RUSSELL - Central Plains High School's Benn Kirmer and Layne Bieberle won a Class 3-1A regional championship over the weekend.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Phil Mickelson loved golf before he was old enough to walk and swing a club. It took him on a thrilling ride of major championships and a few spectacular crashes, eventually leading to his induction Monday night into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Great Bend Fire Department
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Growing Spices And Herbs," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The grand opening ceremony for the Great Bend Sports Complex will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the complex, located at 41 McKinley St.
Drew Nicholson, left, and Sam Hall celebrated their 9th birthdays by requesting donations for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation rather than birthday gifts. The $145 donation was placed in the Becky Nicholson/Kans for Kids Scholarship that is given to any graduating high school senior that has received assistance from Kans for Kids while they battled cancer. The boys, both students of Holy Family School in Great Bend, were presented with certificates of appreciation.
Alice J. McDonald, 91, died May 6 at Presbyterian Manor, Emporia. She was born May 1, 1921 at Heizer, the daughter of George V. and Winnie (Whaley) LeRoy.
Elizabeth "Betty Straub, 79, died at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
LARNED - Leora D. Hammond Kristufek, 98, died May 5 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born Jan. 25, 1914 in Grigston, she was the daughter of William and Ina Fay Watson Nulf. On April 26, 1930 she married C.G. Hammond. He died on Nov. 21, 1971. On Sept. 21, 1977 she married Carl Kristufek in Dillon, Mont. He died on Feb. 27, 1988. A longtime area resident, she owned and operated the Hammond Holiday Home.
Maurice L. "Maurie" Claassen, 91, died May 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 9, 1921 in Newton, he was the son of Cornelius and Addie (Lander) Claassen. After meeting Ruth McIlrath at the University of Kansas, Maurie and Ruth were married on Nov. 25, 1945 in Great Bend. Ruth died on July 14, 1982. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he worked in the insurance industry initially for McIlrath Insurance Agency and retiring from Thurman Morrison and Associates.
ELLINWOOD - Kathryn Bernice Lamb, 66, died May 7 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 7, 1945 in San Bernardino, Calif., she was the daughter of Elmo John and Mildred Bernice (McKinney) Riddle. On Feb. 10, 1963 she married Ron Lamb in Great Bend. A resident of Ellinwood since 1958, coming from Wichita, she was a beautician and was co-owner of Ron Lamb's Color Clinic for thirty-one years. She was a self-taught artist.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. April 23 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
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Appellate Court to hear cases in Larned
WICHITA - The Barton Community College softball team dug tooth-and-nails to avoid elimination against Seward on Saturday in the NJCAA Region VI tournament, but a 7-5 extra-inning loss dropped the Lady Cougars out of contention.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
LA CROSSE - Marie D. Reifschneider, 86, La Crosse, died, Nov. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. She was born April 5, 1928, at rural Timken, the daughter of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married LeRoy Reifschneider at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
Calista Marie Stuart, 88, died Nov. 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1926, at Barton County, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Theisen) Seyfert. She married Herbert Stuart in 1943, and later divorced. A lifetime Barton County resident, Calista was a bookkeeper, working for Cheyenne Drug, Van-Jo Dairy, Kottwitz Motor Company, Bob Reiter Chevrolet, Ron Miller Accounting, and most recently M & F Plumbing Heating and Air.
Sister Patricia Martinez, 89, died Nov. 14 at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. Born May 13, 1925, in Little River, as Pasquala Martinez, Sister Patricia was the daughter of Gregorio and Placida Gomez Martinez. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Oct. 10, 1943, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.
WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.
SeaPort Airlines announced today that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year. SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer Rob McKinney, will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
Barton County Jail
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.