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Patients who must undergo a bone marrow biopsy at Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) can now be much more comfortable during the procedure, thanks to the generosity of private donors.
Mark Mingenback from St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will talk about updates at St. Rose at the next Touched by Cancer support group meeting, set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 on Saturday to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press' Top 25.
INDEPENDENCE - Things were looking up for the Barton Community College women's basketball team in the first half of an NJCAA Region VI tournament first-round game on Saturday afternoon.
Love them or hate them, the years spent in high school were formative for most people. Barton Community College's theater department will offer a chance to reflect on those times with the musical "Is There Life After High School?" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 10 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
ST. JOHN - A year after finishing as Class 1A Division-I state runners-up, the St. John-Hudson High School girls' basketball team secured a return trip.
About 120 students from area high schools visited Barton Community College Thursday to participate in Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day and three of them walked away with $500 scholarships from the Barton Foundation.
The Barton Community College Silver Cougar Club will host a class on the ultimate presentation tool, Microsoft's PowerPoint, from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday, March 13 – April 17 at the Great Bend Workforce Center, 1025 Main St., room D-107.
Grief Encouragement Group, sponsored by Harden Hospice Kansas, will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following dates: March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, and May 8 and 22, at 1117 North Washington St. in Great Bend. Register by calling Chaplain Dave Delinger, 620-664-5757.
NORTON - Beloit High School's boys' basketball team had an answer for Hoisington's 6-foot-8 Cody Stetler as it held the senior center to nine points in a Class 3A sub-state semifinal game.
LAWRENCE - By shattering Danny Manning's Kansas freshman record with 36 points on Saturday, Ben McLemore did more than propel the sixth-ranked Jayhawks to a 91-65 romp over West Virginia.
HOISINGTON - Bette M. Billinger, 96, died Feb. 28 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born July 30, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Alice Alt. She married the love of her life, Edmund Raymond Billinger, on April 11, 1942, at Tacoma, Wash. He died Oct. 23, 2011.
LYONS - Surrounded by the love of his family, Bill Schoenhofer, Lyons, 85, returned to God on Feb. 28, 2013. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons. Parish rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lyons. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Thomas Leland officiating. Interment will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by Ft. Riley.
First, what a difference a little snow makes. Much of the area received a significant, heavy snowfall. This translated into over two inches of liquid moisture and in some areas about three inches for the month. So if you want to feel better, we are at about 200 percent of normal so far this year. Seriously, this moisture will really help the wheat crop and the way most of it fell and the way it is melting couldn't be better.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.
On April 7, Turner Classic Movies will present a biography feast for classic film lovers. The five documentaries to be broadcast – on Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart – were all produced and directed by the Emmy Award-winning duo of Joan Kramer and David Heeley.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.