MIAMI (AP) - The season began with Udonis Haslem inspiring the Miami Heat with his words. He gave a passionate speech in the locker room nearly seven months ago, talking about how desperately he wanted to win a championship to honor his recently deceased mother.
ST. JOHN - Velma Deane Koelsch, 85, died Tuesday, May 17 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born Nov. 23, 1925 at Stafford, the daughter of Edward Henry and Laura (Fritzemeier) Schneider. A life-long resident of St. John, she was a homemaker, graduate of Stafford High School, worked for Carr Auction and was the past deputy treasurer for Stafford County.
Wendi Sue Sineway, 42, died May 18 at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 13, 1968 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Kenneth Eugene and Charlotte (Littrell) Sineway. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Dolores J. Hogan, 84, died May 18 at Buhler Sunshine Home. Born Aug. 2, 1926 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Theodore R. and Isabelle M. (Radke) Lutschg. On June 25, 1946 she married Virgil Hogan in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she was a retired bookkeeper for Suburban Laundry.
BUSHTON - Larry R. Schroeder, 71, of Bushton, died Tuesday, May 17, in Peoria, Ill. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 24, 1940 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Robert Schroeder and Myrtle Weihe. He grew up in Lorraine, along with his sister Nancy, who survives. On Jan. 28, 1961 he married JoEllen Maes, who survives. They made their home in Bushton, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a farmer, who also enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending athletic events.
ST. JOHN - Joyce S. Zook , 94, died May 18, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 7, 1916, in rural Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Leonard Snowberger and Nellie Talbott. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, she was a homemaker. On Feb. 11, 1940, she married Daniel W. Zook, at Larned. He died Oct. 12, 1962.
SHAWNEE - Robert E. "Bob" Legleiter, 65, passed away May 14, in Shawnee, surrounded by family.
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Great Bend High School will hold its 124th-annual graduation Sunday at GBHS's Memorial stadium. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On just about any other night, the 13 walks their pitchers issued would have been the most embarrassing aspect of Kansas City's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.
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Vaughn A. Duncan of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday with a Come and Go Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Stoneridge Country Club, 1438 24th Street.
Roger Haberman will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, at the Welcome Inn, 113 West 4th, Larned. No gifts are requested.
Layne Smith and Laura Smith, both of Baker, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Smith, to Trevor Sanders, son of John Sanders and Teresa Sanders, both of Great Bend.
David and Stacey Brenner announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Breanne Brenner, to Connor Paul Williams, son of John Williams and the late Brenda Williams.
Martin Arthur Morgenstern will celebrate his 100th birthday with a come and go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 6, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If unable to attend, he would enjoy receiving cards from friends and acquaintances.
Caitlyn Murray and Kyle Johnson were united in marriage on June 14, in a double ring ceremony at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jana Murray. The groom is the son of Mike and Linda Johnson. Grandparents of the bride are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Mrs. Ruth Murray, all of Great Bend, and the late John Murray. Grandparents of the groom are Michael and Peggy Johnson and Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, all of Great Bend, and the late Donald Zimmerman.
Kenneth Rios and Leticia Rios announce the engagement of their daughter Sabrina Rios to Adam Keenan, son of Kent and Roxann Keenan.
Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their son, Easton Andrew Hammeke, on May 23 in Lyons. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Emma Hammeke.
Descendants of the late Martin and Margaret Neeman Hemken met on Aug. 3, at Gambino's in LaCrosse for their 85th reunion, hosted by descendants of the late Fred and Anna Hemken, Arlyn Renz, Janice Johnson and Cheryl Summers and Velda Lewis.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.
This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...