LARNED - Steven D. Alsup, 60, passed away Sept. 27, 2011 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.
TOPEKA - Storm and crop damage estimates in Kansas for 2011 have hit a record $1 billion, according to the Kansas Department of Insurance.
TOPEKA - Sandra (Sandy) Craig, 64, died Sept. 25, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Evelyn May Miller, 80, died Sept. 27, 2011 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.
LYONS - Dale Wilson Ballard, 91, died Sept. 28 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information about the theft and destruction of a gray Chevy pickup from Great Bend.
Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner/auction. The fundraiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Highland Convention Center. Tickets are $50 each.
A retirement reception for Great Bend City employee Willard Renfro will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Cemetery Office, located at 4500 Broadway Ave. He will be retiring from the City with 22 years of service.
Great Bend Fire Department
You can come home again especially when you have an invitation.
Simpson Farm Enterprises, Inc. of Ransom, Great Bend, Hays and Beloit, has been named among the Top Volume Sales Dealers by Spra Coupe for the previous sales year. The Top Volume Spra Coupe Dealer Award is given to the top three dealers in sales of Spra Coupe in North America. Spra Coupe is part of the application division of AGCO, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment based in Duluth, Ga. Simpson Farm Enterprises, Inc. has been a dealer for Spra Coupe since 1982.
Angela Broaderway, PharmD, recently accepted the position of part-time Pharmacy Director at Ellsworth County Medical Center (ECMC). Angela will begin her duties at ECMC Oct. 1, and comes to the medical center with a great deal of enthusiasm and education. A native of Kirksville, Mo., Broaderway moved with her family to Larned several years ago. She is a graduate of Larned High School, Fort Hays State University and a 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Angela will continue to be employed by St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend as well as St. Joseph ...
Great Bend Regional Hospital provided a financial donation to Riley Elementary School that will benefit the school's library. As a result Riley is able to purchase books to go along with its anti-bullying curriculum. Riley already teaches the lessons, explained Riley Elementary School principal Joann Blevins, but there wasn't enough in the school's library fund to also purchase the books that go along with the curriculum. With the donation, however, Blevins said they will immediately make the purchase to receive the books as quickly as possible.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Linda Jamison and Jan Westfall. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are loose and raring to go, ready to work overtime - if necessary - to win the AL wild card.
LA CROSSE - Marie D. Reifschneider, 86, La Crosse, died, Nov. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. She was born April 5, 1928, at rural Timken, the daughter of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married LeRoy Reifschneider at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
Calista Marie Stuart, 88, died Nov. 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1926, at Barton County, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Theisen) Seyfert. She married Herbert Stuart in 1943, and later divorced. A lifetime Barton County resident, Calista was a bookkeeper, working for Cheyenne Drug, Van-Jo Dairy, Kottwitz Motor Company, Bob Reiter Chevrolet, Ron Miller Accounting, and most recently M & F Plumbing Heating and Air.
Sister Patricia Martinez, 89, died Nov. 14 at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. Born May 13, 1925, in Little River, as Pasquala Martinez, Sister Patricia was the daughter of Gregorio and Placida Gomez Martinez. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Oct. 10, 1943, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.
WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.
SeaPort Airlines announced today that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year. SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer Rob McKinney, will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
Barton County Jail
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.
It is almost unimaginable that something so bad could last so long. I am talking about the BCS system that the NCAA used to determine its' Division I football champion. It was 16 years ago that the system was put into play. It proved to be more difficult to get rid of than an obnoxious cousin!