Joseph H. Hanks Jr., 81, died Jan. 11 at his home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1931 in Emporia, he was the son of Joseph Howard Sr. and Edith (Yarger) Hanks. On Nov. 6, 1952 he married Ruth V. Eisenhower in ElDorado. She died on March 8, 2001. A Great Bend resident for six years, coming from Las Vegas, Nev., he was employed by the City of San Diego, Calif. as a mechanic.
HAYS - Janice Ulrich, 71, died Jan. 13 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 20, 1941 in New Rockford, N.D., she was the daughter of George and Evelyn (Olson) Caley. On Dec. 28, 1973 she married George Ulrich in Russell. He died on Jan. 14, 1997. A resident of Hays since 1974, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker.
OTIS - Raymond O. Wagner, 89, died Jan. 14 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation in Great Bend. He was born May 29, 1923 in rural Otis, the son of Samuel and Mollie (Adolph) Wagner.
LARNED - The Larned Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a special coffee hour and reception at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pawnee County Courthouse.
ATLANTA - Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears. Matt Ryan relished the thought of not having to answer a familiar question.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana as a kid in the Bay Area. Now, he's surpassed his hero for postseason wins.
One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one - at least to one of the teams.
The TLC Twisters 4-H club met on Dec. 13. Members bought gifts for the Angel Tree and took presents to the Life Giving Center. Pizza was then served and members brought desserts to share.
Great Bend Farm Equipment today announced they are partnering with John Deere and FFA to award a college scholarship to a local FFA member. This is the inaugural year of the John Deere Dealer Scholarship Program, which is administered by The National FFA Organization. The program will award up to $250,000 in local scholarships annually.
There's an old saying that sometimes you need a good whack on the side of the head. Nothing could be truer today in this speeding world of instantaneous communication.
During the holiday season, Dawson Jewelers Designs By Dana and Great Bend Regional Hospital teamed up to help brighten the day for patients receiving cancer treatment. Dawson Jewelers donated $2,000 to Great Bend Regional Hospital for the hospital to distribute directly to patients. Gift Certificates and poinsettias were purchased to present to patients receiving care.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Jan. 8 at the home of Janis Link. Susan Coulson served as co-hostess. President Jeri Brozek led the meeting.
During the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama coined a catchy phrase to describe all the flip-flops in which his opponent had allegedly engaged during the course of his career. On virtually every issue, from health care to abortion, from taxes to so-called pay equity, from welfare to gun control, Obama said the GOP nominee suffered from "Romnesia."
We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds.
Manhattan Area Technical College held its spring commencement exercises on Dec. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Bruce Snead, Director of Engineering Energy Extension at K-State and former mayor of Manhattan, delivered the commencement address to 80 graduates in 10 programs of study. MATC awarded 56 associate of applied science degrees and 24 graduates received technical certificates.
Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks' 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
The Kansas City Chiefs signaled they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston on Monday, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty.
The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.
HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.
Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.
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The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.