Esther Riedl (Gaudreault) Phillips will celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower. A resident of Columbus, formerly of Larned, she was born on May 6, 1921 in Rosell. She has three children, Nancy Evans, Marie Nepple, and James Phillips; and four grandchildren, Phil Evans, Paul Evans, Kelli Brandt, and Julie Frampton.
Wayne and Marilyn Hanna of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Elizabeth Gunther, to Ryan Henderson, son of Marc and Teresa Henderson of Derby.
Shawn and Allison Brock announce the birth of their daughter, Sierra Marie Brock, on April 3 in Great Bend. She weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Three seniors from Great Bend High School were recently awarded the Summerfield Scholarship and admitted into the University of Kansas Honors Program. The Scholars Recognition Reception took place on April 3 in Lawrence at the University of Kansas Campus in Hasinger Hall. Dr. Kala Stroup, a Great Bend High School graduate, Woman's Hall of Fame Recipient at the University of Kansas and Watkins-Berger Scholarship Alumna was the Keynote Speaker for this very prestigious award banquet.
The Heartland Cancer Center Cancer Support Group meeting will be held 2 p.m. onTuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland. The meeting is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Anyone wanting to know more about the disease, treatment, caring for or living with cancer are invited. New comers are always welcome. The summer schedule and activities for the group will be set at the April meeting. Any questions, please contact Dana Foss at 620-793-5811.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met April 5, at the CPI Annex with Karen Reif as hostess and co-hostess. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
The sky above the Flint Hills in Riley County was clear and blue as the sun rose April 12. It was a day cattlemen had been waiting for. After days of roaring southerly winds, conditions were calm.
Great Bend Desk and Derrick met on April 7 at Bentley and Assoc. Guest speaker was Dr. Scott Brantley, CEO of West Wind Energy, LLC. Brantley shared the company's success as a leader in the wind energy industry where they generate power with one of the great plain's greatest free asset "The Wind". Scott explained the advantages and practical applications of wind turbines; he notes "your energy future is a choice, not fate". Log on to their website: www.westwindenergyllc.com to learn more about their company.
Manweiler Chevrolet is happy to announce they have two new additions to their staff in Hoisington. Billy Herndon has joined our sales staff and Mark Bogner joined our service staff.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White announced the cutoff date of May 20, of another funding opportunity for both certified organic producers and those transitioning to organic production systems.
The Sterling College Biology Department was recently represented at the Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting held on April 8-9 in Baldwin City. Two students, Leonore Enfield of Raymond, and Tyler Wise of Clearwater, gave a research presentation titled, "Effects of Prairie Restoration on Small Mammals."
Ten consumers and Rosewood Services staff had a "most excellent adventure" last weekend when they attended the "Self Advocacy is Risky Business" conference in Topeka. The theme, "Everyone Has the Right to Risk," was front and center during the three day conference, which was organized by the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK). SACK's vision is that "all Kansans with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to express opinions and make choices in order to create a life where they are treated with the same dignity and respect as persons without developmental disabilities."
Becky Burr (left) was the winner of Cornerstone Interiors "$200 off Hunter Douglas Product" at last Tuesday's "We Do Windows" event at Cornerstone Interiors. Debbie Deutsch, owner of Cornerstone Interiors presents the check to Becky.
Windell Middlebrooks, a Sterling College alumnus, recently debuted in his first role as a regular on the new ABC series "Body of Proof." Middlebrooks is certainly is not new to television as his recognizable face has been seen on the Disney Channel television series "The Suite Life on Deck" and in national advertisements as the Miller High Life Delivery Man.
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.