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SKELLYTOWN, Texas - Diana Lynn Larkin, 55, died April 29 in Pampa, Texas. She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Great Bend. She married Gary Larkin on Aug. 25, 1973, in Hoisington. In 1974, she graduated from Great Bend High School. She was the postmaster at Briscoe Post Office for the past 15 years and had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 25 years. She had been a resident of Skellytown, Texas, since 1979.
MESA, ARIZ. - Violetta Louise Karst, 81, died April 26, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness. She was a loving Wife, Mother, and Nana.
HOISINGTON - Mark Edward Smith, 57, died April 27 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1953, in Hoisington, he was the son of Charles and Ruby (Payne) Smith. He was a lifetime resident of Claflin.
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - LaWanda M. (Batman) Farrell, 82, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven on April 7, at Corondelet Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. Born Jan. 14, 1929, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph E. Batman and Martha F (Batman) Williams. She worked 45 years in hospitals in Russell, Great Bend, and Sierra Vista Regional Hospital in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Her hobby was bowling.
Emerson MacDonald, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Great Bend on April 28. He was born Sept. 3, 1917, at Hackettstown, N.J., the son of Emerson C. and Grace (Petty) MacDonald. He married Gladys Naoma Glass on May 29, 1941, at Winfield. She passed away Oct. 20, 2006. He was an English teacher at Great Bend High School for 47 years. He was a Great Bend resident since 1947, coming from Burlington.
LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, Lawrence, died April 30, 2011, at Brandon Wood at Alvamar in Lawrence.
WICHITA - Dr. Thomas D. Van Winkle, 88, died April 28 at Life Care Center, Wichita. He was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Great Bend, the son of Albert and M. Ruth (McGinty) Van Winkle. He married Ann Wesley on Aug. 20, 1967, at Wichita. A Wichita resident most of his life, coming from Seward, he was a dedicated chiropractor for 39 years.
David N. Presley
It's not exactly like coming home for Leanne Irsik but there certainly is a lot that is familiar. She is a Kansas native who is acquainted with some of her new colleagues in the organization she had served for many years.
Catholics from a nine-state area will meet for a three-day event that includes sessions on contemporary religious concerns presented by nationally recognized lay and religious speakers, spirited entertainment, and daily devotions at the 12th annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference.
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Activities May 1-7
Historic program will be featured Saturday
Surrendered Family Ministries invites everyone to take part in observing the 60th annual National Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Crest Theatre, 1905 Lakin, in Great Bend. Each year millions of believers across America join together to gather, worship, and pray on the National Day of Prayer. It is a significant occasion on which Americans lay aside cultural, racial, and denominational differences and join hearts in acknowledging God.
The Great Bend Area Support Group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thelma Harms Room at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgical Center.
Each nine weeks Hoisington Middle School faculty and staff choose students who have shown leadership throughout the school. This can include being respectful to adults and students, improving in grades, being helpful in and out of the classroom and just showing leadership qualities. To promote these qualities, students participated in a Leadership Luncheon on March 24th. Those students nominated for Leadership Luncheon 3rd weeks were: Addie Smith, Sean Zaczek-Schridde, Rheanna Spires, Paige Schoonmaker, Camdon Nickelson, Holt Hanzlick, Devon Kinslow, Jake Curtis, Isaac Prosser, Nate Larkin, Katherine Warnken, Rudy Gearhart, Bryce Shelor, Alyssa Davis, Avery Brewer, Daphne Copp, Dylan Richards, AJ ...
"Pope Francis, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but I have a few things I have to get off my chest."
If there's one thing Republicans hate even more than health insurance for a growing number of Americans, it's empirical evidence that Obamacare is insuring a growing number of Americans.
On Tuesday, Kansas formally joined an Oklahoma-led lawsuit challenging the process by which a federal agency decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Governor Sam Brownback had announced last Friday that Kansas would be joining the suit.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.