Shirley Ann Peters, 83, died May 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 1, 1928 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Lamont and Marcella (Crebs) Rowland. On April 5, 1991 she married G. Darrell Peters in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Burrton, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Peters Drilling Company.
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Melinda Thomas, 59, former Hays resident, died May 19, at Pikes Peak Hospice of Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Hays, she was the daughter of Severin S. and Marie (Riedel) Leiker. In 1969, she graduated from Marian High School in Hays. On June 4, 1976, she married Dale L. Thomas in Kansas. She was a homemaker. She made her home in Woodland Park, Colo. and spent a number of months of the year in Alamo, Texas. While in Texas, she did volunteer work and sewing for various missions. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and ...
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz. Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Frank and Isabel (Gerritzen) Riedel. On July 16, 1960 she married Willard D. Bitter in Olmitz. He died Sept. 3, 1985. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a retired housekeeper for Clara Barton Hospital.
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The Barton Community College campus and Center for Adult Education will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. The college will resume regular summer hours on Tuesday.
The educational program "Vitamin D - Sunshine to Supplements" will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will recognize the 2010-11 GED students who have passed the General Education Development test. The students will be honored in a graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
The 3rd annual Kans for Kids Golf Tournament was another outstanding success for the organization. There were 24 teams and 96 golfers that participated in the tournament as they opened their hearts for four Barton County boys living with childhood cancer.
Wednesday, May 25-Finals Block 1, 2; LHS Athletic Activity Awards at LMS, 1 p.m.; LHS Athletic Banquet at Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
Walter and Joyce Disque of Claflin will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 28 at the American Legionin Holyrood. Hosts for the event will be their children, Mark and Kelly Disque of Wylie, Texas, Doug Disque and Jacquie of Great Bend and Sheri Girard and Joey of Claflin; grandchildren, Adam Disque of Lubbock, Texas, Brendan Disque and Kaitlyn Disque, both of Wylie, Texas, Malia Disque and Jessica Disque of Great Bend and Emily Girard and Kylee Girard, both of Claflin.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE 156 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Robert Ruigan with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
All students enrolled in Unified School District 428 drivers education must meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1., in the Great Bend High School auditorium. At this time, driving instructors will assign driving times and driving partners. This will take approximately one hour to an hour and a half.
Barton Community College honored nine employees during an all-college forum on Thursday Feb. 27, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. Note this is a change from the regular meeting time. Jamie Hutchinson from the HCC will speak.
Great Bend Public will show the movie "Gravity" on Teen Movie Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. Teen activities are open to students in grades 7-12.
7th grade: Bryce Baker, Jenna Caspers, Auston Donovan, Zachary Dunnaway, Jefferson Hathcock, Ethan Hayes, Marlow Hosler, Zebadiah Hughes, Kody Koetter, Jalyn Lear*, Justice Manning, Abby McReynolds*, Dallas Miller*, Macy Munson, Lauren Petz, Kaitlyn Pohlman*, Landon Robl*, Jackie Scheuerman, James Schlessiger*, Haven Sjogren*, Madison Ward*
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting registrations for youth activities taking place during Spring Break, the week of March 17. Space is limited, so Recreation Program Director Garet Fitzpatrick recommends registering early.
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Let's Live A Little: Physical Activity For Fun And Fitness," at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College forensic coach Bill Sheffield will present "Test Your Kansas History Skill: Battle of the Brains," at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the college library.
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TOPEKA - Brian K. Miller, 68, formerly of Larned, died March 10. Born Dec. 12, 1945, at Great Bend, he was the son of Warren and Glennis (Lile) Miller.
ELLINWOOD - Viola Ann Komarek died March 8 in Topeka. Born on Jan. 6, 1920, in Kansas City, she was the daughter of Homer F. McCready and Minta M. (Pierce) McCready. In 1926, she moved with her parents to Florence. She graduated from Florence High School in 1941 (National Honor Society) and moved to Kansas City where she worked in the office at Folgers Coffee Co. On Dec. 2, 1945, she married Norman Frank Komarek of Ellinwood, in Emporia. They moved to Sterling, where they lived for 13 years, moving to Ellinwood in 1958. She worked for Ellinwood District Hospital for ...
ROZEL - Jerome (Joe) A. Sauer, 85, died March 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Sept. 8, 1928, in Antonino, he was the son of Anton and Pauline Rupp Sauer. On Nov. 24, 1949, he married Martha L. Arnold at Rozel. She passed away on Sept. 10, 2012. A resident of Rozel, he was a retired farmer and an avid hunter and fisherman.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies seized a substantial quantity of methamphetamine and arrested a former Great Bend man on drug-related charges, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.