The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Growing Spices And Herbs," 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. on Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Drew Nicholson, left, and Sam Hall celebrated their 9th birthdays by requesting donations for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation rather than birthday gifts. The $145 donation was placed in the Becky Nicholson/Kans for Kids Scholarship that is given to any graduating high school senior that has received assistance from Kans for Kids while they battled cancer. The boys, both students of Holy Family School in Great Bend, were presented with certificates of appreciation.
LARNED - Leora D. Hammond Kristufek, 98, died May 5 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born Jan. 25, 1914 in Grigston, she was the daughter of William and Ina Fay Watson Nulf. On April 26, 1930 she married C.G. Hammond. He died on Nov. 21, 1971. On Sept. 21, 1977 she married Carl Kristufek in Dillon, Mont. He died on Feb. 27, 1988. A longtime area resident, she owned and operated the Hammond Holiday Home.
Maurice L. "Maurie" Claassen, 91, died May 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 9, 1921 in Newton, he was the son of Cornelius and Addie (Lander) Claassen. After meeting Ruth McIlrath at the University of Kansas, Maurie and Ruth were married on Nov. 25, 1945 in Great Bend. Ruth died on July 14, 1982. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he worked in the insurance industry initially for McIlrath Insurance Agency and retiring from Thurman Morrison and Associates.
ELLINWOOD - Kathryn Bernice Lamb, 66, died May 7 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 7, 1945 in San Bernardino, Calif., she was the daughter of Elmo John and Mildred Bernice (McKinney) Riddle. On Feb. 10, 1963 she married Ron Lamb in Great Bend. A resident of Ellinwood since 1958, coming from Wichita, she was a beautician and was co-owner of Ron Lamb's Color Clinic for thirty-one years. She was a self-taught artist.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. April 23 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
WICHITA - The Barton Community College softball team dug tooth-and-nails to avoid elimination against Seward on Saturday in the NJCAA Region VI tournament, but a 7-5 extra-inning loss dropped the Lady Cougars out of contention.
DALLAS (AP) - James Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City rallied for a 103-97 victory Saturday night to sweep the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks out of the playoffs.