GREAT BEND - Helen Mae Frees, 86, died Sept. 20, 2011, at Rehabilitation Center of Raymore in Raymore, Mo.
ENTERPRISE - Robert Leroy Reynolds, 47, of Enterprise, formerly of Great Bend, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Memorial Health Systems in Abilene.
Bob Parrish will present "Great Bend - The First Hundred Years. Fiction and Facts from Bob's Almanac," during the Barton County Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Detective Rick Popp from the Barton County Sheriff's Office will talk about crime prevention and safety at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host this free program.
Barton Community College's Performing Arts Departments have announced auditions for the college's spring musical, "L'il Abner," based on the book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and the characters created by Al Capp.
Great Bend High School wants its students to be successful.
Barton County Sheriff
Urgent care will be the featured topic when St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center personnel talk with visitors at this weekend's Big Bend Bike Rally at the Great Bend Expo Complex.
Farmers Bank to sponsor
GREAT BEND - Ryan Joseph Bealer, 21, died Sept. 20, 2011 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka.
TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend consumers and especially persons at high risk for listeriosis to not eat cantaloupes marketed from Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious illness.
BUSHTON -The Central Plains Middle School in Bushton Renaissance Council was selected during the first week of school. The Renaissance program emphasis academics and positive interactions.
HOISINGTON - The annual Fall City Clean Up Week in Hoisington will be Sept. 26 -30. Residents should place items on their front curb on the regular day of trash pickup.
Barton County Jail
Monday, Sept. 1
Kimberly Becker, director of the Central Kansas Dream Center, will be the featured speaker at the next NAMI meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Since new guidelines for treating high blood pressure announced earlier this year haven't received much public attention, David Gile, M.D., wanted to share the information – if for no other reason than to stress the importance of blood pressure checks.
William J. Burke, 84, died July 31 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Oct. 18, 1929 at Spearville, the son of William Chauncey and Julia M. (Hayden) Burke.
Floyd E. Ward, 69, died Aug. 25 at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born Feb. 14, 1945 at Pueblo, Colo., the son of Ila Ward.
Lawrence Stanley Schneider, 89, died Sept. 2, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 28, 1925, in Barton County, he was the son of Louis John William and Agnes Pauline (Page) Schneider. On Aug. 11, 1945, he married Daisy Pauline McDonald in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and stockman.
RUSSELL - Norma Jean (Boxberger) Schwien, 81, of rural Russell, passed away Aug. 27, at her residence. Born Nov. 24, 1932, at the family home in northeast Ellis County, she was the daughter of Edward and Pauline (Mai) Boxberger. She grew up in the Ellis County area and attended the Pleasant Dale School District #99. She later obtained her G.E.D. On Jan. 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to Leonard Larry Schwien in Russell. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2007. She was a homemaker.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Curtis E. Lohrding, 81, died Aug. 30, at his home following several months of illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Coldwater, to Raymond and Laura Lohrding. Curtis was a graduate of Coldwater High School and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Science at Kansas State University, with four years ROTC and entered the Air Force as 2nd Lieutenant in July 7, 1955, where he became a jet pilot for three years. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ASCS) after 33 years administering offices in Coldwater and Great Bend ...
ROSE HILL - Juanita Maxine Crane-Grable, 86, died Aug. 31 in Rose Hill. She was the daughter of Lillian and Lee Page.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Leon E. Keil, 86, formerly of Great Bend, died Aug. 31.
Two residents of Sugar Land, Texas, were taken to Hays Medical Center with possible injuries Monday after their westbound sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by a car on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
A metal building where fittings are produced at Little Giant Fitting Co. Inc., 11 NE 50 Ave., was damaged by fire Monday morning.
Great Bend Fire/EMS