The 12-year-old local volleyball team ended their season on April 9-10 in Kansas City, Mo. at the 12-year-old Regional Championship Tournament.
Patricia Ann Schmidt, 87, died April 9 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 11, 1923, at Syracuse, Kan., she was the daughter of George Francis "Frank" and Alma Madge (Brown) Shirley. On July 26, 1946, she married Eugene G. Schmidt at Syracuse. He died on Feb. 22, 1986. After receiving her education degree from Emporia State University, she taught at Johnson and Syracuse. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Syracuse, she was a retired librarian for the Hamilton County Public Library in Syracuse. She especially enjoyed traveling, both nationally and internationally, experiencing the world.
ELLINWOOD - Carl George Miller, 86, died April 10 at Woodhaven Care Center in Elllinwood. Born Oct. 22, 1924, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Conrad and Anna Reints Miller. On April 9, 1950, he married Evelyn May Bryant. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was a retired farmer.
Nora Jean (Doubek) Shorock, 58, died April 7 at her son's home in Lawrence. Born Feb. 15, 1953, at Pratt, she was the daughter of Van and Ellen (Hamar) Doubek. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from Pittsburg State University. On July 4, 1976, she married Donald Walter Shorock in Pratt. He predeceased her on Dec. 2, 2010. They moved to Great Bend in 1977. After a few years as a teacher, she worked in medical transcription and records for Central Kansas Medical Center and later independently.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Mabel J. Flickinger, 96, of South Hutchinson, died April 9 at Mennonite Manor. She was born June 14, 1914, the daughter of Adam and Margaret Radenberg Disque. She was a homemaker and lifetime caregiver, raising all of her 12 brothers and sisters. She was a life member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Holyrood, and a member of the El Dorado Camping Club.
James E. "Pappy" Bell, 82, died April 10 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 18, 1928, at Peabody, the son of Jesse M. and Anna (Swift) Bell. He married Grace Ann Smith on June 15, 1952, at Great Bend. He worked for Petro-log and Tomlinson Oil Company until his retirement in 1989. He had been a Great Bend resident for 60 years, coming from eastern Kansas.
As part of his "Continuing the Tradition" town hall tour, Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced he will host 12 more town hall meetings in April, including one in Russell County on April 21. Through the end of March, he said he had visited and hosted town hall meetings in 36 out of the 69 counties in the First Congressional District.
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The Ellinwood City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today. In old business, there will be a public hearing on 106 E. B St., a special purpose vehicle, and the 414 E. 4th demolition bid.
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Barton Community College has announced recipients of Achievement Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. These awards are administered by Barton's Financial Aid Office.
Army National Guard Spec. Graham D. Neeland has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Great Bend High School senior, Colby Barton, was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.
The League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold its monthly meeting at noon on April 12, an the Club at StoneRidge. The program will be provided by Jane Belanger of Heartland Farms who will be discussing climate change. Time will be provided for questions from the floor and discussion. Lunch will be from the menu. The public is invited to attend and participate.
With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.
The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they have had been instructed to find at the gallery.
At the February Great Bend Garden Club meeting, member Alice Young introduced Rebecca Ford who gave a fascinating introduction to the art of soap making. Her inspiration and mentor was a sister at a convent in Wichita whose homemade soaps provided funds for a church mission project.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.
STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford County.
DOWNS - Louis Joseph Brummer died Feb. 27, 2015. He was born March 18, 1924, south of Downs to Ignatz and Anna Redeker Brummer. He attended High Prairie School, south of Downs. On Aug. 8, 1950, he married Cleo Marie Boberg. He worked as an elevator manager and grain inspector with Midway Coop in Corinth and Downs.
ELLINWOOD - Betty R. Standlee, 88 died Feb. 28, 2015, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Jason Wayne Green, 33, died Feb. 26, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Nov. 1, 1981, at Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Buck and Sally Green. He married Brandie Bunch March 23, 2013, at Larned. A Pawnee Rock resident, he was a kitchen manager for Gambino's Pizza.
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Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.
LaVerna C. Moore, 80, died Feb. 26, 2015, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 11, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of G.F. and Christina (Cook) Ohnmacht. Originally from Olmitz, she married Walter B. Moore Jr. on Sept. 8, 1956, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, Ill. He died Oct. 17, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1991, returning from Chicago, she was a homemaker.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Vicky Boger Trivett, 76, died on Feb. 21, 2015. Born May 17, 1938, in Ulm, Germany, she was the daughter of Fredrich and Rosa Bauder. On April 27, 1960, she married Richard Dean Boger in Columbus, Ga. The couple resided in Great Bend from 1960 to 1974, before moving to Ellinwood from 1974-2002. They owned Boger Pharmacy in Ellinwood and Boger Gift Gallery in Great Bend. On April 19, 2002, Richard passed away. On Oct. 3, 2003, Vicky married Preston Trivett. The couple resided in Sarasota, Fla.
The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.