A young law school graduate returned to his hometown in 1954. Since then, he's wrapped his mind and hands around community projects that have helped to advance and shape Great Bend and central Kansas.
Since he was 14 years old, Tim Miller has been dedicating all his resources to building a legacy now known as Tim Miller Enterprises. After over 50 years of hard work and perseverance, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development is recognizing Miller and his numerous business ventures with the 2011 Business of the Year Award.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Travis Ford has a theory about why Jeff Withey has emerged as an unsung star for No. 7 Kansas: The 7-footer finally realized he's playing next to Thomas Robinson.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Scoop Jardine sparked a game-deciding rally with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse beat Connecticut 85-67 on Saturday.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Desperation seems to be bringing out the best in Texas at a very important time.
Singer-songwriter Scott Ibex will bring an eclectic variety of music, from what he dubs psychedelic bluegrass to acoustic tapping/fingerstyle guitar to his unique blend of reggae-infused acoustic rock, to Great Bend on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main Street, will host Ibex in concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $10 and may be purchased at the door or tickets will be available in advance at A440 Musical Instruments, 2008 Forest Ave., Great Bend.
ST. JOHN - The St. John High School girls' basketball team held a 30-15 lead at halftime.
Great Bend Fire Department
After many albums and awards with the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod has returned to country music, but is still delivering one moving message after another. He will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
The Central Kansas Partnership Suicide Prevention Task Force will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Health Department. The group will discuss suicide prevention goals and possible strategies to increase awareness of signs of suicide and what community members can do. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.
A proposal to sell the Great Bend Recreation Commission's property at 1917 17th St. will be considered when the GBRC Board of Directors meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Board members will also hear a report on the Morning Basketball Association/Noon Basketball Association Hall of Fame and on the upcoming state conference of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association.
RUSSELL - Donald (Don) Eugene Fosdick, 58, of Russell, died Feb. 9 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born Nov. 24, 1953, in Ellinwood, the son of Donald T. and Geraldine K. (Cope) Fosdick. He grew up in the Great Bend area and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. He was a welder and was the owner and operator of Western Welders in Oklahoma for over 15 years. He met and fell in love with his fiancée Patricia K. Wolf and they made their home in Russell. He was a true cowboy and loved horses ...
Robert D. "Bob" Engle died on Feb. 9 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born on Dec. 25, 1929, in Ransom, to Oscar V. and Florence E. (Combest) Engle.
CLAFLIN - Joseph "Joe L." Kaiser, 98, died Nov. 12 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 6, 1916, on the farm in Claflin, the son of Lawrence and Louisa (Fonscher) Kaiser. Joe was a farmer and a stockman.
By Pawnee Annie
Abend Brot or a German Evening Supper will once again be offered by the Ellinwood Community Historical Society during the Kristkindlmart in Ellinwood on Dec. 6 It will begin in late afternoon until 6 p.m.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Panther Activity Center. Items include appliances, computers, household items, clothing and everything in between.
It's required reading for most high school students. It's regarded by many as the great American novel. There have been numerous film versions of the story but only one musical version. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" based on Mark Twain's classic will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, in the school's theatre. Director Betsy Dutton calls the show a "rewarding challenge."
It's been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can't bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there's an old friend about to reach out - and all he has is my AOL address.
To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock.
The laugh is on Neil Simon, literally.
Kermit Lee Johnson, 57, died Nov. 11, 2014 at Via Christi Saint Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Isidro Alvarez, 73, passed away at his home in Great Bend on Tuesday.
HOISINGTON - Linda M. Pettitt, 68, died Nov. 8, 2014 at her home in Hoisington.