TOPEKA - Fighting a two-hour, 40-minute lightning and tornado delay, the Great Bend High School girls' swim team had two state qualifiers make it to Saturday's finals of the Class 5-1A state meet.
CLAFLIN - Robert E. Hickel, 81, went to be with our Lord Saturday, May 21. He died at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born Feb. 5, 1930, in rural Barton County, the son of Robert Anthony and Emma (Zecha) Hickel. He married Betty J. Lawrence on May 28, 1951, at Hoisington. A lifetime Claflin resident, he was a retired farmer/stockman and oil producer.
HOISINGTON - Robert "Bob" K. Littrell, 83, died May 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born April 7, 1928, at Hoisington, he was the son of George D. and Gladys M. (Vandenberg) Littrell. He married Betty Arlene Durand on June 20, 1950, at Hoisington. She died May 22, 2001. A lifetime resident of the Hoisington area, he worked for Terra Resources as a production superintendent, retiring in 1982.
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LURAY - LaVona Jean Bowen, 68, died May 22 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born July 28, 1942, at Gorham, the daughter of Miles V. and Maudie (Jones) Anthony. She married Ronald N. Bowen July 27, 1958, at Alva, Okla. He died May 27, 2008. A Luray resident for 26 years, coming from Inman, she was a homemaker.
It didn't take a record number of shooters this year to raise a record amount of net proceeds for the Fourth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, held April 17 at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, Russell. Barton Community College's Foundation raised net proceeds of $9,864, bolstered by a larger number of sponsorships for this year's event compared to previous years. This year's event attracted 146 shooters, 14 fewer than last year's record turnout, but this year's event netted nearly $730 more than a year ago.
An Ellinwood man was injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Reno County.
Great Bend police have received several reports at various times that beer was being sold out of a home in the southeast part of town on Sundays. At 1:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, police arrested Ismael Domingez-Monlanez, 63, at his 405 Walnut St. residence, where evidence was seized.
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz.
LARGO, Fla. - Tonda Lee McAvoy, 59, died May 18 at Hospice House at Largo, Fla.
At a recent Great Bend Garden Club meeting, Alicia Boor, the agriculture and natural resources agent for the Barton County Extension Service, presented an informative program entitled "Gardens for our Varying Climate." Armed with data from Kansas State University's Agricultural Research and Extension Services, Boor first described the serious lack of water facing many parts of the state and what is currently being done to help prevent the very probable water crisis that faces the whole state in the future. Although watering of gardens is only a small segment of the increasing water problem, Boor brought a wealth of ...
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The last few weeks have been an exercise in patience for Kansas. Shots haven't been falling, the offense hasn't looked good. The game has been a struggle.
The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) accompanied by the Barton Community College Orchestra, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Fine Arts Auditorium on at Barton Community College.
How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1950s film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? Quite a bit, when the scientist is beautiful Julie Adams wrapped in a skin-tight white latex bathing suit and the fish turns out to be an angry piscine amphibious humanoid – aka a "Creature from the Black Lagoon."
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?
We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.
The Pawnee Heights Players will be presenting their Spring musical on March 27, in the Pawnee Heights High School gym in Rozel. The play," The Elves and the Shoemaker, the Musical," will be presented at 10:30 in the morning, and again at 7 at night.