," said Christina Hayes, community development coordinator for the City of Great Bend. Hayes said 23 teams are currently registered for this year's state tournament which will take place at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The three-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 10 and runs through Sunday, July 12. "The Rec is looking to host all the games at the ...

July 06, 2015 | | Local Sports

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Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Scott Donovan with greeters Erin Powers and Lana Dietz. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.

January 22, 2013 | | Area Briefs

GBMS concert

Great Bend Middle School students are kicking bullying to the curb – in a positive way.

January 22, 2013 | | Local News

Larned USD 495 school board provides answers

LARNED - The Fort Larned 495 school board compiled answers to questions submitted by a citizen's group at the Jan. 7 meeting. Mike Burdett represented the local group that has recently looked at taxation in Pawnee County. The group's goal is to understand the tax burden and mill levy. They are looking to become more informed.

January 22, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News

Gun Reform

January 22, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Larned USD 495 board discusses budget

LARNED - Marcia Giessel, Fort Larned USD 495 school board president, called the special meeting Jan. 7 to order at 7 p.m.

January 22, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News

A Sea Change in the Firearms Debate

In August 1925, The New York Times estimated 50,000 – 60,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in a parade in our nation's capital. It was a huge public display of the once-secret group. H.L. Mencken called it "a full mile of Klansmen and their ladies." The man sitting in the White House, Calvin Coolidge, was a member of the Klan. The president before him, Warren Harding, was also a noted Klansman. The fraternity preaching pure "100 percent Americanism" (anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-non-white) boasted of five million members – nearly 15 percent of the population in the ...

January 22, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Larned Police Report

Larned Police

January 22, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. Briefs

City of Great Bend Cemetery Board meeting

The City of Great Bend Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Cemetery Office, 4500 Broadway.

January 22, 2013 | | Area Briefs

IT’S ANY HARBAUGH’S GAME

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim and John Harbaugh have exchanged a handful of text messages, and plan to leave it at that. No phone conversations necessary while the season's still going. No time for pleasantries, even for the friendly siblings.

January 21, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Panthers see time improvements at Wichita swim meet

WICHITA - High school swimming is not entirely a team sport.

January 21, 2013 | | Prep Sports

Ball, Demel lead Cards at classic

HAYS - With two first-place finishers, the Hoisington High School wrestling team finished fourth at the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic on Saturday.

January 21, 2013 | | Prep Sports

Barton Blazers capture first

January 21, 2013 | | Local Sports

Panthers seize second place at Paola Invitational

PAOLA - Falling just out of first place by 19 points, the Great Bend High School wrestling team finished second behind Derby on Saturday at the Paola Invitational.

January 21, 2013 | | Prep Sports

No. 3 Jayhawks, No. 11 Wildcats set for showdown

Bruce Weber has been in the middle of some intense rivalries during his career.

January 21, 2013 | By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer | AP Sports

Smith accepts Arkansas post as WRs coach

Longtime Kansas State assistant football coach Michael Smith, a record-setting receiver for the Wildcats during the infancy of head coach Bill Snyder's tenure in Manhattan, has been named Arkansas' wide receivers coach.

January 21, 2013 | Mack McClure | College/Professional

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