Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is pulled from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, PA. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring is just ahead.
What would happen if we ran Texas like a business? A big chunk of our core revenue stream-oil & gas taxes-is suddenly on shaking ground. Do you hand out shareholder dividends (tax cuts), reinvest cash reserves for unmet needs (funding for schools, roads, and water), or hunker down in the face of economic uncertainty?
Great Bend's girls (6-6) will ride the momentum of a 65-55 victory over Olathe North into Tuesday's non-league basketball game at Salina Central.
Jeff L. Gallios, 59, died Jan. 23, at his residence in Great Bend. Born March 3, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of George Christ and Jean Beatrice (Link) Gallios. On Sept. 29, 1998, he married Lavina Lowe in Pawnee Rock. A Great Bend resident for 16 years, coming from Broken Bow, Neb., he was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center in the maintenance department until becoming disabled.
STAFFORD – Wayne L. Meschberger, 88, died Jan. 31, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born Oct. 4, 1926, in rural Stafford, he was the son of Daniel and Lena Lichte Meschberger. He was a 1944 graduate of Stafford High School. On June 21, 1949, he married Linda Myers at Lorraine. She died on March 7, 2009. He was a farmer/electrician in the Stafford area for most of his life.
HUDSON - N. Theodore "Pete" Witt Jr., 72, passed away Feb. 1, at his home in Hudson. Born on Sept. 1, 1942, in Great Bend, he was the son of Norman Theodore and Erna (Drach) Witt. On Aug. 31, 1963, he married Ardis L. (Bourbina) in Abilene. A life-long resident of Hudson, he was a retired farmer/stockman, bus driver for USD 350 and buffer coordinator for the Stafford County Conservation Service.
Abigail Rose Marie Richardson was born Jan. 26, and passed on too soon, on Jan. 31, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
OVERBROOK - Darrell L. Revell, 61, passed away on Jan. 31, at his home in rural Overbrook. While his childhood days were spent in Great Bend, he lived most of his adult life in the Topeka area. Darrell was born on Jan. 29, 1954, at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Hospital in Limestone, Maine. Darrell was born the oldest of three children to Eloise C. (Bryant) Jones and Cleo O. Revell, Jr., and had two brothers, Michael R. Revell, from Yukon, Okla., and Ronald L. Revell, of Plano, Texas. He was married to Michele E. Schwartzkopf Revell for 21 years, until ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Walking School Bus" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College on Monday issued an apology for content that was broadcast on its cable TV channel.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
An injury accident was reported at 3:34 p.m. Sunday on East U.S. 56 and SE 90 Ave. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, a Dodge Journey driven by Rodney A. Drake, 37, Great Bend, was westbound when it crossed the center line, nearly striking another vehicle, and left the roadway to the south. The vehicle struck the ditch, then struck the railroad tracks, crossed the tracks and rolled, coming to rest on its top and facing east.
A Great Bend man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita late Monday morning after a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Great Bend. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 11:57 a.m.