Joseph L. Farris, 64, died Feb. 9 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 26, 1949 in Great Bend, he was the son of Albert and Madeline (Salem) Farris. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he owned and operated ACE Bail Bonding and formerly owned and operated Furniture World.
ELLINWOOD - Beatrice Honomichl, 91, of Ellinwood and formerly of Larned, died Feb. 7, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. She was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Osborne County, the daughter of the late Hynek and Anna (Sita) Brant.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Lt. Colonel Everett Woodrow Steiner, 95, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6 in Hendersonville, N.C. He was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Ellsworth County on the family farm near Black Wolf, to Joseph and Doris (Bisterfeldt) Steiner. He was the first of their six children, four sons and two daughters.
Young children can meet the new lion at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at the zoo. This program is sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission for children 3-5 years old, who must be accompanied by an adult. Zoo Education Coordinator Amber Koch will show the lion cub, at GBRC's Cindy Warner will help kids make a craft to remember their trip. Cost is $7.
Dr. Tom Bauer, MD, will give a talk on journaling when the National Alliance on Mental Illness support group meets, at 7 tonight in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Great Bend Police
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington High School forensics team began its season at South Barber (Kiowa), where Ashley Lockwood placed first in prose and qualified for the state championship in Wichita in May. In extemporaneous speaking, Rebecca Shinofield placed third (just missing qualifying for state by one place) and Xavier Beran placed seventh.
Friday, Feb. 7
Sunday, Feb. 9
Garfield man injured
Activities Feb. 9-15
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the district offices. A Westside School contract, a social media policy and a fire alarm bid will be considered.
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board voted to form a committee to begin the process of proposing a school bond issue to the community, according to minutes from a recent board meeting.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road in Great Bend. Items on the agenda include recognition of USD 428 volunteers; 2012-2013 Boardsmanship Academy Awards; approval of capital outlay resolution; KASB policy revisions; approval to request e-rate funding; approval to continue pursuing details of the Kansas Reading Roadmap Grant; review of Student Outcomes; Riley Elementary School HVAC and GBMS gymnasium updates; 2014-2015 school calendar review; approval of Zinn Memorial contributions; and approval of GBHS Student Council, KAYS and Dance Line Pink Out Night.
A study by The American Journal of Sports Medicine calculates that nearly 10 percent of Olympic athletes will compete with an injury sustained during competition or in training leading up to the Olympic Games. Sports with the highest rate of serious injury include bobsled, ice hockey and alpine freestyle skiing. Most frequent injury sites include head, spine and knees, with the most common types of injuries being bruising, ligament tears and muscular sprains.
The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.