TULSA, OKla. - Alma Beth (Fox) Fleske was born March 5, 1921 to Henry & Mary (Eller) Fox in Springer, N.M. She passed from this life at the age of 90 on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Tulsa, Okla., where she moved in 2007 with her husband, Edward August Fleske, to be closer to her family.
ST. JOHN - Ruby D. Pinkston, 81, died Feb. 18, 2012 at her home.
WICHITA - Hubert B. Ochs, 87, died Feb. 18, 2012 at Larksfield Place Retirement Community in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
GREAT BEND - Barbara J. McPherson, 81, died Feb. 18, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - James Allen Queen, 80, died Feb. 19, 2012 at his home in Great Bend.
YUMA, Ariz. - Phyllis Ann Pickerill died Feb. 10, 2012 in Yuma, Ariz.
LARNED - Helen M. Brown, 92, died Feb. 19, 2012 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned.
The Great Bend High School Kayettes held their 2012 Mr. Perfect Panther pageant Saturday, Feb. 11, at the GBHS auditorium. This year's Mr. Perfect Panter was Aaron Mull and Mr. Almost Perfect was Matt Moyd.
LARNED -- There was some exciting youth basketball played at the Larned High School and Middle School on Feb. 4-5 as the Sacred Heart Parish hosted the Christian League Basketball tournament.
Activities Feb. 19-25
LARNED - Pawnee County Republicans will host the county caucus March 10 at the Larned Community Center. Paula Carr serves as vice chairman of the Pawnee County Republican Central Committee.
Sunday, Feb. 19
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Historical Society is hosting a Cemetery Tour at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The tour will take place at the Ellinwood Lakin Comanche Cemetery, north side entrance.
There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!" Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is no big whoop.
After 13 years of war in Afghanistan - the longest in US history - the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.