ODIN - Hermes J. Hitschmann, 85, died May 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, welder, passed from this life on May 12. Services are pending at Grand Lake Funeral Home, Jay, Okla.
HUNTER - Funeral Services for Dorothy J. "Jeanie" Baird, age 78 of Hunter will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 at Grace Chapel United Methodist Church with burial following in Greenwood Union Cemetery. Jeanie died Friday at the Mitchell County Hospital Resident Care Center in Beloit.
Michael Doherty, 61, died May 14 at Hays Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1950 at Great Bend, the son of John Henry Doherty and Lillian Margueritte Hannegan Doherty.
LARNED - Reva Louise Ross, 94, died May 14 at the Presbyterian Manor in Topeka. Born June 18, 1917, in Pawnee Rock, she was the daughter of Eugene F. and Alice N. French Bloom. On April 21, 1934, she married Gerald Ross in Wakeeney. He died on Feb. 18, 1986. She was a wife, mother and homemaker.
Barton Community College has announced its new Computer Aided Drafting & Design 21-hour certificate program with classes beginning from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through July 26. Students who start coursework this summer can earn their certificate by as early as Spring 2013.
The Great Bend Public Library announces an open call for artists for an exhibit in celebration of the June Jaunt. This show is open to any artist from Barton County, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/Marketing librarian.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Kansas has memorial flowers for sale at the RSVP office, 1025 Main D114, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the RSVP Thrift Store in Hoisington, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Barton County Sheriff
Once a month, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman presents a service update to the County Commission. The report outlines activities by various county offices. Below are some of the statistics from the update delivered Monday morning.
Monday, May 14
Fort Hays State stranded 14 runners on base in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball tournament championship game on on Sunday, falling 7-1 to No. 5-ranked Central Missouri.
ELLINWOOD - The criteria for being chosen for a Fullbright scholarship are a reflection of what was significant in Alan's life. Alan was the son of Irlan and Virignia Fullbright.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.
In late April, news hit American audiences that the 300 girls at a Nigerian school had been kidnapped by the now-notorious terrorist group Boko Haram, and outrage ensued - headlines, hashtags, celebrity outcry.
With 10 teams playing a round-robin schedule and no championship game, the Big 12 is emphasizing its unique standing in the new playoff era.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.