Ray S. Schenkel, 77, died Dec. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 20, 1935 in Topeka, he was the son of Emil H. and Hannah (Foos) Schenkel. On Aug. 12, 1959 he married Laura Ann Steinbacher in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was
BELPRE - Katrina Marie Holzinger, 22, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born June 27, 1990 at Fort Polk, La., she was the daughter of Jonathon D. Holzinger and Deana Raye Hall. She was a longtime resident of Belpre, recently from Great Bend, she was a Detention Officer of Barton County Sheriff office, Great Bend. She was of the Christian Faith.
CLAFLIN - Central Plains High School, Senior Emily Girard was selected to play with the Southwest District Honor Band.
HOISINGTON -In the last tournament of the season, Hoisington High School debaters Robbie Willesden and Erica Schwager went 3-2 at Pratt and earned a 10th place finish out of 32 varsity teams. They defeated two Valley Center teams and a Nickerson teams. They lost to teams from Wichita-Independent and Kingman. Abi Hurter served as the alternate.
Theresa H. Dykes Carlson, 81, did Dec. 16, in Salina. Born Feb. 27, 1931 at Beaver, she was the daughter of Joseph F. and Teresa (Hoffman) Hipp. On July 15, 1950, she married Billy Dykes in Great Bend. He died March 24, 1995. She then married Phil Carlson Sept. 1, 2000, in Great Bend. He survives.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Ruth W. Wynn, 87, died Dec. 15 at Mennonite Friendship Manor in South Hutchison. Born May 31, 1925 in Chase, she was the daughter of Fred Leslie and Sara Maude Elliot Willard. In 1943 she graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont. On Dec. 18, 1977 she married Phillip G. Wynn Hr., in Sterling. He died on Oct. 28, 2012. Formerly of Great Bend and Ellinwood, with winters spent in McAllen, Texas, she was a receptionist at Sterling Drilling Company for 14 years.
This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
Greg Burley, a junior at Great Bend High School has been selected to serve as Area 6 KAY President. Greg's selection took place at the Nov. 1 Regional Conference hosted by the Halstead High School KAY Club.
Margie Cooper (Granny) will celebrate her 85th birthday on Dec. 20 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 20 Dellwood Ln. Canyon TX 79015.
Irene R. Ledford will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 22 with an open house come and go for family and friends at 3106 26th Street. Irene was born on Dec. 20, 1922 in Barton County. Her daughter is Renee Little and her granddaughter is Marissa King. Cards may be sent to her at 810 Coolidge, Apt. J, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn A. Welch, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 22 with a reception from 2-5 p.m. at the J.A. Haas Building, 400 East 18th, Larned. Lynn and the former Judi Ellis, were married on Dec. 22, 1962 in Larned.
Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces three National Initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): On-Farm Energy, Organic, and Seasonal High Tunnels.
The following meals will be served Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.
It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.
The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
This column was originally published in 2006
Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.
Merle J. Collins Jr. and Carrie Lynn Hogg, of Russell, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie Collins, on Jan. 16, in Hays. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a big sister, Lana Collins, 11 years old; and two big brothers, Joe Collins, 10 years old and Jacob Collins, 8 years old.
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HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.
Charley Hoffsmith, 67, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 4, 1947, at Dighton, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Charley's Tree Service.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, 2015 at home in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born on Feb. 28, 1947, to Donald H. and Violet Ann (Schartz) Ballantine. Sue was a resident of Wichita for 35 years and formerly of Ellinwood, KS. She retired from Boeing in 1998 where she worked for 20 years.