When a teenage mother was in danger of losing her home because it was not painted, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings worked alongside other high school students to help paint her house. Now the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association has recognized the role Akings plays in programs for the community's youth by presenting him with the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year Award.
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ELLINWOOD - The 74th annual Heckel family reunion will be Aug. 28 at Immanuel United Church of Christ fellowship hall in Ellinwood.
OLYROOD - In the words of author Raymond Lindquist, "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." Central Plains School District teachers and students will find themselves letting go of the familiar as they start classes in the reorganized school district.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle for 2011 and awarded $18,350.23 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Trent Green knows about paying dues.
TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
PITTSBURG - In NCAA Division-II athletics, two-sport athletes are few and far between.
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins needed a strong outing from a starter and Kyle Gibson delivered.
Bill Johnson McKown, 58, died March 19, at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 2, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of George Monnet and Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown. Mr. McKown was a Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Wichita.
Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown, 84, died March 20 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 16,1929, in Borger, Texas, she was the daughter of Everett T. "Bill" and Pearl (Baggerly) Johnson. On Jan. 18, 1953, she married George Monnet McKown in Cherokee, Okla. He died on March 11, 2008. A Great Bend resident since 1965, she was the vice president and chief financial officer for DaMac Drilling.
YORK, Neb. - David E. Staehr, 73, of York, Neb. and Overland Park, passed away on April 8, in York, Neb. He was born July 14, 1940, to Alfred and Grace (Dey) Staehr of Waco, Neb. David was a 1958 graduate of York High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was recruited to attend Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb., where he competed as a stand out athlete and earned varsity letters in football and basketball with the Lopers. David then started his teaching and coaching career in Cozad, Neb. in 1962. He moved to Great ...
Donald "Skip" Bowsher Jr., 90, died March 29 at Salina Regional Health Center. Born Nov. 7, 1923 in Sandusky, Ohio, he was the son of Donald Allison and Frances (Corbeille) Bowsher. On April 5, 1953, he married Twila Ulrich in Quinter. A longtime Great Bend resident he was he was co-owner and operator for Cheyenne Hardware and owner and operator of Sentry Hardware in the Westgate Shopping Center, retiring in 1985. His Sentry Hardware store was the first in the state of Kansas.
The dining hall at Camp Aldrich caught fire early this morning. Luckily, the facility was not in use and no one was injured. It is unknown if any of the facility will be salvageable, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board will renew GBRC liability insurance and vote on health insurance when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Information items on the agenda include training, a coaches' guide for youth sports and plans for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball and softball tournament coming to Great Bend.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will present "Flowers Popping Color," a free Stop N' Learn program, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 22.
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Tyrades! By Danny Tyree
God bless America, and how's everybody?
This has been a very exciting week. I have enjoyed my five Canadian friends who come almost every year to hunt turkeys with their traditional archery equipment. They got three turkeys and departed on Thursday. Being up by 4:30 a.m. to get coffee and head out for 10 days in a row gives us time to re-affirm our friendship.
Stress is part of everyday life for most people. But when a chronic illness such as cancer is involved, stress can be an especially disruptive influence on a patient's daily routine – including sleep patterns.