BY BARRY WILNER
The Heartland Cancer Center is closed today due to the weather.
Cathy Estes knew that if she and her staff had specialized training and equipment they could help more children who display behavioral problems. The only question was how to gain access to that training and equipment.
Gerald J. "Jerry" Christiansen, 84, died Jan. 18 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. He was born June 13, 1926, at Barton County, the son of Ralph and Elsie (Ewing) Christiansen. He married Alice Nadine Amerine on July 14, 1946, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 12, 2010. He was a mechanic for Manweiler Chevrolet and later opened Jerry's Repair. He was a lifetime Great Bend resident.
LIBERAL - Georgia (Tyne) Valerius, 86, died Jan. 19 at her residence in Liberal. She was born July 30, 1924, in Jonesboro, Ark., the daughter of George and Ella (Gray) Munger. She married Arthur Gray (Bud) Valerius on Feb. 14, 1948, in Hoisington. He passed away July 31, 1979.
Due to the increasingly unsafe weather conditions, this week's Great Bend Chamber Coffee has been canceled. Radcliffe Marble, who would've been hosting this week's coffee, has rescheduled for a later date. The grand opening ribbon cutting for Woodies Smokehouse has also been rescheduled for January 27th following that morning's Chamber Coffee. As of right now, the ribbon cutting for Murray Chiropractic on the afternoon of Friday the 21st and the Legislative Coffee on the morning of Saturday the 22nd will still be taking place as scheduled.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari has apologized for his profanity-laced tirade toward freshman Terrence Jones.
NEWTON - Marjorie I. Gunn Price, 91, of Newton, died Jan. 17 at Presbyterian Manor in Newton. She was born April 14, 1919, in Great Bend, the daughter of Lee and Lydia (Appel) Wells. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1938. On. Nov. 5, 1939, she married Richard "Dick" H. Gunn in Hutchinson. They moved to Newton in the early '60s, and he passed away in 1975.
HUTCHINSON - Elden M. Dutschmann, 85, died Jan. 17 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born May 20, 1925, the son of Paul C. and Dora Ida Schultz Dutschmann. A World War II veteran, he was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Great Bend Recreation Commission and the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services will sponsor a winter middle school dance from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Admission is $3. Students need to show GBMS students ID's when entering the dance. Snacks will be provided.
PALM SPRINGS - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Another dreamer quietly joined the Obama administration last summer without Congressional approval. Despite resolute promises that Obamacare would not include rationing or result in a single-payer system, please give a hearty and belated welcome to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director, Dr. Donald Berwick.
The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of Earth, but evidently not to Planet Calypso, the make-believe asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game Entropia Universe, where resort entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his properties for $635,000 - in real (not make-believe) U.S. dollars.
Sometime on Jan. 3 or 4, a shed behind the Highland Hotel at 3017 10th St. in Great Bend was burglarized. Stolen were a roto-rooter, sink cable cleaner and a bundle of cables. Loss was $3,800. Police Chief Dean Akings asks anyone with information about this crime or any other crime in Barton County to call Crime Stoppers, 792-1300 or 888-305-1300.
The Board of Trustees of Barton Community College is scheduled to approve hiring of new personnel, including Stephanie Joiner, a candidate for head cheerleading coach, when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda include approval of new policy statements on service regions and on strategic planning.
Since new guidelines for treating high blood pressure announced earlier this year haven't received much public attention, David Gile, M.D., wanted to share the information – if for no other reason than to stress the importance of blood pressure checks.
William J. Burke, 84, died July 31 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Oct. 18, 1929 at Spearville, the son of William Chauncey and Julia M. (Hayden) Burke.
Floyd E. Ward, 69, died Aug. 25 at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born Feb. 14, 1945 at Pueblo, Colo., the son of Ila Ward.
Lawrence Stanley Schneider, 89, died Sept. 2, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 28, 1925, in Barton County, he was the son of Louis John William and Agnes Pauline (Page) Schneider. On Aug. 11, 1945, he married Daisy Pauline McDonald in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and stockman.
RUSSELL - Norma Jean (Boxberger) Schwien, 81, of rural Russell, passed away Aug. 27, at her residence. Born Nov. 24, 1932, at the family home in northeast Ellis County, she was the daughter of Edward and Pauline (Mai) Boxberger. She grew up in the Ellis County area and attended the Pleasant Dale School District #99. She later obtained her G.E.D. On Jan. 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to Leonard Larry Schwien in Russell. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2007. She was a homemaker.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Curtis E. Lohrding, 81, died Aug. 30, at his home following several months of illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Coldwater, to Raymond and Laura Lohrding. Curtis was a graduate of Coldwater High School and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Science at Kansas State University, with four years ROTC and entered the Air Force as 2nd Lieutenant in July 7, 1955, where he became a jet pilot for three years. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ASCS) after 33 years administering offices in Coldwater and Great Bend ...
ROSE HILL - Juanita Maxine Crane-Grable, 86, died Aug. 31 in Rose Hill. She was the daughter of Lillian and Lee Page.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Leon E. Keil, 86, formerly of Great Bend, died Aug. 31.
Two residents of Sugar Land, Texas, were taken to Hays Medical Center with possible injuries Monday after their westbound sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by a car on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
A metal building where fittings are produced at Little Giant Fitting Co. Inc., 11 NE 50 Ave., was damaged by fire Monday morning.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
After a 56-year career spanning two centuries, seven decades and two retirements, it seemed like a fitting sendoff for Rose Kelly to receive a R.O.S.E (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) Award and a bouquet of red roses.
Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices?
I recently published two stories about outspoken, committed socialists: one, an active member of the Industrial Workers of the World running for U.S. Senate and the other a self-described Marxist college professor leading a movement urging the federal government to regulate the Internet. While the facts I cited were undisputed, the left nonetheless reacted with attacks on me personally, on the organization I run, and on people they presume are our donors - which just proves how important it is to assure the privacy of our actual donors and protect them from such attacks.