ANNA, Texas - Dr. William Lawrence Smith Jr., 89, of Anna, Texas, passed away on Oct. 15. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Stafford, to William Lawrence Smith Sr. and Elsie Fern (Carr) Smith. On June 21, 1943, he married Nadine Lorene Block, in Martinez, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State wants to take after Oklahoma this week.
Ah, the memories.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A couple of wins over division doormats. A shutout of a Raiders team playing without its starting quarterback. An inexplicable fumble that eventually led to an overtime victory.
The Rehab Services Department at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center capped off a month's worth of activities late in October with a "Fit Kids" program for Holy Family students. The occasion was in observance of National Physical Therapy Month.
A Dodge Charger driven by Edna Holguin, 20, of Lewis, rear-ended a Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by Michael Hart, 37, of Yale, Okla., Wednesday on U.S. 56 on the southwest edge of Great Bend.
An educational program designed to help people with diabetes with food choices during the holidays will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgical Center. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will share information about portion size and sweeteners. She will also give participants ideas on how to manage their diet during the season known for rich foods. Healthy refreshments will be served. The program is free an open to everyone. Due to the parking lot construction, participants will want to enter at the emergency room ...
An area environmental group has arranged for two free showings of the award-winning documentary Gasland at the Great Bend Public Library.
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The November art exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library is a group effort by "The Aquarians": Mary Lee Adams, Esther Maher, Elaine Pugh, Bev Simonson and Barb Unrein. These Great Bend artists have filled the Fine Arts Room of the library with a fall showing of paintings, ceramics and jewelry. The public is invited to meet the artists during a reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the library.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information on the theft of six Honda motorcycles and a Honda snowblower from a storage shed at 901 Morphy St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings reports that storage unit 712 at that address was broken into twice between Aug. 24 and Oct. 30. Two padlocks were damaged.
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The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 2133 Forest Ave. Use the west doors. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
HUTCHINSON - Julie Ann Parks, 52, of Hutchinson, died April 10 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1961, in Medicine Lodge, the daughter of Ronald K. Parks and Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks of Woodward, Okla.
Rachel Louise Dryer, 97, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on April 7, following a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 23, 1916, in Madison, to William Aaron and Carmen Grace (Focht) Boles. Louise grew up in Madison and Emporia, attending Emporia State University. There she met Cecil Ray Dryer whom she married on May 23, 1936, in Cottonwood Falls. Their son, William Laurence Dryer, was born on June 15, 1937. Both preceded her in death; Cecil on April 1, 1989, and William on Oct. 24, 2011.
OTIS - Darlene Kay Richards, 56, died April 9 at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colo., she was the daughter of Emil and Wanda (Berry) Vsetecka. She married Ron Richards in Larned. They later divorced. A resident of Otis since 1992, coming from Larned, she was a cook for the Larned State Hospital until retirement.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Bonnie (Miller) Mink, 60, died April 9 at her home. Born on Nov. 12, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of Dwight C. Miller Jr. and Helen (Ball) Miller. She graduated from Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Mo. and attended Southwest Missouri State University, where she met her husband of 42 years, Ron Mink. They married in December 1972, in Kansas City. She was an avid music lover, loving wife, mother and grandmother.
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ELLINWOOD - A breakfast/brunch fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going towards St. Joseph High School PSR mission trip.
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A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea are equally tied for fourth place.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas freshman Joel Embiid is entering the NBA draft after a breakthrough season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept the 7-footer out of the NCAA tournament.
ELLSWORTH - Central Plains High School's boys' tennis team won the Ellsworth Invitational on Tuesday evening.