ELLSWORTH - Bonnie Elaine Fuller, 81, died Jan. 16, 2016, at Good Samaritan Village, Ellsworth. She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in rural Geneseo, Galt Township, the daughter of Richard and Velma Orm Crane. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1951. She married Clarence H. Fuller on Feb. 7, 1959, at Wichita. He died Sept. 26, 1997. She was a school bus driver for Circle USD 375, retiring after 25 years. A longtime resident of El Dorado, she had also resided in Great Bend and Ellsworth.
CLAFLIN - Elizabeth Zorn, 88, died Jan. 16, 2016, at Lakepoint Assisted Living, Augusta. She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in rural Barton County, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hoffman) Tinkel. On May 10, 1948, she married Leonard Zorn in Dubuque, Kansas. He died June 18, 2010. A lifetime Barton County resident (2010), she worked in the lunch program at USD 354, Claflin, for 30 years, retiring in 1991.
SMITH COUNTY - A motorist from Horton and his passenger from Hoisington were injured at 2:27 a.m. Saturday after the driver passed another vehicle and then lost control of the car on a Smith County highway.
From day one, Dr. Nels Lindberg has been proud of his clinic's technology and commitment to state-of-the-art veterinary practices. But Animal Medical Center's most recent addition to its ever-growing list of services is probably one of the most scientific therapies offered in the area.
Doctors are enjoying the faster results being provided by Great Bend Regional Hospital, now that its Cardiopulmonary department is offering new Holter monitors for patients being tested for heart conditions. The Phillips Zymed Holter Monitors offer many benefits for patients and their referring physicians.
The Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. It will be a sharing meeting plus reading/discussing "Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul – 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from Those Who have Survived Cancer."
The Great Bend Toastmasters group held its most recent meeting on Jan. 14 at the Great Bend Public Library. Meetings in 2016 will occur from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the library, 1409 Williams St. They are free and open to the public. The next meeting is set for Jan. 28.
Barton Community College in conjunction with the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development will host a coffee followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new welding lab at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Technical Building, room T-172.
I'm reading "A Prayer for the City," Buzz Bissinger's classic book about Ed Rendell and his fight for the soul of Philadelphia, and this passage quoting the former mayor jumped out at me: "Everything that goes on is a power struggle between black politicians and white politicians, and it isn't because of what's good for the citizens. It's about who controls what project. I'm so fed up with the blackmail stuff that goes on I could just scream. I could just take a machine gun and shoot'em all."
There's no point in parsing all the verbal volleys in the latest Republican debate, which one again was the equivalent of a Michael Bay action flick, a blustering bludgeoning macho entertainment that pummeled the cognitive intellect and reduced one's brain to the consistency of mixed nuts.
Nicole Potter, Kyleen Maneth and Phylleicia Clawson of CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Administrative and Qualification Issues of Retirement Plans (DC-1) exam and, the Administrative Issues of Defined Contribution Plans (DC-2) exam.