So much time was spent during the offseason talking about the coming college football playoff, it will almost make you forget the Bowl Championship Series is still around for a couple more seasons.
Coaches love to say it's tougher to stay on top than it is to get there. Fans of Vanderbilt, Iowa State or Duke football might disagree, but there is no doubt maintaining a high level of success is difficult.
HOISINGTON - Raymond L. Kraft, 94, died Aug. 19 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 5, 1918 in Galatia, he was the son of Jacob George and Eva E. (Ehrlich) Kraft. On Dec. 15, 1945 he married Rosa Deutsch in Galatia. She died on Jan. 9, 1997. A lifetime resident of Galatia and Hoisington, he was farmer and a stockman. After retirement from farm life he and Rosa moved to Hoisington to enjoy their time in town.
Wilmer "Wimpy" Sander, 80, died Aug. 19 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 14, 1931 in Victoria, he was the son of Joe J. and Adeline (Meis) Sander. On Feb. 12, 1952 he married Norma Jean Engel in Ellis. A resident of Great Bend for 54 years, coming from Otis, he was a meat cutter for McCurdy Locker, Wimpy's Meat and Locker Service and Central Kitchen.
TIMKEN - Stanley M. Elsen, 61, died Aug. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1951 in Great Bend, he was the son of Nicholas and Emelia (Schwartz) Elsen. He was a resident of Timken for 26 years, coming from Pawnee Rock. On May 8, 1976 he married Janet Rodie in Great Bend. She survives. Mr. Elsen was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Marjorie Doreen Harrington, 91, died Aug. 20 at River Bend Assisted Living. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD-Theresa Schartz, 73, died Aug. 19 at her home in Ellinwood. Born May 15, 1939 at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Dorothy (Herl) Herrman. She grew up in Great Bend, but would later move to Ellinwood after she married LeRoy G. Schartz on Dec. 31, 1955. He died May 26, 2010. Mrs. Schartz was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ellinwood. She also served with the Altar Society and attended the Prince of Peace Parish of Great Bend. She was a long term active member of Curves.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is set to hire an assistant volleyball coach and a developmental lab coordinator when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda are "CBJT Grant Wrap-Up Presentation," "Monitoring Report - End #8 - Strategic Plan," and "Developmental Education Review & Implications."
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Pawnee County Commission to meet Monday
Sarah Christine Waite and Curtis Wade Snodgrass were united in marriage on April 28 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ellinwood, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Charles Mazouch. Parents of the couple are Mel and Mary Waite of Ellinwood, and Roger and Lynda Snodgrass of Atwood.
Leroy and Debra Stickney of Chase announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsey Stickney, to Louis Panigutti III, son of Louis and Carol Panigutti of St. James, N.C.
P. Dale and Gladys Wagner will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Sept. 5 with a card shower.
Chris and Emily Anderson of Overland Park announce the birth of their son Jaxon Christopher Anderson on July 28, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Adam and Hilary Suppes announce the birth of their son, Ethan Michael Suppes on July 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 in. long.
A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
The game of musical chairs in the football coaching world has begun. Fire your coach. There's gotta be a better one out there somewhere. "Hey, why don't you take ours? We want a new one too!" It's that time of year when the music is played and everyone gets up and shuffles around. Changing coaches to bring "Old Swawmee Tech" to the promised land of a Bowl game is an annual rite of passage in college football.
Elizabeth "Liz" Ewing Moore, 87, died Dec. 4, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 14, 1926, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of William and Jesse (Funk) Stanley. On June 14, 1947, she married Robert Gilmore Ewing in Great Bend. The later divorced. On July 11, 1992, she married Darrel Herman in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 20, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend she was a cook for USD #428, a secretary for Gibson, Titus and Stafford and retired as a clerk for Centel.
BRIGHTON, Colo. - Michael Thomas Ochs, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 26, in a car accident. Born Dec. 19, 1941, in Wichita, he was the son of Martin and Dorothy (Murphy) Ochs.
HUDSON – Hilda L. Siefkes, 100, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born May 31, 1914, on the family farm, rural Hudson, she was the daughter of Carl and Lena Drach. Hilda was a lifetime resident of the Hudson Community. She was a 1932 graduate of Hudson High School. She was a homemaker, careful custodian of her home, yard and flower garden, dear mother and loving grandmother and great grandmother.
While the Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After weathering a late comeback by Wichita State, the Utah Utes recovered just in time to earn their biggest win in 15 years - against a team that's not accustomed to losing.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.
Great Bend High School band directors said the GBHS Jazz, Junior Varsity and Varsity Bands will offer season's greetings to everyone when they perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in the GBHS Gym.
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Ron Smith, UWCK Board Member and Frank Kelly, 2015 Oilfield Committee Members, along with Scott Reddig, Edward Neimich and David Thill are helping the United Way make a difference in their community. The group has set a goal of $40,000. Scott and Ron helped sponsor an Oilfield Radio-a-Thon. Karen Reddig, Tama Hanson, Becca Maxwell, Ronda Sjogren, Board Members, made calls for the event that raised over $10,000 from Oilfield supporters in the community. To date the committee has reached 65% of its goal. United Way of Central Kansas is dedicating this oilfield campaign to the late Mike Johnson ...
Hoisington Middle School played Reno Valley Monday.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity in Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Nancy Sundahl and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.