ALBANY, Ore. - Roger Vernon Schrater, 65, of Albany, Ore., was called to heaven Thursday, Feb. 16, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Authorities in Washington County, Ore., said that they would not file charges against a very weird 21-year-old woman who had felt compelled, as a tribute to her horse that had just died of old age, to get naked and climb inside the horse's carcass, to "feel one" with it.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Elijah Johnson scored 21 points and Tyshawn Taylor made key plays down the stretch to help No. 4 Kansas fight off a late run by Texas A&M for a 66-58 victory Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Fuller Brush Man is calling ... on bankruptcy court.
WICHITA - Hubert B. Ochs, 86, died Feb. 18 at Larksfield Place Retirement Community in Wichita. Born Nov. 7, 1924, in Galatia, he was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Karst) Ochs. On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Norma Lee Schultz in Great Bend. She died on July 1, 2005. A resident of Great Bend, moving to Wichita in 2004, he was the longtime owner and operator of Wells Men's Wear in Great Bend.
WILSON - Lenhardt (Leonard) Homeier, 86, died Feb. 19 in Great Bend. Born May 1, 1924, in Ellsworth county, he was the son of Wilhelm Homeier and Emma Friebus. On July 28, 1947, he married Alice Zeman. She died in November 2011. A lifetime resident of the Dorrance/Wilson area, he was a farmer, dairyman and carpenter.
Senior citizens and others interested in learning about sites like Facebook and MySpace can attend a free Stop 'N Learn program this week at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. "Social Networking: Making the Connections," will start at 1 p.m. Friday. Barton County Extension Agent Donna Krug will be the presenter.
Barton County Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Historical Museum. David Barnes, director of Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College, will provide the program, "Native American Art and Culture."
Great Bend Fire Department
The landing of a privately owned 737-200 jet scheduled to touch down at Great Bend Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon has been postponed, said airport Manager Martin Miller.
LARNED - "Gasland," an award-winning documentary movie will be aired at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Jordaan Public Library in Larned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Historical Society is hosting a Cemetery Tour at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The tour will take place at the Ellinwood Lakin Comanche Cemetery, north side entrance.
There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!" Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is no big whoop.
After 13 years of war in Afghanistan - the longest in US history - the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.