First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar's Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl necklaces and motorcycle handlebars.
In response to an increasing demand for bachelor's degrees, community colleges in more than a dozen states have expanded their programs to include career-oriented, four-year degrees. Advocates say these programs – which typically require approval from state lawmakers – better respond to student and employer needs by providing affordable bachelor's degrees.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
HOISINGTON -On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 11th and Vine Streets in Hoisington will present the story of St. Lucia, Child of Light. The 30-minute service will feature music, readings, prayer, and the compelling story of the girl who died for her faith and became the symbol of light amid the darkness. All are welcome for the service, fellowship, and refreshments.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.
WOODBINE - Vincent E. "Vince" Malson, 71, of Woodbine, Georgia, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at home. Born on August 21, 1941 at Ft. Scott, he was the son of Charlie and Lucille (George) Malson. The family lived in Erie and moved to Great Bend, where he graduated from Great Bend High School in 1959.
Gladys Klug, 88, died Dec. 10, 2012 at home in Great Bend. She was born Feb. 1, 1924 at Redwing, the daughter of Joseph and Louisa (Frenzel) Schremmer, Sr.
Dennis Patrick McGreevy, 60, died Dec. 9 at his home in Great Bend. Born April 19, 1952 in Great Bend, he was the son of William Stanley and June Lorraine (Murray) McGreevy. On April 23, 1976 he married Judy K. Bender in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an equipment operator for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
HOISINGTON - Sandra K. Brinson, 66, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 4, 1946 at Yale, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin M. Sr. and Mildred Faye (Lanning) Sweeden. A lifelong resident of Barton County, she graduated from Great Bend High School. On June 28, 1964, she married Loren (Gene) Brinson in Great Bend. She was employed by C.O. Mammels grocery store until they closed. She was a caregiver for many people throughout the years.
HOISINGTON - Ruby Lucille Blaz, 70, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 27, 1942 in Guymon, Okla., she was the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Smith) Steinkuehler. Ruby moved to Hoisington in 1986 coming from Guymon, Okla. She was brought up in the Nazarene Church and worked as a CNA for Texas County Memorial Hospital for many years. She enjoyed reading, traveling and music. On July 2, 1984 she married Rush Blaz in Great Bend.
Sister Sibyllina Mueller, 81, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 9 in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary in Great Bend. Born Jan. 10, 1931, in Wichita, as Theresa Susanne Mueller, Sister Sibyllina was the daughter of the late John and Sibylla (Ternes) Mueller. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Aug. 26, 1945, and pronounced her first vows June 10, 1948. She celebrated 60 years of religious profession in 2008.
Olinda Elizabeth "Linda" Ott, 91, died Dec. 8 at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. Born Feb. 18, 1921 in Russell County, she was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth (Hettinger) Tittel. On Jan. 9, 1949, she married I.L. "Bill" Ott in Milberger. He died on Jan. 10, 2007. A resident of Great Bend from 1963 to 2009, formerly of Russell, she was a homemaker.
Best to go right to the horse to find out, whichever end you prefer.
Playing without its top player made life pretty tough for the Barton Community College tennis team Tuesday afternoon. In the Cougars' only home match of the season, Barton played without Daniela Sanz and lost to Jayhawk foe Seward County.
The Barton Community College men knew the task was going to be a tough one. After all, Seward Community College came to town ranked No. 3 in the nation in men's tennis. Tuesday at Veterans' Park the Saints showed why.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed.
Best to go right to the horse to find out, whichever end you prefer.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality is taking reservations for its inaugural "Hero for Heartland," an afternoon tea with savory delights. The come-and-go experience will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at 3600 Broadway Ave.
The 1997 motion picture, "Life is Beautiful," will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 27, as part of the Heartland Center for Spirituality's latest series of "Movies with a Message." The movie begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. A freewill offering will be accepted to offset the cost of refreshments.
HOISINGTON - Everyone is invited to an "All You Can Eat" fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. Members will be serving Alaskan pollock, coleslaw, scalloped potatoes and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11 and children under 4 eat for free. All proceeds support area charities.
A new video about Jesus for the Easter season will be released Friday by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Elders from the Great Bend ward said the video is about 2-3 minutes long and can be found on the website www.HeLives.mormom.org.
Reza the Illusionist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theater. The program is a benefit for Star of Hope and for Great Bend Community Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for students; children under 5 will be admitted free.
The final Lenten luncheon in the local series will be at noon on Wednesday, April 1 at Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave. The host pastor is Dr. Joan Harrington, and the speaker will be Adam Wutka, pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meeting ends at 1 p.m. A freewill offering is suggested to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
Catholic Social Service will sponsor its 14th annual charity wine tasting event on Friday, April 17 at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend. Tickets are $50, or $350 for a table of eight.
A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.
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