Another dreamer quietly joined the Obama administration last summer without Congressional approval. Despite resolute promises that Obamacare would not include rationing or result in a single-payer system, please give a hearty and belated welcome to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director, Dr. Donald Berwick.
The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of Earth, but evidently not to Planet Calypso, the make-believe asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game Entropia Universe, where resort entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his properties for $635,000 - in real (not make-believe) U.S. dollars.
Sometime on Jan. 3 or 4, a shed behind the Highland Hotel at 3017 10th St. in Great Bend was burglarized. Stolen were a roto-rooter, sink cable cleaner and a bundle of cables. Loss was $3,800. Police Chief Dean Akings asks anyone with information about this crime or any other crime in Barton County to call Crime Stoppers, 792-1300 or 888-305-1300.
The Board of Trustees of Barton Community College is scheduled to approve hiring of new personnel, including Stephanie Joiner, a candidate for head cheerleading coach, when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda include approval of new policy statements on service regions and on strategic planning.
Daryl Ferguson of Great Bend went home with the first-place prize of $750 at Sunday's Sunflower Diversified Services poker tournament. Arlene Manning of Ellinwood took second for $300, and Dwight Nett of Kingman won $150 for third place.
Barton Community College will offer a Certified Medication Aide Update to provide CMAs with continuing education and a review of medications and delivery styles.
The area Habitat for Humanity organization raised more than $10,500 for its next building project during last Saturday's second annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, according to Habitat cochairman Rachel Mawhirter.
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Donald V. Fabricius, 80, died Jan. 18 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, at Graham County, the son of Victor and Alice (Chalfant) Fabricius. He married Rosalie P. "Rosie" Billinger Sept. 26, 1959, at St. Anthony Catholic Church at St. Peter. He was owner and operator of Arrow Testing, and had been a Great Bend resident since 1962.
SKIPPACK, Pa. - Arlen David Eichman, 70, died in Skippack, Pa. on Dec. 28, 2010. He was born in WaKeeney on Dec. 6, 1940, and was the adoptive son of Jacob and Clara (Deines) Eichman of Hoisington. Arlen grew up in Hoisington and was a 1958 graduate of Hoisington High School and a 1965 graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in music. He taught instrumental music in Dighton for two years, then entered the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind., where he obtained a master's degree in brass music and ...
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL can't be upset with so many upsets in the playoffs.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Bitterness and nastiness have been replaced by praise and compliments.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two members of the Monsters of the Midway defense from Chicago's famed championship team are reuniting in Minnesota.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - One is loud. One isn't. One speaks his mind. One doesn't. One has a Super Bowl title as a head coach. The other's still in search of one. But don't tell Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin that he's not like New York's Rex Ryan. The Steelers coach actually thinks there are similarities between the two.
A Phoenix convenience store robber escaped with the money, but like many others, inadvertently stuck his face directly in front of the surveillance camera.
Gloria Siefkes, R.N., has been involved in Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy for only a short time but already is impressed.
A slow and gentle approach to yoga will be demonstrated during the next Interactive Television (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is free and open to the public.
Not only did a downtown Great Bend business raise money for Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) patients, its fundraising activity gave other entities the opportunity to do the same.
Barton Community College honored nine employees during an all-college forum on Thursday Feb. 27, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. Note this is a change from the regular meeting time. Jamie Hutchinson from the HCC will speak.
Great Bend Public will show the movie "Gravity" on Teen Movie Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. Teen activities are open to students in grades 7-12.
7th grade: Bryce Baker, Jenna Caspers, Auston Donovan, Zachary Dunnaway, Jefferson Hathcock, Ethan Hayes, Marlow Hosler, Zebadiah Hughes, Kody Koetter, Jalyn Lear*, Justice Manning, Abby McReynolds*, Dallas Miller*, Macy Munson, Lauren Petz, Kaitlyn Pohlman*, Landon Robl*, Jackie Scheuerman, James Schlessiger*, Haven Sjogren*, Madison Ward*
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting registrations for youth activities taking place during Spring Break, the week of March 17. Space is limited, so Recreation Program Director Garet Fitzpatrick recommends registering early.
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Let's Live A Little: Physical Activity For Fun And Fitness," at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College forensic coach Bill Sheffield will present "Test Your Kansas History Skill: Battle of the Brains," at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the college library.
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TOPEKA - Brian K. Miller, 68, formerly of Larned, died March 10. Born Dec. 12, 1945, at Great Bend, he was the son of Warren and Glennis (Lile) Miller.