HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Monday, March 18
Thankfully the current revival of President Obama's Charm Offensive is not a theatrical production, because the reviews are decidedly mixed. Seeing him furiously pirouette around Washington for the last two weeks like a carnival contortionist makes you wonder if he might be secretly setting up a post-presidential career in a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil spin-off.
Activities March 17-24
LAWRENCE - Every time that Kansas head coach Bill Self sends his starting five onto the court, an argument could be made that he's playing with the exception rather than the rule.
Drop the pen. Everybody knows no ink makes contact with a bracket sheet until Monday night at the earliest. Until it's deadline time, pencils are preferred.
EUREKA - Marvin Lee (Sonny) French, 89, died on March 14th. Born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Hamilton, he was the son of Theodore and Theresa (Groom) French.
HOISINGTON - Claire Billie Hadley, 80, died on March 16 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Dec. 19, 1932 in Escanaba, Mich., she was the daughter of William and Wava (Snow) Sargent. On Jan. 21, 1950 she married Ray C. Hadley in Guthrie, Okla. He died on Feb. 21, 2006. A Barton County resident since 1963,coming from Wichita, she was the secretary for her and her husband's business, Hadley Roofing Company.
STAFFORD - Donald Gene Newell, 63, died March 16 at the Stafford County Hospital. Born April 28, 1949 in Stafford, he was the son of Donald Gene and Dorothy Marenchin Newell. A lifetime Stafford resident, he was a farmer. On May 28, 1978 he married Debra J. Witt in Hudson. She died on Dec. 2, 2007. He then married Jenny Fox Kisner on Aug. 24 in Great Bend.
LOST SPRINGS - Maggie Wirtz, 79, died on March 14 at Medicalodges of Herington. She was bon on July 15, 1933 in Olmitz.
SALINA --Norma "Jean" Copeland, 89, died March 13, 2013 at Kansas University Medical Center. She was born December 30, 1924, at Coffeyville, Kansas to Earl R. and Dollie M. (Young) Ford.
Great Bend Fire Department
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas House of Representatives will formally declare the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.
GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a pursuit Wednesday evening in Great Bend started after a deputy saw motorist run a red light.
The 2015 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Great Bend. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 8th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 9th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 10th with extended hours on Thursday.