WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton, Texas, to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
Jerry Mitchell Jones, 76, died July 24, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Ray and Marjorie (Swann) Jones. On March 12, 1958, he married Nelta Irene Simpson in Great Bend. She died on Dec. 3, 1997. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Seward, he was the owner and operator of the J&J Cafe in Seward until 1997.
POULSBO, Wash. - A memorial service for John David Lewis, formerly of Larned, who died on May 19, will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church in Larned. Memorials are suggested to the church, Larned EMT's or the Pawnee County Food Pantry.
Clarence "C. D." Johnson, 63, died July 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1951, at Great Bend, the son of Clarence Harve and Bernadine (Ericks) Johnson. He married Jolene Debes on Oct. 11, 1980, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a rural letter carrier for Rural Route 2 for the United States Postal Service, Great Bend, retiring in 2012.
Bradley Wicks, driving while suspended, failed to appear
It is always a thrill for me when someone calls with a wildlife sighting or event in our community. A lady called and said there were vultures spending the night in Great Bend. This roosting tree is at 18th & Harrison in the back yard of a residence. There are about 20 birds using that tree.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School/Community Library has new books available for checkout. They are:
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A summer kids' event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church from Sunday to Thursday. Weird Animals VBS is for children 3 years old to those who just completed 8th grade, and will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day.
Is someone out there picturing Abe Lincoln with a dunce cap instead of a stovepipe hat?
An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood."
TOPEKA (AP) The court also struck down three of the four capital murder convictions each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. It upheld one capital murder conviction for each of them.
Change can be difficult, but you can't move forward without it.
Katlyn Bryant and Justin Hlaus of Ellinwood announce their engagement. Katlyn is the daughter of Phillip Bryant of Chase and the late Teresa Bryant. Justin is the son of Frank and LeAnne Hlaus of Wilson.
Andrea Kristian Degenhardt and Nicholas Adam Farmer were united in marriage on April 26, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Father Anselm Eke. Parents of the bride are Richard and Mary Lou Degenhardt of Hoisington. Parents of the groom are Deborah Farmer of Great Bend and the late Jerry Farmer. Grandparents of the bride are Margaret Ney of Hoisington and LeRoy and Marilyn Degenhardt of Great Bend. Grandparent of the groom is Louie Wintholz of Great Bend. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Kevin and Jamie Kreutzer announce the birth of their daughter, Kynslea Lane Kreutzer, on June 11, at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a four-year-old big brother, Jace Kreutzer.
Harold Feldman will celebrate his 95th birthday on Aug. 13., with a card shower.
Doug and Susan Leiker of Sabetha, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hillary Anne Leiker of Lawrence, to Adam Ryan Gerstner of Lawrence, son of Marsha Gerstner of Great Bend. Grandparents of the bride-elect are the late Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Skolaut, Jeannie Leiker of Hays and the late Marvin Leiker. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Loren and Arlene Schamaun of Great Bend and Al and Virginia Gerstner of Peculiar, Mo.
With summer winding down families are busy getting the pantry stocked and meals planned for those first days of school. While adults need to eat breakfast each day to perform their best, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains need regular refueling often, from food. When kids skip breakfast, they do not get what they need to be at their best.
Dr. Roger Marshall, of Great Bend, has assumed the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2014-15. As governor, Marshall coordinates the community and international service projects of the 32 clubs in district 5670 which encompasses the Central and Northwest Kansas area. He assumed office on July 1, and will serve through June 30, 2015.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.
The annual reunion of family and friends of Conrad and Rosa Matal Scheuerman was held Aug. 2 and 3, at the Great Bend Senior Center. The family gathered Saturday for a barbecue. Sunday activities included a church service conducted by Todd Scheuerman, dinner and swimming. The reunion ended Monday with breakfast at Perkins restaurant.
[This column originally ran in 2010.]
Crazy Beautiful Salon is open at 1211 Main Street. Owner Tara Jenkinson attended Sidneys Hair Dressing College. She has four years experience as a hair and eyelash stylist. Crazy Beautiful Salon is a full service salon with haircuts, color, perms, special occasion styles, make up applications, nails, manicures, pedicures, sugaring, eyelash extensions, and spray tanning. Stylists include Angi Seifert with 17 years experience; Erica Keffer with four years experience; and Ashley Brungardt with two years experience. Call 620-792-4247 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
People outside of agriculture routinely try to define the family farm. These same folks have a tendency to question corporate farming whether family owned or not