The answers to the questions from two weeks ago are at the end. Old-timers say wheat has nine lives. It's safe to assume wheat has used up eight and is on its last one after this growing season. As of now it appears the wheat heads escaped the cold snaps in April with little obvious damage to the head or stems but the stem damage may show up if hot, dry conditions set in. A few fields this past week did exhibit some obvious head damage but the damage appeared to be scattered.
Mitchell Johnson is the 2013 Ryan Joseph Bealer Memorial Scholarship recipient. Johnson is a 2013 graduate of Great Bend High School. He excels in mathematics and is a National Honors Society Member. Johnson will be attending the Kansas State University and will major in Computer Engineering.
Since opening its doors 106 years ago in Albert, Farmers Bank and Trust enjoys a rich history of local leaders at the helm. In fact, there have only been five presidents in the history of the bank. Twenty-eight year veteran banker Gene Dikeman took over eight years ago as the fifth president of the banking institution. Dikeman recently announced his resignation and stated "Farmers Bank attracted me because of its strong capital, employee strength and great customer service. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of Farmers Bank's history and to have worked with so many ...
Great Bend Police were dispatched to a trailer at 2800 Main, Lot 8 at 7:29 p.m. Thursday and arrested Manual Mena for alleged domestic battery and obstruction. Mena was subdued with a Taser electroshock weapon during the arrest, and was treated by Emergency Medical Service before being booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bond.
KINGSTON, Okla. - Herman Louis "Lou" Niedens, 79, passed away May 23 at the hospital in Durant, Okla. Born Jan. 11, 1934, in Russell County, he was the son of Rudolph and Nathalia "Dollie" Dumler Niedens. Lou was raised in Russell County and attended Hoisington High School. He later graduated from Concordia Lutheran College in Seward, Neb. On Dec. 29, 1990, he married Linda Darlene Bessell (Hoover) in Moore, Okla.
KANSAS CITY - Gary Lee Popp, 51, passed away unexpectedly of a sudden healt attack on May 22. Born June 25, 1961, in Hoisington, he was the son of Maurice and Margaret (Fuller) Popp. Gary graduated from Hoisington High School. In 1979 he began working for Missouri Pacific RR, then on to Union Pacific RR in 1988. After that he was employed with Johnson County Water District for over 23 years from 1990 to present and appointed Operations Team Leader for 15 of those years.
Marlin E. "Butch" Depiesse, 70, died May 23 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 18, 1942, in Beaver, he was the son of Lawrence LaVerne and Theresa (Schremmer) Depiesse. On Dec. 20, 1963, he married Phyllis Hall in Neptune, N.J. She survives. He returned to Great Bend in 1994, from Monmouth County, N.J., working for Bill Murray's Auto Body Shop in New Jersey, and various local body shops in the Great Bend area.
SAND SPRING, Okla. - George Arthur Windham, 64, died May 22 in Sand Springs, Okla. He was born on Jan. 15, 1949, in Sanford, N.C. Mr. Windham was united in marriage to Joyce Marie Morrison. He was a resident of Sand Springs, Okla., for several years. He worked at Worthman Heating and Air as a service technician.
ARVADA, Colo. - Michael "Mike" Fox, 65, of Arvada, Colo., passed away on April 6. He is survived by his loving wife Debbie; his children Jason Fox of Dallas, Texas; Brian Tracy of Edwards, Colo.; Sue (Tom) Reitz of St. Louis, Mo.; Missy Tracy of Ft. Collins, Colo.; his siblings Philip (Paula) Fox of Ft. Worth, Texas; Judith Fox of Great Bend; Vickie (David) Rondeau of Olathe; and his four grandchildren, Dylan and Nathan Fox and Annaston and Mackenzie Reitz. Mike is predeceased in death by his parents, Wilson C. and Frances V. Fox, who laid a strong foundation for love ...