Leonard D. Sharp, 89, died Jan. 18 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 2, 1922 in Great Bend, he was the son of Howard D. and Fannie H. (Rohrbacher) Sharp. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On March 13, 1948 he married Virginia Lenora Lonnon in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and operated a poultry business and a swine confinement operation. He was also a Hutchinson News motor carrier.
LIBERAL - Robert D. "Bob" Faulkner, 83, died on Jan. 17 at his home in Liberal. Born Jan. 17, 1929 in Geneseo, he was the son of Carcel and Opal (Cronkite) Faulkner. He married Mary Lou Robbins. On Dec. 4, 1964 he married Beverly Doreen Taber in Clayton, N.M. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1995. He was employed as an officer with the Newport News, Va. police department, then the Liberal police department, and worked as a clerk for over 20 years at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline.
NESS CITY - Otto A. Debes, 101, died Jan. 18 in Ness City. Born April 14, 1910 in Odin, he was the son of Alois and Hedwig Debes, one of 13 siblings. On May 30, 1933, he married Susan A. Lang. Otto was a life-long farmer in Ness County.
The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30 at the Hospital, 250 W. 9th in the Turnbull safe room. Please use the main entrance of the hospital. All members of the Foundation are welcome to attend the meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood District Hospital has one position up for reelection in April. The deadline to file is Jan. 24 at noon.
The Kansas Historical Society today announced a partnership with Ancestry.com that will allow individuals with a valid Kansas driver's license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website. Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in "5"), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections.
At least 300 professional clowns from Mexico and Central America, in Mexico City for a convention, demonstrated against the country's drug-cartel violence by laughing, in unison, nonstop, for 15 minutes.
Much like one of his predecessors, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama has all but declared war on the United States Supreme Court.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Nebraska the lead, Indiana couldn't score on its last possession, and the struggling Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69 on Wednesday night for the Hoosiers' third straight loss.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School boys swim team took third place at Hays.
WASHINGTON - John Wall scored 25 points, Nick Young had 24 and Jordan Crawford added 18 to lead Washington to a 105-102 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, snapping the Thunder's seven-game winning streak and giving the Wizards just their second win of the season.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Rodney McGruder scored a career high 33 points, including a transition dunk in the closing seconds, and No. 25 Kansas State beat Texas 84-80 on Wednesday night despite lousy foul shooting down the stretch.
Barton County Sheriff
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
American AgCredit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate start of construction of its Great Bend office. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the site, 5634 10th St.
The dynamic demographics of the United States come with many advantages, but they also present some challenges, like communication barriers.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed 6th at a tournament held at Southeast of Saline on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Larned's Tyler Stelter (10) drives the baseline versus Ellsworth in a 60-50 loss by the Indians. Larned's Aarika Bright (5) puts up a shot in the lane in Ellsworth's 55-37 basketball victory. Larned played Hoisington Tuesday night.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.