Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle collision Saturday in Barton County, and a one-vehicle accident Sunday in Russell County.
ST. JOHN - Kenneth T. Siebert, 85, died Aug. 11 at South Wind Hospice House in Pratt. Born June 14, 1927 in rural Pawnee County, he was the son of Theodore R. and Mildred (Kerns) Siebert. A graduate of Radium High School and life-long resident of St. John, he was owner of Siebert Automotive since 1969. On June 12, 1951, he married Mildred M. (Steiner) at Great Bend. She survives.
MEDICINE LODGE - Gerald "Jerry" Willms, 48, died Aug. 12 at his home in Medicine Lodge. Born on Dec. 4, 1963 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dan and Connie (Ginest) Willms. On Dec. 6, 2008 he married Tammy L. Bishop at Medicine Lodge. She survives.
HOISINGTON - Frances G. (Berger) Ellington, 86, died Aug. 12 at Russell Regional Hospital. Born April 14, 1926 at Blanchard, Mich., she was the daughter of Clinton F. and Lucy Viola (DeGroat) Smalley.
HOISINGTON - Jerrad Lee Umphrey, 20, and Seth Owen, 15, both of Hoisington, were transported to Clara Barton Hospital on Saturday after the pickup they were in went off the 800 block of NW 10 Ave.
Jacob and AJ Chrest announce the birth of their son, Jacoby Dean Chrest, on July 21. He weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Jamie Lee Schartz and Christopher Duane Froetschner announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Peter and Lisa Schartz of Larned, and Connie Schartz of Pratt, and the granddaughter of A.W. and Patricia Schartz of Larned, Carol Harrison of Goddard, and Bob Harrison of Eugene, Ore. The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Tammy Froetschner of Larned and the grandson of Marion and Helen Froetschner, and Larry and Marlene Carr, all of Larned.
John and Dianne Carney of Lenexa announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Maureen Carney to Kevin Nicholas Ille, son of Mark and
Audra and Jon Boone of Tonganoxie announce the birth of their daughter Amalie Elise, on June 27. She weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 21 ½ in. long. She has three big brothers Jacob, Afton, Aidan and a big sister, Johanna.
Mike and Judy Manning announce the engagement of their daughter Kinzie Elizabeth to Brett Arthur, son of Stan and Marcy Behrends, all of Great Bend.
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.
Robert and Virginia Ballard of Hoisington will celebrate their 64th anniversary on Aug. 16.
Coming off a very good cross country season it was no surprise the distance runners paced the Barton Community College women's team to open the 2015 Indoor track season.
The terrorist massacre in Paris was a fundamental assault on freedom of expression. Everyone who thinks freely, writes freely, draws freely, and snarks freely knows what it was about.
A funny thing happened on the way to a news story: ABC and NBC were again distracted by friendly noise from fellow leftwing travelers.
On Dec. 6, Relay for Life of Barton County's Team Hope held a Winter Wonderland Pageant at the Elk's Lodge in Great Bend. There were 25 girls and 1 boy competing from the Central Kansas Glamour Kids.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by A440 Music, 1207 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Brian Ewing with greeters Cindy Parr and Candice Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Gloria Hernandez's name is becoming synonymous with vegetarian cooking in Great Bend. After teaching classes at the Parent Resource Center and also the Great Bend Recreation Center she now is offering a one-day vegan vegetarian cooking class from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton in Great Bend.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
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Joan Charles, 84, died Jan. 5, at home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
LA CROSSE - Esther Marie Urban, 92, died Jan. 10, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
ELLINWOOD - Eleanor Catherine (Hoffman) Hines, 92, died on Jan. 10, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1922, she was the daughter of Henry J. Hoffman and Teresa (Krier) Hoffman. In 1940, she graduated from Great Bend High School. On Jan. 21, 1941, she married Leo M. Hines in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988. She was the Business Manager for the couple's plumbing business until their retirement in 1985.