Diana Lee Hermansen, 72, died Nov. 29 at her home in Great Bend.
Pearl Corrine Birzer, 93, died Nov. 28 at Lovell Care Center in Lovell, Wyo. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
ELLIS - Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes, 75, passed away Nov. 27 at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born May 3, 1937 in rural Schoenchen, she was the daughter of August and Dorothy (Werth) Werth. In 1955 she graduated from Schoenchen High School. She was employed by Adronics of Hays as an assembly line worker. She was a loving and devoted grandmother. She enjoyed spending time at the farm especially during calving season.
Verlin L. Oeser, 74, died Nov. 29 at his is residence in Great Bend. Born Nov. 1, 1938, at Great Bend, he was the son of Henry and Iva (Buehler) Oeser. He married Carmen Fox on Feb. 1, 1958, at Claflin. They later divorced. He then married Cindy Wright McDaniel on Jan. 16, 1999, at Great Bend. She survives.
Three-vehicle accident occurs near St. John
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LAWRENCE - Kansas has one last chance to leave its mark on the Big 12 this season.
The holiday season is an active time for everyone and that definitely includes the unscrupulous. In their efforts to gain advantage over consumers, fraudsters will do anything short of climbing down your chimney this December, said Denise Groene of the Better Business Bureau of Kansas. The bureau advises that consumers educate themselves about the many schemes in use through the holidays, especially those involving social media.
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA - The National Junior College Athletics Association is set to cap an outstanding football season with No. 1-ranked Iowa Western taking on No. 2 Butler Community College in the 2012 NJCAA national championship game.
The Atlanta Falcons have had a few close calls, but only one blemish on their record. It came at New Orleans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Here's a situation that ought to send shudders through any head coach: Starting a rookie left tackle next to a rookie guard next to a center playing out of position, all against the NFL's best pass rush.
A re-creation of the night sky around the time of Christ's birth lends credence to the gospel account that wise men followed a celestial object to find the baby Jesus. These and other illuminating topics will be presented during the "Season of Lights" programs at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Barton Community College Planetarium.
A Clinton, Mo., man was injured when he lost control of a Ford van Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 70, 1.5 miles east of the K-14 junction in Ellsworth County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports Brandon Michael Boyd, 19, was taken to Ellsworth Medical Center with unknown injuries. The van was westbound at 3:32 p.m. when it entered the center median. The van rolled once, coming to rest in the eastbound lane. Boyd was wearing a seat belt.
A Holyrood man was taken to Ellinwood District Hospital on Tuesday after a one-vehicle accident in the 300 Block of NE 110 Ave. in Barton County.
Barton Community College will host the Jingle Bell Swing big-band dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 16-piece big band made up of area musicians, from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
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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.
LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.
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The Barton Community College softball team tasted defeat for the first time this season. Its response? A 19-4 win.
On Friday both Panther bowling teams punched their ticket for a return trip to the 5A-1A State Bowling Tournament. The Lady Panthers started off the day by finishing as the regional runner up in the 12 team tournament which was held at the Walnut Bowl. The Lady Panthers were narrowly defeated by Salina South by seven pins. Sophomore McKenzy Black led the Panthers with a team series high of 518. Following close behind were senior Abby Rose and sophomore Allie Brodrick, who each rolled a series of 514, and senior Addie Soukup's series of 507. Black's series earned ...
The Hoisington High School Wrestling team ended their season this past weekend at the K.S.H.A.A. Class 1-3A State Wrestling tournament held in Hays. The team brought 10 kids to the meet with the expectation of bringing home hardware. Not too long ago when the senior class was freshmen they were able to bring home a second place trophy, but this time the expectations were one step higher. The ultimate goal for the team was to bring home the first place state trophy. When all the rounds were finished the team was able to almost achieve that ...
The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.
An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.
Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.
There is little doubt it wasn't a typical opening round game for a high seed. So to say it was a huge upset might be a bit of an over statement.
It didn't take long for the Barton Community College women's basketball team to squash thoughts of an upset to start the post-season.