Robert Charles "Bob" Sparks, 76, died Aug. 25 at Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Mo. Born Feb. 7, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of Lee and Audrey (Kennedy) Sparks. On Dec. 20, 1959 he married Ellen Ora "Punky" Ford in Great Bend. She died on March 22, 2011. A resident of Cameron, Mo. since 2011, coming from Great Bend, he was Territory Manager for Eco Lab and was previously employed at Marlette Homes and Liberty Homes.
Helen J. Suchy, 89, died Aug. 24 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born June 9, 1924 in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Emil and Amiela (Vozoboj) Vsetecka. On Dec. 29, 1943 she married Alvie J. Suchy in Olmitz. He died on Nov. 14, 1986. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1943, coming from Timken. She enjoyed all aspects of homemaking, including sewing, crocheting, baking, and gardening. She also enjoyed her pet dogs and rock hunting and collecting.
HOISINGTON - Virginia M. Cropp, 67, died Aug. 24 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born April. 16, 1946 in Alva, Okla., she was the daughter of William and Ora (Williams) Baker. On July 23, 1967 she married Gary Cropp in Pratt. He survives. She was a resident of Hoisington since 1967, coming from Alva, Okla.
OMAHA, Neb. - Gloria Grace VanSkike, infant daughter of Joshua and Lisa (Jones) VanSkike of Minden, Neb. entered this world on Aug. 17th, 2013 at 12:40 a.m. She passed away peacefully after 13 hours of life at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Gloria was dedicated to God in a small service before her passing.
This Friday, Great Bend firefighters will collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with their annual "boot block." Firefighters will be at Walmart and both Dillon stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Mark Orth at the Fire Department asks the public to help firefighters fill their boots for MDA.
Starting around Thursday, Aug. 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt paving project on K-4 in Barton County. This asphalt surface recycle and overlay project will start at the Rush/Barton County line and continue east 10 miles to the west junction of K-4 and U.S. 281 highways.
EL DORADO - The Butler Community College Grizzlies, the defending National Junior College Athletic Association runner-up, was shut out in the first half of their season-opening football game with Dodge City on Saturday evening at BG Products Veterans Coliseum.
Kansas Grain Commodity Commissions announced they will begin accepting applications for candidates in central Kansas seeking a seat on one of the state's five grain commodity commissions – corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat and sunflowers.
When technology and agriculture collide, the outcome is often astonishing. At Kansas State University's recent Agronomy Field Day, the featured technology; small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, astounded attendees.