William D. Witcraft, 87, of Great Bend, died Nov. 26 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 21, 1924, in Fairfax, Okla., he was the son of Chauncey and Mattie Smith Witcraft. He married Marian McAfee. They later divorced. He then married Betty Schiewe. She died in July of 2009. A long-time resident of Barton County, he was a retired oilfield perforator. He enjoyed playing golf.
All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it's appropriate to consider all we have to be thankful for, even during these difficult times. All of us need to remember and thank our ancestors for having the courage to immigrant to this country and later spread out and settle from coast to coast since we are a nation of immigrants. We should also spend time thinking of the bountiful supply of food available in this country. There are always news features during Thanksgiving focusing on what foods are different today from that first Thanksgiving. Even here we are a "nation of immigrants." We ...
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include, policy development relating to fundraising practices in the district and presentation of any offers received on the Shady Grove property. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Great Bend High School.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27, Great Bend will be holding their annaul Christmas Dinner, instead of their monthly meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., northeast conferance room.
Charles Waknitz was elected president of the local Golden Belt Chapter of NARFE at the November meeting.
Jeanine Laughlin and Margie Nairn hosted a pot luck luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Foundry Methodist Church for members and guest of Bungalow FCE Family and Community Education Unit.
Farmers and rancher voting delegates from the state's leading agriculture/rural advocacy organization have adopted their policy roadmap for 2012 and elected their leadership.
Theresa Leiker and Dianna Disque of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plan Consultant designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration and Plan exams.
Gladys Byers will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 4 with a card shower.
Barton County Historical Society will provide a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, Prairie Meals and Memories - Living the Golden Rule. Just in time for Christmas shoppers, the book is a delightful mix of her memories living near Olmitz, recipes from earlier days that are still tempting, and helpful hints. Her books will be available.
Justin and Rachel Mawhirter announce the birth of their son, Jace Matthew Mawhirter, on Aug. 16 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Great Bend Middle School announces the seventh graders who received the Above and Beyond Award for the first nine weeks. The student has to be nominated by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The student receives a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the principals.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
CLEVELAND - The squirrel was fearless.
BOSTON - "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
ELLINWOOD - Kyle Oglesbee's athletic career nearly never was.
HOISINGTON - Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, entered into the presence of his Savior April 21 at his home, Hoisington, surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, his four daughters and one grandson. Don was born November 8, 1941 at home in LaCrosse, Kansas, the youngest child born to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1959. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 7, 1964, Don married Lyrie A. "Angel" Mead in Larned, Kansas.
PRATT - Carolee Webster, 79, died April 21, in Pratt. Born April 21, 1935, in Dodge City, she was the daughter of the late Dean and Mildred Deford. A graduate of Garden City High School, Carolee married the love of her life Jim Webster on July 17, 1952, in Clayton N.M. A devoted mother and coaches' wife, she followed her husband to Munden, Macksville, Cunningham, and Pratt where she has resided since 1973. She worked at Pratt County Hospital, Foreman Pipeline Industries, Eubank Veterinary Clinic and at the Sanders Agency in Pratt.
WICHITA - Mitchell Layne Wright, 55, died April 16, at his home in Wichita. Born Nov. 24, 1958, in Great Bend, he was the son of Terry and Alpha (Delker) Wright.
GARDEN CITY - Betty Ann (Steinert) Barnes, 71, died April 9, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Reuben R. and Edna Templing Steinert. In 1960, she graduated from Russell High School. A resident of Garden City since 1988, she was a certified dietician, having worked for the Russell Care Center in Russell. On Oct. 21, 1962, she married Harlan Maier in Milberger. On May 22, 1978, she married Myron Watkins in Russell. On Sept. 25, 2005, she married Ralph Barnes in Garden City. Ralph preceded her in ...
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, passed away April 1, at Diversicare of Larned in Larned. Born July 21, 1927, in Pittsburg, he was the son of William Anderson and Hannah Laura Daykin Hays. On May 24, 1985, he married Linda Oles in Ness City. She survives. A resident of Larned, moving from Arizona in 2006, he was a grocery store manager. He was an avid hunter and loved any type of outdoor sports.
Barton County Jail
Gun thefts reported
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Great Bend man Monday after a burglary in progress was report at 9:18 in the 200 block of Bermuda Drive, just southwest of Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the resident at that location advised that a person was breaking in and officers were needed.
Individuals from Greensburg and Woodston died and two people from Garfield sustained possible injury Friday when two pickups collided in Ellis County.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Laverne Lessor of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Senior Center. No gifts are requested.