LARNED - Elsie R. Rankin, 94, died Jan. 24, 2012 at the Larned Health Care. Born July 29, 1917, in Johnstown, Penn., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Cramer Cummins. She was an accounting bookkeeper. On July 20, 1935, she married Charles W. Rankin in Wheeling, W.V. He died on Nov. 11, 1997.
GREAT BEND - Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 4, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
Barton Community College and the Kansas Section of NACE International will present the 26th annual NACE Corrosion Control Seminar Feb. 7-9 at the Midwest Utility and Pipeline Training Center and Barton's Technical Building and Science and Math Building.
Square and round dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Burnside Room the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School has chosen Kaylyn Oberle as the January Student of the Month. Kaylyn is the daughter of Ray and Sandi Oberle and is in the eighth grade. Kaylyn has four siblings: Emily, 23, Nicole, 21, Becca, 18, and Jacob, 11.
BUSHTON - On Jan. 6, all Central Plains Middle School students who met the established Renaissance criteria for the second quarter were rewarded with an afternoon of swimming at Barton County Community College. To be eligible for this reward, students had to achieve higher than a 3.2 grade point average and have no detentions, tardies, or office referrals throughout the second quarter.
Central Plains High School student Tim Demel was selected as the 1st Chair Principal Oboe in the 1234A State Honor Band. Demel will travel to Wichita for the Kansas Music Educators Association state convention to be held at the Century II Convention Center Feb. 23-25 for rehearsals and performance.
Barton County Sheriff
The Coronado Quivira Museum/Rice County Historical Society is celebrating Kansas Day 2012 with the creation of a special exhibit with a local tie to the bright lights of Hollywood. From Jan. 25-March 10, the special exhibition area at the museum will feature the exhibit "From Rice County to Hollywood: Mary Astor and Shirley Knight".
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Prairie Enterprise Project/Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas, Bank of the West lobby, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Shay Kasselman. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend High School students are used to taking tests, but this is one test they are so eager to take that they are willing to pay for it.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
At a high school basketball game in February, 1992, Oklahoma City police officer Eldridge Wyatt became dissatisfied that no fouls were being called on "No. 21" and walked onto the court to point out the player's elbowing to the officials.
As our country goes to pot, I find myself more focused on personal matters, such as this item from ABC News: Scientists may soon find a cure for baldness.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Thomas Robinson carried No. 5 Kansas when things looked bleak, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half and leading the Jayhawks to a 64-54 win over scrappy Texas A&M on Monday night.
The babies are out of the nests and hiding places that wild moms use to hide them from predators in the early and most vulnerable part of their lives. This mother with twin fawns is knee deep in water at the Cheyenne Bottoms. A lot of people are surprised to discover a thriving deer herd in our marsh. Jim Glynn got beautiful pictures of a doe with triplets. This herd roams the farm land adjacent to the refuge and also feeds on the Nature Conservancy ground that is nearby.
Labor Day kid's races moved
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Two vehicles collided at 4:20 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 70, 2.2 miles east of the K-232 junction in Ellsworth County.
Since stress is at the core of many health issues, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is sponsoring a free presentation on Tai Chi, which combines breathing, visualization and gentle movements to cleanse the body of tension.
This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."
On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.
TOPEKA – The State of Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review three recent Kansas Supreme Court decisions that overturned death sentences imposed on two convicted murderers in Wichita and one in Great Bend, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.