NEW ORLEANS - Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey are ready to tackle Ohio State star Jared Sullinger.
TOPEKA - The Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club had three kids advance to the championship match of the Kansas Kids Folk-Style State Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre.
Kentucky guard Doron Lamb loves it. Kansas counterpart Tyshawn Taylor isn't so sure.
CHASE - Keith R. Nightengale, 71, died March 29 at his residence in Chase. Born June 17, 1940 in Great Bend, he was the son of Vault "Ernie" and Elizabeth Kramer Nightengale. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School. On March 22, 1985 he married Brenda Singleton in Geneseo. A resident of Chase for 27 years, formerly of Great Bend, he was a lifetime oilfield sales representative currently working for Kitco Distribution of Great Bend.
LARNED - Ailsa Myrtle Morgan, 92, died March 28 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Feb. 22, 1920 in Barton County, she was the daughter of George and Etta M. Hopkins Hofmaster. On Dec. 30, 1946 she married William D. Morgan in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 4, 2001. A lifetime Barton and Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker, bookkeeper and an aide at the Larned State Hospital.
Barton County Sheriff
The top three poker players in the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Texas Hold 'Em tournament split the pot. Janette Handle of Hays had the most chips and won $400. Yvonne West of Great Bend and Leslie Heeke of Larned each won $275.
RUSSELL - The Barton Community College Foundation will hold its fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.
PAWNEE ROCK Larry Hayes Marshall, 73, died March 28 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Chuck Smith, 56, died March 29 at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on March 31, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31 each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Saturday.
Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.