Area law enforcement officers routinely receive reports of animals that have strayed into county roads, or of objects that are impeding traffic. On Thursday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office made sure bales were moved off the 600 block of North U.S. 281, around 10:30 a.m., and checked on a report of about a dozen goats in a ditch in the 400 block of NW 70 Ave. over the noon hour.
Holding a public hearing for the 2011-12 budget is on the agenda Monday for the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Also on the agenda is the appointment of the board treasurer, and information about co-ed softball rules.
LARNED - Several informal events are scheduled Saturday and Sunday for U.S. Army veteran Kevin Mincio and co-cyclist Matt Sauri. Before SSG Jesse Williams was killed during combat operations in Iraq, he and Mincio served together as members of the 5-20 Infantry Regiment.
A co-ed softball tournament in memory of Maxton Foster Burkey will be held on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, at the Hoisington softball field.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
ST. JOHN - The shooting victim in an apparent domestic incident has been identified as the stepson of the suspected shooter.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet on 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include student/staff presentations, recognition/achievements, election of 2011-2012 officers, GBHS athletic league affiliation, report of Professional Development Council, and projects updates.
On Monday, July 11, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a construction project to repair two bridges west of Rush Center on K-96 highway in Rush County. The bridges are located approximately 3 miles and 5 miles west of the K-96 junction with US-183 highway.
The First Church of the Nazarene is gearing up for Vacation Bible School and would like to invite all children ages 4 years to 4th grade to join them July 9-14 for the Son Harvest County Fair Bible School.
Faith Community Church is hosting special meetings with Rev. Glenn Bleakney at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday,
Looking for an evening celebrating faith, hope and courage? Look no farther than opening night of the 12th annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference, scheduled for Aug. 5-7 at Century II in Wichita.
Winnie Hanzlicek, formerly of Great Bend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 16 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 159 S. Circle Drive, Potwin, KS 67123.
The Barton Community College Library is a resource available to the community, and area residents are invited to an open house from 1-3 p.m. April 14.
Barton Community College professionals will offer resume assistance and teach attendees how to create an effective resume during workshops offered this week. The resume workshops will be offered at 3 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 117 of the BCC Library. They are open to students and community members.
Marquita Boehnke, longtime Ellinwood resident, retired March 31 after 39 years of service with the Central Kansas Library System. Boehnke served as the Youth Services consultant and worked with libraries in 17 counties.
Barton County Jail
Louise Dryer, 97, died April 7 at Scott County HOspital, Scott City. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
OAKFIELD, Tenn. - Edward "Butch" Lee Sanders, 68, died Feb. 12. He was born in Great Bend in 1945. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1965. In 1967, he married Maggie Van Horne in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was a computer programmer at Northwestern Bell from 1970-1994.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Plans to offer soldiers at Fort Riley a paramedic certificate through Barton Community College will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Karyl White, director of Emergency Medical Services Education, will explain how offering this program at Grandview Plaza (rather than the degree program for paramedics) will enable solders to sit for national EMT boards in a timely manner, supporting the US Army's mandate for national certification.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
A Great Bend Police Department vehicle driven by officer Jacob A. Harlow, 28, struck the back of a van driven Alice L. Council, 52, Great Bend, at 8:42 p.m. Saturday at 3920 10th St. Council was transported to Great Bend Regional by Great Bend EMS.
Two people were injured in a four-wheeler accident at 12:52 a.m. Sunday at SW 70 Ave. and NW 210 Road.
A Garden City man driving a motorcycle was injured Saturday afternoon on K-96 in Ness County, 4 miles west of Alexander.
TOPEKA - On April 1, the state of Kansas formally declared the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) has selected the recipients of the Green Schools grants and the waste tire recycling grants for 2014. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. This year, the grants totaled more than $575,000.