LARNED - Ralph R. Wickstrom, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. He was born June 24, 1928, in Larned, the son of John and Lena Jantz Wickstrom. On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Verda Lea Thomas Mauney in Wichita. She passed away Dec. 8, 2006. He moved to rural Pawnee Rock in 1966 where he was a farmer.
Two years ago the Barton County Clerk's office reported the registrations of more than 300 potential voters were on hold. This year, that number has been greatly reduced to thanks to a change in the law, according to Darin DeWitt, voter registration clerk in the Barton County Clerk's Office.
Jack J. Ferrell, 65, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 22, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of "A. J." and Ruth Ferrell. A Great Bend resident, he was a retired truck driver for Linde Transport and a private pilot.
LARNED - Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born October 23, 1935, to Leo P. and Ruth G. (Schlick) Gleason in Spearville. On March 2, 1957, she married A.W. (Bill) Schartz at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hodgeman County. He survives.
Donald H. Matthews, 87, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Dec. 28, 1928, at Medicine Lodge, the son of Harry and Clara (Chambers) Matthews. Don married Mary Louise Powell Jan. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. She died Nov. 23, 2010.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Kansas Asphalt Paving Association award, the designation of officials depositories, the Kansas Association of Counties membership and appointments to the The Center for Counseling and Consultation Board.
"The Kansas Mosaic: Ethnic Settlement in Central and Western Kansas, 1870-1900" discussion series will begin at the Kinsley Library on Sunday, January 10 from 2-5 p.m. The series which includes imminent scholars, historical reenactors, and ethnic culture was developed in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council.
2015 has been a busy year at the library! Starting with the beginning of the year in January, we hosted the PAC Book Bingo and ended the month bringing in the amazing Smithsonian Exhibit, which provided many activities through the month of March. Sharon Sturgis contributed so much of her time and talent to make this a wonderful addition to our library during that period of time. March was the month that I completed the PRAXIS, and now need to continue working through the end of the 2016 school year to receive my Library/Media Endorsement. The end of March ...
It's hard to believe, but we're on the brink of another presidential election year. Let us pray. Every quadrennial, the American political process plays out as a big-top carnival sideshow featuring moral contortionists, ethical geeks and fat sweaty white guys teetering on slack media wires.