The Barton Community College Foundation presented the 2012 Distinguished Service Award posthumously to H. Lee Turner during Barton's 42nd commencement May 10. Turner's wife Betsy and daughter Stephanie accepted the award on his behalf.
Barton Community College honored four employees during an all-college forum May 3, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for five, 10, 15 and 35 years of service.
Part-time mathematics instructor Jann Sherman and full-time Networking Instructor Howard Pastran were chosen to receive the Distinguished Instructor Awards for the 2011-12 school year during the 42nd annual commencement ceremony Thursday evening.
GREAT BEND - Elizabeth M. "Betty" Burns, 88, died May 11, 2012 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.
GREAT BEND - Virginia Mary Andrasek died May 11, 2012 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
WILLAMINA, Ore. - Diane (Pundsack) Lou, 66, died May 9, 2012 at her home in Willamina, Ore.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Dwight E. Nicolet, 92, passed away peacefully May 6, 2012 at an assisted living residential care facility in Rio Rancho, N.M. after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
GREAT BEND - Peggy A. Stambaugh, 78, passed away at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend May 10, 2012.
HUTCHINSON - The Great Bend High School softball team's hopes of a first-round home game in a Class 5A regional tournament were dashed after dropping the first game of a doubleheader with Hutchinson on Thursday.
ince May 14-20 is designated as "Bicycle to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space. Although it is estimated that less than 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. In my case, my husband John and I log seven miles a day which includes two round trips to our respective offices. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see us in our hi-vis green jackets pedaling along on our ...
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School forensics team had three students place in the top ten at the State Forensics Championship in Wichita on Saturday. Shannon Manka placed seventh in serious solo acting. Olivia Lowry and Jacob Durrett placed ninth in improvised duet acting.
Area banks have been inundated with phone calls from customers saying they have received calls or texts on their cell phones from an unknown number stating that they wouldn't be able to use their debit cards until further notice. There was also a link that said they could enter their account info and it would give them more information.
The Barton County Commission will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse. The agenda includes abatement and refund requests, approval of funds for Sunflower Diversified Services for early childhood intervention and a report on the conversion to a new motor vehicle computer system in the Treasurers Office. Commissioners will also hold appointments with various county officials throughout the day.
ROZEL - Pawnee Heights hosted its first Open House and Academic Fair recently. The gym housed science displays from seventh through 12th-grades.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Historical Society is hosting a Cemetery Tour at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The tour will take place at the Ellinwood Lakin Comanche Cemetery, north side entrance.
There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!" Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is no big whoop.
After 13 years of war in Afghanistan - the longest in US history - the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.