It all started with a few text messages on a cold Tuesday evening in early January 2011:
"Trike Nite" sponsored by New Life Baptist Church on 12th Street, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14 for young children, ages 2 years – 3rd grade.
ELLINWOOD - U.S. government commodities will be distributed from 11 a.m. to noon on July 13 at UCC Church, 701 N. Fritz.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Once upon a time, people's hands were busy putting food on the table and they were too busy or too proud to consider extending those same hands out to the government for a handout.
Thomas Cavender, 60, of Bessemer City, N.C., pleaded unsuccessfully with a judge to remove him from the National Sex Offender Registry, to which he had been assigned as part of his sentence in 2000 for molesting a third-grade girl.
DODGE CITY - The Great Bend Chiefs, a Class AAA American Legion baseball team, split a doubleheader with Dodge City on Wednesday at Dodge City.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka last week.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA players' association maintains that there is an "adequate basis" for doubting the NBA's losses, citing the inaccurate financial projections the league made in 2009-10.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Kansas State guard Nick Russell is headed to Southern Methodist University. On Tuesday, SMU head coach Matt Doherty said Russell will join the Mustangs this fall.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a Senior Individual Stroke Play Open Golf Tournament on Wednesday, July 13, at StoneRidge with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Cardinal Volleyball Camps will be held Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14, at the Hoisington Activity Center.
Great Bend is playing host to a state baseball tournament this weekend.
For one player on the 2011 West team, the Kansas Shrine Bowl will be a new experience in a very familiar setting.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.
OLATHE - Christopher James Gross, 41, passed away July 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of his battle with brain cancer.
GREAT BEND - Lloyd E. White, 81, died July 8, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.
As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the tools for making certain rural students receive a 21st Century education is broadband Internet access. Broadband can be the great equalizer; with an Internet connection, where you live doesn't determine what information and resources you can access.
Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is encouraging consumers to check with their health insurance companies or employers regarding coverage for smoking cessation services and the specific benefits included in their policies.
WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Theresa A. Wornkey, 81, died July 6, at Memorial Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Born Jan. 12, 1933, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Matt and Barbara (Hiney) Apel. On April 9, 1953, she married Jim Wornkey in Ellinwood. She was a 15 year resident of Wyandotte, Okla. where she enjoyed her retired years with her husband of over 60 years. Theresa was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who were touched by her life.
LARNED -Herman J. Mausolf, 85, passed away July 7 at Hays Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1929 in Albert; the son of Herman E. and Anna D. Jurgensen Mausolf. A longtime area resident he was a Chief Security Officer at the Larned State Hospital, retiring in 1991.
LARNED -Robert C. Sharp Sr., 80, passed away July 6 in Vassar. He was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Pratt, the son of Carl and Dorothy Cole Sharp. He was the owner of Sharp Sanitation in Larned.