EDMOND, Okla. - Michael James Smith, 66, of Edmond, Okla. passed away on Jan. 25. Born on Aug. 11, 1946 in Great Bend, he was the son of Steve and Gwendolyn Smith. On Aug. 18, 1967 he married Donna Saint. She died on Jan. 8, 2012. They had two children, David and Matthew. He was employed for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Okla. as a contract editor and writer.
RUIDOSO, N.M. - Misti C. Anderson, 42, died Jan. 27 in Albuquerque, N.M. Born May 12, 1970 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of William J. Berchek Jr. and Roxanna L. (Reiser) Hartline. In 1989 she married Jay Anderson. They later divorced. Formerly of Great Bend, Sterling, Beloit and Lindsborg and Carlsbad, Calif., she was a waitress.
DODGE CITY – Billy Collins, 75, died Monday, Jan. 28, at his home in Dodge City. He was born Jan. 24, 1938 at Welfare Island, New York. On Oct. 10, 1944 he was adopted by Anthony and Delia Dunnigan Collins. A Dodge City resident since 1988, moving from Ellinwood, he was a truck driver for Chaffin, Inc. in Dodge City, retiring in 2002. He served in the United States Air Force.
Little piggies went to market and resulted in 2350 pounds of sausage and 475 pounds of ribs. Ellinwood High School FFA members have been involved in this project of sausage sales for 50+ years. The hogs are purchased form Leon Dunn of St. John. Butchering and the seasoning of the seasoned sausage takes place at Ellinwood Packing Plant. "The money raised is used for Ellinwood FFA chapter activities, such as registration fees for contests, T-shirts and FFA jackets, FFA chapter banquet and FFA awards," Kent Blakeslee said. Blakeslee is the teacher of Intro to Agricultural Science.
The Great Bend City Slickers 4-H Club met on Jan. 10. Twelve members, one leader, and ten parents were present. Roll call was answered by "What you got for Christmas." A member made a box for the clubs flags in his shop class. The group discussed fund-raising ideas. Barton County 4-H Days will be held on March 2nd. Entries are due by Feb. 15th.
Les Stewart will celebrate his 80th birthday on Jan. 31 with his family, wife Mary Lou; daughters, Lisa Richardson, Mona Schaffer, Julie Lipari and Cindy Damm and their families, seven granddaughters and one grandson.
John E. Stoss of Hoisington and Carla Klein of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter Shelli Marie Stoss to Travis Michael Schmidt, son of David and Patricia Schmidt of Claflin. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Edward and Darlene Stoss of Hoisington, Jim Burnette of Larned and Judy Burnette of Great Bend and great-granddaughter of Hilda Chakir of Great Bend. The prospective groom is the grandson of Victor and Mary Rose Oberle of Claflin.
Superior Essex of Hoisington announces the latest recipient of the STAR Employee Recognition Award. Joe Axman, Master Mechanic, was named the first quarter 2015 STAR Employee and will be treated to a dinner in his honor, a customized gift pack, a plaque, and STAR Employee parking privileges.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
Pope Francis recently annoyed the Turkish government by making the politically incorrect observation that it had exterminated a generation of Christian Armenians. He used the word "genocide," which is something that the Turks have been rejecting for decades.
Should women serve in combat? Right now the military is answering that question with a final verdict scheduled to come down from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in January 2016. This will inevitably become a political question-and thus particularly useless in producing a satisfactory answer-but until then it's useful to understand that the military sees this question differently than you and I do.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, recently held a hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. Fifth generation wheat farmer Doug Keesling of Chase offered testimony of support.