ELLINWOOD - Arlene Lois Barber, 81, died Sept. 12 at SeniorCare Home in Overland Park. Born July 8, 1930, at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of William and Bertha Elizabeth Bayer Peters. On June 1, 1952, she married Roy Jesse Barber in Ellinwood. He died on Oct. 3, 2006. A longtime Ellinwood resident, moving to Kansas City in 2007, she was a business graduate of Fort Hays State University where she was an active alumnus for many years. She also held degrees in psychology, elementary education, sociology and social work with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.
TOPEKA - Sheila Rae Hachmeister, 58, died Sept. 10. She was born on April 17, 1953, to W.H. and Gladys Awtrey in Hereford, Texas. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1971 and later earned her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University. She married Bill Hachmeister in 1974. They later divorced. He survives. The family lived in Hill City and Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1999. Sheila was employed by St. Francis Health Center in Medical Records for many years. She transferred to the Cancer Registry Department, serving as a Registered Health Information Technician.
HOISINGTON - The fall annual Cleanup Week for Hoisington residents will be Sept. 26-Sept. 30. Items for pickup should be curbside and sorted into piles by types of material on your regular trash pickup day.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc., 8823 4th Street (plant location), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Connie Oetken with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Mark Judd. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
American AgCredit, the nation's seventh largest agricultural credit association, will continue as a Preferred Lender with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the next five years, as announced by FSA State Executive Director Val Dolcini. The Association's subsidiaries, Federal Land Credit Association (FLCA) and Production Credit Association (PCA) have been certified to continue as FSA Preferred Lenders.
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in U.S. law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.