BUSHTON - Gary Nolan Siemer, 64, died April 26, 2012 at Good Samaritan Center, Ellsworth.
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Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on June 2 at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing in June and July in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series on Thursday evenings.
Great Bend High School Class of 1957 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th St., to continue planning the class get together scheduled for Sept. 28-30.
HAYS - Starting during the fall 2012 semester, the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University will offer an undergraduate minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Area high school students presented their artwork in a juried exhibit in the Shafer Gallery on Thursday, April 26, with the top three award winners receiving scholarships from the Barton Foundation during Central Kansas Prairie League Art Day at Barton Community College.
LINDSBORG - Bethany College is proud to welcome five new members to the Athletic Training Education program, including Alexa Gerber, Walsh, Colo.; Taryn Henning, Winfield; Michael Hlavaty, Olmitz; Tevis Linnebur, Cherryvale; and Samantha McFall, Santa Fe, N.M.
Haley Deines and Jenna Williams, both seniors at Great Bend High School, recently signed with the Barton Community College Dance Team for books-and-tuition scholarships.
Two pediatric endocrinologists, one of whom is from Great Bend, have opened an outreach clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Both specialize in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Eighteen members of Great Bend Garden Club answered the role for their April meeting held in the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room.
Barton Community College's Community Student Organization donated almost $100 cash and various donations they collected on campus including food, blankets, litter and other animal care essentials to the Golden Belt Humane Society. Co-sponsor Shanna Legleiter said the group decided to host this "mini-drive" because several members of the group are animal lovers. "I think animals really just pull on our heart strings," she said. Pictured are, from left: Barton students Kathleen Duncan, Devan Boeger, Jordan Bangert and co-sponsors Legleiter and Kathy Boeger, with resident great dane "Chopper" at the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday afternoon.
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HOISINGTON - Eleven Hoisington High School forensics team members have qualified 17 entries for state forensics in Wichita on May 5.
Editor's note: Julie Stielestra is a medical librarian, longtime birder, hiker and fiction writer. She lives part of the year in Chicago, and part of the year in Ellinwood. She is a guest columnist for Marsh Musings.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...