ST. JOHN - The two high school girls' basketball teams fought neck-and-neck at St. John on Tuesday night, but Wichita Word of Life finished ahead 49-47, beating the Lady Tigers.
The Barton Community College softball team opened the season Tuesday at Cougar Fields with a pair of losses to Cloud County.
The spring mating rituals of Kansas wildlife will be the topic at the next Stop 'N Learn, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Eric Giesing, director of education at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will have information on greater prairie chickens, turkeys and kildeer. Ston 'N Learn programs are free and offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
The Drum Circle, facilitated by John Makings, will hold its second meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Center, 5815 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. This is a new location for the group. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and admission is free. For more information call The Center, 620-792-2544.
Elsie Mae Pickerill, 69, passed away at the Minneola Long Term Care Center in Minneola on Monday afternoon, Feb. 13. Elsie was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in Ellsworth to John and Mildred (Mills) Ploutz. She graduated from Ellsworth High School. On Sept. 5, 1964, she was united in marriage to Gary Pickerill in Great Bend, where the couple made their home. One of Elsie's favorite activities was watching KU basketball.
ODIN - Irene M. Beran, 88, died Feb. 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 11, 1923, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Pauline (Dreiling) Dinkel. On June 16, 1948, she married August V. Beran in Victoria. He died May 4, 1966. A resident of Odin since 1948, coming from Victoria, and moving to Great Bend in 2005, she was a homemaker and served in domestic services.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet with juvenile justice officials at the next BCC board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Meeting with the trustees will be Kyle Rohr, Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility superintendent; Casey Cloninger, principal of Westside School in Larned; and Curtis Whitten – Juvenile Justice Authority commissioner, Topeka.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County has resumed construction on its latest building project at 1906 Hubbard. Volunteers are needed every Saturday until the project is finished, said Rachel Mawhirter.
Patricia M. Steadman Robl, 90, died Feb. 13 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
WICHITA - Thelma M. Steincamp (Langrehr), 81, died Feb. 12 after a long, courageous battle with old age. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Ma), sister, aunt, and friend to all. Thelma had a special gift for friendships, a genuine interest in other people and made new friends everywhere she went. She showed a generosity and fortitude that did not waiver, even as her health failed.
Glen Ehrlich and Jean Wagner were named king and queen at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day party on Monday. The party was sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Senior Center.
Barton County Sheriff
4 Legs Up BBQ will host a barbecue class Feb. 17-18 at the National Guard Armory in Great Bend. Preregistration for the "Art and Science of Competition BBQ" class is required from the business's website, www.4legupbbq.com.
BISON - Rodney D. Gisick, 67, died unexpectedly on Dec. 25, 2011. He was born the son of Clarence and Naomi (Reichel) Gisick, on April 28, 1944, in Bison. He was a 1962 graduate of Bison High School, and went on to study music at Bethany College in Lindsborg and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a master's degree in voice performance in 1968. He was an active vocal performer and voice teacher for many years in New England, New York City and elsewhere, teaching at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College.
The Claflin ICC parish CYO is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 10 a.m on Feb. 25 at Central Plains High School in Claflin. The entry fee is $40 per team. There will be an 18 and over and a 17 and younger division. Both divisions will consist of a separate male and female bracket. Concessions will be available. Admission to watch is $1. For additional information or to register your team contact Rhiannon Becker at (785) 737-3726 or email@example.com.
It takes a lot of work to get the glowing Ferris Wheel spinning, just like it takes work setting up the Ye Old Mill, grooming competition livestock, making the thousands of funnel cakes and cheese curds and keeping the fairgrounds a clean environment for families to enjoy. But most people don't think about the behind the scenes work it takes to get the competitions and booths off the ground in order to make the fair a success.
Jeremy Lamb, driving while suspended, fine $500, court costs $55.50
Tracy R. Hilton, battery domestic violence, continued to Oct. 2
FLU SEASON - The flu took the lives of more than 100 children in the U.S. last flu season, and most of those kids didn't get a flu shot.
As parents, most of us are happy to simply get through a day and know that we kept our children and small pets alive, never mind knowing our parenting style. But taking a moment to consider how we approach our children and situations not only can create a closer, better family experience, but more well-adjusted and prepared children.
From the beginning of time, expectations of men and women have been different. Society has come a long way in recognizing this difference, but one stereotype remains: Men are looked upon as weak if they become emotional.
Kids love to spend time with their dads. For families where mom is primarily with the kids while dad is at work, changing things up and allowing for dad time with the kids is a nice break - for the kids, the mom and the dad.
HAYS - Both the Great Bend High School girls' and boys' cross-country teams finished in fifth place at the Hays Invitational on Thursday.
LARNED - A 39-yard field goal by Kingman High School's Caden Knoblauch with 1:46 left on the clock silenced a noisy Larned crowd and propelled the Eagles to a 3-0 victory over the Larned Indians on Friday evening at Earl Roberts Stadium.
The Great Bend Middle School seventh-grade football team beat Pratt 34-8.
Abilene 13, Concordia 7
LAWRENCE - After a shaky start by Montell Cozart a week ago, Kansas coach Charlie Weis decided to throw a bunch of short passes early in Saturday's game to give his young quarterback some confidence.
No. 23 Fort Hays State men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 conference road matchup to Southern Nazarene on Saturday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James "Big Game" Shields came up just short in the Kansas City Royals' biggest game of the season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday.