Ross Behrens, 56, died Dec. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 18, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Dorothy (Ratliff) Behrens Jr. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Karen Nagel in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a truck driver and a machinist for Aaron's Repair.
Elsie L. Swope, 90, died Dec. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Salem, Ill., she was the daughter of Clyde and Katherine (Brubaker) Barrow. In Aug. 1938 she married Charles Chester Collier. He died on Feb. 8, 1944. On April 11, 1965, she married Edward L. Swope in Salem, Ill. He died on Aug. 8, 1974. A resident of Great Bend since 1976, coming from Salem, Ill., she was a homemaker, a bank teller, and had worked in a shoe store and a dress shop.
LIBERAL - Donald L. Komarek, 86, of Liberal, died Dec. 10, 2011, at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal. He was born June 9, 1925 in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Ann (Engel) Benignus was born in Herington on Oct. 9, 1931, the daughter of Oscar and Hortense (Ehrsam) Engel, and was raised in Enterprise. She graduated from Kansas State University with a teaching certificate and taught at Simpson. On May 25, 1952, she married Robert M. Benignus. They lived in Alton for several years before moving to Hoisington in 1955. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2009. While raising her family, Priscilla substitute taught in Hoisington and then worked for the Central Kansas Girl Scout Council, training and supporting Girl Scout leaders in Barton and surrounding ...
F. Paul Miller, 83, died Dec. 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born March 19, 1928, at Selden, the son of Morton and Adelaide (Gage) Miller. He married Augusta Zeilinger on June 19, 1958, at Heidelberg, Germany. He was a Great Bend resident since 2002, coming from Mundelein, Ill.
Velda L. Brittain, 76, died Dec. 6. She took her last breath at home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 12, 1935, at Cushing, Okla., she was the daughter of Walter and Arkie (Bunch) McMahan. She was a graduate of Cushing High School. She married Robert L. "Bob" Brittain Jan. 1, 1954, at Cushing, Oklahoma.
Activities Dec. 11-Dec. 17
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Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility announced the winners of the employee of the year awards at their annual holiday party held at the Knights of Columbus Dec. 3.
Feelings of nostalgia overwhelm Johnita Becker's senses as she maneuvers into Art Instructor Steve Dudek's studio at Barton Community College. It's been nearly 20 years since she last set foot in the classroom, which is where she found her calling as an art teacher.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The losses kept mounting, the tension kept growing and ultimately Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli decided the status quo was no longer good enough.
Criminal and Accident Reports:
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Feb. 25 and the fruit will arrive in late March or early April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.
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I'll tell you a little story about Bob Simon, the veteran CBS News correspondent who was killed Wednesday night in a car crash after having survived innumerable wars over five decades.
Brian Williams probably isn't a liar. Based on recent revelations, amplifications and clarifications, he appears to be a serial exaggerator.
The Hoisington Wrestling team came as close as a team can come in not winning a team championship at the Central Kansas League tournament hosted by Hoisington this past Saturday. The team lost by just a mere 1/2 point to Smoky Valley High School. Making it even tougher on the Cardinals was that they had the fire power to have won the tournament, if they had been able to be at full strength. Gone from the lineup was one of their main cogs in senior Chance Boor at 195 lbs. Chance a state placer last year has been a ...
Former Great Bend High School wrestler Zachary Schridde qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Nationals in the 133-pound weight class. Schridde placed fourth for the Pratt Beavers on Feb. 14, at the West Central District Regionals hosted by Colby Community College. Eight colleges participated including colleges from Oklahoma and Arkansas. Pratt Community College Beavers qualified a total of seven of their nine wrestlers for the National Tournament on Feb. 27-28, held in Des Moines, Iowa. The Pratt Beavers are coached by Ken Kepley.
The home opener was put on hold. Due to the weather expected in Great Bend over the weekend, the Barton Community College baseball team switched venues for its 4-game series.
After rolling to a 4-0 start at home to start the 2015 season, the Barton Community College softball team hit the road for the first time Saturday. And it wasn't a short trip either. The Cougars traveled to far southeast corner of the state to battle Allen County in Iola.