The Great Bend Public Library is holding a Halloween Costume Drive sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. From now until Nov. 9, old costumes may be dropped off at the library during business hours, to help kids get costumes for Halloween.
GARDEN CITY - Robert G. Rowley, 88, died, Aug. 30 at the High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin. He was born on Jan. 13, 1925, in Barton County, the son of Glen and Roberta "Bird" Murdy Rowley. On May 12, 1946, he married Darlene Phillips at Beaver. She died Sept. 6, 1999, in Wichita. A resident of Garden City since 1969, he worked in the oil field as a pumper and he also farmed.
Armella Margaret Bianchino, 92, died Aug. 30 at Villa St. Joseph, Overland Park. She was born Dec. 1, 1920, at Schoenchen, the daughter of Alex and Regina (Gottschalk) Bieker. She married Sal Bianchino Sept. 18, 1945, at Hays. He died April 25, 2012.
Barton Community College honored 18 employees during an all-college forum Aug. 22, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for five or more years of service with a recognizance at every additional five-year mark.
William D. "Bill" Mead, 70, died Aug. 30 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Oct. 27, 1942, at Coffeyville, the son of Elmer and Aldine (Randel) Mead. He married Evelyn Bristor July 9, 1961, at Great Bend. Bill was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. He had been a Great Bend resident since 2003, coming from Herndon, Va.
Family members pose for a four-generation photo. They are, from left: Lori Baxter Underwood, Lawrence; Megan Underwood Berger and baby Landon, Great Bend; and Pat Baxter, Great Bend. Landon Jeffrey was born Aug. 6 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
At around 3:40 p.m. Friday, Barton County Dispatch reported a 4-year-old girl had been hit by a vehicle at 12th and Grant. The Tribune called the Great Bend Police Department and was referred to the public information officer, who did not return the call.
HOISINGTON - Mary Anabel Markel Tarlton died Aug. 30, 2013, at the age of 93. Mary was born in Hoisington on Nov. 4, 1919, to Harry Edward and Ada Dundas Markel. She was their seventh child and only daughter. A lifelong resident of Hoisington, Mary lived in the house in which she was born up until last year, when she moved to Wichita for additional care.
HOISINGTON -On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Hoisington High School debate team will host the Garrett Blase Memorial Debate tournament. Teams from Colby, Great Bend, Hays, Larned, Otis-Bison, Pratt, Salina-South, Sterling, and TMP-Marian are scheduled to compete in the open (varsity) tournament.