The Great Bend Braves 17-U American Legion baseball team travels to Dodge City for a doubleheader tonight.
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ELLINWOOD - Joseph M. Hickel, 81, died June 20 at Ellinwood. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was born to Louis J. and Katherine (Robl) Hickel on Jan. 2, 1930, in the Sts. Peter & Paul area. He married Helen McPherson, of rural Ellinwood, on Dec. 29, 1954.
ELLINWOOD - Anneliese Brigette Graham, 66, died June 21 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Arrangements are pending at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - C. Loaine (Haines) Perry, 90, formerly of Arkansas City, died June 19 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Aug. 13, 1920, in Newton, she was the daughter of George M. and Sylvia I. (Church) Haines. She was reared and educated in Potwin and El Dorado, graduating from El Dorado High School in 1938. She married John Patten and later D.J. Perry. The couple made their home all over Kansas and for 15 years in Missouri before moving to Winfield in 1992 and Arkansas City in 1997. She was a machinist for Boeing, a seamstress, and did house cleaning.
WICHITA - Ann Wesley Van Winkle, 75, arrived in Heavan on June 15. Born Jan. 22, 1936, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph and Isbell (Moses) Wesley.
Two dogs will visit the Great Bend Public Library today for a Summer Reading Program activity. Pam Jones, animal control officer from the City of Hays, will bring her therapy dogs Hank and Jacques at 2 p.m. to teach children about dogs.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met June 6 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
The Kansas Bandmasters Association has announced that Sarah (Reif) Bricker, formerly of Hoisington, is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Young Bandmaster Award. The award is presented annually by Phi Beta Mu and the Kansas Bandmasters Association to a young director who has taught for less than seven years. She will be recognized on July 15 during the annual Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Wichita.
The city of Hoisington plans to spray for mosquitoes on Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting. The city will spray periodically and will not always be able to specify a date or time, according to a news release from the city. Weather conditions will also affect spraying times.
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This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Alliance Insurance Group, 2120 16th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Ken Schwamborn with greeters John Sullivan and Robert Rugan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
FORT RILEY - The third annual Fort Riley Wounded Warrior golf scramble, which was scheduled for Friday at Custer Hill Golf Course, has been postponed.
CLAFLIN - Judith A. Stevenson, 71, died June 19, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
PHILADELPHIA – Just a few years ago, the region's refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they're humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.
The first ever Hoisington Antique Tractor Pull contest will be held starting a 1 p.m. on April 27 in Hoisington, south of the railroad tracks.
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