The Big 12 dumped its embattled commissioner Thursday and said nine schools had pledged to give their TV rights to the conference for the next six years, a step intended to preserve a fractured league that has lost two members in the past year and is expected to lose another by next summer.
Frankie Lea Keffer, 78, died Sept. 22 at home in Great Bend. She was born Oct. 14, 1932 in Hutchinson, the daughter of William E. "Rass" and Hazel O. (Zumalt) Watkins.
Vivian Harbaugh thought the youngsters in her group would enjoy making journals for Heartland Cancer Center patients as a new community-service project. She thought right.
Great Bend Fire Department
The Central Kansas Library System Executive Committee will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at CKLS Headquarters, located in the basement of the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. An executive session for a personnel item, followed by possible action, is on the agenda.
The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave., in Great Bend. A $25 donation is suggested for having a booth. Proceeds will go toward helping veterans at the Fort Dodge Soldiers Home. For more information call Brenda at 620-793-2796 or the post, 793-5912. This event will be open to the public.
At 4 a.m. Thursday, a passerby saw a newer-looking pickup on fire in a field north of Broadway Ave. The pickup was blazing and its horn was sounding as the person called 911. No one else was around. Firefighters responded to 6000 block of 16th St., and found the truck in flames. Damage was estimated at $20,000 and the cause was undetermined.
Linh Reiter of Great Bend won the first-place jackpot of $750 at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services poker tournament. Robert Unger of Hudson won $300 for second place and Bill Sutton of Dodge City $150 for third.
CHASE - Darlene Weatherman, 60, died Sept. 21 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. Born Dec. 9, 1950, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Ira P. and Margaret Heinz McKay. She was a graduate of Great Bend High School. On May 25, 1968, she married Larry Weatherman Sr. in Great Bend. A resident of Chase since 1992, formerly of Hoisington, she was a former office manager for Karlin Communications and Cablevision and a pastor.
David Ray Hickey, 59, died Sept. 8 in Denver, Colo. Born Dec. 2, 1951, he was the son of Raymond and Twilli Hickey.
HOISINGTON - The annual Fall City Clean Up Week in Hoisington will be Sept. 26 -30. Residents should place items on their front curb on the regular day of trash pickup.
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The 6th annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2 at the Kyle and Melinda Kasselman Farm west of Claflin.
BURWELL, NEB. - Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Neb. died on Oct. 11, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Jan. 13, 1964, in Ransom, she was the daughter of Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She attended elementary school at Pawnee Rock, and in 1982, graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation she attended Barton Community College where she received her associate's degree. On April 27, 1985, she married JP Conrad in Hoisington. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Neb. in 1987. She was employed by the Community Memorial Health Center in ...
WICHITA - Bashor, C. LeRoy, 74, passed away on Oct. 11. He was a proud Vietnam veteran serving 10 years in the United States Navy. Following the military he graduated Fort Hays State University with a master's degree in psychology. He was a retired school psychologist for USD 428 in Great Bend.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died Oct. 10, at Hays Medical Center. Born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., she was the daughter of George and Vera (Sargent) Moore. On Oct. 2, 1954, she married Donald A. Dreiling in Chase. He died on Nov. 11, 2010. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart and she retired from Dillon's Pharmacy. She loved her grandchildren and watching sports, especially the University of Kansas Jayhawks and New York Yankees.
WINFIELD - Donald M. "Don" Kline, 87, of Winfield, passed away on Oct. 11, at Cumbernauld Village. Born Aug. 29, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Arthur C. and Martha H. (Harris) Kline. He was raised and educated in the Marion and Great Bend areas. Don left school prior to graduation to join the United States Navy. He proudly served his country on the USS Monrovia as a Medical Corpsman from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1949. On April 24, 1954, he was united in marriage to Virginia Miller at the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. The ...
HOISINGTON - George L. Carson, 71, died Aug. 30, at Clara Barton Hospital. Born July 18, 1943 in Great Bend, he was the son of Russell and Pearl (Smith) Carson. On March 3, 1967, he married Gloria Newell in Damar. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was employed by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as a biologist.
HOISINGTON - Kirby Dean Ricke, 61, died Oct. 11, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 2, 1953, in Alva, Okla., he was the son of Theodore Dean and Darlene (Huffman) Ricke. Kirby graduated in 1971 from Hoisington High School. He was active in both vocal music and band programs, excelling at the trumpet. A very talented artist, Kirby was also active in the high school art department, winning top awards at many contests and shows. On July 14, 1973, he married Mary A Boxberger in Hoisington. His artistic talents and his love for music were meshed into his career ...
DEsther L. Koochel, 100, died Oct. 12 at Sterling House of Great Bend. Born Sept. 19, 1914 at Timken, she was the daughter of John and Mollie (Erdman) Lorenz.
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HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."
ELLINWOOD - Professional development workshops will be held at Educational Strategies, 108 N. Main in Ellinwood on Oct. 30.
If you love fiber, have we got a workshop for you! The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting a workshop on dyeing with native Kansas plants. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters, anyone who works with yarn or fabric will go home with a new appreciation for nature's resources. Learn what plants in our area have hidden secrets, the process of going from plant to dye, and techniques to make sure your hand dyed creations last. We will do one dyepot from start to finish, and all workshop participants will leave with samples of our creations.
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TheGreat Bend Recreation Commission will host "Healthy Homes," a free program about indoor air quality. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will present the information at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Centura Health and Hays Medical Center (HaysMed) have signed a letter of intent to become co-owners of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, it was announced Monday.