Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will be the site of the first in a series of six 2013 Lenten Luncheons sponsored by the Barton County Association of Churches. The public is invited to have lunch at the church at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Rev. Jim Strassen is host pastor and the speaker will be Dr. Kevin Baxter, pastor of Foundry Methodist Church. The purpose of these one-hour ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to gather for personal reflection and spiritual growth during the Lenten season, and to experience fellowship with one another.
April Mae Hart, 38, died Feb. 13 at her home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 5, 1974, in Lawton, Okla., she was the daughter of Gary and Coleen (Skeen) Hayes. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, coming from Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, she had previously been a waitress and C.N.A.
J.W. Crabtree, 74, died Feb. 11 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Born on March 8, 1938 in Risco, Mo., he was the son of Lee and Frances (Gray) Crabtree. On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Myrtle Florence "Flo" Goudie in St. Louis, Mo. She died Jan. 1, 2004. He was employed as a warehouse/terminal worker for Railway Express in St. Louis, Mo., and worked in service stations for the majority of his life.
Judith Elaine Piland, 75, died Feb. 12 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 19, 1937, in Sterling, she was the daughter of Julius and Mildred (Beck) Boepple. On Jan. 28, 1956, she married Basil Loyd Piland in Great Bend. He died on July 27, 2010.
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PAWNEE ROCK - The Pawnee Rock Lions Club will hold a chicken noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Pawnee Rock Depot
Great Bend Public Library will show the movie "Here Comes the Boom," during Teen Movie Monday. The movie will be shown at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the library, 1409 Williams St. It is open to all students in grades 7-12.
ELLINWOOD - Bank of the West today announced that Freddy Gunn Jr. has been named Bank of the West assistant vice president and branch manager. In his role, Gunn is responsible for the overall operations, customer service, performance and profitability of the branch, as well as community outreach activities. He will be based at the Bank of the West branch located at 19 N. Humboldt Avenue in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School Cardinal Forensics Team placed 4th recently at the Great Bend invitational forensics tournament, missing third by one point.
The monthly jam session/pot luck regularly held at the Deines Cultural Center will be held on Sunday at 820 N. Main in Russell.
"What do you mean America's youth don't know who George Washington was?"
The Obama administration seems to have gone Jack Bauer on us, which would be okay if we were just talking about non-American enemy combatants on some far-flung battlefield.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the slugger's obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Ray and Ida (Robbins) Stewart. On April 3, 1957, she married Joseph Anthony Machal in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 21, 1992. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. for seven years, coming from Great Bend, she was an insurance and financial planner for L.C. Harmon Agency.
MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka. He was born June 1, 1976, at Great Bend, the son of Richard L. Reed and Mary Denise (Keenan) Carroll. He married Smo Ortiz April 7, 1995, at Lawrence. He was a boxing promoter matchmaker for Empire Sports Management and Promotion.
ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.
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Great Bend will be hosting the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) softball and baseball tournament for the second year from April 29 through May 3, 2015. The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have worked hard to help host this championship baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.
ARKANSAS CITY – It was not the kind of ending that Coach Lyle Stickney had hoped for his Barton Community College men's tennis team.
ARKANSAS CITY – After a frustrating regular season at times, the Barton Community College women's tennis team put it all together – well almost all together – at the Region VI meet this past weekend. The Cougars battled to the end for a second place finish, coming up just short in third place.
ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
CLEVELAND- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Monday.
CHICAGO- The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox also won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.
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