Melvin Clay Simpson, 94, died July 31, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 17, 1917, at Newby, Okla., the son of William Thomas and Sara (Davis) Simpson. He married Frances Elizabeth Jackson on March 13, 1934, at Osceola, Mo. A Great Bend resident since 1941, coming from Eaton, Colo., he was owner and operator of Murray-Simpson Casing Crews.
HOISINGTON - Jean Polzin, 81, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, at Hoisington the daughter of Viola Depiesse. Jean was 6 years old when her mother passed, and she was then raised by her grandparents, Jac and Mary Meyeres Depiesse. She married Rom Polzin on April 16, 1952, at Milwaukee, Wis. He died Aug. 5, 1968. She was Postmaster in Beaver for 20 years, retiring in 1991, and had been a Hoisington resident since 1998, coming from Beaver.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Olivia Mull was one of the Golden Belt Swim Squad athletes who competed at the 2011 Division II Long Course West Championships on July 22-24.
A two-day defensive driving course will be taught next Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Classes will meet from 1-4 p.m. both days and will be taught by Steve Billinger with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
An altercation last Friday at 2607 Gano St. in Great Bend ended with an alleged aggravated battery involving a knife, but Great Bend police said it was not a stabbing.
Gone are the days when the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies poached all the available talent leading up to baseball's trade deadline.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Drew Brees has a history with free agent Darren Sproles and did not hesitate to exploit it when it became clear that Reggie Bush wasn't going to be back with the Saints in 2011.
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The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.
The 69th annual John Oetken Family Reunion was held on July 17 at the Youth Building in Schnack-Lowery Park in Larned. The reunion was hosted by the Harry Oetken family.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
Barton County 2011 high school graduates and voc tech and college students enrolled for fall 2011-Sophmores through Seniors-are eligible to apply for 2011 Barton County Prevention Scholarships if they have not previously received the prevention scholarship.
The annual Christiansen family reunion will be held on Aug. 13 at the Community Center in Larned. There will be a potluck lunch starting at noon.
"Where God guides and provides" is the central theme for "Wilderness Escape" Vacation Bible School at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. The church will hold its annual VBS from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, through Thursday, July 24.
Actors from Prince of Peace Parish will host a pageant performance of the symbolic story, "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pageant is being done in conjunction with the "Estamos Aqui" exhibit at Shafer Gallery.
The Trinity Lutheran Church Social Concerns Team will host its annual fundraiser and the proceeds this year will be donated to the Oaks Indian Mission in Oklahoma. The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2014 following the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 24th & Adams in Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - There have been a number of videos interviewing people concerning their knowledge of historical and political information. This method of interviewing started with Jay Leno. It was then picked up by Sean Hannity, and later by several others. The results are both interesting and concerning.
The International Spy Academy is a Vacation Bible School where kids get to be special agents for God, according to sponsors at Community Christian Church in Great Bend. This Vacation Bible School starts Sunday and will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 20-24 at the church, located at 253 NE 30 Road, just east of Barton Community College. It is intended for children who have completed kindergarten, through middle school.
"BARTON DYNASTY: Hunting for Bucks" is the theme for the 36th Annual Barton Foundation Big Benefit Auction, which this year's honorary co-chairs, Toby and Kristy Hogan, find rather fitting as the owners of the hunting service, "Central Kansas Whitetails." Only the "bucks" being hunted in this case are green, have presidents' faces on them and they help local students pay tuition at Barton Community College.
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
An Otis woman was injured Tuesday evening on a Barton County road, 4 miles north and 3 miles west of Galatia.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
An attempted fraud was reported to the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Someone called a Barton County resident saying her grandson was in trouble in New Mexico and needed help. The woman hung up before finding out what kind of "help" was wanted, and instead called her grandson, who said he was fine.
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