When Jim Johnson hears state officials talking about reducing Medicaid spending by $853 million, with no reduction in services, he admits it makes him apprehensive. As executive director of Sunflower Diversified Services, Johnson fears what will happen to people with disabilities if Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal is approved.
Great Bend Police
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - George Davis Schumacher, 93, died peacefully on Jan. 19. He was born July 26, 1918, in Lyons, to George and Ethel Davis Schumacher.
WICHITA - Katherine L. Jacobs, 61, a retired VA employee, passed away Jan. 19, 2012.
Mary E. Wilhelm, 90, died Jan. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
LARNED - Marilyn May Phemister, 78, died Jan. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
ELK CITY, Okla. - Evelyn "Janice" Wallen, 81, died Jan. 20 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. She was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Stafford County, the daughter of Edwin and Lydia (Dirks) Grow. She married Britt Wallen in 1967 at Great Bend. He died in 2005.
Amanda Moran has joined the Great Bend Public Library staff as the new assistant children's librarian.
Barton Community College has named 203 students to the President's List for the fall 2011 semester.
Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman joined trustees Mike Johnson, Brett Middleton and Mike Minton on a two-day trip to Topeka to visit with Kansas legislators on Jan. 11 and 12.
Reifs to tell story for Kans for Kids
HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital announced that Austin Budke, radiologic technologist, recently earned national credentials in computed tomography. Budke earned credentials from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Budke is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Diagnostic Imaging. "This certification is such a great accomplishment for a radiologic technologist," said Betty Evers, director of radiology at Clara Barton Hospital. "Budke, enjoys CT and wanted to expand his knowledge in this area. His recent credentials in CT offer advanced professional skills and educational background to our radiology team and to our ...
The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will hold a member appreciation celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Ellinwood American Legion. The cost is $5 per person.
There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
DECANI, KOSOVO - Despite the increasingly unstable and dangerous situation at national border crossings in the Balkans, Ellinwood, Kansas native J. Basil Dannebohm remains committed to visiting the region for a humanitarian relief visit.
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will start its 9-week GED Preparation Class this Tuesday.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will not meet Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, the next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington. Anyone interested in the Lions Club is welcome.
There will be no Touched by Cancer support group meeting for the first week of September. There will be one meeting for the month, at 5:15 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. in Great Bend.
Elfrieda Alice Mantz, 95, died Aug. 28 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, at Claflin,the daughter of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie (Kafka) Schlessiger.
UTICA - Patricia Ann (Hill) Stutz, 81, passed away Aug. 27, at her home near Utica, after a short illness. Born June 11, 1933, in Carthage, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee C. and Nellie P. (Berkebile) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Carthage, Mo. After graduation from Carthage High School in 1951, she worked at Big Smith (jeans) Company in Carthage, Mo., and volunteered with USO entertainers at Camp Crowder Army Base near Neosho, Mo. On Feb. 6, 1955, she married William Robert Stutz of Utica, in Carthage, Mo. He survives of the home where they have ...
Gloria A. Janatello, 87, died Aug. 29, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Domingo and Ruth (Barth) Scotti. On Dec. 25, 1943, she married Peter Janatello in Great Bend. He died on Feb. 27, 2008. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend and Barton County.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, 86, died Aug. 28, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Liebenthal as Germana Brungardt, Sister Bertilla was the daughter of the late Adam Joseph and Josephine Heili Brungardt. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Wasinger Quint Brungardt. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Sept. 10, 1944, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2012.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ryan Mueller still finds it hard to talk about one year later.
Not since Superman has a fella made such a big impression when he took of his eyeglasses. Turns out, the sexy new specs were a disguise all along. This is the Rick Perry we thought we were getting in 2012 before he crashed and burned onstage. But he's back, baby, and if he can keep it up it just might be change Republicans can believe in.
Happy Friday, everybody, and God Bless America.