Barton Community College Coordinator of Community Education Janet Kirmer receives a big hug from Dean of Workforce Training Elaine Simmons during her retirement reception Monday. Kirmer's last day is June 28, when she will begin working as the parish secretary for Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Great Bend. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time," she said, but added it is hard to say goodbye after more than 35 years with the college. "The thing I will cherish most about my time at Barton is to see the students grow and fulfill their ...
George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen at Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
HOISINGTON- Helen Maxine Barlow, 85, died June 18 at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born Jan. 25, 1927 at Arkansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Ernest and Iola (Kincaid) Hilderbrandt. In 1950, she married E.C. "Dusty" Barlow in Arkansas. Helen was a Barton County resident since 1964. She moved to Texas in 2011 to be closer to her daughters.
CHASE - Sharon Kay Douglas, 62, of Chase died June 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 7, 1950 at Lyons, the daughter of Raymond Arthur and Nancy Elizabeth (Kelso) Gates.
ELLINWOOD - A Great Bend man, Tyler Deforest, was injured in a truck wreck at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday at 400 SE 50 Rd.
MIAMI - A questionable substitution by the coach, more foul trouble for the superstar, and bad free throw shooting by just about everybody ruined Oklahoma City's chances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 win Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
TULSA, Okla. - Ricky Lee Fischer, 64, died June 17 at Cancer Treatment Center of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born March 8, 1948, at Great Bend, he was the son of Edwin and Ruth (Krueger) Fischer. He worked for North American Salt of Lyons and was a truck driver for C and P Electric, Branson, Snell, and Builders Transport.
LARNED - Gloria Dianne Youngdahl, 68, died June 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1943, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Glenn N. and Olive D. Smiley Johnson. She was a customer service representative in electronics.
DODGE CITY - Byron G. "Skip" Larson, 88, passed away on May 2.
KINSLEY - Bonnie M. Miller, 70, died June 15 at Pratt Hospice House. Born Sept. 23, 1941, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Lawrence E. and Evelyn C. Schauf Jacobs. On Aug. 8, 1959, she married Richard Miller in Dubuque. He died on July 8, 2000. She was a dietary manager.
KINSLEY - Minetta M. Carothers, 83, died June 16 at Medicalodge in Kinsley. Born May 29, 1929 ,in Spearville, she was the daughter of William E. and Minnie E. Diehl Berry. On June 22, 1947, she married Lee E. Carothers in Offerle. He died on Jan. 15, 2011. She was employed as a district secretary.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had no trouble with closer Jason Motte's two-strike pitch to pinch-hitter Billy Butler.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has awarded a disgraced former NBA referee $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.
Vaughn A. Duncan of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday with a Come and Go Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Stoneridge Country Club, 1438 24th Street.
Roger Haberman will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, at the Welcome Inn, 113 West 4th, Larned. No gifts are requested.
Layne Smith and Laura Smith, both of Baker, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Smith, to Trevor Sanders, son of John Sanders and Teresa Sanders, both of Great Bend.
David and Stacey Brenner announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Breanne Brenner, to Connor Paul Williams, son of John Williams and the late Brenda Williams.
Martin Arthur Morgenstern will celebrate his 100th birthday with a come and go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 6, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If unable to attend, he would enjoy receiving cards from friends and acquaintances.
Caitlyn Murray and Kyle Johnson were united in marriage on June 14, in a double ring ceremony at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jana Murray. The groom is the son of Mike and Linda Johnson. Grandparents of the bride are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Mrs. Ruth Murray, all of Great Bend, and the late John Murray. Grandparents of the groom are Michael and Peggy Johnson and Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, all of Great Bend, and the late Donald Zimmerman.
Kenneth Rios and Leticia Rios announce the engagement of their daughter Sabrina Rios to Adam Keenan, son of Kent and Roxann Keenan.
Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their son, Easton Andrew Hammeke, on May 23 in Lyons. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Emma Hammeke.
Descendants of the late Martin and Margaret Neeman Hemken met on Aug. 3, at Gambino's in LaCrosse for their 85th reunion, hosted by descendants of the late Fred and Anna Hemken, Arlyn Renz, Janice Johnson and Cheryl Summers and Velda Lewis.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.
This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...