I write this final column for 2011 during a momentary and much-needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When your family is spread across the country like pinpoints on a map, during holidays, your vehicle and body seem to be in a competition with each other as to which one will wear out first.
A court in Ottawa, Ontario, sentenced pornography collector Richard Osborn, 46, to a year in jail on several charges, but dismissed the more serious child porn counts.
DETROIT (AP) - Western Michigan started strong and closed with a shot to earns its first bowl win in school history.
SAN FRANCISCO - Braylon Edwards became a disappointment during an injury-plagued year during San Francisco's resurgent 2011 season.
NESS CITY - Claretta Elizabeth (Witthuhn) Pfannenstiel, 85, passed away Dec. 24 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Bazine, she was the daughter of Edwin and Clara (Michel) Witthuhn. She was raised on a farm near Bazine. She attended elementary school in Bazine, two years of high school in Ness City and two years of high school in Bazine where she graduated. She attended Ft. Hays State University and Friends University in Wichita. She began her teaching career at a rural school in Bazine, then taught at the Bazine Elementary School, and ended ...
ALBERT - Margaret Elaine Moore, 96, died Dec. 25 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born May 10, 1915, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of George and Martha Anne (McGinty) Devine. On Oct. 5, 1936, she married Bennie F. Moore in Seward. He died in 1979. She then married Glenn E. Moore on Nov. 12, 1980, in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Barton and Rush counties, she was a Registered Nurse at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, Larned State Hospital and the Kansas State Department of Health.
HOISINGTON - John David Kruckenberg, 37, died Dec. 24 in Great Bend. Born Sept. 13, 1974, in Great Bend, he was the son of Homer Andrew and Joyce LaVon (Graham) Kruckenberg. On Oct. 15, 2005, he married Lyndsay Clutter at Hoisington. A resident of Hoisington since August 2011, coming from Topeka and Claflin, he was Director of Technology for USD 354 and then worked in the IT Department at Parrish Hotel in Topeka. He was passionate about computers. He loved and adored his family, especially his children.
Marjorie Elizabeth Schrater, 88, died Dec. 23 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 10, 1923, in Alexander, she was the daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Wilhelm) Yost. On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Vernon Edward Schrater in Alexander. He died on Feb. 28, 2010. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from Timken, she was a farm wife and a bookkeeper for Rowland's and Whitesell Lumber Company.
"Second Nature" by Jacquelyn Mitchard. This is the fierce and moving tale of one woman's fight for her identity and her life when fate offers a new chance, a radical procedure to correct her horribly disfigured face. But her new face carries risks that no one could have imagined, and she is soon confronted by a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death.
Great Bend Fire Department
Six vehicles were struck by hit-and-run motorists or sustained other damage by vandals over the holiday weekend. From Friday through Monday, the Great Bend Police Department received the following reports of criminal damage to property. Dates shown are the day the crime was reported.