LARNED - Violet "Vi" Smith-Snyder, 88, died Feb. 26 at her home in Larned. Born Dec. 17, 1923 in Larned, the daughter of James W. and Ketha Blanche Hanon Kitterman. A lifetime Larned resident she was a beautician for 25 years, a nurses aide for 10 years and a receptionist for 10 years. On Sept. 22, 1940 she married Bernard D. Smith at Larned. He died on Aug. 24, 1968. On June 4, 1973 she married Guy Snyder at Larned. He died on August 31, 2005.
Local residents and longtime supporters of Barton Community College Gregg and Leann Fischer will help the Barton Foundation kick-off the Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign on Thursday, March 1, as honorary cochairs for the fundraising effort. The month-long annual campaign raises money for academic scholarships for Barton students and programs.
Theda Debes, 89, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. She was born Oct. 4, 1922, at Waurika, Okla., the daughter of Columbus Frederick and Willie Pearl (Glazner) Sparkman. Her father died when she was 6 years old. She was then raised by her mother and stepfather, Delbert Easter Elliot.
Officials at Fort Larned National Historic Site west of Larned announced Tuesday a new National Park Service report that shows 29,423 visitors spent $1,598,000 in area communities and at Fort Larned in 2010. This spending supported 28 jobs in the local area.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood preschool children are invited to hop aboard Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program designed to give free quality books to children under the age of five. Book your child a ticket to the Imagination Library at a special kick off event, scheduled for Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council, after discussion and input from the Hoisington pool manager and swim teacher, decided to leave pool hours the same as last year.
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.