ELLINWOOD - Harold Edward Boepple, 70, died Sept. 19 at St. Francis Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.
HUTCHINSON - Stephen Joe "Steve" Bowman, 50, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Hospice House in Hutchinson.
Dale E. Carr Jr., 74, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Helen Mae Frees, 86, died Sept. 20, 2011, at Rehabilitation Center of Raymore in Raymore, Mo.
ENTERPRISE - Robert Leroy Reynolds, 47, of Enterprise, formerly of Great Bend, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Memorial Health Systems in Abilene.
Bob Parrish will present "Great Bend - The First Hundred Years. Fiction and Facts from Bob's Almanac," during the Barton County Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Detective Rick Popp from the Barton County Sheriff's Office will talk about crime prevention and safety at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host this free program.
Barton Community College's Performing Arts Departments have announced auditions for the college's spring musical, "L'il Abner," based on the book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and the characters created by Al Capp.
Great Bend High School wants its students to be successful.
Barton County Sheriff
Urgent care will be the featured topic when St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center personnel talk with visitors at this weekend's Big Bend Bike Rally at the Great Bend Expo Complex.
Farmers Bank to sponsor
GREAT BEND - Ryan Joseph Bealer, 21, died Sept. 20, 2011 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka.
TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend consumers and especially persons at high risk for listeriosis to not eat cantaloupes marketed from Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious illness.
BUSHTON -The Central Plains Middle School in Bushton Renaissance Council was selected during the first week of school. The Renaissance program emphasis academics and positive interactions.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.
On April 7, Turner Classic Movies will present a biography feast for classic film lovers. The five documentaries to be broadcast – on Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart – were all produced and directed by the Emmy Award-winning duo of Joan Kramer and David Heeley.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.