TOPEKA - The Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club had three kids advance to the championship match of the Kansas Kids Folk-Style State Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre.
Kentucky guard Doron Lamb loves it. Kansas counterpart Tyshawn Taylor isn't so sure.
CHASE - Keith R. Nightengale, 71, died March 29 at his residence in Chase. Born June 17, 1940 in Great Bend, he was the son of Vault "Ernie" and Elizabeth Kramer Nightengale. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School. On March 22, 1985 he married Brenda Singleton in Geneseo. A resident of Chase for 27 years, formerly of Great Bend, he was a lifetime oilfield sales representative currently working for Kitco Distribution of Great Bend.
LARNED - Ailsa Myrtle Morgan, 92, died March 28 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Feb. 22, 1920 in Barton County, she was the daughter of George and Etta M. Hopkins Hofmaster. On Dec. 30, 1946 she married William D. Morgan in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 4, 2001. A lifetime Barton and Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker, bookkeeper and an aide at the Larned State Hospital.
Barton County Sheriff
The top three poker players in the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Texas Hold 'Em tournament split the pot. Janette Handle of Hays had the most chips and won $400. Yvonne West of Great Bend and Leslie Heeke of Larned each won $275.
RUSSELL - The Barton Community College Foundation will hold its fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.
PAWNEE ROCK Larry Hayes Marshall, 73, died March 28 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Chuck Smith, 56, died March 29 at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on March 31, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31 each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Saturday.
A police pursuit that began shortly before 2:30 Sunday a.m. near 24th and Odell St. in Great Bend ended a short time later near 29th and Quivira Ave. Suspect Joshua Smith from Hays allegedly fled on foot but was later found and arrested, according to Lt. Williams Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
At 11 p.m. Sunday, the Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports from people who heard shots fired in the area of Sixth and Odell St. Two men and a woman were contacted in the front yard of 521 Odell St., and a case was taken. No one was arrested.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
A couple from Hampton, Va., was taken to Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita on Friday, after their motorcycle collided with a semi-trailer in Russell County.