The penalty for driving under the influence in Kansas got tougher today, with offenders required to use devices on their vehicles to prevent them from driving while intoxicated.
A Great Bend woman suffered possible injuries to her face, hip, knee and foot after reportedly being pushed from her boyfriend's moving car Wednesday afternoon. Great Bend Police Department is investigating the domestic call that turned into an alleged aggravated battery.
Etta "Jane" Akings, 84, died June 28 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Aug. 9, 1926 at Barnsdall, Okla., the daughter of John Oliver and Julia Ava Anthony. Jane married Landon Fletcher Akings July 29, 1944. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Akings was a resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Olathe. She and Landon owned the Oxford Place Steak House in Olathe for 30 years. She was also a cook for the Galatia school district from 1955 to 1964.
Roger N. Berry, 61, died June 29 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Sept. 3, 1949 at Hoisington, the son of Everette and Daisy (Million) Berry.
CLAFLIN - Magdaline G. Reif, 89, died June 28 at Larned Health Care Center. Born July 15, 1921 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Wurm) Hirsh. On July 18, 1939 she married Frank J. Reif in Ellinwood. He died on Aug. 17, 1989. A longtime resident of Claflin, coming from Ellinwood, she was employed by Ell-Kan in Ellsworth and Fuller Brush in Great Bend.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering two educational nature workshops. "Beginning Bird-watching" will be held Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Learning about Grasses and Grass-like Plants" will be held Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Both workshops are free of charge, and are open to anyone age 12 or older.
Take part in a butterfly count and learn how to identify our local butterfly species at the Cheyenne Bottoms 2nd Annual Butterfly Quest, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Children should be protected from UV radiation, optometrists warn
CAMP PAWNEE - Renovations at Camp Pawnee received a boost recently through a $5,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.
The public is invited to join the city employees for a retirement celebration and reception for Larned city manager Don Gaeddert from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the city offices, 417 Broadway. Larned city manager Don Gaeddert and ncoming city manager Lane Massey have worked closely this week on budget preparation. Gaeddert announced his retirement this spring after serving as city manager for 18 years. Gaeddert and his wife, Marie will travel to China for a two-year period. They will teach English as a second language to the Chinese.
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Young girls "grow up" prematurely, often aided by hungry retailers such as the U.S.'s Abercrombie & Fitch and the British clothiers Primark and Matalan, each of which this spring began offering lines of padded bras for girls as young as 7 (8 at Abercrombie & Fitch for the "Ashley Push-Up Triangle"), with Matalan offering one in size "28aa."
Ah, the words that come back to bite you.
Cory Blake Chambers, 40, died April 14, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.
GREAT BEND – Ron "Goose" Zecha, 65, died April 16, 2014 at Diversicare of Larned.
Barton County Sheriff
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned indictments Wednesday against a Mexican national charged with using false identification documents and identity theft in Barton County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Being realistic about your health at any age is the focus of the 2014 Full Circle on Aging, held in Hays at the Messiah Lutheran Church, on Friday, April 25. This event, sponsored in part by K-State Research and Extension, Fort Hays State University and the Northwest Area Agency on Aging, brings together aging experts to help caregivers and individuals alike. With both a public track and a professional track for those involved in the health care industry, Full Circle offers a unique learning opportunity.
Landmark National Bank announces the promotion of Camie Hlavaty to Assistant Vice President. Hlavaty is a retail and mortgage banker in the Great Bend location.
Today I'm sure you have prepared yourself to spend some time listening to our presentations on healthy living. I'm hoping you even learn a thing or two. But don't feel guilty if your eyelids get heavy and your head starts to droop. I won't be offended. Sleeping is as important as eating, drinking, and breathing. But I must warn you, as comic writer Anthony Burgess is quick to point out, "Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore, and you sleep alone!"
As cold winter months give way to prime bicycling weather, USA Cycling anticipates more than 70,000 Americans will take to roadways and pathways by bike this year. In fact, the number of cyclists has increased by 67 percent over the last decade.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, District Representative for Senator Jerry Moran, Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
"I can't believe it. The wife and I owe the IRS again!"
In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get it, they have never gotten it and aren't really comfortable around people who do get it. One suspects, secretly, they don't want it.
BISON - An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Bison Gymnasium. Walk-ins are welcome.
Editors note: Below is the speech prepared by Josh Hoisington, winner of the Modern Woodmen of America Civic Oration Contest for the Diocese of Dodge City.