Lennie "Boots" Hughbanks, 97, died Nov. 9 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born April 17, 1915, in Newton, she was the daughter of Willard and Ellas (Stoops) Anderson. On Jan. 7, 1946, she married Hanley Gene Hughbanks in Brewton, Ala. He died on Sept. 29, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1968, coming from Pratt, she was employed by the JC Penney Co. as the catalog department supervisor, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pratt and was a member of the Central Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary.
LARNED - Imogene Eileen Avery Eilers, 86, died on Aug. 28 after a brief illness. Born Aug. 30, 1925 in Larned, she was the daughter of Brian Jennings Avery and Edna May Keller Avery Buhrer. In 1945, she married August E. Eilers from Missouri. They divorced in 1958. A resident of Larned for 30 years, she was employed at Larned State Hospital, retiring in 1986. She moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and to Hawthorne, Fla. in 1999.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Saint Francis Community Services, 1508 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lynda Jamison with greeters Marty Steinert and Jim Vopat. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend High School debate team had three teams compete at the TMP open and novice debate tournament on November 10th. Two of the teams placed in open division. In the open division. Michael Gieck and Marissa Hoisington placed second overall with a 4-1 win loss record and 20 speaker points. Morgan Francis and Kameko Schultz placed sixth with a 3-2 win loss record and 23 speaker points. In the outstanding speaker awards in open division Hoisington placed second. Rebecca Clark and Kane Schumacher competed in the novice division for the squad. The team will compete in the Salina ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Birds That Migrate Through the Cheyenne Bottoms," at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will present information about some of the birds that migrate through Cheyenne Bottoms and the effect of the drought on this year's migration.