Mary Jane Dickens, 86, died March 28 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 29, 1926, in Ozark, Mo., she was the daughter of Luther Alexander and Ruby Mildred (Nix) Young. On Oct. 12, 1946, she married Preston Maynard Dickens Jr. in Pratt. He died on Jan. 29, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1953, coming from Pratt and Ozark, Mo., she owned and operated Mary Jane's Sewing Center for 30 years, retiring in 2004. She loved reading her Bible daily, working find-a-word puzzles, playing Bingo at Cherry Village and watching KU basketball.
GORHAM - LaVernne Johnson, 76, died March 27 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born on Nov. 21, 1936, in Rooks County, she was the daughter of Vernon and Leah (Mayo) Matheson. She grew up in the Natoma area and graduated from Natoma High School in 1954. On June 23, 1954 she married to Chester Webster. Later she was married to Carl Johnson. Both Chester and Carl preceded her in death. She worked as a cook at Irene's Café in Russell.
LARNED – Gerald LeClair Phillips, 77, died March 27 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. Born January 15, 1936, at Salt Lake City, Utah, he was the son of Blain Henry and Meriba June (Meik) Phillips. A lifetime area resident, he was a Special Education Teacher for Tri County Services for 20 years.
Jennifer Ann Riedl, 38, left the sufferings on Earth to be with her heavenly Father on March 27 at her residence in Great Bend. Born May 11, 1974, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Darlene (Booth) Riedl. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, she did secretarial work. She enjoyed computers.
The Prince of Peace Altar Society's annual Kolache Bake and Take will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Bake Ave. Apple, apricot, cherry, peach and poppy seed kolaches will be available to purchase.
The death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found late Wednesday afternoon in a home at 2204 Adams St. has been ruled a suicide, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said. The woman's body was transported Wednesday evening to Brock Funeral Home in Hays for an autopsy because authorities were originally concerned that the death was suspicious. The results of the autopsy were made known Thursday morning.
The Great Bend Panther 11 under baseball team finished up league play on June 25 in Larned. The Panthers earned a league championship with a 14-2 league record. They also qualified for the NBC State tournament to be held in Great Bend on July 10 and 11.
OAKLAND- It was more than two months ago, but the A's-Royals series at Kauffman Stadium from April 17-19 -- the first meeting between the clubs since the Royals rallied for a victory in last season's American League Wild Card Game -- was easily the most volatile of the season.
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Great Bend United FC U14 team traveled to Kearney, NE this past weekend to participate in the Kearney Invitational. They placed second in the tournament losing against the Cyclones 4-2. Final standings were 2-1-1.
The Russell Community Theater 2015 season continues with The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. This rollicking comedy features a play within a play, where anything and everything goes wrong. The RCT actors portray members of the Dramatic Society, and then go on to portray several characters in the Murder Mystery.
Sterling's Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration will include an "old-fashioned" musical comedy classic this year as the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe presents the 60 year old classic American musical "The Pajama Game." Hailed as "musical comedy heaven," the show will be staged at 8 p.m. next Thursday and Friday, July 2 and 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in the Sterling High School Theatre.
In the world of classic television sitcom patriarchs, Dick Van Patten surely ranked high on the list of all-time favorite dads. Best remembered for his role of Tom Bradford in the ABC family series Eight is Enough, which ran from 1977-1981, Van Patten died June 23, at the age of 86 from complications of diabetes.
Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.
A special meeting of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the District Education Center. Items on the agenda include a donation for the playground equipment initiative, insurance for 2015-16, personnel, and end-of-year budget expenditures and transfers.