The Central Kansas Partnership has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that will have its organizational meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Barton County Health Department WIC Conference Room. The group will meet to discuss suicide prevention goals and possible strategies to increase awareness of signs of suicide and what community members can do. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.
The Rev. Loyce Clay will be giving out commodities from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Social and Rehabilitation Services office, 1305 Patton Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods Distribution program is available to low-income families and the elderly.
Glennis F. McNett, 57, died Jan. 19 at her home in Great Bend. She was born on March 25, 1954 at Great Bend the daughter of Elwin D. "Pete" & Bessie (Novak) Lamb.
Leonard D. Sharp, 89, died Jan. 18 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 2, 1922 in Great Bend, he was the son of Howard D. and Fannie H. (Rohrbacher) Sharp. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On March 13, 1948 he married Virginia Lenora Lonnon in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and operated a poultry business and a swine confinement operation. He was also a Hutchinson News motor carrier.
LIBERAL - Robert D. "Bob" Faulkner, 83, died on Jan. 17 at his home in Liberal. Born Jan. 17, 1929 in Geneseo, he was the son of Carcel and Opal (Cronkite) Faulkner. He married Mary Lou Robbins. On Dec. 4, 1964 he married Beverly Doreen Taber in Clayton, N.M. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1995. He was employed as an officer with the Newport News, Va. police department, then the Liberal police department, and worked as a clerk for over 20 years at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline.
NESS CITY - Otto A. Debes, 101, died Jan. 18 in Ness City. Born April 14, 1910 in Odin, he was the son of Alois and Hedwig Debes, one of 13 siblings. On May 30, 1933, he married Susan A. Lang. Otto was a life-long farmer in Ness County.
The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30 at the Hospital, 250 W. 9th in the Turnbull safe room. Please use the main entrance of the hospital. All members of the Foundation are welcome to attend the meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood District Hospital has one position up for reelection in April. The deadline to file is Jan. 24 at noon.
The Kansas Historical Society today announced a partnership with Ancestry.com that will allow individuals with a valid Kansas driver's license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website. Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in "5"), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections.
At least 300 professional clowns from Mexico and Central America, in Mexico City for a convention, demonstrated against the country's drug-cartel violence by laughing, in unison, nonstop, for 15 minutes.
Much like one of his predecessors, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama has all but declared war on the United States Supreme Court.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Nebraska the lead, Indiana couldn't score on its last possession, and the struggling Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69 on Wednesday night for the Hoosiers' third straight loss.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School boys swim team took third place at Hays.
Sunflower Diversified Services will hold its first bowling tournament at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at Walnut Bowl.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?
Red Cross Blood Drive to be held
There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. But if Republicans define dumb down any more, soon they'll have to apply for drilling rights.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
Thursday, April 17
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.