STAFFORD - Donald L. Nagel, 57, died May 9 at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. He was born May 31, 1953, the son of Albert and Marcena (Labbe) Nagel.
IUKA – Charles LeRoy 'Chuck' Backman, 79, died Tuesday, May 10, at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. He was born April 9, 1932 in Cleburne, the son of Wallace Theodore and Ethel (Johnson) Backman. On Jan. 22, 1956 he married Sondra G. 'Sandy' Strait. She preceded him in death on May 4, 1997. On July 4, 2001 he married Mary Ann 'Frostie' (Frost) Russell, she survives.
John William "Papa John" Skinner, 78, died on May 10 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. He was born Oct.1, 1932, at Baxter, Mo., the son of Wesley Alexander and Thelma Irene (Reinecke) Skinner.
RUSSELL - Eugene A. Nuss, 82, died May 10 from injuries sustained in an accident. Born March 16, 1929, in Russell County, he was the son of Edward and Amelia (Karst) Nuss. On Oct. 4, 1953, he married Velda M. Keil in Milberger. A lifelong resident of Russell County, he was a farmer and former employee of Karst Construction.
HOISINGTON - Joan Nuss, 86, died May 10 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born March 18, 1925, in Bessemer, Mich., she was the daughter of Guy and Angela (Larese) Marzari. On April 10, 1948, she married Glen W. Nuss in Hoisington. He died March 21, 2006. A Hoisington resident for 50 years, she worked for USD 431 as a teachers aid.
RUSSELL - Harvey John Miller, 95, of Russell, died on Sunday at the Russell Regional Hospital Emergency Room. Born on Sept. 2, 1915, in Bushton, he was the son of George B. and Anna L. (Miller) Miller. During his childhood, he grew up in Bushton and graduated from Bushton High School in 1934. After high school he attended Wichita Business College and after graduating Business College he took correspondence courses in higher accounting. While living in Wichita, he worked for a chain of cafes as a bookkeeper for three years. In 1939, he moved to Russell where he was hired as ...
GREAT BEND - Charles Leroy "Chuck" Backman, 79, died May 10 at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. Services are pending with Larrison Mortuary in Pratt.
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A Russell man died Tuesday after his truck crossed the center line on a Barton County highway and collided head on with a semi-trailer.
Barton Community College is accepting enrollments now for its summer workshops in Quickbooks (introduction), Skype, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel, Photoshop (digital composition), Photoshop (photo retouching) and Photoshop (digital painting). To enroll contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460.
There is an e-mail circulating offering the chance to purchase advertising on a Great Bend High School football poster. However, said Unified School District 428 Superintendent Tom Vernon, it has nothing to do with the school system.
More than 450 people attended the 2011 Kansas Optometric Association Convention, which took place April 28-30 in Wichita.
The Beautification Committee's project of beautifying Main Street is once again in full swing. Thirteen large pots have been planted on the corners of Main and silk flowers have been placed in the arches at Jack Kilby Square. Smaller cement pots are currently being planted in front of downtown businesses. Donations to help with the costs of pots, soil and plants can be made to the Beautification Committee sent to June Hillman at 3216 Broadway in Great Bend.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office will mail out the 2011 Personal Property Valuation Notices on Friday. Once a property owner receives their valuation notice, it is suggested that they review the notice for accuracy of property information.
The lower house of Russia's parliament approved legislation to classify beer, for the very first time, as an alcoholic beverage.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department of Barton Community College will host its annual Sneak Preview Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Starting around Friday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt overlay project on a 17-mile section of K-156 Highway in Barton County, from the Barton-Ellsworth County line to the US-56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend.
A cement truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning, 4 miles east of Great Bend on U.S. 56, injuring the driver. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports Jeffery Wasson, 39, of Claflin was driving a westbound 2006 Peterbilt hauling a load of powdered cement owned by Copeland Acid and Cement. At 9:25 a.m. he attempted to turn left onto NE 60 Ave., but turned too sharply, causing the load to shift. The vehicle rolled onto the driver side.
Heather Acheson, Chris Klima, Irma Hladek and other Kennel Techs represented Golden Belt Humane Society at a one-day workshop in Wichita, presented by Petfinder, the online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was sponsored by Petco and hosted by Kansas Humane Society.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Volunteers in Action, Barton Workforce Building, 1025 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Nancy Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
Some people live for challenges.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two racing motorcycles with a combined value of $11,525 were stolen last week from the 700 block of Washington St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The Sept. 26 theft is featured this week by Crime Stoppers.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.