Christmas is past, but Great Bend's Trail of Lights will remain lit until the new year, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.
Christmas may just be over, but members of Great Bend Community Theatre are making plans for Valentine's Day. Auditions for the next GBCT production, "Enchanted April" by Matthew Barber, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Crest Theater. Performance dates are Feb. 14 - 17.
ELLINWOOD - William N. (Bill) Johnson, 81, died Dec. 19 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 11, 1931 in Winfield, he was the son of Dee Johnson and Juanita M. Ermey Johnson. On Feb. 19, 1954 he married Joan Hauser in Las Cruces, N.M. She died on Aug. 25, 1991. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Ark City, he was a Division Engineer at Marlette Homes and service station manager at Bird Oil Company, both of Great Bend.
NESS CITY - Fern Ruth Delaney, 95, died on Dec. 22 at the Ness County Hospital in Ness City. She was born on July 14, 1917 southwest of Bazine.
This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.
BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Chosen Wok, 3908 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Jim Vopat. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.
It's not tougher gun control, stupid.
It's only human nature to want to take action after such a harrowing traumatic event. To do something. Anything, to protect our kids. And make sure that Newtown never ever happens again. Here. There. Anywhere.
HOLLYWOOD - Merry Christmas, everybody, and God bless America.
On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.
TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.
Touched by Cancer support group will have a sharing meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland Ave.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Knights of Columbus is offering a prime rib dinner for Valentine's Day.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Washington St., Great Bend, will hold a pot luck supper at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, followed by a meeting at 7, for all VFW members, as well as VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss upcoming events and awareness for the post.
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HAYS - Three-time state champion Brandon Ball of Hoisington High led the Cardinals to first place in the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic with a first-place finish. Brandon Ball (25-0) placed first at 138 pounds with a 13-0 victory over Dalton Henbsley of Ellis High School.
This weekly poetry column explores the topic of "home" in four expanding contexts: from the mobile home of the body, to the house it inhabits, to the land that anchors the house, to the sky in which it swirls.
Arley Bryant Gymnasium has been the site of some thrilling games between Barton Community College and Cloud County over the years. Several of those high-scoring affairs.
Only a handful of actresses danced in feature films with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One was Leslie Caron.
Romance! True Love! And all of the twists and turns of Jane Austen's most popular love story "Pride and Prejudice" will fill the Sterling High School Theatre stage this week. The school's theatre program will present the Kansas premiere of a new adaptation entitled "Pride@Prejudice" at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, in the school's theatre.
The 2015 Student Printmaking Show will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, in the Sterling College Art and Media Center gallery. Students in the interterm class AR140 Introduction to Printmaking will display their work and will also have prints and cards created through a variety of printmaking techniques for sale during the show opening. All money goes to the student who made the work, therefore cash is preferred. Checks will be accepted by some students. Work that is not sold at the show opening will be on display until Feb. 20. The gallery is open to the public ...
"Dunia, an Ex-Muslim Woman's Story" is being presented at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre in East Stadium. Admission is free and a talk back will be conducted after each performance.
Let's be frank; not many people feel comfortable discussing the subject of race.
When I was a lad, I would sprawl on the floor, reading "Dick Tracy" in the Sunday comics and marveling at high-tech police tools such as magnetic air cars and two-way wrist TVs.
Baker University head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian has announced the signing of Morgan Francis to play tennis for the Baker Wildcats in Baldwin City. Morgan is a senior at Great Bend High School and the daughter of John and Nancy Francis.