LA JOLLA - Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.
Maxine C. Rogers, 101, died Dec. 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 27, 1911 in Larned, she was the daughter of John William and Salina Ann (Ferree) Grizzle. On Jan. 2, 1932 she married Preston James Rogers in Ellinwood. He died on May 3, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1929, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker.
And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed "L for loser" sign above our heads. "So long. See ya. Don't let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don't give them this address."
Norman W. Chakir, 94, died Dec. 30, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, at Ellis, the son of William A. and Louise (Schoenthaler) Chakir. Norman married Mildred Kohlmeier in 1944, in Ellinwood. She passed away in 1974. He then married Hilda Griffith on March 10, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Lela Wilson, 102, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Sterling House Of Great Bend, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
SALINA - Curtis T. Smith, 60, of Salina, passed away Dec. 28, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1952, in Hays, he was the son of Charley T. and Della Lorene (Musselman) Smith. He worked as an engineer with Union Pacific for 41 years. A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed building things, loved to play golf and was politically passionate.
Returning from the holiday break, the Barton Community College women's basketball team has been rejuvenated.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - One of the first questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly was asked after arriving in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl was about the possibility of coaching in the NFL.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clark Hunt is regarded as an intensely private man, someone who prefers to operate behind the scenes and away from the spotlight that comes with owning an NFL franchise.
ATLANTA - Kansas State's Bill Snyder, who guided the Wildcats to an 11-1 regular season, is the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
When NFL coaching jobs open, the names Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy immediately surface as potential candidates.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Arthur Kenneth Christiansen, 80, died Dec. 25, 2012, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born Feb. 7, 1932, at Great Bend, the son of August and Alice Christiansen. He married Hanne in 1976.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Two short years ago, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen sent out a letter to season ticket holders. "You deserve more from this franchise," he wrote.
It's colorless, odorless and the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. And, it worsens in the winter.
The Quran says about Jesus, "Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word" (The Quran 4:171). The Jehovah's Witness New World Translation says He was "a god" (John 1:1). Notice the small "g." Rabbi Shraga Simmons says that, according to Judaism, "Jews to not accept Jesus as the messiah."
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
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HOISINGTON - Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.
ST. JOHN - Stanton James Bergen, 47, died March 18, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
ELLINWOOD - Jean Robinson, 98, died Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Jean was a 70-year-plus resident of Ellinwood and was highly respected in the community. She was selected as parade Grand Marshal of the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, was selected a "Distinguished Citizen" of the community and was awarded one of the Ellinwood Rotary Club's most prestigious awards, the Paul Harris Fellow. She was born on a farm north of Hoisington to G.C. "Cleve" and Gertrude Underwood in 1917 and grew up in Hoisington. She graduated from Hoisington High School, then went to Kansas State ...
This is the week. The week when the sporting world turns its' attention to..............THE IDITAROD! No, that's not a 7'2" center for North Carolina State! It's the name of one of the most grueling sporting events in the world. A 1,000 mile race behind a sled being pulled by a bunch of dogs. Now I realize that there might be similarities between this and how you feel the way your favorite basketball team has been playing but, seriously folks, this dog-sled race has been going on in Alaska this past week and the conditions have ...
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
How would you like a free refund of your last three years' of taxes? A promise that you won't have to pay any possible back taxes or penalty? Would you have any objection if the IRS chooses not to ask for income verification?
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights." It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women's issues as not separate from the rest of humanity.
ELLINWOOD- Oliver Glenn Jackson, 90, died March 16, 2015 at Abilene Memorial Hospital in Abilene. Born June 24, 1924 in rural Bronson, he was the son of Arthur Glenn and Esther Ruth (Reynolds) Jackson.
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OSAGE CITY - Larry "Doc" Holliday, 73, formerly of Vassar, passed away March 16, 2015 at his home in Burlington.