The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2013-14 season with Exile, famed as the 1960s rock band that gained greater popularity with its country hits in the 1980s. Reunited after two decades apart, J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman look back on a career arc that embraces 11 No. 1 country and pop hits, two gold albums and thousands of fans.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will award next year's T-shirt contract at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Items on the agenda include T-shirt bids and information items.
Shafer Art Gallery Director David Barnes (from left) and Barton Community College Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek pose with Joe Unrein and his mother Barbara Unrein Wednesday morning at Barbara's home in Great Bend. The Unreins donated a valuable Birger Sandzén painting to be added as part of the permanent collection at Barton's Shafer Art Gallery. Barbara has served on the gallery's advisory board and has been an active member of the local art community in Great Bend via Art Inc.
Birds carved by Great Bend artist Robert Button fill a display case at the Great Bend Public Library. Examples of works by Button and other members of the Golden Belt Wood Carvers' Club can be seen at the library this week during regular hours. Guests are also welcome to visit the wood carvers, who meet from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, unless it's a holiday, at the Great Bend Senior Center
OTIS - Doris Jean Tuzicka, 84, died Sept. 7, at home in rural Otis. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, at rural Otis, the daughter of William and Lillian (Johnson) Suchy. She married Clarence Tuzicka Jan. 10, 1951, at La Crosse.
Leona Gertrude Karst, 92, died Sept. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Hodgeman County, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Bitter) Niedens. She married Alvin Maier March 16, 1941 in Susank. He died in November 1945. She then married Constantine Karst April 8, 1947, at Milberger. He passed away Dec. 2, 1984. A homemaker, Mrs. Karst was a Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from Hoisington, and previously from the farm near Hoisington.
WICHITA - Dorothy S. Wittrock, 88, died Sept. 6 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Aug. 17, 1925, at Strong City, the daughter of Harry E. and Josephine (Houdeshell) Sisson. She married Lloyd Ray Wittrock Dec. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. He died July 25, 1998. She was an elementary and special education teacher for Unified School District 428, Great Bend. Mrs. Wittrock was a longtime Wichita resident, coming from Great Bend.
OTIS - Ed Batchman, 68, died Sept. 6 at Rossville Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rossville. He was born Aug. 24, 1945, at Ellinwood, the son of Ernie and Bonnie (Baxter) Batchman. He married Connie Petz Sept. 24, 1971, at Ellinwood. Mr. Batchman was a longtime resident of Otis, working for BOC Gases as an electronic technician.
LARNED - Gonsalo (Steve) E. Lemuz, 63, died Sept. 5 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. He was born Dec. 10, 1949, at Larned, the son of Circilo and Josefa Marguez Lemuz. He worked in the Engineering Department at the Larned State Hospital and was a lifetime area resident.