LARNED - Virgie J. Rector, 79, passed away Nov. 2 at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Oct. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles T. Dalton Sr. and Alta Leatherman. A Larned resident since 1975, moving from Dodge City, she was a Licensed Mental Health Aide for the Larned State Hospital. On April 15, 1948, she married John G. Rector in Cimmaron. He passed away April 29, 1996.
KINGMAN - Buddy Ray Messick, 76, died Oct. 28 at his home in Kingman, with his wife and children by his side. Born Oct. 28, 1935, near Raymond, he was the son of Clarence and Dora Belle Hughbanks Messick. A Kingman resident since 1984, previously of the Raymond, Lyons and Claflin communities, he was a retired oil field employee.
ANNA, Texas - Dr. William Lawrence Smith Jr., 89, of Anna, Texas, passed away on Oct. 15. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Stafford, to William Lawrence Smith Sr. and Elsie Fern (Carr) Smith. On June 21, 1943, he married Nadine Lorene Block, in Martinez, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Kansas State wants to take after Oklahoma this week.
Ah, the memories.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A couple of wins over division doormats. A shutout of a Raiders team playing without its starting quarterback. An inexplicable fumble that eventually led to an overtime victory.
The Rehab Services Department at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center capped off a month's worth of activities late in October with a "Fit Kids" program for Holy Family students. The occasion was in observance of National Physical Therapy Month.
A Dodge Charger driven by Edna Holguin, 20, of Lewis, rear-ended a Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by Michael Hart, 37, of Yale, Okla., Wednesday on U.S. 56 on the southwest edge of Great Bend.
An educational program designed to help people with diabetes with food choices during the holidays will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgical Center. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will share information about portion size and sweeteners. She will also give participants ideas on how to manage their diet during the season known for rich foods. Healthy refreshments will be served. The program is free an open to everyone. Due to the parking lot construction, participants will want to enter at the emergency room ...
An area environmental group has arranged for two free showings of the award-winning documentary Gasland at the Great Bend Public Library.
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The November art exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library is a group effort by "The Aquarians": Mary Lee Adams, Esther Maher, Elaine Pugh, Bev Simonson and Barb Unrein. These Great Bend artists have filled the Fine Arts Room of the library with a fall showing of paintings, ceramics and jewelry. The public is invited to meet the artists during a reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the library.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information on the theft of six Honda motorcycles and a Honda snowblower from a storage shed at 901 Morphy St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings reports that storage unit 712 at that address was broken into twice between Aug. 24 and Oct. 30. Two padlocks were damaged.
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 ...
The following meals will be served Aug. 18 through Aug. 22. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa warns that if you're looking for extra income, it can be tempting to consider ads that recruit "mystery shoppers." Legitimate businesses, nationwide, do use mystery shopping – also known as secret shopping, performance evaluations, service monitoring and quality auditing -- as a means to monitor service quality. Market research firms, training companies, merchandisers, temporary agencies and other businesses specialize in recruiting mystery shoppers. Unfortunately, so do scam artists. Their advertisements claim: "You get PAID for shopping at big name, recognized companies because we need Professional Business Evaluators!"
If you're frustrated by the skimpiness of "fun-size" candy, wait until you hear some "fun-size" songs.
Many people would balk at the prospect of a half dozen teenaged boys roaming about under their roof. Just the logistical challenge of feeding them would test the resolve of most. Others, however, relish the challenge – like Berge and Sharon Cox, retired corrections officers uniquely suited for managing a household full of adolescent boys.
Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but at least we're in the same solar system. When it comes to politics, liberals and conservatives can't agree on what the problems are much less solutions. We can blame the politicians for not making progress on the big issues of our time, but until Americans share a common truth about what those issues are we won't move an inch.