ABILENE - Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. (Nasdaq:DUCK), which specializes in providing products for everyday life in small-town America, announced at its June 27 annual meeting of shareholders that the company's name will officially change to ALCO Stores Inc. An amendment to the Articles of Incorporation was approved at the meeting. ALCO Stores also plans to change its ticker symbol on NASDAQ to "ALCS." Both the name change and the change in ticker symbol will be effective as of July 6.
NEWTON - The Great Bend Braves swept a Class A American Legion doubleheader against Newton on Sunday afternoon after McPherson, which was scheduled to be part of a triangular with Newton and Great Bend, had to back out.
GREAT BEND -- Helen A. Barraclough, 83, died July 2, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 24, 1929, at Birdsboro, Pa., she was the daughter of George and Anna Marie (Swarmer) Fisher. On May 18, 1957, she married Richard Barraclough at Purcell, Okla. He died Feb. 2, 1994. The couple lived in National City, Calif., before moving to Great Bend in 1968, where she held positions as a waitress for Starlite Supper Club, a clerk at K-Mart, and owned Barraclough Liquor Store.
WICHITA - Howard K. Sorensen died June 28, 2012. Born in Westbrook, Minn., on April 4, 1918, he was the son of Jim and Janet Sorensen (Rhodes). He was raised by his father and his stepmother, Mable Sorensen, nee Nelsen, his mother having died when he was an infant. In 1941 he married Claire Willis. With Howard's seminary training in Fort Worth, Texas, Memphis, Tenn., and Kansas City, he and Claire served in Baptist churches in Velma, Okla., Basehor, Pawnee City, Neb., Sterling, Hugoton, Pleasant Valley (Wichita), Meade, and Tribune; and in the area ministry for the Kansas Baptist Convention ...