Gary Lee Buckland, born July 3, 1943, in Concordia, Kan., to Nellie (Duvall) and Glenn Buckland died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Hamilton, Mont., following a short illness. His father died when he was 11 and he and his mother moved to Paris for a year with his sister Marie's family. By the time he was 17, he had traveled in Europe, and worked for harvest crews from North Dakota to Texas.
 Gary worked in heavy equipment support for 30+years starting his career with Martin Tractor in Concordia. He worked in Iowa, Kansas, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado and Algeria. He owned a bar at one point, raised ostriches and owned a pay phone company. He had been retired for a number of years. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and stories to anyone he could get to listen.
 Gary was a supporter of 2nd Amendment Rights. Cloud County was the "center of his known universe."
 He moved to Hamilton, Mont., from Colorado Springs in 2011 with his wife Judy Speirs. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marie Pue, his daughter, Kyisha Reding and his son Troy. He is survived by his wife, son Erick Buckland, grandchildren Toyann and Ben Buckland, sister Betty Guipre and other relatives.
 At his request, Gary was cremated and a memorial will be held at a future date. Contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.



 Concordia Funeral Services for Richard F. Diers, age 100, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Beloit with burial in Greenwood Union Cemetery at Hunter. Richard died Wednesday. Survivors are his fiancée, Rosella Hubert, Concordia; daughter,... [More]


   Larry E. Machen, age 79 of Concordia, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village, Concordia. Arrangements are pending with Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.


 Tony Foster, 70, Topeka, formerly of Belleville, died Dec. 29, 2013. Graveside inurnment services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Little River Cemetery in Little River, Kan. These services are under the direction of Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville,... [More]

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Sign-up has begun for disaster assistance

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that starting April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.  "We implemented these programs in... [More]

For the record 4-16-14

Sheriff's Dept. Report Arrests—Deputies arrested Mark Fraser, Concordia, April 15, charging him with Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property, Theft and Trespassing. Fraser was transported to Cloud County Corrections. Deputies arrested Eric Johnson, Concordia, April 15, charging... [More]

Heart Choices banquet is May 1 at Motherhouse

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Rall pitches T-Birds past Pratt


 The Cloud County Community College baseball team split a Jayhawk Conference Western Division doubleheader with Pratt Tuesday at the Concordia Sports Complex. Cloud County won the first game, 4-1. Pratt outslugged the Thunderbirds 13-12 in the second game. Jesse Rall limited... [More]

Concordia girls finish fourth

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