Armed-robbery convict Edward Nathan Jr. escaped from a Florida work-release center in 1983 and, as "Claude Brooks" and other identities, managed to avoid police for the next 27 years, until he slipped up in Atlanta.
Shirley Ann Peters, 83, died May 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 1, 1928 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Lamont and Marcella (Crebs) Rowland. On April 5, 1991 she married G. Darrell Peters in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Burrton, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Peters Drilling Company.
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Melinda Thomas, 59, former Hays resident, died May 19, at Pikes Peak Hospice of Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Hays, she was the daughter of Severin S. and Marie (Riedel) Leiker. In 1969, she graduated from Marian High School in Hays. On June 4, 1976, she married Dale L. Thomas in Kansas. She was a homemaker. She made her home in Woodland Park, Colo. and spent a number of months of the year in Alamo, Texas. While in Texas, she did volunteer work and sewing for various missions. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and ...
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz. Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Frank and Isabel (Gerritzen) Riedel. On July 16, 1960 she married Willard D. Bitter in Olmitz. He died Sept. 3, 1985. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a retired housekeeper for Clara Barton Hospital.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will recognize the 2010-11 GED students who have passed the General Education Development test. The students will be honored in a graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Mike and Sheryl Butler (Whittaker) of rural Hays, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Elila Butler to Ethan James Beale, son of Gail Beale of Wichita, and the late James Beale. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Arleen Whittaker of Great Bend and the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker.
Hannah Seiwert and Devon Degenhardt were united in marriage on March 28, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Aaron Andrews. Parents of the couple are Bernard and Lisa Seiwert and Louis Degenhardt and Sheryl Degenhardt. Grandparents of the bride are Patricia Gerstenkorn of Great Bend and the late LeRoy Gerstenkorn, and Delia Seiwert of St. Paul and the late Peter Seiwert. Grandparents of the groom are Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend and the late Walter Degenhardt, and the late Ernest and Evelyn Blazek. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley's Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.