Welcome to the 4th edition of Marsh Musings. This week we will be focusing on a critter that carries a very negative stigma in the state of Kansas: the black-tailed prairie dog. Kansans' tend to either love or hate these critters. In Kansas, especially Western Kansas, prairie dogs are known as a destructive pest.
By Derek Grabast
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Great Bend Tribune will follow the journey of Derek Grabast of Hudson for innovative stem-cell treatment in Beijing, China.
By Allen Schmidt
STAFFORD – A traveling exhibit, "Kansans of African Descent: Selected Portraits," is being featured at the Stafford County Museum Library, 100 N. Main Street in Stafford.
LARNED - Pawnee County escaped most of the severe weather that struck south central Kansas Friday afternoon and evening. However, the largest report of hail occurred in Pawnee County.
LARNED - The new school year starts Thursday for Larned USD 495 students. Sophomores through seniors report at noon. Kindergarten through ninth grade report for a full day of school.
Commission to meet
By Jim Misunas
CHICAGO (AP) - The first inning doomed Jeff Francis again on Sunday.
The Eagles Annual Luau Party will be held on Aug. 20th. Roast pig with all the trimmings will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are 48 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under. Pina' Colada's will be on special for $2. D.J. the D.J. will playing for your entertainment. Prizes will be available.
The Russell Area Chamber of Commerce will have August Business After Hours at Vintage Place Assisted Living Facility from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at 1070 E. Wichita Ave. Come and visit with the residents and staff, enjoy some refreshments, and find out what's going on at Vintage Place Assisted Living.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announcees that Kim Stejskal has joined the company as a Records Management Assistant. Kim joined Sunflower on Aug. 1. She will maintain the integrity, completeness, accuracy, and availability of documents, records, and information resources.
Returning faculty and staff will be welcomed back and new faculty and staff will be welcomed aboard at Fort Hays State University's annual Fall Convocation, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Aug. 17.
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.
Wednesday, April 9
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.