Sometimes common sense and fairness prevail.
Norma M. Vasquez, 70, of Great Bend, died Oct. 27 at her home. She was born April 17, 1940, at Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Victorio and Manuela (Alonzo) Moreno. Norma worked as a seamstress. Mrs. Vasquez was a Great Bend resident since 1999, coming from Ontario, Calif.
OSAWATOMIE - Donald D. Smith, 85, died Oct. 29 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe. He was born Sept. 16, 1925, at Hoisington, the son of Clarence and Callie (Payne) Smith. He married Etta Imogene Lumley on June 5, 1953, at Bartlesville, Okla. She died Oct. 9, 2004. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Kansas Brick and Tile of Hoisington. He was a former Hoisington resident, moving to Osawatomie in 2004.
The Fort Larned Historical Society will host its Annual Meeting with a program, The German Heritage of Kansas, a presentation and discussion by William D. Keel on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting and free program. Contact the Santa Fe Trail Center at 620-285-2054 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
One "old business" item and two "new business" items have been added to the agenda for Monday night's meeting of the Larned City Council. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 417 Broadway. The old item is consideration of converting the former Larned National Guard Armory into a fire station. The City of Larned owns the armory since it was closed early this year.
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WICHITA - Alice Arlene Metcalf, 79, retired co-owner/operator of Kansas Dune Buggy and VW Specialties, died Oct. 27, She was preceded in death by her husband Harold "Red" and grandson Adam Wayne Sharp.
COPAN, Okla. - Janice C. Scott, 70, of Copan, Okla., and former resident of Glasco, died Oct. 28 at her residence.
MEDICINE LODGE - Lynn Ann Adams, 70, died Oct. 28 at Pioneer Lodge Nursing Home in Coldwater. Born July 24, 1940, in Great Bend she was the daughter of John and Marie (Mohr) Adams. She was a client at Arrowhead West Inc. in Medicine Lodge, most recently living in Coldwater.
This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st and Walnut. Caller will be Peggy Anschutz from Gorham. Swinging Star members are asked to meet at 7 p.m. at Country Place Living, 259 W 6th, for a demonstration for the residents.
HUTCHINSON- Lt. Governor Troy Findley and Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton helped announce the winners of the Main Street Awards of Excellence at the annual Kansas Downtown Symposium Oct. 22 at Memorial Hall in Hutchinsson. Hoisington Main Street Inc. was recognized with four awards.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Big 12 has been as entertaining as any league in the country.
A motorist called 911 at 1:54 a.m. Sunday to report rolling her car after swearing to miss a deer. She said was not injured but the car was on its side in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.
Kathy L. Kaiser, 65, passed away Oct. 19, at her home. Born Aug. 10, 1949, in Hopeton, Okla., she was the daughter of Glenn S. and Artie R. (Elliott) Jones. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, she worked 23 years for USD #428 in Food Service. On July 30, 1977, she married Paul Kaiser in Great Bend. He survives of the home.
James C. Burnette, 77, died Oct. 20 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 6, 1937 at Salina, he was the son of Cecil Marion and Stella M. (Lackey) Burnette.
KINSLEY - J. Craig Heinz, 66, died Oct. 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Spearville, he was the son of Jim and Rosemary (McKillip) Heinz. He was a Finance Controller.
New York City's small high schools apparently boost graduation rates and college admission rates, and do so at a lower per pupil cost than traditional high schools, according to a study just released by MDRC, a major nonprofit education policy research firm.
BEATRICE, Neb. - Karen L. Kirkpatrick, 88 years and 27 days of age, passed away at her home Saturday morning, Oct. 18th. She was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Hoisington, to Duke and Opal (Sypolt) Van Brimmer. Karen was a 1944 graduate of Hoisington High School and attended Wichita State University for two years. Karen and William Kirkpatrick were married on May 7, 1948, in Hoisington. She then taught school at a rural school near Great Bend from 1949-1950. They moved to Beatrice from Stinett, Texas in 1954; lived in Oklahoma and then back to Beatrice in 1957; lived in ...
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, passed away Oct. 15. Born March 1, 1960, in Mexico, he was the son of Guadalupe (Montes) Cano. Armando was a loving soul and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
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LARNED - Dale Otte, 76, passed away Oct. 17, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Great Bend, he was the son of Wilmer and Leah Dorfshaffer Otte. A longtime area resident he was a farmer/stockman. On Sept. 16, 1956, he married Karen Rice in Great Bend. She survives.
Which is more deadly, rumors or the Ebola virus? In the U.S. there has been three patients with the disease. Reading the headlines one gets the impression that the whole nation is overrun with this horrific modern day plague. Sadly, we know that Ebola kills at a frightful rate. Unfortunately we overlook the danger of rumors.
A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.
One day after news that Houston city attorneys had subpoenaed sermons and emails from church leaders presumably opposed to a local human rights ordinance, the civil liberties questions remain.