ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood Grade School has just completed another very successful and fun week in observance of Red Ribbon Week. Guidance lessons over the past month have focused on drug and alcohol prevention. Besides learning the importance of being drug free, students had a good time with the theme days and winning prizes with their "Live Drug Free" wristbands last week. Monday was "Wear Red Day"; Tuesday, "Turn Your Back on Drugs Day" with students wearing their shirts backwards; Wednesday, "Our School Rocks Drug Free" day, with students dressing like a rock star or favorite musician; and Thursday was Life is ...
Great Bend firefighters prepare carryout boxes for their seventh annual spaghetti feed, Thursday at the Knights of Columbus.
ELLINWOOD - Helen Mae Berscheidt Tomberlin, age 94, died Wednesday at Sterling House in Great Bend. Arrangements and services will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Born Jan. 5, 1928 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Henry and Philomena (Eckart) Casey. On June 4, 1947 she married John E. Weeks in Dubuque. He died Dec. 22, 1990. A resident of Hoisington since 1952, coming from Russell and Ellinwood, she was an administrative assistant for Barton Community College, office manager for Roxana Oil and was employed at Verna's Clothing in Hoisington.
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Two hundred ethnic groups in Cameroon still practice painful "breast ironing," affecting one-fourth of the puberty-age girls in the country, according to a CNN dispatch.
LARNED - Virgie J. Rector, 79, passed away Nov. 2 at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Oct. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles T. Dalton Sr. and Alta Leatherman. A Larned resident since 1975, moving from Dodge City, she was a Licensed Mental Health Aide for the Larned State Hospital. On April 15, 1948, she married John G. Rector in Cimmaron. He passed away April 29, 1996.
KINGMAN - Buddy Ray Messick, 76, died Oct. 28 at his home in Kingman, with his wife and children by his side. Born Oct. 28, 1935, near Raymond, he was the son of Clarence and Dora Belle Hughbanks Messick. A Kingman resident since 1984, previously of the Raymond, Lyons and Claflin communities, he was a retired oil field employee.
ANNA, Texas - Dr. William Lawrence Smith Jr., 89, of Anna, Texas, passed away on Oct. 15. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Stafford, to William Lawrence Smith Sr. and Elsie Fern (Carr) Smith. On June 21, 1943, he married Nadine Lorene Block, in Martinez, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State wants to take after Oklahoma this week.
Ah, the memories.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A couple of wins over division doormats. A shutout of a Raiders team playing without its starting quarterback. An inexplicable fumble that eventually led to an overtime victory.
Marquita Boehnke, longtime Ellinwood resident, retired March 31 after 39 years of service with the Central Kansas Library System. Boehnke served as the Youth Services consultant and worked with libraries in 17 counties.
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Louise Dryer, 97, died April 7 at Scott County HOspital, Scott City. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
OAKFIELD, Tenn. - Edward "Butch" Lee Sanders, 68, died Feb. 12. He was born in Great Bend in 1945. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1965. In 1967, he married Maggie Van Horne in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was a computer programmer at Northwestern Bell from 1970-1994.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Plans to offer soldiers at Fort Riley a paramedic certificate through Barton Community College will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Karyl White, director of Emergency Medical Services Education, will explain how offering this program at Grandview Plaza (rather than the degree program for paramedics) will enable solders to sit for national EMT boards in a timely manner, supporting the US Army's mandate for national certification.
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A Great Bend Police Department vehicle driven by officer Jacob A. Harlow, 28, struck the back of a van driven Alice L. Council, 52, Great Bend, at 8:42 p.m. Saturday at 3920 10th St. Council was transported to Great Bend Regional by Great Bend EMS.
Two people were injured in a four-wheeler accident at 12:52 a.m. Sunday at SW 70 Ave. and NW 210 Road.
A Garden City man driving a motorcycle was injured Saturday afternoon on K-96 in Ness County, 4 miles west of Alexander.
TOPEKA - On April 1, the state of Kansas formally declared the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) has selected the recipients of the Green Schools grants and the waste tire recycling grants for 2014. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. This year, the grants totaled more than $575,000.
Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.
"The Great Divorce," a play adapted from the C.S. Lewis novel, will show at 8 p.m. on April 11–12 in Culbertson Auditorium on the campus of Sterling College. The show will feature the final work of two seniors, director Kyle Davis of Hoisington, and costumes designer Megan Reed of Mulvane. The box office opens on show nights at 7 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.