STAFFORD COUNTY - Staff from Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will present its annual Peeps and Pastries program from 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 28. This is a guided tour led by Refuge staff through Quivira's wetlands in a search for some of the many shorebirds that migrate through the area each spring. After the tour, refreshments are provided.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office Reserves are taking registrations for their 10th annual Kids Camp for boys and girls 8-14 years old.
Tickets for the Barton Community College theater department's next production, The "Last Five Years," will go on sale Monday in the Fine Arts Office. The office is open weekday afternoons 1:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Barton County Arts Council, 1401 Main St., Great Bend from 1:30-5 p.m. on weekdays.
The Park Booster Club will host Bingo Night on Friday, April 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Park Elementary School gym. Participants can purchase pizza, drink, cookie and two cards for $5. Additional cards, food and drinks may be purchased separately. There will be a grand prize $150 blackout sponsored by AIL and a $100 blackout sponsored by A One Automotive/Kern Floor Covering.
Award-winning Kansas City broadcast news anchor John Holt will emcee the Jack Kilby sculpture unveiling ceremony on Saturday, April 28. A native of Great Bend, Holt returns to his hometown for the ceremony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse square in downtown Great Bend.
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At 9:22 p.m. Thursday, Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to a possible structure at 1401 18th St. Upon arrival they found light smoke in the residence. Chief Mike Napolitano said the owner had been using an outdoor fireplace that was under an awning against the house and a small fire had started under the wood deck it was sitting on.
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Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
RUSSELL - Deborah Ann (Sipes) Schneider, 49, died April 5 at her home in Russell. Born Aug. 10, 1962, at Hays, she was the daughter of Robert and Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
With a flurry of early and organized activity, Gwen Caro has made significant strides in less than two months on the job. Caro is the new employment specialist for Rosewood Services Inc., beginning her new position on March 5.
Brandi Gruber has added to her credentials in an effort to enhance services for sleep-disorder patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. In addition to being director of cardiopulmonary services and a respiratory therapist, Gruber now has a CRT-SDS certification after passing the Sleep Disorders Specialty exam.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 7-8 at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Those who ordered fruit should pick up their orders at that time.
Great Bend High School had its varsity boys' swim invitational tournament scheduled for Tuesday at Barton Community College's swimming pool. However, that has changed.
HOISINGTON - Velma H. McMillin, 90, died Dec. 4 at Via Christi Hospital, St. Francis, in Wichita. Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Melvern, she was the daughter of Oscar and Hazel (Goldsmith) Beck. On Nov. 30, 1940, she married H.D. McMillin in Ottawa. He died July 23, 1993. A resident of Hoisington since 1940, she worked as a florist for many years and she was also the co-owner of Trinkets and Treasures, an antique shop in Hoisington. She was an avid sports fan cheering for the Chiefs, Kansas University and the Green Bay Packers.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, recently introduced the Physician Ambassadors Helping Veterans Act. The legislation would enable volunteer physicians to serve in Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities that are struggling with appointment wait times or staffing shortages.
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.
Hoisington Emergency Medical Service treated the driver of a Freightliner dump truck that went off NW 170 Road at 6:17 p.m. Thursday.
Movie fans, remember a time when the only "F-word" was "fiddle-dee-dee"?
The Barton County FSA Office will be holding two informational meetings on the 2014 Farm Bill on December 8 and 9. On Dec. 8, the meeting will be at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway. The second meeting will be the evening of Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and will be at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
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