Joseph L. Farris, 64, died Feb. 9 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 26, 1949 in Great Bend, he was the son of Albert and Madeline (Salem) Farris. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he owned and operated ACE Bail Bonding and formerly owned and operated Furniture World.
ELLINWOOD - Beatrice Honomichl, 91, of Ellinwood and formerly of Larned, died Feb. 7, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. She was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Osborne County, the daughter of the late Hynek and Anna (Sita) Brant.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Lt. Colonel Everett Woodrow Steiner, 95, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6 in Hendersonville, N.C. He was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Ellsworth County on the family farm near Black Wolf, to Joseph and Doris (Bisterfeldt) Steiner. He was the first of their six children, four sons and two daughters.
Young children can meet the new lion at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at the zoo. This program is sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission for children 3-5 years old, who must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo Education Coordinator Amber Koch will show the lion cub, at GBRC's Cindy Warner will help kids make a craft to remember their trip. Cost is $7.
Dr. Tom Bauer, MD, will give a talk on journaling when the National Alliance on Mental Illness support group meets, at 7 tonight in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Great Bend Police
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington High School forensics team began its season at South Barber (Kiowa), where Ashley Lockwood placed first in prose and qualified for the state championship in Wichita in May. In extemporaneous speaking, Rebecca Shinofield placed third (just missing qualifying for state by one place) and Xavier Beran placed seventh.
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Garfield man injured
Activities Feb. 9-15
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the district offices. A Westside School contract, a social media policy and a fire alarm bid will be considered.
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board voted to form a committee to begin the process of proposing a school bond issue to the community, according to minutes from a recent board meeting.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road in Great Bend. Items on the agenda include recognition of USD 428 volunteers; 2012-2013 Boardsmanship Academy Awards; approval of capital outlay resolution; KASB policy revisions; approval to request e-rate funding; approval to continue pursuing details of the Kansas Reading Roadmap Grant; review of Student Outcomes; Riley Elementary School HVAC and GBMS gymnasium updates; 2014-2015 school calendar review; approval of Zinn Memorial contributions; and approval of GBHS Student Council, KAYS and Dance Line Pink Out Night.
A study by The American Journal of Sports Medicine calculates that nearly 10 percent of Olympic athletes will compete with an injury sustained during competition or in training leading up to the Olympic Games. Sports with the highest rate of serious injury include bobsled, ice hockey and alpine freestyle skiing. Most frequent injury sites include head, spine and knees, with the most common types of injuries being bruising, ligament tears and muscular sprains.
LAWRENCE - Winning conference titles has become so commonplace at Kansas that there were no scissors or celebrations after the Jayhawks wrapped up a share of their 10th straight championship.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Florida coach Billy Donovan knows his newly top-ranked Gators are an even bigger target for opponents. They just keep finding ways to finish off victories.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Wesley Iwundu was in the right place at the right time, recovering a loose ball and answering with a three-point play to take a 57-56 lead with 55 seconds to go and give Kansas State the final boost it needed and secure a much-needed 60-56 road win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
American AgCredit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate start of construction of its Great Bend office. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the site, 5634 10th St.
The dynamic demographics of the United States come with many advantages, but they also present some challenges, like communication barriers.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed 6th at a tournament held at Southeast of Saline on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.