My great-grandmother Jane Purcell had a wonderfully full life. Part of her story is revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census, which the National Archives and Records Administration made available online to the public in 2012 at 1940census.archives.gov .
I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.
Principals Honor Roll
USD #112 Central Plains announces the following school board positions up for election on the April 2 general election ballot: Position #2, currently held by Dawn Dolezal; Position #4, currently held by Ron Etchison; and Position #6, currently held by Richard Rugan.
ST. JOHN - The Central Plains High School boys' basketball team didn't take any time putting away Medicine Lodge in the first round of the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic on Tuesday night.
Even though Joan League is a local Tai Chi instructor, she took advantage of a recent class at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to add to her knowledge. That mission was accomplished but there was another benefit.
A Midwest Energy lineman making repairs to a power pole south of Great Bend was injured Tuesday morning, when the bucket truck holding him aloft tipped, sending his bucket to the ground.
Velma May Mettling, 87, died Jan. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 4, 1925, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Carrie (Unruh) Smith. On June 4, 1967, she married W. Gordon Mettling in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a teacher in the Newton, Oakley and Great Bend school districts.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - Dorothy Jean "D.J." Welch, 77, died Jan. 11 at her home in Chesterfield, Mo. Born Jan. 8, 1936, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Esther (McCormick) Detmer. On Aug. 18, 1956, she married James Curtis Welch in Washington, D.C. She spent much time and effort in supporting Little Wishes Foundation of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and Loaves and Fishes (Food Pantry).
KATY, Texas - Pamela (Asher) Schneweis Hunter, 60, died Jan. 11 at her home in Katy, Texas. Born Feb. 20, 1952, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Herbert William "Bill" and Ann (Hahn) Asher. On June 3, 1972, she married Pat Schneweis in Great Bend. They later divorced. She then married David Hunter on May 28, 1994, in Great Bend. She was a longtime resident of Great Bend and Houston, Texas.
SAPULPA, Okla. - Richard Zamarripa, 57, died Jan. 14 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. A full obituary will be published later.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.
Thursday, Feb 12
LARNED - Thirteen Quilting Bees members met on Feb. 2 in the quilting room at the First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Morris.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
As February home openers go Wednesday afternoon couldn't have gone much better for the Barton Community College softball team.
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.