LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, died April 30 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence. Born March 5, 1923, at Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Cornelius R. and Louise D. (Gerry) McLaughlin. He married Grace McCarthy on Feb. 2, 1946, at Hays. She died Jan. 9, 1999. He married Bernice Alexander on Sept. 30, 2006, at Lawrence. He retired as Stafford Postmaster in 1983. He was a Lawrence resident, coming from Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Leonard Staudinger, 68, died May 1 at his residence in rural Hoisington. Born April 8, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Anton and Agnes (Zeman) Staudinger. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Ann Jacobs at Russell. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was a hunter safety instructor for 25 years.
Keith Wayne Benker, 53, died May 1 at Great Bend. He was born Feb. 20, 1958, at Deshler, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Connie (Ingles) Benker. He married Maribeth Taylor Fradd on Jan. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Cunningham, he owned and operated Keith Benker Irrigation Service.
ELLINWOOD - With the warmer weather, it is expected that the Ellinwood Police Department will start receiving more loud noise complaints. So in an attempt to continue to educate the public, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform the citizens of Ellinwood what constitutes a valid noise violation.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program honored RSVP volunteers at the annual recognition banquet held April 14 at Barton Community College, sponsor of RSVP.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School has recently been notified that it is one of the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Schools. Thirteen middle schools were chosen for Exemplary status by the association.
HOISINGTON - For those interested in the future of the United Way in Hoisington, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce
Students can boost their brainpower using remote-control race cars in this summer's Fast Track Science Experience, a four-day camp, at Fort Hays State University's Science and Mathematics Education Institute from June 27 to June 30.
Moving ever forward in its leadership in information science education, Fort Hays State University has gained approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for a new Bachelor of Science degree in information systems engineering (ISE).
USD 428, Holy Family, Central Kansas Christian Academy and HeadStart Schools
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.
When Orion Edwards first started attending the Sunflower Diversified Services Early Education Center (EEC) in September last year, he wasn't using any words. He was just turning 2.
DeleteSt. Johns Episcopal Church will begin its Lenten Study at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, March 9, at the church, located at 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend.
Zeck coming to Aglow Lighthouse
The annual Presbyterian Irish Stew dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington in Great Bend.
WICHITA - The high school basketball season is officially over for the Great Bend boys after a 67-41 loss on the road against Bishop Carroll.
The work of Catholic Sisters is being recognized with Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14. The Dominican Sisters of Peace will celebrate with a special prayer service at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in the chapel of the Motherhouse at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – If you are like me St. Patrick's Day might be about watching a parade, wearing green or for some, having a few drinks at the pub.
LARNED - Okay. I don't get it. Call me out of touch, racist, a bigot.
City Church Ministries, along with Great Bend Christians, will hold their second citywide Christian event at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend.
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