The Central Kansas Partnership has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that will have its organizational meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Barton County Health Department WIC Conference Room. The group will meet to discuss suicide prevention goals and possible strategies to increase awareness of signs of suicide and what community members can do. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.
The Rev. Loyce Clay will be giving out commodities from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Social and Rehabilitation Services office, 1305 Patton Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods Distribution program is available to low-income families and the elderly.
Leonard D. Sharp, 89, died Jan. 18 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 2, 1922 in Great Bend, he was the son of Howard D. and Fannie H. (Rohrbacher) Sharp. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On March 13, 1948 he married Virginia Lenora Lonnon in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and operated a poultry business and a swine confinement operation. He was also a Hutchinson News motor carrier.
LIBERAL - Robert D. "Bob" Faulkner, 83, died on Jan. 17 at his home in Liberal. Born Jan. 17, 1929 in Geneseo, he was the son of Carcel and Opal (Cronkite) Faulkner. He married Mary Lou Robbins. On Dec. 4, 1964 he married Beverly Doreen Taber in Clayton, N.M. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1995. He was employed as an officer with the Newport News, Va. police department, then the Liberal police department, and worked as a clerk for over 20 years at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline.
NESS CITY - Otto A. Debes, 101, died Jan. 18 in Ness City. Born April 14, 1910 in Odin, he was the son of Alois and Hedwig Debes, one of 13 siblings. On May 30, 1933, he married Susan A. Lang. Otto was a life-long farmer in Ness County.