It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.
Stocks rose Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement of the first interest rate increase since 2006. However, stocks fell just two days later. One reason the positive reaction to the Fed's announcement did not last long is that the Fed seems to lack confidence in the economy and is unsure what policies it should adopt in the future.
Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 20 SE 40 Ave., late Tuesday morning. Upon arrival responders saw smoke coming from the residence. There was structural damage and damage to the living-room area. No one was hurt in the fire. The cause is still under investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal. The GBFD was assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
Arlene Helen Miles, 100, died Nov. 6, 2015, at Life Care Center in Farmington, N.M. Born Jan. 13, 1915, in Breese, Ill., she was the daughter of Carl and Stella Gerfen. Arlene graduated from high school in Carlyle, Ill., and from a business college in St. Louis, Mo. On Apr. 26, 1943, she married Hugh S. Miles. The couple lived in Norfolk, Va., Olney, Ill., Ardmore, Okla., and from 1968 to 2003, in Great Bend. In 2003, she moved to Farmington to be with family. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and had a passion for gardening.
LA CROSSE - Dennis R. Schuckman, 72, La Crosse, died Dec. 21, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Liebenthal, the son of Rudolph H. and JoAnn (Basgall) Schuckman. On July 2, 1962, he married Dorothy (Dotti) E. Teater at St. Michael's Catholic Church, La Crosse. He was a lifetime resident of Rush County.
PAWNEE ROCK - Milton LeRoy Rice, 80, passed away Dec. 19, 2015, at Hays. Born on Feb. 28, 1935, in rural Hudson, he was the son of Albert L. and Edna (Mettscher) Rice. On May 18, 1957, he married Merita F. Delker in Great Bend. She survives. A resident of Pawnee Rock since 1967, he was an X-ray ASME code welder from 1956-1987.
HOISINGTON - Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling.
ELLINWOOD - Betty J. Loewen, 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Ellinwood on Dec. 22, 2015. A memorial service is pending and will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Betty J. Loewen memorial fund in care of Minnis Chapel, Ellinwood.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will not be doing vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections on vehicles on this Thursday or Thursday, Dec. 31, the Barton County Treasure's Office reported Tuesday.