Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
Editor's Note: Local historian David Clapsaddle writes about aspects about the Santa Fe Trail. The early years before trading on the Santa Fe Trail eventually included Fort Larned and Pawnee County. The 16th installment researched the Cimarron Ranch in Gray County.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will hear the 2011-2012 audit report when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Other items on the agenda include election of officers and the second reading of proposed bylaws changes.
ALBERT – Calvin E. Brady, 96, died Jan. 11, 2013 at Rush County Memorial Hospital LTC, La Crosse.
EDMOND, Okla. - Donna Rae Smith, 65, passed away Jan. 8, 2013 at her home in Edmond, Okla.
GREAT BEND - Arlene A. Mingenback, 92, died Jan. 10, 2013 in Great Bend.
HUTCHINSON - Floyd Leon Rich, 90, died Jan. 9, 2013 at Hospice House in Hutchinson after a brief illness.
KATY, Texas – Pamela (Asher) Schneweis Hunter, 60, died Jan. 11, 2013 at her home in Katy, Texas.
GREAT BEND - Joseph H. Hanks, Jr., 81, died Jan. 11, 2013 at his home in Great Bend.
ALAMOSA, Colo. - Roy Dale "Rocky" Ford, 63, passed away on Dec. 29, 2012 in Alamosa, Colo. A longtime Alamosa, Colo. and Great Bend resident, Rocky was born on Feb. 27, 1949, in Great Bend to Ora and Opal Mae (Griffin) Ford. He was a cattle and buffalo rancher and worked horses for many years. He was a carpenter and plumber, working in construction with his brother, Bud.
Ann Robinson will be distributing Commodities from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the SRS Office, 1305 Patton Road.
Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics continued its monthly deceit and deception exercise. The December unemployment rate, according to the BLS, is 7.8 percent. In the same report, BLS announced that 155,000 new jobs have been created.
The experts are giving it little chance of passage, but H.J. Resolution 15 is stirring a lot of talk.
Each year Golden Belt Community Foundation helps students realize their dreams with scholarships made possible through the generosity of caring donors.
We all know a century is a long time. In U.S. agriculture the changes make it seem more like a millennium. We are aware of the obvious changes in crops, crop yields, machinery and technology, demographics, and globalization. But where and why did those changes happen and how have these changes changed, or not changed, what a farmer has become?
I'm not a huge fan of John Boehner.
The following books are among the top ten checked out at Ellinwood School/Community Library.
During the playoff season fans' enthusiasm often manifests itself in the form of purchases of a favorite team's merchandise. The lead up to the Super Bowl gets emotions high – and prices can seem high as well. So many go searching for bargains. Unfortunately, some of those "bargains" that can be so alluring are cheaper for a reason: they are fakes. That means the workmanship and the materials used in their manufacture will be of inferior quality, making that "great deal" quickly turn into a rip-off.
A new Toastmasters club is being formed in Great Bend. Newcomers are welcome. Meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St., Great Bend. For more info contact Krystal Barnes, 620-639-4384.
Record crops and low prices have farmers embracing change in 2015, with acreage shifts continuing to move fields from corn to soybeans, according to the latest Farm Futures survey.
Air Force Airman Cordell W. Merten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.