Alice Jane (Kachelman) Fox, 80, died Friday, Feb. 15, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born March 7, 1932 at St. John, she was the daughter of John T. and Kathleen Birdie (Schroder) Kachelman. A resident of Great Bend since 1970, she was a Safety Deposit Manager at American State Bank in Great Bend for 20 years, Undersheriff for Stafford County, and a farmer.
TOPEKA - Laura Brown, from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, has been recognized by a statewide domestic and sexual violence advocacy organization.
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A local registered dietician will share information about nutrition at the next Parkinson's Support Group meeting at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room.
LARNED - Deborah K. (Debbie) George, 57, died Feb. 15 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 24, 1955 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Larned, she was the daughter of Lloyd W. and Katherine L. Debes George. In 1960 she moved to Boulder, Colo. for schooling at North Broadway, until she was 21, and then she worked at Boulder County Workshop. In February of 1993, she moved back to Kansas and worked at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Robert D. Dougherty, 81, died Feb. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
PAWNEE ROCK - Adam P. Deckert, 94, died Feb. 16 at Sunrise of Lenexa in Lenexa. Born Feb. 6, 1919 in Great Bend, he was the son of Peter and Susie (Ratzlaff) Deckert. On April 15, 1945 he married Helen Schmidt in Pawnee Rock. She died on April 7, 1996. A long-time Pawnee Rock resident, Mr. Deckert was a Lenexa resident for two years, coming from Great Bend where he resided for 17 years. He was a farmer and also worked for Doerr Metal in Larned.
ELLINWOOD - 1st Lieutenant Chris Ames of Dyess Air Force Base at Abilene, Texas is attending pilot training school for the B1B Lancer Bomber.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team earned a trophy for 1st place in team sweepstakes at the KC Maverick Invitational at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg on Sat., Feb. 16. Nineteen schools competed in the meet, and Ellinwood beat 2nd place Sterling by a margin of forty points.
Sunday, Feb. 17
LARNED - The regular monthly meeting of the Welcome Inn Leisure Center Inc. was called to order by Ben Appel, vice president, on Feb. 6 at 12:45 p.m.
Activities Feb. 17-Feb. 23
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Feb. 23 through Feb. 25. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.
The latest Drought Monitor Update (February 17) indicates almost the entire state is at least abnormally dry. Most of Barton County falls in this category except for the extreme southern section. South into Stafford and west into Pawnee Counties the shortage increases to moderate drought. As you move south towards the border and to Southwest and West Central Kansas the severity increases to severe with a small area rated as extreme drought. This is in spite of slightly above average precipitation experienced in the Barton area over the last several weeks.
Great Bend Middle School announces the November through January Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school administrators.
Proponents of President Obama's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control. They even style themselves defenders of free speech. But there is a very serious risk that changing the Internet from an unregulated free enterprise into a heavily-regulated public utility will lead over time to content control.
Where does the Obama Administration find these people?
The Sunflower State Games announces that registration is now open for the Spring Team Time Trial. Event details and registration procedures can be found online at www.sunflowergames.com. This three person cycling team event will take place on Saturday, April 11. Staging for the race will take place at the Historic Lecompton High School, 620 E. Woodson Street in Lecompton. Racing begins at 10 a.m with teams set to start at two minute intervals.
Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association (WKHRMA) will hold their March meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at Thirsty's Banquet Room, 2704 Vine Street in Hays. Registration is between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. The program for the March meeting will be on "The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Employment Process" presented by Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions.