HUTCHINSON - Floyd Leon Rich, 90, died Jan. 9 at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
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First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St., Great Bend, is starting a divorce care support group. Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Jan. 15. For more information call the church, 620-793-8444.
ELLINWOOD - Memory Makers will host a two-day scrapbooking event Friday and Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 503A SE 110 Ave., Ellinwood. This event runs from noon to midnight today, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The Barton County Association of Churches will offer a prayer service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan., 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 24th and Washington St. in Great Bend. Each pastor in the 38 churches in Great Bend has received an invitation, sponsors said. The goal is to have at least one representative from every church.
Sponsors of Friday night's evangelical gathering at the Best Western Angus Inn courtyard hope it will be the beginning of a movement to get people back into local churches.
The Seventh-day Adventist congregation celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed sanctuary located at the corner of 10th Street and SW 30th Ave. (one mile west of 10th and Patton Road ) on Saturday, Jan. 5.
CLAY CENTER - "Will you pray for us? My wife and I wish to have children." Several years ago I went on a mission trip to India and heard this request many times as I ministered among the people. They wanted to exhaust all means in trying to have a family. It made a deep impact on me. The Scriptures say, "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward." (Psalm 127:3)
The library of the Barton County Historical Museum will be anything but quiet on Wednesday, when the musical group Jody Adams & the StringDudes performs. This toe-tapping mix of folk-string-gospel-grass-acoustic music starts at 7 p.m. and is presented by the Barton County Arts Council and the Barton County Historical Society. Seats are $10 and will be sold at the door.
The records are gaudy. The star power is high.
MANHATTAN - Bruce Weber is willing to admit that he's not exactly pleased with the way Kansas State's Big 12 schedule worked out.
When he ended his life last year by shooting himself in the chest, Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease often linked with repeated blows to the head.
CLAFLIN - A fund raising dance will be held for area resident Bryce Steiner from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday at the new Claflin Community Center (old Claflin grade school) to help with medical costs. The cost is a free-will donation.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
LAWRENCE (AP) - Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks' 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
The Kansas City Chiefs signaled they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston on Monday, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty.
The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.
HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.
Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.
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The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.
LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.