Great Bend High School classes of 1942 and 1943, and anyone else interested, will have a meeting at 10 a.m. on March 27 at the Great Bend Elks Lodge. Enter at the south door. Contact Virginia Sharp at 793-7287, Polly Schneider at 796-2208 or Bud Steadmah at 793-7480 with questions.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by D & A ProCollect, 2609 12th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Curtis Wolf and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School, 2716 24th Street. Items on the agenda include: approval of Hall of Fame contributions, and personnel retirements, resignations and licensed appointments. Art Baker, Jefferson School Principal, and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at the school.
On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes. As darkness descends, the fading light lays bare an open wound in the fabric of society. The most vulnerable among us are being offered up as prey for those with unspeakable appetites. Children are being trafficked sexually in this country at an alarming rate and right now 300,000 are at risk of being prostituted.
After an absence of 25 years, it's downright ducky to be able to welcome back one of the great socio- politico conflicts in the history of the planet. How about a round of applause folks, because the Cold War is back and it's colder and warrier than ever.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is celebrating spring migration with The Great Migration Rally from 2 to 7 p.m., on April 13.
Earth Day 2014 is once again being celebrated in the Golden Belt. This year the event is being hosted by the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo from noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday April 27.
Donna N. Thompson, 85, died March 21, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Jerry R. Tillery, 80, died March 23 at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born Nov. 20, 1933 at Turon, he was the son of Roy and Sylvia (Lamont) Tillery.
DENNIS - Ralph Elsen, 69, of rural Dennis, died at 3:30 a.m., on March 22, 2014 at his home.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation, and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday.
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.
Is it April already? The first quarter of the year has really flown by at least for me. This week, I am going to give a few updates about programs that will be going on around Great Bend that you may be interested in.
"The Great Divorce," a play adapted from the C.S. Lewis novel, will show at 8 p.m. on April 11–12 in Culbertson Auditorium on the campus of Sterling College. The show will feature the final work of two seniors, director Kyle Davis of Hoisington, and costumes designer Megan Reed of Mulvane. The box office opens on show nights at 7 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.