SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Patricia L. (Pat) Wiltse passed from this life on June 25 in Everett, Wash. Patricia was born to Charles (Chuck) and Karline (Dyer) Wiltse on Jan. 6, 1940, in Hays. She was raised most of her life in Great Bend.
SALINA - Wayne M. Folsom, 77, of Salina, died Sept. 12, 2011 at his home. He was born March 3, 1934. Christians Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ELLINWOOD - Arlene Lois Barber, 81, died Sept. 12 at SeniorCare Home in Overland Park. Born July 8, 1930, at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of William and Bertha Elizabeth Bayer Peters. On June 1, 1952, she married Roy Jesse Barber in Ellinwood. He died on Oct. 3, 2006. A longtime Ellinwood resident, moving to Kansas City in 2007, she was a business graduate of Fort Hays State University where she was an active alumnus for many years. She also held degrees in psychology, elementary education, sociology and social work with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.
NEW YORK (AP) - The long looks on players' faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver's voice made it obvious: There was no progress Tuesday in talks to end the NBA lockout.
DENVER (AP) - Sebastian Janikowski figures his celebration over his long field goal will be short-lived.
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TOPEKA - Sheila Rae Hachmeister, 58, died Sept. 10. She was born on April 17, 1953, to W.H. and Gladys Awtrey in Hereford, Texas. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1971 and later earned her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University. She married Bill Hachmeister in 1974. They later divorced. He survives. The family lived in Hill City and Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1999. Sheila was employed by St. Francis Health Center in Medical Records for many years. She transferred to the Cancer Registry Department, serving as a Registered Health Information Technician.
HOISINGTON - The fall annual Cleanup Week for Hoisington residents will be Sept. 26-Sept. 30. Items for pickup should be curbside and sorted into piles by types of material on your regular trash pickup day.
ELLINWOOD - Visitors are welcome to visit the cow camps during the 150th anniversary cattle drive from Caldwell to Ellsworth. Visitors are welcome each evening until 7 p.m.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc., 8823 4th Street (plant location), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Connie Oetken with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Mark Judd. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Britain's Ben Wilson is one artist with the entire field to himself - the only painter who creates finely detailed masterpieces on flattened pieces of chewing gum found on London sidewalks.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 19. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley St. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Chairman Mike Nicholson said there will be lots of Easter eggs for all.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
HUDSON - Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He died peacefully in the presence of his family.
ELLINWOOD - Velma Ann Wornkey, 75, died April 7, 2014 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Menlo, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mannebaugh) Moos. On Aug. 31 1957, she married Jerry Wornkey. A lifetime resident of Kansas, she was employed in multiple clerical jobs along with being a good and loving mother.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, 2014 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 27, 1915 in Susank, she was the daughter of Peter and Katrina (Bitter) Eichman. In 1942, she married William E. Orr in Wichita. He died in 1956. A Great Bend resident since 2000, living in California from 1970 to 2000, she was a beauty operator.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.