LAKIN - For the first time this summer, the Golden Belt swim squad finished second in a meet.
MIAMI (AP) - The NBA championship trophy was center stage, bathed in white light and sitting on a pedestal. And each Miami Heat player offered it a different greeting.
HOISINGTON – Roger Lee Zeigler, 76, died June 25 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 3, 1935, he was the son of Donald L. and Bernice W. (Slimmer) Zeigler. He worked as a sales associate and representative for Tower Products at Lenexa. A Hoisington High School graduate, he was a resident of Hoisington for most of his life. He spent several years in Kenwood Plaza, St. John.
John H. Mitchell Jr., 79, died June 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 27, 1932, at Albany, N.Y., he was the son of John Henry and Ada (Oliver) Mitchell. He married Lois Ann Rule on June 5, 1955, at Green Island, N.Y. She died June 13, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Troy and Green Island, N.Y., he worked as a production manager for Fuller Brush Company.
Viola Eleanor Schwein, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend, where she had been a resident for the last 6 ½ years. She was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Hoisington, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Herdt) Schneider.
BURLINGTON, Iowa – LaDonna Maxine Denney, 79, died June 23 at her home in Burlington, Iowa, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side. Born Jan. 25, 1933, at Kiowa, she was the daughter of Laurence G. and Bertha Pearl (Downtain) Thomas. She married Donald Dean Denney Sr. on May 23, 1952, at Great Bend. He died Aug. 14, 2000. An Iowa resident, she was a cook for Unified School District 428, retiring after 35 years of service.
BISON - Olga Crotinger, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
The Great Bend Public Library will be having another Adults' Night Out Movie at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, for anyone 18 and older. The library will show "The Vow," and those who attend earn an extra entry for this week's Summer Reading drawing.
Great Bend Public Library will offer Touch a Truck from 2-3 p.m. Saturday in the library parking lot, 1409 Williams St.
Great Bend Fire Department
A Great Bend man said he was robbed at gunpoint outside his residence, late Sunday night.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood Community Theater, in association with Ellinwood High School, will present the hit musical comedy "Nunsense" on Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19 to help kick off the After Harvest Festival. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the EHS Auditorium.
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!