The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Seasoning With Spices And Herbs," from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Sr. Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has released more information about the death of an Olmitz man who was hit by a semi-trailer as he walked along U.S. 56 on Wednesday.
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University of Kansas basketball players will be here April 17 for the Kansas Barnstorming Tour, coming to the Barton Community College Gym in the Kirkman Center.
The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will conduct an orientation meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the village, located south of the river bridge on U.S. 281. The meeting is for anyone in Barton County who seeks information about volunteer service at the museum, said Karen Naylor, volunteer coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on its latest project, at 19th and Hubbard, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This is being done in conjunction with Habitat's Chamber Coffee, and the public is invited, said Rachel Mawhirter, co-chairman of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.
Cathy Soeken and Connor Robl have developed such a good rapport and reached so many milestones that they are sharing the Focus on Abilities recognition at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Paul R. Chisholm, 85, of Great Bend, died April 1 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
Harmon E. "Shorty" Allinger, 77, died April 1 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born March 21, 1934, at Great Bend, the son of Harmon C. and Goldie (Miles) Allinger. He married Velma Leiker on Jan. 14, 1958, at Hays. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned and operated H&H Auto Electric.
MISSION, Texas - Leona M. Wess Blankenship, 92, died April 1 at the Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mission, Texas. Born April 27, 1918, in Great Bend, was the daughter of Theodore P. and Sarah Ellen Gilbert Wess. Leona Wess and Donald Carroll Blankenship were married on Oct. 11, 1935, in Great Bend. She was a homemaker on the farm until the girls started high school. She worked for Honaker Drilling Inc. and moved first to Oleander Acres and then to Enchanted Valley Ranch in Mission, Texas.
Billie Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, Ill. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
LARNED – John Mariche Perez, 67, died March 31 at his home in Larned. Born March 2, 1944, at Dodge City, he was the son of Clemente Rincon and Lucille Mariche Perez. A lifetime resident of the Edwards and Pawnee County area, he was a Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital. On Aug. 16, 1969, he married Mary Lynn Stejskal at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Barton Community College has announced recipients of Honor Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. To earn an Honor Scholarship at Barton, the student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49. These awards are administered by Barton's Financial Aid Office. The following students, listed by hometown, are recipients of Honor Awards:
In the story that ran in Thursday's Great Bend Tribune about Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation receiving tax credits, there were two errors. First, Camp Aldrich was misspelled. Second, Kans for Kids was referred to as Kansas for Kids in the first paragraph. The Tribune regrets the errors.
Over the past several weeks we have seen a significant increase in illegal immigration, as thousands of unaccompanied minors pour across what seems an invisible southern border into the United States. The mass immigration has, as to be expected, put an enormous strain on local resources, and it has heated up the immigration debate in the US.
Recently, I wrote that summer is the time for stupid political stunts, and John Boehner should honor that tradition by making good on his vow to sue President Obama for alleged executive abuses. "Do it, Mr. Speaker," I urged. "Give us a laugh during silly season."