RUSSELL - Mildred Arlene (Tamerius) Wood, 91, died June 22, at the Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 10, 1921, on the family farm in Taylor County, Iowa, she was the daughter of Hoyt and Hazel (Field) Tamerius. She grew up in Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa. On July 23, 1939 she married Francis Duane Wood. He died on June 3, 1981. Moving to the Russell area in 1977, she was a homemaker and was employed at the Russell Regional Hospital for several years.
The Barton Community College board of trustees will vote on a resolution to ban concealed weapons from the campus during the board meeting set for 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also have an executive session for discussion of personnel, followed by a vote on whether to extend the contract of Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman.
Rosewood Winery will begin celebration of the nation's independence holiday a few days early this year by introducing four new wines to the public on July 2. The wines will be available to the public at the Rosewood Wine Cellar, located at 1901 Lakin Ave. in downtown Great Bend. They can also be purchased at the Rosewood Winery during scheduled tours.
Because the water consumer confidence report brochure will not be mailed out like previous years, the City of Great Bend Water Department would like to provide a copy of the 2012 Water Consumer Confidence Report on the main page of the City's Website at www.greatbendks.net.
The Otis-Bison Alumni Association is busy planning for the next All-School Reunion scheduled for May 23-25, 2014, Memorial Day Weekend, in Otis. Any former student, faculty, employee or anyone with other connections to Otis-Bison is invited. This includes those who attended the old Otis or Bison high schools before unification.
When it comes to pollinators, Kansas farmers and ranchers are creating habitat to boost their populations and harness these critters' value. With National Pollinator Week beginning today, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is using the opportunity to promote pollinators, like bees and butterflies. Pollinators provide crucial assistance to fruit, vegetable, and seed crops, but many species are seeing their numbers fall. Agricultural producers across the nation work with NRCS to create ideal habitat for pollinators and increase populations in simple and significant ways.
One of the hats I wear at Barton County Extension is to work with the Community Development committee to bring ideas to the table that help make our communities a great place to be. As my husband, John, and I returned home from the 2013 Biking Across Kansas event we reflected on the wonderful spirit and friendliness of each of the communities we passed through. From Johnson City to Galena, we enjoyed touring the southern part of Kansas at bicycle speed.
Richard Bollig of Great Bend celebrated is 94th birthday on June 20. In 1949, he married Edith Herrman. He has two children, Sylvia Billinger and husband Pete of Great Bend and Dale Bollig and wife Connie of Moore, Okla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.