RUSSELL - Ryan Becker of Hoisington High School qualified for the Class 3A state golf tournament on Monday by placing sixth at a regional tournament.
Barton Community College softball team's Alexandria Rodriguez was recently named to the All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Jayhawk Western Division second team.
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.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...