Wiping tears of mixed emotions from their somber faces, Bob and Janice Dunavan removed a small curtain and for the first time laid their eyes on the stained glass window crafted in the name of their son, Michael, who lost a fight at age 27 with his degenerative condition, Freidreich's ataxia, in January of 2008.
Free family entertainment, including two trick-riding performances, Randy the Clown, face painting and other children's activities, will all be included in the Eighth Annual Rosewood Rodeo this Saturday at the Great Bend Expo III arena, two miles west of 10th and Patton.
ELLINWOOD - Betty Jean LoBurgio, 85, died Oct. 9 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born Jan. 16, 1927 at Great Bend, the daughter of Frank Warren Robl and Gertrude Ann Demerath Robl. She was a lifetime Ellinwood resident.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School students are nominated for the Cardinal Core by living the positive attitudes established by the students. Ashley Durr and Jenny Fercking have been nominated for helping to run the Garrett Blaze Memorial Debate Tournament. Ashley and Jenny used their grit all day on a Saturday always willing to do what was needed to make sure it tournament ran efficiently.
Linda A. Renfro, 65, died Oct. 9 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born July 24, 1947 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Eleanor C. (Kramer) Churchill. On March 16, 1963, she married Willard F. Renfro Jr. in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was employed at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in the business office.
LARNED - Rev. John "Johnny" W. Augmon, 68, died Oct. 5 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Dec. 5, 1943 in Great Bend, he was the son of Claude and Hazel Irene Shepherd Augmon. A lifetime resident of Larned, he served as a pastor at ESCUE Chapel in Larned, St. John CME in Hutchinson, Wesley Chapel CME in Coffeyville and most recently at St. Matthews CME in Wichita.
Michelle Denise Price, 40, died Oct. 7 in Hutchinson. Born Nov. 24, 1971 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Dennis Lowell and Brenda (Creacy) Price. She married Scott Piland. A longtime resident of Great Bend, she worked for Walmart and Life Touch as a photographer. She enjoyed karaoke, helping others, the lake and scuba diving.
CLAFLIN - Celebration of life for Kenneth H. Praeger will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to Claflin Ambulance Fund or Community Scholarship Inc. in care of the funeral home.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Daniel Ray Vsetecka, 50, died May 27, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Nov. 29, 1964, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he was the son of Emil Frank and Wand Jean (Berry) Vsetecka. A longtime resident of Larned, he was a self-employed mechanic.
HAYS - Michael Dean Graf, 59, died May 28, 2015, at his home in Hays. He was born June 13, 1955, in Great Bend, to Edwin and Armella "Millie" (Stegman) Graf. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1973 and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Robbie (Weatherbee) Dreiling on Aug. 31, 1991.
Pittsburg Colgan delivered a quick punch taking advantage of six errors in a 15-0 state championship victory over Medicine Lodge Friday at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The game was called after three innings by virtue of the mercy rule.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.
This summer Smoky Hills Public Television is working with public libraries throughout central and western Kansas to conduct summer reading programs through the Share a Story project. At 10 a.m. on June 13, Share a Story will visit Great Bend. The program will be in Ellinwood on at 10 a.m. on July 15.