Barton County Sheriff
Elwyn Dean Hammerschmidt 1941-2011
Great Bend Public Library will begin operating under summers at the end of the month. Effective May 31, the library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.
The Barton Community College Foundation presented the 2011 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. William "Bill" and Mary King during Barton's 41st commencement on Thursday. Although unable to attend in person, the Kings were recognized for years of involvement with the college.
Jared Marcuson and Will Hodges were named Barton Community College's 2011 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards as they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 41st commencement ceremony on Thursday.
Four live bands will perform at the End Of School Year Bash, Friday evening at CrossPoint Church, 2100 Broadway Ave.
Barton Community College presented the Distinguished Instructor Award to Steven Lueth, Barton's director of instrumental activities, during the college's 41st commencement ceremony Thursday. Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Dr. Penny Quinn made the award presentation.
Rick Long, Farmers Insurance agent in Great Bend, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers. The University of Farmers training facility, located in Agoura Hills, Calif., was officially dedicated November 3, 2006.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, is in the process of organizing the After Harvest Festival Parade to be held Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9 a.m. on Park Street on the west edge of Ellinwood.
For those with wounded hearts who struggle with doubt and fear, hope will be offered at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, beginning May 18 at Healing Hearts Ranch, 115 SE Ave. in Great Bend.
Preceptor Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi announces the recipients of this year's scholarships. Ellinwood High School seniors receiving the scholarships include: Rana Ahmadi, CJ Bookout, Jacob Christiansen, Montara Johansen, Derek Moos, Brittany Pflughoeft, Reba Thomas, and Brett Whelan. Each student will receive a $200 scholarship.
Christian concert scheduled
Eunice McPherson Braden 1912 - 2011
Donald Lee "Duke" Augustine 1938 - 2011
First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road will host the first in a series of Lenten Luncheons at noon Wednesday, March 12.
People choose from a variety of homemade soups and desserts during the third annual "Taste of Hoisington," March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center. The event was sponsored by the Hoisington Ministerial Association, and the proceeds will benefit people in need in the community.
February convictions and fines
Great Bend Fire/EMS
CONCORDIA - Phyllis A. Winter, 74, died March 5 at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia. Born on Nov. 20, 1939, in Concordia, she was the daughter of James and Mary (Cote) Breen. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School. On Feb. 24, 1958, she married Willis "Willie" D. Winter. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for Palmquist Drug Store, Associate Financial and various other businesses.
PAWNEE ROCK - Norma Pauline Kasselman, 96, passed away March 5 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born July 17, 1917, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Emma (LeCleff) and James Argyle. She was a lifetime resident of Pawnee Rock. On June 5, 1937, she married Emmett "Johnny" Kasselman in Ellinwood. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2001.
ELLINWOOD - Bernice Ida Koch, 99, died March 6 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born March 16, 1914, at Alden, the daughter of Claud E. and Emma Louise (Reiser) Parker. She graduated from Alden High School in 1932. On March 10, 1935, she married Harry Koch at Alden, he preceded her in death. A life-long resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was a retired secretary and agent with Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. as well as a homemaker.
The USD 112 Food Services is celebrating National School Breakfast Week, March 3-7.
Pawnee District Court
Boy oh boy, the President of the United States is such a wimp!
In the state where high-stakes testing began, a few hundred teachers, academics and activists came together last weekend to hasten what one leader called an "Education Spring." The Network for Public Education gathered in Austin to plan the resistance to the status quo of high-stakes testing and an encroaching corporate privatization movement. This first-of-its-kind convention might finally provide an effective opposition to the corporate reform movement that wants to run education like a business.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.