George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen in Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
NEWTON - Vincent Wayne Ochs, 78, died at home in the arms of his family. Born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Timken, he was the son of Phillip Ochs and Verna Morgan Scheurman. On June 1, 1954 he married Gloria Schope in Albert. He was the former owner and operator of Ochs Cleaners in Newton from 1974-1997.
BELPRE -Florence M. "Sis" Gales, 88, died Jan. 25, 2012. She was born Sept. 29, 1923 at Hugoton, the daughter of Ernest Dorr and Fannie Mae (Johnson) Frazee. She was a life-long resident of Belpre, a homemaker, Edwards Co. Healthy Start Visitor, St. Joseph Hospital worker, and an Avon representative. Her memberships include St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Altar Society, KEENAGERS, and the Cancer Support Group.
Greg Pohl's nimble fingers effortlessly maneuver from one combination of strings on his bass guitar to another, hitting every note as he keeps pace with the rest of the Barton Jazz Band. With a confident smirk, he leans into his guitar for a few notes as the song's speed increases.
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ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter will be hosting a webinar featuring national motivational speaker Casey Taylor from Crescendo Public Relations located in Lakeland, Florida at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Ellinwood High School auditorium. The presentation is open to the public.Taylor will address the importance of social media and the effects it can have on your personal and professional life. This presentation is part of the Partnership with Business Project chaired by FBLA members Kayla Schartz, Kyle Blakeslee and Rachel Doll. The FBLA project, "Operation Success", is focused on providing ...
"We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men." - George Orwell
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Police in Corpus Christi, Texas, looked to the public for help to find the man who, according to surveillance video of a city agency building, stole three surveillance cameras - not the recording units, just the cameras - by lassoing them from their perches near the ceiling.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Kansas State coach Frank Martin didn't mind his Wildcats committing 25 fouls as long as they were as a result of playing aggressive defense.
STILLWATER, Okla. - Freshman swingman Le'Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.
COLBY - The Barton Community College women's basketball team led 35-21 at halftime and then went cold on Wednesday evening.
COLBY - The Barton Community College men's basketball team responded to an early 8-2 deficit with a fast-paced offense and strong defense to take a 52-26 lead at halftime and win 88-65.
NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans.
The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating multiple reports of broken windows on buildings. Lt. William Browne said the windows were shot with some sort of BB or pellet gun. In some cases windows were chipped, but in two or three cases the windows were shattered.
AMARILLO, Texas - Crystal "Chris" Irene Taylor, 86, died Jan. 20, at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief struggle with lung and heart disease. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in St. John, she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner. She graduated from St. John High School and soon married Melvin Taylor, who had returned from World War II. They lived in several western Kansas towns before moving to Oberlin in 1965. She was a former businesswoman in Oberlin. She lived in Oberlin until her husband's death in 1990. She moved to Great Bend and later to ...
GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.
ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.
HOISINGTON - Maurice "Bryce" Clark, 77, died March 30, at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born May 20, 1937, in Penokee, he was the son of John George and Margaret Elizabeth Clark. In 1955, he graduated from Hill City High School. He later served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. A Hoisington resident since 1962, he worked as a trackman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad retiring in 1999. On June 1, 1985, he married Betty "JoAnn" Mullis at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She survives.
Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.
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Residents of the city of Seward recently voted by a 3-to-1 margin to sell their city's electric system to Midwest Energy, Inc. On Mar. 25, Stafford County Commissioners certified the results of the mail-in ballot, making the vote official.
Where is Leslie Knope when we need her?
TOPEKA- Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club traveled to Topeka this weekend to compete in the USAWKS kids state tournament. After a long weekend of wrestling, nine wrestlers brought home awards for placing in the top six in the state. The team placed 13th overall.