Cameron University's Speech and Debate team has gotten off to a stellar start in forensics competition this semester, taking first in Lincoln-Douglas debate sweepstakes and second in combined debate sweepstakes at the recent Debate On the Plains tournament, hosted by Hutchinson Community College. One week prior, the team placed fourth overall in combined individual events and debate sweepstakes at the Bob R. Derryberry Memorial Season Opener, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
More than 280 optometrists and 185 optometric assistants attended the 2012 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 13 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for re-licensure. Among those attending were Drs. Mark Judd, Russell McCaulley, and Chad Premer of Great Bend.
Eagle Communications Great Bend Division has named Ed McGilber as director of sales for the Great Bend Post. The Post is an on-line product that features news, sports, community events and more. McGilber brings a background in media and on-line sales having previously worked at the Great Bend Tribune.
In honor of her career achievements, Jil Johnson of Great Bend has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac. Johnson took delivery of a 2013 Cadillac SRX at Dove Cadillac dealership in Great Bend.
The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include 2012 tax sale and amendments to the Barton County Zoning Regulations.
More than $1.1 million that will support and encourage mathematics and science teacher education at Fort Hays State University was announced at a news conference today on the university campus.
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) will host the sixth annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2013.
Paul and Sue Anne Mullen of Evansville, Ind. announce the engagement of their daughter Kim Mullen, to Zachary Ralston, son of Kelly and Cheryl Ralston.
Jenna Hayes and Jason Corbett were united in marriage on June 9 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ellinwood in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Charles Mazouch. Parents of the bride are Jim and Kathy Hayes of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Jim and Jeanie Corbett of Ellinwood and Randy and Ronda Miller of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Virginia Karlin of Great Bend and the late Ronald Karlin, Lawrence and Frances Hayes. Grandparents of the groom are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Jr. and Glen and Jean Miller.
Rick Erdman and Barbara Erdman announce the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Erdman to Rick Brittain, son of Robert Brittain and the late Velda Brittain.
John and Julie Hein will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Oct. 15. The couple was married on Oct. 15, 1972, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington. John is retired from Dillon's after 36 years and Julie is retired from Landmark National Bank after 27 years. The couple has a daughter and son-in-law, Joelle and Jay Jacobs; and two grandchildren, Jensen and Jozie. They will celebrate the occasion with a family dinner in November.
Anna Lee Habiger of Bushton will celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct. 20 with a family dinner and a card shower.
Jerry Desmarteau will celebrate his 80th birthday on Oct. 20 with a Come and Go reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center Burnside Room. No gifts are requested.
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.
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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.