GREAT BEND - Melba J. Helm Sunley, 82, died May 24 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Caroline A. Hoffman, 80, died May 24 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Shirley Ann Peters, 83, died May 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 1, 1928 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Lamont and Marcella (Crebs) Rowland. On April 5, 1991 she married G. Darrell Peters in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Burrton, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Peters Drilling Company.
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Melinda Thomas, 59, former Hays resident, died May 19, at Pikes Peak Hospice of Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Hays, she was the daughter of Severin S. and Marie (Riedel) Leiker. In 1969, she graduated from Marian High School in Hays. On June 4, 1976, she married Dale L. Thomas in Kansas. She was a homemaker. She made her home in Woodland Park, Colo. and spent a number of months of the year in Alamo, Texas. While in Texas, she did volunteer work and sewing for various missions. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and ...
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz. Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Frank and Isabel (Gerritzen) Riedel. On July 16, 1960 she married Willard D. Bitter in Olmitz. He died Sept. 3, 1985. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a retired housekeeper for Clara Barton Hospital.
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The Barton Community College campus and Center for Adult Education will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. The college will resume regular summer hours on Tuesday.
The educational program "Vitamin D - Sunshine to Supplements" will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will recognize the 2010-11 GED students who have passed the General Education Development test. The students will be honored in a graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
The 3rd annual Kans for Kids Golf Tournament was another outstanding success for the organization. There were 24 teams and 96 golfers that participated in the tournament as they opened their hearts for four Barton County boys living with childhood cancer.
Wednesday, May 25-Finals Block 1, 2; LHS Athletic Activity Awards at LMS, 1 p.m.; LHS Athletic Banquet at Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
Walter and Joyce Disque of Claflin will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 28 at the American Legionin Holyrood. Hosts for the event will be their children, Mark and Kelly Disque of Wylie, Texas, Doug Disque and Jacquie of Great Bend and Sheri Girard and Joey of Claflin; grandchildren, Adam Disque of Lubbock, Texas, Brendan Disque and Kaitlyn Disque, both of Wylie, Texas, Malia Disque and Jessica Disque of Great Bend and Emily Girard and Kylee Girard, both of Claflin.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Historical Society is hosting a Cemetery Tour at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The tour will take place at the Ellinwood Lakin Comanche Cemetery, north side entrance.
There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!" Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is no big whoop.
After 13 years of war in Afghanistan - the longest in US history - the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.