AMARILLO, TEXAS - Former Great Bend High School Panthers head football coach Mike Zoffuto passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Northwest Texas Hospital. Zoffuto, age 65, will long be remembered for the mark he left on Great Bend.
Barton Community College will be closed for the college's spring break March 19-23. Barton's offices will remain open through March 21, but will be closed March 22 and 23. The Shafer Gallery will be closed March 19-25.
DODGE CITY - Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced Monday that entries are being accepted for the 2012 Congressional Arts Competition. All high school students in the First Congressional District are encouraged to participate in this competition. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "More Plants on the Plate," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve new personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The list of potential employees includes a part-time coordinator for the new Pharmacy Technician Program.
ELLINWOOD - Andrew L. Detmer, 88, died March 12 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1923, in Waterloo, he was the son of August Detmer and Anna Rohling Detmer. On Sept. 25, 1951, he married Marjorie M. Ziegler in Willowdale. She died on Sept. 14, 2011. A resident of Ellinwood for 39 years, formerly of Great Bend, Turon, Wichita and Willowdale, he was the owner of Electronic Center of Ellinwood for 35 years, and former owner of Andy's TV and Appliance in Great Bend.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by C & V Home Improvement, 2407 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be AJ Chrest with greeters Kristy Rupe and Lana Dietz. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Dance to Limited Edition and enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day March 17 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas in Great Bend. Dinner begins serving at 5:30 p.m. and Limited Edition will kick of the music at 8 p.m. Dinner and dance is $15. Dinner only is $9. Don't forget to wear your green.
On Friday, the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee U.S. involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act - limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.
WICHITA -- Great Bend's softball team (20-2) will play Blue Valley West (17-5) at 7 p.m. May 28 at Two Rivers Complex in Wichita in the Class 5A state softball tournament. The Panthers would play the winner of Topeka Seaman or Valley Center in the semifinals.