LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Joseph Henry Kimpler, III, of Libertyville, Ill., left this earth and took the fast track to heaven on Nov. 12, in Great Bend. He was celebrating the 20th annual family pheasant hunting trip when he suffered a fatal heart attack. There he was reunited with beloved wife, Margaret, and Jesus Christ, his Savior. "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from god, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Wendy Prosser, sales/field appraiser in the Barton County appraiser's office, was recently awarded the professional designation of RMA (Registered Mass Appraiser). This designation is awarded to those individuals who have successfully completed at least 180 hours of tested course work, have at least three years (6,000 hours) of mass appraisal experience and successfully tested a four-hour residential and a four-hour commercial case study exam.
Patients who check in at their doctors' offices on Dec. 1 will be in on the ground floor of a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. The program is the second of a three-part initiative that will result in electronic health records for each patient.
Great Bend Internists and St. Joseph Family Medicine employees were among the many rural health-care providers and staff recognized Thursday on the first National Rural Health Day. Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed the special day as part of a national effort to honor those who provide "comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and holistic care to patients" in rural areas. St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center owns GBI and SJFM.
There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.
"Orphan" is a very empty word. It conjures up images of loss, of being rootless, of unwanted and untenable liberty. When I think of "Orphan," I think of something flying around in the great human universe, searching for its home.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.