Ross Behrens, 56, died Dec. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 18, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Dorothy (Ratliff) Behrens Jr. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Karen Nagel in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a truck driver and a machinist for Aaron's Repair.
Elsie L. Swope, 90, died Dec. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Salem, Ill., she was the daughter of Clyde and Katherine (Brubaker) Barrow. In Aug. 1938 she married Charles Chester Collier. He died on Feb. 8, 1944. On April 11, 1965, she married Edward L. Swope in Salem, Ill. He died on Aug. 8, 1974. A resident of Great Bend since 1976, coming from Salem, Ill., she was a homemaker, a bank teller, and had worked in a shoe store and a dress shop.
LIBERAL - Donald L. Komarek, 86, of Liberal, died Dec. 10, 2011, at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal. He was born June 9, 1925 in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Ann (Engel) Benignus was born in Herington on Oct. 9, 1931, the daughter of Oscar and Hortense (Ehrsam) Engel, and was raised in Enterprise. She graduated from Kansas State University with a teaching certificate and taught at Simpson. On May 25, 1952, she married Robert M. Benignus. They lived in Alton for several years before moving to Hoisington in 1955. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2009. While raising her family, Priscilla substitute taught in Hoisington and then worked for the Central Kansas Girl Scout Council, training and supporting Girl Scout leaders in Barton and surrounding ...
F. Paul Miller, 83, died Dec. 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born March 19, 1928, at Selden, the son of Morton and Adelaide (Gage) Miller. He married Augusta Zeilinger on June 19, 1958, at Heidelberg, Germany. He was a Great Bend resident since 2002, coming from Mundelein, Ill.
Velda L. Brittain, 76, died Dec. 6. She took her last breath at home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 12, 1935, at Cushing, Okla., she was the daughter of Walter and Arkie (Bunch) McMahan. She was a graduate of Cushing High School. She married Robert L. "Bob" Brittain Jan. 1, 1954, at Cushing, Oklahoma.
Activities Dec. 11-Dec. 17
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Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility announced the winners of the employee of the year awards at their annual holiday party held at the Knights of Columbus Dec. 3.
Feelings of nostalgia overwhelm Johnita Becker's senses as she maneuvers into Art Instructor Steve Dudek's studio at Barton Community College. It's been nearly 20 years since she last set foot in the classroom, which is where she found her calling as an art teacher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The losses kept mounting, the tension kept growing and ultimately Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli decided the status quo was no longer good enough.
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MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night.
The big bubble winner over the weekend - Nebraska. When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets next Sunday, it's hard to imagine the Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday he expects center Joel Embiid to play in the NCAA tournament.
The Barton Community College baseball team rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to earn a doubleheader sweep on Monday at Lawson-Biggs Field over Colby.
ST. LOUIS - Wichita State's still perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed.
Gloria Siefkes, R.N., has been involved in Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy for only a short time but already is impressed.
A slow and gentle approach to yoga will be demonstrated during the next Interactive Television (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is free and open to the public.
Not only did a downtown Great Bend business raise money for Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) patients, its fundraising activity gave other entities the opportunity to do the same.
Barton Community College honored nine employees during an all-college forum on Thursday Feb. 27, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. Note this is a change from the regular meeting time. Jamie Hutchinson from the HCC will speak.
Great Bend Public will show the movie "Gravity" on Teen Movie Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. Teen activities are open to students in grades 7-12.
7th grade: Bryce Baker, Jenna Caspers, Auston Donovan, Zachary Dunnaway, Jefferson Hathcock, Ethan Hayes, Marlow Hosler, Zebadiah Hughes, Kody Koetter, Jalyn Lear*, Justice Manning, Abby McReynolds*, Dallas Miller*, Macy Munson, Lauren Petz, Kaitlyn Pohlman*, Landon Robl*, Jackie Scheuerman, James Schlessiger*, Haven Sjogren*, Madison Ward*
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