HAYS - A delusional southern beauty surrounded by misfits and mental cases tries to build a road to redemption out of a small-town pageant in ways that are funny but not soul-destroying in "The Miss Firecracker Contest," a Southern Gothic play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley, coming Nov. 14 to Fort Hays State University's Felten-Start Theatre.
RAYMOND - John A. Snider, 77, died Oct. 31 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Jan. 5, 1936, in Raymond, he was the son of Dee Lambert and Clara Mary (Wille) Snider. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. A lifetime resident of Raymond, he was a farmer and cattleman.
LAKE QUIVIRA - Dr. A. William Shafer, 85, peacefully passed in the presence of his family on Oct. 28, in Kansas City, Mo. Bill enjoyed retirement life with his wife, Betsy Thomas Dring Shafer, at Lake Quivira, as a committed family man, voracious reader and avid golfer. Bill was married to June Alefs Shafer for 49 years prior to her death in 1999 and married Betsy in 2000.
Eula "Fay" Moser, 74, passed away on Oct. 30 at her home in Great Bend. Born on May 2, 1939, in Pollard, Okla., she was the daughter of Gilbert Edward and Myrtle Patience (Stout) Hollingsworth. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1962. Over the years, she was employed at the former Thies Development and the Fuller Brush Company, both of Great Bend, and worked as a cook for many years, most recently at the Great Bend Senior Center, until her retirement five years ago. Fay loved playing cards, reading, and enjoyed music, but her biggest joy in life ...
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
COPPELL, Texas - Alco Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCS) ("Alco" or the "Company"), a general merchandise retailer specializing in providing a superior selection of essential products for everyday life in small-town America, has announced that the proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 25, 2013 (the "Merger Agreement"), by and among Mallard Parent, LLC, M Acquisition Corporation and the Company, did not receive approval from more than a majority of the outstanding shares of the Company's common stock during a special meeting of the Company's shareholders Wednesday,
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story and photos were submitted by Brandon Steinert at Barton Community College. Steinert notes: All photos showing inmates have been approved to be published by the Kansas Department of Corrections. I have omitted the last name of a prisoner identified in the story to protect the victims and the inmate's identity, as requested by ECF personnel. Also, know that names shown on certificates in photos have been blurred out for the same reason.
Barton County residents will have two opportunities to donate blood to the American Red Cross in November. Donations will be accepted from 1:30-5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Immaculate Conception Church, 110 E. Williamson in Claflin, and from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. in Great Bend.
The Shafer Art Gallery will be closed Friday, Nov. 1, until Sunday, Nov. 24 in preparation of its holiday exhibit. The gallery will reopen Nov. 24 from 1-5 p.m. with the Festival of Trees exhibit as well as the Jacob's Ladder exhibit featuring ornate quilts from the National Quilt Museum. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held two weeks later on Dec. 8.