Area law enforcement officers routinely receive reports of animals that have strayed into county roads, or of objects that are impeding traffic. On Thursday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office made sure bales were moved off the 600 block of North U.S. 281, around 10:30 a.m., and checked on a report of about a dozen goats in a ditch in the 400 block of NW 70 Ave. over the noon hour.
Holding a public hearing for the 2011-12 budget is on the agenda Monday for the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Also on the agenda is the appointment of the board treasurer, and information about co-ed softball rules.
LARNED - Several informal events are scheduled Saturday and Sunday for U.S. Army veteran Kevin Mincio and co-cyclist Matt Sauri. Before SSG Jesse Williams was killed during combat operations in Iraq, he and Mincio served together as members of the 5-20 Infantry Regiment.
A co-ed softball tournament in memory of Maxton Foster Burkey will be held on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, at the Hoisington softball field.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
ST. JOHN - The shooting victim in an apparent domestic incident has been identified as the stepson of the suspected shooter.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet on 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include student/staff presentations, recognition/achievements, election of 2011-2012 officers, GBHS athletic league affiliation, report of Professional Development Council, and projects updates.
On Monday, July 11, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a construction project to repair two bridges west of Rush Center on K-96 highway in Rush County. The bridges are located approximately 3 miles and 5 miles west of the K-96 junction with US-183 highway.
The First Church of the Nazarene is gearing up for Vacation Bible School and would like to invite all children ages 4 years to 4th grade to join them July 9-14 for the Son Harvest County Fair Bible School.
Faith Community Church is hosting special meetings with Rev. Glenn Bleakney at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday,
Looking for an evening celebrating faith, hope and courage? Look no farther than opening night of the 12th annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference, scheduled for Aug. 5-7 at Century II in Wichita.
Winnie Hanzlicek, formerly of Great Bend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 16 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 159 S. Circle Drive, Potwin, KS 67123.
Members of the First United Methodist Church have a heart for mission work, member Judy Turner said. Several projects have been tackled since the first of the year.
"Increase the Reach Summit," presented by the Rev. Scott Hinkle, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at Faith Community Church. The Rev. Hinkle will also be speaking in the church's Sunday morning worship service, at 10:30 a.m. April 13. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said both services are open to the public.
For thousands of years, the Passover meal has been celebrated by the Jewish people in commemoration of the Old Testament account of their escape from Egyptian slavery, the beginning of their long trek towards "the promised land," and their hope in a Messiah who would deliver them from bondage forever.
Siblings Ed Galliart and Crystal Galliart have been chosen to administrate the Great Bend Christians ministry, said Mike Richardson of City Church Ministries.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 28 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night, ending the Spurs' winning streak at 19 games.
The Great Bend High School girls' swim team hosted a swim meet on Thursday at Kirkman Activity Center.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Gregg Marshall, whose Wichita State team was the first to reach the NCAA tournament undefeated in 33 years, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year.
It will take more than a couple of bitter, one-run defeats in Motown to make the Kansas City Royals feel any less optimistic about what could be a watershed season.
DETROIT - Brad Ausmus is hoping he'll have a chance to use every position player on his roster before too long - no sense letting backups become rusty at the beginning of the season.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Margaret L. Prosser, 92, died April 3 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 29, 1921, in Pryor, Colo., she was the daughter of Matthew and Mary (Fabiney) Vigna. On Nov. 22, 1945, she married Joseph D. Prosser in Beaver. He died on Sept. 12, 1982. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Pryor, Colo., she was a homemaker.
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