Etta "Jane" Akings, 84, died June 28 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Aug. 9, 1926 at Barnsdall, Okla., the daughter of John Oliver and Julia Ava Anthony. Jane married Landon Fletcher Akings July 29, 1944. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Akings was a resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Olathe. She and Landon owned the Oxford Place Steak House in Olathe for 30 years. She was also a cook for the Galatia school district from 1955 to 1964.
Roger N. Berry, 61, died June 29 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Sept. 3, 1949 at Hoisington, the son of Everette and Daisy (Million) Berry.
CLAFLIN - Magdaline G. Reif, 89, died June 28 at Larned Health Care Center. Born July 15, 1921 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Wurm) Hirsh. On July 18, 1939 she married Frank J. Reif in Ellinwood. He died on Aug. 17, 1989. A longtime resident of Claflin, coming from Ellinwood, she was employed by Ell-Kan in Ellsworth and Fuller Brush in Great Bend.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering two educational nature workshops. "Beginning Bird-watching" will be held Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Learning about Grasses and Grass-like Plants" will be held Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Both workshops are free of charge, and are open to anyone age 12 or older.
Take part in a butterfly count and learn how to identify our local butterfly species at the Cheyenne Bottoms 2nd Annual Butterfly Quest, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Children should be protected from UV radiation, optometrists warn
CAMP PAWNEE - Renovations at Camp Pawnee received a boost recently through a $5,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.
The public is invited to join the city employees for a retirement celebration and reception for Larned city manager Don Gaeddert from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the city offices, 417 Broadway. Larned city manager Don Gaeddert and ncoming city manager Lane Massey have worked closely this week on budget preparation. Gaeddert announced his retirement this spring after serving as city manager for 18 years. Gaeddert and his wife, Marie will travel to China for a two-year period. They will teach English as a second language to the Chinese.
Larned Police Dept.
Young girls "grow up" prematurely, often aided by hungry retailers such as the U.S.'s Abercrombie & Fitch and the British clothiers Primark and Matalan, each of which this spring began offering lines of padded bras for girls as young as 7 (8 at Abercrombie & Fitch for the "Ashley Push-Up Triangle"), with Matalan offering one in size "28aa."
Ah, the words that come back to bite you.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Gamecocks flag is flying on top of the South Carolina state capitol.
WICHITA - In an announcement by the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, former K-State standouts Kendra Wecker (women's basketball) and Mark Simoneau (football) have been selected as members of the 50th Anniversary Class of 2011. The induction class of 2011 will be enshrined in ceremonies on October 2 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Wichita Boathouse.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.