Barton County Sheriff
At 9:22 p.m. Thursday, Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to a possible structure at 1401 18th St. Upon arrival they found light smoke in the residence. Chief Mike Napolitano said the owner had been using an outdoor fireplace that was under an awning against the house and a small fire had started under the wood deck it was sitting on.
5 p.m. from the National Weather Service:
Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
RUSSELL - Deborah Ann (Sipes) Schneider, 49, died April 5 at her home in Russell. Born Aug. 10, 1962, at Hays, she was the daughter of Robert and Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
With a flurry of early and organized activity, Gwen Caro has made significant strides in less than two months on the job. Caro is the new employment specialist for Rosewood Services Inc., beginning her new position on March 5.
Brandi Gruber has added to her credentials in an effort to enhance services for sleep-disorder patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. In addition to being director of cardiopulmonary services and a respiratory therapist, Gruber now has a CRT-SDS certification after passing the Sleep Disorders Specialty exam.
When Director of Instrumental Activities Steven Lueth heard the news that Barton's chapter of the National Association for Music Education was chosen to receive a national award for its community service, he was quick to give away all the credit.
Students from Holy Family School in Great Bend recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments, Principal Karen Moeder said. On Tuesday, April 10, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
LARNED - Perry L. Isley, 54, appeared Wednesday afternoon in the Pawnee County District Court on a single charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a severity level 1 person felony.
Noon Lions to celebrate
Approximately 104 calls for service and 154 Officer initiated calls were received for the month of March. Officers responded to 19 medical/fire calls and worked two non-injury accidents. Thirteen arrests were made and 19 criminal summonses were served in the month of March.
United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched its public school partnership with an education caravan in July at three Kansas locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. Three more are scheduled in Nebraska on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 2. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Conference (Nebraska and Kansas) intend to increase collaborative efforts between United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.
CLAFLIN - The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin is having a Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night on Sunday, Sept. 21. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Claflin.
First Baptist Church is having a movie night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1600 19th St., Great Bend. Popcorn will be served.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
The three-event celebration of Heartland Cancer Center's (HCC) 11thanniversary promises to have something for everyone, said Dana Foss, facilitator of the Touched by Cancer Support Group.
Miraculously, President Obama has conjured a strategy to wipe the Islamic State from the face of the Earth!
One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It's a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it's a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet we've been duped into caring about it.