Great Bend Fire/EMS
HOISINGTON - Mari Jo Ray, 77, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. She was born Sept. 20, 1937, in Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Schneweis) Peschka. Mari Jo attended Hoisington High School. She worked as a telephone operator, and was also a police dispatcher, city cashier, city clerk and city manager.
James A. Lofland, 62, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born April 27, 1952, at Great Bend, the son of James R. and Joyce L. (Mohr) Lofland. He married Karen Sander Feb. 23, 1974, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Jim was a welder for McDonald Tank and Equipment Inc. for more than 40 years, and also formerly owned and operated Lofland Landscape Turf & Irrigation.
TOPEKA - John J. Gilkison, 92, former resident of Larned, for over 70 years, passed away in Topeka on Jan. 1, 2015, four days short of his 93rd birthday. Born on Jan. 5, 1922, in Larned, he was the son of Charles A. and Olga Sjogren Gilkison. In 1939, he graduated from Zook High School and attended Kansas State University for two years.
Anthony C. "Tony" Huslig, 47, died Dec. 31, 2014, at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 18, 1967, in Pratt, he was the son of Bernard Louis "Hus" and Donna Joan "Jo" (Rose) Huslig. He married Kelly Adams in Great Bend. They later divorced. Raised in Great Bend and living in Kansas City until moving back to Great Bend in 2010, he was a Network Program Engineer.
RUSSELL - Doris Amelia Steinert, 83, of Russell, Kansas, died on December 29, 2014, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth.
RUSSELL - Eugene Steinert, 89, of Russell, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth.
Marvin J. Hipp, 61, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Lake Point Assisted Living, Wichita. He was born Sept. 1, 1953, at Great Bend, the son of Joseph Lawrence and Thelma Eileen (Fenn) Hipp. He worked for Gibson, Titus and Stafford and then was the parts counter manager for Straub International, for more than 30 years combined. He was a longtime Great Bend resident, recently living in Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Emerson J. Davis, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. He was born March 2, 1934, on the homestead in rural Galatia, Kan., the son of David and Lena (Hester) Davis. He attended school at Hoisington and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Newkirk on Oct. 8, 1953. He was a truck driver for Kansas Brick and Tile for many years, later working for Albion Township.
HOISINGTON - John Edward Stoss, 50, died Jan. 1, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Aug. 28, 1964, the son of Edward John and Darlene (Doonan) Stoss. He was a 1983 graduate of Hoisington High School. A lifetime Hoisington resident, John was a farmer and had previously ran the maintainer for South Homestead Township. He had also driven a bus for USD 431, Hoisington.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of holding a woman again her will overnight on Jan. 1-2 and raping her.
Four people were injured after a pickup slid off a county road early on New Year's Day, just east of Great Bend.
The Big 12 has seven of its' 10 team in bowl games. Does that tell us that the Big 12 is a powerful football conference? Not really. Mostly it tells us that there are too many bowls, though I would put the Big 12's football prowess right up there with any of the other conferences including the much-ballyhooed Southeastern Conference.
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the first major injury accident of the new year that occurred early on the morning of New Year's Day. The accident occurred Thursday at approximately 2:38 a.m. just east of Great Bend.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters, a letter of support for a SeaPort Airlines ticketing and baggage agreement and an a consultant agreement for FAA airport grants regarding a building a fire truck at Great Bend Municipal Airport.
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.
A new nationwide survey suggests that the amount of fast food a child eats may affect his or her educational achievement.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
2nd Nine Weeks
Local students are among the 1,167 named by Fort Hays State University to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2014 semester.
Carolee J. Nolte will celebrate her 80th birthday on Jan. 20, with a card shower.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. (Pat) Kasselman of Ellinwood will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Jan. 23, with a card shower.
Dolores (Bieberle) Westbrook is celebrating her 85th birthday with a card shower.
Rich and Carol Steiner of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Cindy Ann Steiner to Justin Tracy Keller, son of Jim and Sandy Keller of Marysville.
Lois Kaufman will celebrate her 85th birthday with a social from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24, at the Galva Christian Church, 400 Northview Road, in Galva. Hosts for the event will be her daughters, Nathalea Stephenson and Karleen Williams.
All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, Feb. 6. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, Kan., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. It is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested.
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.