LONDON (AP) - Michael Phelps spent the day thinking about all the things he's doing for the final time at the pool. It turns out that included one last win over Ryan Lochte.
RUSSELL - With an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 5, the Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main in Russell, is hosting the art collection of the late Art Priddy and beginning a silent auction for the items.
The Barton Community College theater department has announced auditions for its upcoming production of William Inge's play "Bus Stop," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a small monologue.
This year, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (formerly the Great Bend Dominicans) celebrate a year of Jubilee, commemorating significant profession anniversaries of 70 Golden and Diamond Jubilarians. Six of these Sisters made their original professions of vows in Great Bend.
Betty Hay, the new principal/teacher at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School, will join 7,000 other educators from North America at a convention in Nashville, Tenn., from Aug. 5-8.
HOISINGTON - "Amazing Wonders Aviation" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School at New Life Baptist Church, 364 W. 12th St., Hoisington. Running from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening next week, Aug. 6-10, students will encounter God's awesome power made visible through some of His greatest natural wonders. With stops at the Paricutin volcano, Victoria Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and the Great Barrier Reef, children will get to experience it all, sponsors said.
ST. JOHN - Otillia "Tillie" M. Schmidt Peintner, 87, died Aug. 1 at Kenwood Plaza in St. John. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Otillia Staab Schmidt. She was a former resident of Ellinwood, 1978-2009, and formerly of Stafford and Pawnee Rock. On Aug. 17, 1943, she married Donald Peintner at Spearville. He died May 16, 2005.
Margaret E. Archer, 84, died Aug. 2 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 9, 1928, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of Thomas and Theresa (Pheifer) Seitz. She married William E. Archer in Great Bend. He died on April 19, 1998. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a homemaker and caregiver.
TULSA, Okla. - Russell Dale Westphal went to be with the Lord on July 24 in Tulsa, Okla. Born Aug. 25, 1949, in Spearville, he was the son of Cloyd and Betty Westphal of Kinsley. He grew up in Kinsley. He studied architecture at Kansas State University. On May 23, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Cross, in Lewis. After finishing college they moved to Great Bend where they lived for 16 years. In 1990 Russell and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he continued his architectural career, specializing in custom residential design.
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First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road, is reaching out to single mothers and military wives this weekend with Super Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The founders of the Roca Blanca Mission Base located in Oaxaca, Mexico, will be at Faith Community Church today, Saturday and Sunday for the worship conference hosted by the church. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road, Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital Department–Outpatient Services has purchased two new infusion chairs thanks to generous donations from Clara Barton Hospital Foundation and Clara Barton Hospital Auxiliary. Memorial donations received by the Foundation in memory of beloved employee Megan Elizabeth Escalante, former and long-time nurse Velma Rose "Grammy" Graves and friend of the Foundation, Ed Billinger, provided the $1,425 needed to purchase one infusion chair. The hospital auxiliary funded the second infusion chair with proceeds from various fundraisers hosted through the year such as their B&N Jewelry, Books are Fun, memorial ornament sales, flower delivery proceeds and more.
ABILENE - Rex I. Roth, 47, died July 29 in Abilene. He was born Oct. 17, 1964, in Garden City, the son of Robert L. and Benji S. (Smith) Roth. Growing up in Great Bend, Lincoln and Herington, he attended local schools, graduated Herington High School with the class of 1983, and attended Barton County Community College. On Dec. 23, 1994, he married Linda D. Hillyard. All of their married life was spent in Abilene. He was employed by Great Plains Manufacturing Land Pride Division of Abilene.
ELLINWOOD - Alma M. "Pinky" Lloyd, 82, died Nov. 27 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born April 27, 1932, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Edward and Anna Marie Kowalsky Jenisch/Edna Schmidt Jenisch. She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita. On Oct. 26, 1953, she married Leslie J. Lloyd in Ellinwood. He died on March 5, 1991. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood, she was a retired bookkeeper for the Great Bend COOP in Ellinwood.
LARNED - Edward Wayne Hesher, 86, passed away Nov. 28, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Dec. 1, 1927, in Gypsum, he was the son of Bert and Dorris Hawthorne Hesher. On April 20, 1952, he married Patricia L. Turpin in Kansas City, Mo. She survives. Moving from Topeka to Larned in 1952, he was an Accountant/Business Manager for the State of Kansas.
Dink Everett Garner, 94, died Nov. 27, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 22, 1920, in Eufaula, Okla., he was the son of Dink G. and Nora E. (Collie) Garner. On Dec. 31, 1947, he married Betty Lorraine Johnson in Great Bend. She died on July 19, 2011. A resident of Great Bend most of his life, he was a Dairy Department Manager for Dillons, retiring in 1983.
CLAFLIN - Lawrence J. Jenisch, 73, died Nov. 26, at Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 18, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Joseph C. and Margaret (Finger) Jenisch. Lawrence graduated from Odin High School. He later received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State Teachers College. On Aug. 17, 1963, he married Mara Kay Neill at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. She survives. He was a farmer and a stockman and also a long-time teacher at the Claflin High School.
Greg Drews, 64, died Nov. 22 at his home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 8, 1950, in Great Bend, he was the son of Herman E. and Shirley (Frey) Drews. He was a tester for Halliburton and later worked for Koch in accounting. Raised in Claflin, Greg moved to Wichita to attend Wichita State University and continued living in Wichita for a number of years before moving to Great Bend.
LARNED -- Doyle Forrest Mayse, 64, passed away November 24, 2014 at his home, Larned.
POTWIN – Winifred V. "Winnie" Hanzlicek, 93, passed away Nov. 26 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born near Algona, Iowa, July 16, 1921, the daughter of Fred and Doretta (Mitchell) Plumb. She was united in marriage to Gilbert K. Hanzlicek at Wilson. He preceded her in death in 1962. She was a homemaker and later worked for nearly 20 years as a baker in the hospital dietary department.
The King United Methodist Church at 1608 O'dell in Great Bend, will be celebrating it's 70th Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 30, during the morning worship service at 11 a.m., recognizing their past and looking forward to the future.
Have you noticed how Halloween is being overtaken by Christmas - displays and decorations and whatnot showing up before the end of October? With all the commercialism of the season of Christmas, and seeing everywhere you look the images of red-nosed reindeer, dancing snowmen, Grinches, and Santas, it is easy for the real reason for the season to become lost. That may be why more Christian churches and families are bringing back a celebration of Advent.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
Great Bend shoppers have the opportunity to participate in a fun event this Saturday as they visit local retail stores and support Small Business Saturday. The sixth annual Great Bend Cookie Contest is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing people to sample cookies from 15 participating business locations and vote for the best cookies in town.
Two men serving time in prison for crimes committed in area counties are eligible for parole hearings before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in January. Public comment sessions will be held in December.
It's time for our annual "Turkey Awards"; that time of year when we recognize the biggest "turkeys" from the world of sports. Gobble. Gobble. Gobble!