HUTCHINSON - Thelma "Loretta" Broughton Cunningham French, 83, passed away on Dec. 31, 2014.
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HOISINGTON - Mari Jo Ray, 77, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. She was born Sept. 20, 1937, in Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Schneweis) Peschka. Mari Jo attended Hoisington High School. She worked as a telephone operator, and was also a police dispatcher, city cashier, city clerk and city manager.
James A. Lofland, 62, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born April 27, 1952, at Great Bend, the son of James R. and Joyce L. (Mohr) Lofland. He married Karen Sander Feb. 23, 1974, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Jim was a welder for McDonald Tank and Equipment Inc. for more than 40 years, and also formerly owned and operated Lofland Landscape Turf & Irrigation.
TOPEKA - John J. Gilkison, 92, former resident of Larned, for over 70 years, passed away in Topeka on Jan. 1, 2015, four days short of his 93rd birthday. Born on Jan. 5, 1922, in Larned, he was the son of Charles A. and Olga Sjogren Gilkison. In 1939, he graduated from Zook High School and attended Kansas State University for two years.
Anthony C. "Tony" Huslig, 47, died Dec. 31, 2014, at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 18, 1967, in Pratt, he was the son of Bernard Louis "Hus" and Donna Joan "Jo" (Rose) Huslig. He married Kelly Adams in Great Bend. They later divorced. Raised in Great Bend and living in Kansas City until moving back to Great Bend in 2010, he was a Network Program Engineer.
RUSSELL - Doris Amelia Steinert, 83, of Russell, Kansas, died on December 29, 2014, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth.
RUSSELL - Eugene Steinert, 89, of Russell, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth.
Marvin J. Hipp, 61, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Lake Point Assisted Living, Wichita. He was born Sept. 1, 1953, at Great Bend, the son of Joseph Lawrence and Thelma Eileen (Fenn) Hipp. He worked for Gibson, Titus and Stafford and then was the parts counter manager for Straub International, for more than 30 years combined. He was a longtime Great Bend resident, recently living in Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Emerson J. Davis, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. He was born March 2, 1934, on the homestead in rural Galatia, Kan., the son of David and Lena (Hester) Davis. He attended school at Hoisington and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Newkirk on Oct. 8, 1953. He was a truck driver for Kansas Brick and Tile for many years, later working for Albion Township.
HOISINGTON - John Edward Stoss, 50, died Jan. 1, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Aug. 28, 1964, the son of Edward John and Darlene (Doonan) Stoss. He was a 1983 graduate of Hoisington High School. A lifetime Hoisington resident, John was a farmer and had previously ran the maintainer for South Homestead Township. He had also driven a bus for USD 431, Hoisington.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of holding a woman again her will overnight on Jan. 1-2 and raping her.
Four people were injured after a pickup slid off a county road early on New Year's Day, just east of Great Bend.
The Big 12 has seven of its' 10 team in bowl games. Does that tell us that the Big 12 is a powerful football conference? Not really. Mostly it tells us that there are too many bowls, though I would put the Big 12's football prowess right up there with any of the other conferences including the much-ballyhooed Southeastern Conference.
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the first major injury accident of the new year that occurred early on the morning of New Year's Day. The accident occurred Thursday at approximately 2:38 a.m. just east of Great Bend.
The Jayhawk Conference only uses Monday's for some spot games and makeup games as a playing date for basketball. The Barton Community College men's basketball team might want to petition to make it a regular playing day.
Northwest Concepts, Inc., headquartered in Belgrade, Mont., invests in commercial and mixed use holdings across the United States. They purchase, renovate, and hire professional local management to lease and maintain their Real Estate holdings that are specifically located in Downtown Main Street markets. The company "generally" targets properties in markets that have a strong base of revenue in one or more of the following categories...agricultural, commodities (oil), recreational/resort areas, or business and technology driven areas.
Going toe-to-toe with the No. 8 team in the nation is a tough enough task. When that same team shots a sizzling 74 percent in the first half that task becomes enormous.
It's been 33 years since an Ellinwood resident was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. On Monday, J. Basil Dannebohm took the oath of office as the third Ellinwood resident to serve in the Kansas Legislature.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
Like blaming a rape victim for her "provocative dress," many press pundits blame the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists (and the Danish cartoonists before them) for crossing "red lines," and inviting trouble. In the past few days the small community of American editorial cartoonists have been getting calls from their local media, asking for comments about self-censorship and what subjects we should be forbidden to draw in a free society.
Usually over the period of 12 months, you get an equal balance of good days and bad. On the playground of the cosmos, the scales tend to balance out. But holey moley catfish, seems like last year the good days spent the bulk of recess time hiding behind the equipment shed next to the monkey bars, and the teeter totter hardly moved what with that fat punk-bad days, grounded on his end of the board throwing rocks at squirrels.
Central Kansas Roller Girls are starting their 2nd season and need recruits. Those interested should meet at 7 p.m. on Jan 19, at Skateland, 3101 N Lorraine in Hutchinson. No skating skills needed. Everything will be taught. For more info go to www.facebook.com/CKRollerGirls.
A record number of people participating in the Great Bend Cookie Contest resulted in $610 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County last Wednesday.
Over the last several years, our nation has left behind decades of energy scarcity and has become a worldwide leader in energy production. We should take full advantage of this unique American moment of global energy leadership. What we need from our elected leaders are smart energy policies that promote our nation's position as a leader in energy production.