LARNED - Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, died May 12 at his home in Jay, Okla. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, at Larned, the son of Frank and Lucille Steadman Meeker. He was a welder, working for Superior Boiler Works.
GENESEO - Jerry Paden, 57, died May 24 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Born March 8, 1955, in Austria, he was the son of Jack and Roberta (Croll) Paden. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married Treva (Burress) Schepmann in Ellsworth. He was the founder of Paden's Place in Ellsworth and a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad before his retirement.
PLAINVILLE - Jennifer Brull's father needed urgent medical attention.
HOISINGTON - Lights! Camera! Auction! The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will holds its annual benefit on June 15.
Hoisington sets time for the Summer Reading Program
ELLINWOOD - There are new young adult books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.
When chemotherapy patients at Heartland Cancer Center are receiving treatments they can now enjoy the spring renewal of the facility's Healing Garden. A team of volunteers recently spruced up the garden, which is located on the south side of HCC, 204 Cleveland.
SEWARD - St. Francis Xavier Church in Seward will sponsor its traditional Memorial Day Mass and covered dish luncheon on Monday, May 28.
WICHITA - A Great Bend man was indicted on a federal drug charge and a Russell woman was indicted on a counterfeiting charge, Thursday in U.S. District Court. These and other indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
WICHITA - A La Crosse man has been charged with shooting a golden eagle earlier this year in Trego County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church will hold a used book said from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, as a "Money for Mission" project.
Great Bend Fire Department
Barton Community College GED candidates line the hallway of the Fort Riley Conference Center on Thursday morning as they prepare to take the next step in their lives and educations. The graduates were a mix of Great Bend and Fort Riley students. Although only 27 chose to walk, more than 90 received their general equivalency diplomas from Barton this year. BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman addressed the students regarding their success, telling them it's a sweet victory, but advised them not to settle and to continue to pursue education at the college level.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a USTA Adult Open Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. The tournament is open for anyone ages 18 and older.
DODGE CITY - Facing elimination, Great Bend's Class AAA American Legion baseball team blasted Buhler 12-2 in a Zone Tournament game on Tuesday.
Great Bend Police
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
Pharrell William's song, "Happy", has topped the music charts and kept people dancing all summer long. But do those who "clap along" really know what makes them happy?
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou Willis was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton Texas to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
HUDSON - Joyce Daretta Curtis, 74, died July 21, 2014 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
July 23, Wednesday
LARNED - The Larned city council has scheduled a second budget workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall. The public is invited to attend.
It used to be commonplace for people to observe certain manners. Respect your elders. Say "please" and "thank you." Say "excuse me." While these still apply today, there are some that seem to have been forgotten or that need some adjusting for today's world.
The United States falls behind other countries in terms of federal protection and support for working parents. Individual states can implement policies to make it easier to be both a parent and an employee, but a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that states don't rank too high, either.
The recent arrest of a mother who let her 9-year-old daughter play alone at a park is drawing criticism from other mothers who have been accused of child neglect in similar incidents.
Often the hardest part of running is putting on your shoes.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
"Just following the will of the people." That's been the GOP rationalization for accomplishing absolutely nothing for five and a half years. Doesn't matter what the issue is. Immigration. Jobs. Infrastructure. Climate change. Banking reform. The proliferation of substandard dental schools in Nebraska.