LARNED - Thomas Leslie Martin, 69, died Nov. 28, 2011 at his home following a courageous battle against cancer.
First-class U.S. mail could slow even more by next spring under plans by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to eliminate more than 250 processing centers. Nearly 30,000 workers would be laid off, too, as the post office struggles to respond to a shift to online communication and bill payments.
An update of the official index for classifying medical conditions - for research and quality control, and for insurance claims - was released recently, to take effect in October, 2013.
OSBORNE - The Hoisington High School wrestling team finished in second place at the Osborne tournament on Saturday.
VALLEY CENTER - Great Bend High School's wrestling team opened the 2011-12 season by taking part in the Valley Center Dual Tournament on Saturday.
Harvard is in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.
Kansas State was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12. It wound up eighth in the BCS.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Luck entered the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is well aware that the No. 17 Hokies were one of the most controversial teams included in the BCS bowl lineup, and he has a ready defense of his program.
A Hutchinson man was flown to a Wichita hospital Monday morning after a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 56, four miles east of Great Bend.
OLMITZ - Marguerite M. Schneider, 76, died Dec. 3 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Sept. 28, 1935 in LaCrosse, she was the daughter of William O. and Clara (Busch) Maneth. On Oct. 4, 1955 she married Marvin L. Schneider in LaCrosse. They were married 56 years. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a homemaker, a writer for the Hoisington Dispatch, worked for the Rush County News, and farmed in both Barton and Rush Counties. She was a "reading Grandma" at the Otis-Bison Elementary school, a blood donor, and an avid quilter and seamstress.
LARNED - Althea Shuss Vratil passed from this earth on Dec. 3. Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Larned, she recently resided in Overland Park, but had spent nearly all her life in Larned. She left school in 1943 to marry Frank before he was shipped overseas in World War II. Althea finished her degree 50 years later at the age of 71. Althea was a devoted wife, a selfless mother, and a doting grandmother. She loved her hometown of Larned and enjoyed playing golf and substitute teaching. She also loved everything KU.
LARNED - Jordaan Memorial Library has a new boiler and has resumed regular hours. Thanks for being patient during the week we were closed.
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Great Bend Fire/EMS
NIMES, France - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.
BOSTON - Jon Lester just wants to put up impressive numbers on the mound. He will worry about the figures on his next contract later.
Several Kansas State University researchers were essential in helping scientists assemble a draft of a genetic blueprint of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The food plant is grown on more than 531 million acres around the world and produces nearly 700 million tons of food each year.
Ray and Linda Everhart of Gypsum, announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea C. Everhart, to Brad J. Birzer, son of Steve and Brenda Birzer of Ellinwood.
John and Edna Klema of Great Bend will celebrate their 65th anniversary on July 26, with a family dinner and a card shower.
Chris and Carla Emerson of Hays announce the birth of their daughter Megan Anne Emerson on Jan. 24 at Hays Medical Center. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. She has a big sister, Elizabeth and two big brothers, Adam and Mason.
Keith and Carol Fieler of Schoenchen and Kevin Mauler and Sheryl Mauler of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their children, Chelsea Dawn Fieler and Trenton Scott Mauler. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Gene Karlin and Jim and Jean Fieler, all of Hays and the late Thelma Karlin. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Gerald and Lois Mauler, all of Great Bend.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Straub International in Great Bend has been selected as the 2014 "Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership" by Farm Equipment magazine.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.