ULYSSES - Fred Lock, 95, died Feb. 5 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Barton County, he was the son of Henry and Magdalena (Mai) Lock. He attended Blood Creek School District 85 and graduated in 1935 from Otis Rural High School Otis. On Sept. 4, 1938, he married Ethel Lenora Brack in Great Bend. She died Sept. 30, 2009. A resident of Ulysses since 1954, he was the plant manager for Producer's Gas Company in Barton County, and then a gas well operator for Kansas Natural Gas for 42 years.
ELLINWOOD - Florence Wilhelm Veach, 96, died Feb. 7 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. Born Jan. 23, 1916, in Galatia, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Magdelena Dietz Karst. On Jan. 9, 1938, she married August Wilhelm in Galatia. He died on May 18, 1976. She then married George Veach on Aug. 30, 1981, in Ellinwood. He died in 1985. A resident of Hebron, Neb., for the past several years, formerly of Ellinwood and Galatia, she was a secretary for Bosse Elevators in Ellinwood and a homemaker.
HUTCHINSON - Charles T. "Chuck" Bowman, 72, of Hutchinson, died Feb. 6 at Pine Village in Moundridge. He was born Dec. 12, 1939, at Great Bend, the son of James Orlin and Myrtle Mae Seaman. He grew up and attended school in Garden City, but graduated from Dodge City High School in 1957. He married Mathilda H. Schartz on Aug. 7, 1965, in Larned. He began working at Cessna Fluid Power in 1965, and retired at Eaton Corp. as network administrator in 1999.
Annabelle N. Spencer, 74, died Feb. 6 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 15, 1937, in Goessell, she was the daughter of Russell Everett and Frances Jane (Parsons) Wenger. A Great Bend resident since 1993, coming from Wichita, she was a cook at Scott County Hospital and Clara Barton Hospital.
William Edward "Ed" Kirk, 89, died Feb. 5, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1922, at Kansas City, Kan., he was the son of William G. and Shirley M. (King) Kirk. He married Margaret A. Schweder on Aug. 22, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. They were married 56 years, until her passing on Nov. 11, 2005. He retired in 1987 as general manager of Great Bend Commonwealth Theatres and was a former manager of theaters in Hoisington, Pratt, Liberal and Lawrence. In Missouri he managed theaters in Monett, Columbia, Sedalia, and Springfield. He was a former owner ...
LARNED - The Larned Correctional Facility Advisory Council met recently. Shelia Rodriguez, LJCF administrative assistant, submitted minutes.
This Valentine's Day the Great Bend Public Library will sponsor a romance movie marathon, marketing director Jennifer King said. The library, 1409 Williams St., will show free movies for the public to enjoy all day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The first movie starts at 10 a.m.
Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.
There are still a few openings for the Kansas Wetland Education Center's Feb. 11 winter kid's program, "Winter's Deep Sleep". Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the program runs from 10-11 a.m. at no charge.
Hoisington Masonic Lodge 331 will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage Supper fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday before the Hoisington High School Homecoming basketball game, at the Lodge Hall, 2nd and Vine. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children at the door or from a Lodge member. Takeout will be available.
On Feb. 14 Members of the Ellinwood High School Forensics Team earned a trophy for 2nd place in team sweepstakes at the Sterling Invitational. Sixteen schools competed in the meet.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diane's Diner, 807 E. 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Shay Kasselman with greeters Jan Westfall and Marty Steinert. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend Municipal Airport. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport.
Coaching basketball at a community college means a lot of new faces nearly every year. Barton Community College men's coach Craig Fletchall knows this. He had been at it for 13 years – eight at Barton where he is the all-time leader in coaching wins.
Remarkable new wonder drugs have caused a new confrontation over pricing wars between manufacturers and health plans, now reaching a fever pitch over hepatitis C treatments from Gilead. Unfortunately, rather than the industry players settling the issue through negotiation, health plans are turning to Congress to step in and arbitrarily limit prices, which could undermine the investment that is critical to developing new cures.
As the Giants and the Royals went at it, the bigger game for some fans took place in the hours before the first World Series pitch, playing baseball's season ticket-holder roulette.
Great Bend middle school wrestlers started their season with practice Tuesday. Thirty one athletes participated in the first practice in the new middle school wrestling room.
Five set matches have not been kind to the Barton Community College volleyball team this season. Tuesday night in Colby the Cougars played a 5-set match for the ninth time this season. For the seventh time, Barton lost that fifth and deciding set.
Carter Kruger is hoping a strong finish to last season carries over to this season. The third-year Barton Community College women's basketball coach guided his team the Region VI semifinals last season pulling off a pair of upsets after finishing sixth in the Jayhawk West.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the city's health insurance renewal, street closures for holiday activities, the Prairie Rose Drive paving project and an auto rental lease agreement for the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an employee recognition award to Donna Shaffer of the Health Department, bridge engineering services, Special Alcohol Funding distribution, Barton County Community Development Advisory Board appointments and longevity pay.