WICHITA – The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has raised the threat level for severe weather Saturday to 'high' for portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, with officials predicting "a high-end life-threatening event."
Thursday, April 12
HAYS - Theresa M. Meier, 84, of Hays, died April 12, 2012 at the Hays Medical Center.
ATTICA - Bryce F. Hayes, 76, died April 9, 2012 at his lake home in Sunrise Beach, Mo., surrounded by his family.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before and the Saints have decided to do it again.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas finally get to play a home opener for the Kansas City Royals.
HAYS (AP) - Officials at Fort Hays State University have issued their first statement on the weekend arrests of five basketball players following a weekend fight.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense.
A reception for the Rev. Loyse Clay, who is moving to St. Louis this month to be with his family, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave.
On April 20-22, Faith Community Church will host the Great Bend Healing Campaign. The citywide event will kick off Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with a night of Praise and Prayer. At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning a healing school will be held. Healing and miracle services will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to attend, Pastor Sandy Kennedy said.
Presbyterian Women in Great Bend will offer a Fair Trade Market to the community on Saturday, April 21.
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Childcare professionals will be encouraged to "Sample The Blue Ribbon Offerings" at Barton Community College's Child Education Fair on April 28.
One would be Cody Lee, Great Bend High School business teacher and Future Business Leaders of America sponsor. A recently replaced knee and a pregnancy couldn't stop her from accepting the challenge to participate in Thursday's Dancing with the Staff competition. All it took was an invitation from senior Ryan Jacobs to sweep her off her feet.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty.
The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.
HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.
Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.
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The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.
LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.
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The Barton Community College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this season. Its response? A 19-4 win.