McPHERSON - Harold Dale Reese, 81, of McPherson, passed away at 8:10 a.m. Oct. 16 while in the company of family members at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. Mr. Reese was born in Roxbury on June 28, 1929, the son of Elmer Milo and Anna Marie (Erickson) Reese. Harold attended the Olive Springs Country School and graduated from Roxbury High School, Roxbury.
Raymond Wesley Brining, 92, died peacefully Oct. 17 at his home in Great Bend, surrounded by his family. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his stewardship of the land, his joy in mentoring the young and family and his love of the Lord.
Robert L. "Rob" Pelster, Jr., 39, died Oct. 13 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 14, 1971, in Great Bend, the son of Robert L. Pelster, Sr., and Lodema "Dee" (Garrett) Pelster. He married Frankie Lea on Aug. 14, 1993, at Great Bend. He worked for Log-Tech of Kansas as a wireline tech. He was a lifetime Great Bend resident.
ELLINWOOD - Virginia L. Pangburn Bayer, 79, died Oct. 17 at Good Samaritan Center in Lyons. Born Sept. 3, 1931, in Lyons, she was the daughter of Virgil L. Pangburn and Vera P. Misner. She graduated from Sterling College. A lifetime Rice county resident, she was a farm wife, secretary at Conoco Oil Company of Lyons, a former Rice County probate judge and an amateur anthropologist. On Nov. 8, 1953, she married Merrill D. Bayer in Lyons. He died Nov. 13, 2003.
Lucile I. Gordon, 98, died Oct. 16 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 27, 1912, in Dover, she was the daughter of Albert B. and Iva (Briggs) Ottinger. A resident of Great Bend since 1936, coming from Abilene, she was a bookkeeper for Bentley Hardware and Guy Gordon Accounting Service. On March 8, 1936, she married Guy G. Gordon at Wakarusa. He died May 5, 1989.
Ambulance meets parents rushing toward Great Bend
Great Bend High School Class of 1960 held their 50th class reunion of Sept. 24 and 25 at the Best Western Angus Inn. Seated: Linda (Holt) McCullum, Luanne (Tuggle) Haddaway, Judy (Murphy) Sullivan, Janet (Herl) Noblitt, Dolores (Lang) Appel, Sue (Hamill) Reiser, Kay (Dietz) Moffat, Margaret (Beller) Kraisinger, Kathryn Nuss. Second Row: Peggy (Ohl) Grove, Patricia (Petz) Guesnier, Karen (Armstrong) Naylor, Gerald Koch, Edna (Fanshier) Sipp, Marsha (Hoge) McConnaughy, Joan (Byers) Doan, Pat (Reichmeier) Graf, Karen (Swartz) Stegall, Don Gordon. Third Row: Barton Hoar, William Roth, Tom Steffen, Vicki (Gunn) Brown, Galen Schroeder, Bob Moffat, Paul Berscheidt. Stairs: Robert Noblitt ...
TLC Twister's 4-H Club met on Sept. 16.
Nearly 260 optometrists and 220 optometric assistants attended the 2010 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 16 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for relicensure.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will host their annual "Carve-n-Show" event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street. The public is invited to attend. Local wood carvers will be displaying completed wood carvings and will be working on projects in progress.
Laura Koster and Jeff Smith were united in marriage at a Nuptial Mass on June 12 at St. Rose Church in Great Bend, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Father Reginald Urban, parish priest, Father Donald McCarthy, friend of the family, and the Rev. Michael Dean, uncle of the groom. Parents of the couple are Larry and Jane Koster of Great Bend and Bryan and Judy Smith of Fort Worth, Texas.
Kristin Leigh Ritter and Cullen Jasper Homolka were united in marriage on July 10 at the home of the brides brother, William R. Ritter III, in Sherman Oaks, Calif in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Terry Sweeney. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ritter of Huntington, W.V. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Homolka of Holyrood.
Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Koochel, to Dallas Guinn, son of Rex and Lisa Guinn of Stilwell, Okla.
Eric and Janet Dowson and Rob and Jenifer VanSkike announce the engagement of their children Amanda Dawn Dowson and Todd Preston VanSkike, all of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Eleanor Rindt of Salina and Dean Dowson of Sutherland, Neb. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dale and Joann George of Albert and William and Grace VanSkike of Great Bend and the great-grandson of William George of Erie.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School girls' golf team placed third at the Salina Central Invitational on Tuesday.
Atheists and non-believers are targeting military installations over religious accommodations and statements, advocacy groups and media sources report.
Boys will rarely if ever encounter a male teacher until they reach high school, a fact lamented by many both because teacher's serve as important role models and because the lack of gender diversity tends to turn the profession into a prestige ghetto.
The trial of Atlanta teachers accused of falsifying test scores to meet ambitious progress targets is now underway. Some teachers facing up to 35 years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A Great Bend couple has been taking advantage of a monthly event at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to become more familiar with ways to serve up nutritious meals.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a national not-for-profit organization that offers residents a cost effective option to lose weight and become healthier, and it is looking at expanding its membership locally, said Beverly A. Bednasek, a Kansas TOPS coordinator from Valley Center.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs began reworking their injury-depleted defense Tuesday, signing former Denver Broncos tackle Kevin Vickerson amid a flurry of roster moves.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Julius Thomas' dad likes to remind his son where he got his great hands.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the moments after a disheartening loss to Tennessee to open the season, Chiefs coach Andy Reid seemed at a loss for why All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles went virtually unused.
DURHAM, N.C. - David Cutcliffe is getting ready to coach against a man he never really got the chance to work with - Charlie Weis.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.
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Kiwanis and the Great Bend Public Library invite community members to help a youngster get a Halloween costume. New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
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