Barton County Sheriff
At 9:22 p.m. Thursday, Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to a possible structure at 1401 18th St. Upon arrival they found light smoke in the residence. Chief Mike Napolitano said the owner had been using an outdoor fireplace that was under an awning against the house and a small fire had started under the wood deck it was sitting on.
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Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
RUSSELL - Deborah Ann (Sipes) Schneider, 49, died April 5 at her home in Russell. Born Aug. 10, 1962, at Hays, she was the daughter of Robert and Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
With a flurry of early and organized activity, Gwen Caro has made significant strides in less than two months on the job. Caro is the new employment specialist for Rosewood Services Inc., beginning her new position on March 5.
Brandi Gruber has added to her credentials in an effort to enhance services for sleep-disorder patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. In addition to being director of cardiopulmonary services and a respiratory therapist, Gruber now has a CRT-SDS certification after passing the Sleep Disorders Specialty exam.
When Director of Instrumental Activities Steven Lueth heard the news that Barton's chapter of the National Association for Music Education was chosen to receive a national award for its community service, he was quick to give away all the credit.
Students from Holy Family School in Great Bend recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments, Principal Karen Moeder said. On Tuesday, April 10, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
LARNED - Perry L. Isley, 54, appeared Wednesday afternoon in the Pawnee County District Court on a single charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a severity level 1 person felony.
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Approximately 104 calls for service and 154 Officer initiated calls were received for the month of March. Officers responded to 19 medical/fire calls and worked two non-injury accidents. Thirteen arrests were made and 19 criminal summonses were served in the month of March.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Arrogance doesn't sit well with most Americans for very long.
"Politicize" is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. "The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis," says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush Limbaugh says Democrats politicize EVERYTHING.
After a night of patrolling, a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy returned to headquarters Sunday morning and discovered the patrol car had been sideswiped somewhere in the county. The vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger, had damage and paint transfer from another vehicle on the passenger-side doors and rear quarter panel.
Two male inmates in separate pods at the Barton County Jail attempted to hang themselves using sheets this past weekend, Undersheriff Bruce Green confirmed Tuesday. In each instance, another inmate noticed what was happening and alerted a detention officer before serious injury occurred.