Bille Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Rock Island Rehab and Nursing Center in Rock Island, Ill. Born Feb. 18, 1950, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Fred J. and Christina (Mai) Mai. She married Elmer S. Burgardt on Aug. 11, 1989, in WaKeeney.
LARNED - La Rhue Gilman Rosner, 90, died April 1 at her daughter's home in Mulino, Ore. Born Jan. 13, 1921, in Larned, she was the daughter of John H. and Anna Schwier Gilman. She graduated from Larned High School. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Harold D. Rosner in Hutchinson. She worked for her father, John Gilman, DDS in his dental office.
LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, died April 30 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence. Born March 5, 1923, at Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Cornelius R. and Louise D. (Gerry) McLaughlin. He married Grace McCarthy on Feb. 2, 1946, at Hays. She died Jan. 9, 1999. He married Bernice Alexander on Sept. 30, 2006, at Lawrence. He retired as Stafford Postmaster in 1983. He was a Lawrence resident, coming from Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Leonard Staudinger, 68, died May 1 at his residence in rural Hoisington. Born April 8, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Anton and Agnes (Zeman) Staudinger. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Ann Jacobs at Russell. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was a hunter safety instructor for 25 years.
Keith Wayne Benker, 53, died May 1 at Great Bend. He was born Feb. 20, 1958, at Deshler, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Connie (Ingles) Benker. He married Maribeth Taylor Fradd on Jan. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Cunningham, he owned and operated Keith Benker Irrigation Service.
ELLINWOOD - With the warmer weather, it is expected that the Ellinwood Police Department will start receiving more loud noise complaints. So in an attempt to continue to educate the public, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Ellinwood what constitutes a valid noise violation.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program honored RSVP volunteers at the annual recognition banquet held April 14 at Barton Community College, sponsor of RSVP.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School has recently been notified that it is one of the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Schools. Thirteen middle schools were chosen for Exemplary status by the association.
HOISINGTON - For those interested in the future of the United Way in Hoisington, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce
Students can boost their brainpower using remote-control race cars in this summer's Fast Track Science Experience, a four-day camp, at Fort Hays State University's Science and Mathematics Education Institute from June 27 to June 30.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Dr. Marilyn L. Miller, 83, passed away on May 22, 2014 at Beacon Place Hospice in Greensboro, N.C. Born Oct. 9, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., she was the daughter of James Irving Miller and Merna Liggett Miller. She was Professor Emeritus, Department of library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Martha E. Merten died on Feb. 11, 2006, at her home in Greensboro, N.C., Born in 1932, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd W. and Margaret D. Merten. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1950. In 1954 she received her baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma College for Women and in 1960 she received a master's degree in Reading Development from the University of Michigan.
GIRARD, Ohio - Joseph Dale Brackbill, 57, passed away on Sept. 29, 2014 while a patient at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio, following a period of declining health. Born Dec. 10, 1956, in Dodge City, he was the son to Arlo and Beulah (Ray) Brackbill and brother of Ben and Tim Brackbill, Patricia (Brackbill) Schlosser, and Beverly (Brackbill) Benton. While residing in Larned, he was an aide, LMHT, and Registered Nurse at Larned State Hospital. He worked for over 15 years for the State of Nevada as a Registered Nurse in a psychiatric hospital before his retirement.
By Pawnee Annie
The Larned Lady Indians won the Hoisington tournament (199) by beating Hoisington (201) at Lake Barton Golf Course north of Great Bend. Dorothy Keenan captured medalist honors (44) for the fifth time this year. Haley Skelton placed third (46). Larned's Emma Ayre (54), Madison Gleason (55), Jaicee Walker (69) and Sierra Smith ((83) also played. Hoisington counted scores by sixth-place finisher Karisa Schremmer (48), seventh-place finisher Madie Wilborn (50), Alyson Klug (51), Delaney Smith (52), Sydney Boxberger (56) and Jaci Schremmer (66). The Larned High girls golf team features from left, Sierra Smith, fr.; Dorothy Keenan, so.; Jaicee Walker ...
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.