Paul Snapp, president and CEO of First Kansas Bank, announced the promotions of Patty Strube to assistant vice president and Angela Campbell to vice president and facility manager of the First Kansas Bank location in Great Bend. "Patty Strube is a model for our Bank Team," Snapp said. Strube's role in customer service will continue to expand. She has been with the Bank for nine years in a variety of positions.
LARNED - Wilbur Dean Dirks, 84, passed away Nov. 22 at his home in Larned. He was born March 7, 1928 in Pawnee County, the son of John Jacob Dirks and Anna Marie George. He was a resident of both Larned and Wichita. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Larned and attended Evangel Assembly of God, Wichita.
BROWNELL - Dennis Dale Michel, 64, died Nov. 22, 2012 at Ness County Hospital, Ness City, to join God's Thanksgiving feast, after his long three year battle with peritoneal mesothelioma cancer. He was born June 3, 1948 in Great Bend, the son of Walter and Fern (Keatley) Michel. Dennis was a lifetime resident of Ness County and was proud of his heritage, coming from an 1867 century farm in Ness County.
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will have a model train display at Waters True Value from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and again on Dec. 1. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy the model railroad.
CHOCTAW, Okla. -- Dwight Murray Jr., 75, died Nov. 12. He was born Dec. 16, 1936, at Winfield, the son of Dwight Everett and Doris Violet (Prouty) Murray. He retired from Northern Gas Products in Bushton after 35 years of service.
This past Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, members of the various advisory boards assisting the various technical programs spoke to the Trustees. They discussed their service on the appropriate advisory board, how programs at Barton have benefitted their industry, and what they saw as the future needs in their area. Agriculture was well represented by Andrew Murphy from ILS and Marvin Rose from the Great Bend Coop. With their input both the crop and livestock aspects of agriculture were represented.
President Obama's reelection was a triumph of Big Data, technological innovation, and precision targeting over the usual gravity of an incumbent president with a record of economic failure. This was facilitated by largest data trove in the world, Google, lending talent, expertise, and quite possibly data to the cause. Now Google CEO Eric Schmidt is being rumored as a potential Commerce Secretary or even Treasury Secretary – the top economic policy position – in Obama's second term. That's probably far-fetched, but the close relationship between the administration and Google deserves scrutiny.
Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn't you be out on recess? After all, it's Thanksgiving. Yes. Already. The earliest Thanksgiving possible. That's what happens when November first is on a Thursday. Merchants are dancing the happy dance. Shoppers too. Retail workers, not so much. Black Friday Creep seems destined to devour Halloween.
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of the little things that are right in front of me to appreciate all year long. So, once again, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, this uniquely American holiday, here is the list of blessings for which I am thankful in 2012.