Ronald J. Karlin, 74, died July 30 at Hays Medical Center. Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Hays, he was the son of Henry W. and Evelyn M. (Rupp) Karlin. On June 7, 1958, he married Virginia Dufford Wysong in Larned. She survives. A resident of Great Bend since 1943, coming from Hays, he was an area salesman for Frito Lay, retiring after 21 years. He was an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed his dogs. He was known for his Santa Claus helicopter, which he had on display each Christmas at his home on Broadway.
Melvin Clay Simpson, 94, died July 31, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 17, 1917, at Newby, Okla., the son of William Thomas and Sara (Davis) Simpson. He married Frances Elizabeth Jackson on March 13, 1934, at Osceola, Mo. A Great Bend resident since 1941, coming from Eaton, Colo., he was owner and operator of Murray-Simpson Casing Crews.
HOISINGTON - Jean Polzin, 81, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, at Hoisington the daughter of Viola Depiesse. Jean was 6 years old when her mother passed, and she was then raised by her grandparents, Jac and Mary Meyeres Depiesse. She married Rom Polzin on April 16, 1952, at Milwaukee, Wis. He died Aug. 5, 1968. She was Postmaster in Beaver for 20 years, retiring in 1991, and had been a Hoisington resident since 1998, coming from Beaver.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Olivia Mull was one of the Golden Belt Swim Squad athletes who competed at the 2011 Division II Long Course West Championships on July 22-24.
A two-day defensive driving course will be taught next Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Classes will meet from 1-4 p.m. both days and will be taught by Steve Billinger with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
An altercation last Friday at 2607 Gano St. in Great Bend ended with an alleged aggravated battery involving a knife, but Great Bend police said it was not a stabbing.
Gone are the days when the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies poached all the available talent leading up to baseball's trade deadline.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Drew Brees has a history with free agent Darren Sproles and did not hesitate to exploit it when it became clear that Reggie Bush wasn't going to be back with the Saints in 2011.
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.
The 69th annual John Oetken Family Reunion was held on July 17 at the Youth Building in Schnack-Lowery Park in Larned. The reunion was hosted by the Harry Oetken family.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
Barton County 2011 high school graduates and voc tech and college students enrolled for fall 2011-Sophmores through Seniors-are eligible to apply for 2011 Barton County Prevention Scholarships if they have not previously received the prevention scholarship.
The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.