Patricia Ann Schmidt, 87, died April 9 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 11, 1923, at Syracuse, Kan., she was the daughter of George Francis "Frank" and Alma Madge (Brown) Shirley. On July 26, 1946, she married Eugene G. Schmidt at Syracuse. He died on Feb. 22, 1986. After receiving her education degree from Emporia State University, she taught at Johnson and Syracuse. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Syracuse, she was a retired librarian for the Hamilton County Public Library in Syracuse. She especially enjoyed traveling, both nationally and internationally, experiencing the world.
ELLINWOOD - Carl George Miller, 86, died April 10 at Woodhaven Care Center in Elllinwood. Born Oct. 22, 1924, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Conrad and Anna Reints Miller. On April 9, 1950, he married Evelyn May Bryant. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was a retired farmer.
Nora Jean (Doubek) Shorock, 58, died April 7 at her son's home in Lawrence. Born Feb. 15, 1953, at Pratt, she was the daughter of Van and Ellen (Hamar) Doubek. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from Pittsburg State University. On July 4, 1976, she married Donald Walter Shorock in Pratt. He predeceased her on Dec. 2, 2010. They moved to Great Bend in 1977. After a few years as a teacher, she worked in medical transcription and records for Central Kansas Medical Center and later independently.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Mabel J. Flickinger, 96, of South Hutchinson, died April 9 at Mennonite Manor. She was born June 14, 1914, the daughter of Adam and Margaret Radenberg Disque. She was a homemaker and lifetime caregiver, raising all of her 12 brothers and sisters. She was a life member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Holyrood, and a member of the El Dorado Camping Club.
James E. "Pappy" Bell, 82, died April 10 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 18, 1928, at Peabody, the son of Jesse M. and Anna (Swift) Bell. He married Grace Ann Smith on June 15, 1952, at Great Bend. He worked for Petro-log and Tomlinson Oil Company until his retirement in 1989. He had been a Great Bend resident for 60 years, coming from eastern Kansas.
As part of his "Continuing the Tradition" town hall tour, Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced he will host 12 more town hall meetings in April, including one in Russell County on April 21. Through the end of March, he said he had visited and hosted town hall meetings in 36 out of the 69 counties in the First Congressional District.
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The Ellinwood City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today. In old business, there will be a public hearing on 106 E. B St., a special purpose vehicle, and the 414 E. 4th demolition bid.
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Barton Community College has announced recipients of Achievement Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. These awards are administered by Barton's Financial Aid Office.
Army National Guard Spec. Graham D. Neeland has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Great Bend High School senior, Colby Barton, was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.
The League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold its monthly meeting at noon on April 12, an the Club at StoneRidge. The program will be provided by Jane Belanger of Heartland Farms who will be discussing climate change. Time will be provided for questions from the floor and discussion. Lunch will be from the menu. The public is invited to attend and participate.
Army National Guard Pvt. Tyler J. Brough has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
How much would you borrow to buy something that you would never use and might kill you and everyone around you? If we're talking about Uncle Sam's outdated and useless nuclear arsenal, the price tag is $1.1 trillion. A better-and cheaper-idea might be doing what Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and a host of others wanted to do in the first place: Get rid of nuclear weapons.
Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either "serving" in the military or performing some other type of government-directed "community service." Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich's proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumganer took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday night's World Series opener.
EMPORIA - The Hoisington High School girls' golf team placed fourth at the Class 3-1A State Golf Tournament on Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
A much needed win.
Tryouts for the Great Bend Blitz Volleyball Club is set to start on Sunday.
The Great Bend Middle School eighth-grade football team capped off their season by dominating the Hays Falcons for a 44-6 victory.
DODGE CITY - Carol Jeanie (Kennedy) Blazek, 64, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born June 4, 1950 at Russell, the daughter of Gerald L. and Catherine (Nault) Kennedy. A Dodge City resident for the past 40 years, moving from Hoisington, she worked at Sonic Drive In and Wardrobe Cleaners, both in Dodge City, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and making poppies for the Veterans.
HOISINGTON - On Sunday Oct. 26, the annual Homecoming at Hoisington Masonic Lodge 331 will be held at 2 p.m. at the Lodge Hall at 2nd and Vine St. in Hoisington.
HAYS - HaysMed was recently recognized with two Excellence through Insight awards for patient experience by HealthStream Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM). One award recognized the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU) in the hospital and the other honored Dr. Michelle Pope in the Pediatric Clinic.
Barton County Young Professionals recently surpassed 600 members, according to Kristy Straub, a founding member of the steering committee.