LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
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GREAT BEND - Funeral service for Jack Callaway will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Little River United Methodist Church, with pastor Theresa Forshee officiating. Burial will follow at the Bean Cemetery in Little River. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m., at Nicholson Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Youthville in Newton in care of the funeral home.
LARNED - Elsie R. Rankin, 94, died Jan. 24, 2012 at the Larned Health Care. Born July 29, 1917, in Johnstown, Penn., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Cramer Cummins. She was an accounting bookkeeper. On July 20, 1935, she married Charles W. Rankin in Wheeling, W.V. He died on Nov. 11, 1997.
GREAT BEND - Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 4, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
Barton Community College and the Kansas Section of NACE International will present the 26th annual NACE Corrosion Control Seminar Feb. 7-9 at the Midwest Utility and Pipeline Training Center and Barton's Technical Building and Science and Math Building.
Square and round dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Burnside Room the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School has chosen Kaylyn Oberle as the January Student of the Month. Kaylyn is the daughter of Ray and Sandi Oberle and is in the eighth grade. Kaylyn has four siblings: Emily, 23, Nicole, 21, Becca, 18, and Jacob, 11.
BUSHTON - On Jan. 6, all Central Plains Middle School students who met the established Renaissance criteria for the second quarter were rewarded with an afternoon of swimming at Barton County Community College. To be eligible for this reward, students had to achieve higher than a 3.2 grade point average and have no detentions, tardies, or office referrals throughout the second quarter.
Central Plains High School student Tim Demel was selected as the 1st Chair Principal Oboe in the 1234A State Honor Band. Demel will travel to Wichita for the Kansas Music Educators Association state convention to be held at the Century II Convention Center Feb. 23-25 for rehearsals and performance.
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The Coronado Quivira Museum/Rice County Historical Society is celebrating Kansas Day 2012 with the creation of a special exhibit with a local tie to the bright lights of Hollywood. From Jan. 25-March 10, the special exhibition area at the museum will feature the exhibit "From Rice County to Hollywood: Mary Astor and Shirley Knight".
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Prairie Enterprise Project/Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas, Bank of the West lobby, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Shay Kasselman. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend High School students are used to taking tests, but this is one test they are so eager to take that they are willing to pay for it.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Larned's Tyler Stelter (10) drives the baseline versus Ellsworth in a 60-50 loss by the Indians. Larned's Aarika Bright (5) puts up a shot in the lane in Ellsworth's 55-37 basketball victory. Larned played Hoisington Tuesday night.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible.
For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we're at the tail end of awards season. And best be advised to hunker in a bunker wearing a Kevlar overcoat, because gold plated statues are being tossed about like air kisses at a gown fitting. Like clouds of bathroom hair spray during Oscar nominee luncheons. Like jaded eyes at a press screening of "Transformers 4."
The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.