Barton County Sheriff
ELLINWOOD - Joseph M. Hickel, 81, died June 20 at Ellinwood. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was born to Louis J. and Katherine (Robl) Hickel on Jan. 2, 1930, in the Sts. Peter & Paul area. He married Helen McPherson, of rural Ellinwood, on Dec. 29, 1954.
ELLINWOOD - Anneliese Brigette Graham, 66, died June 21 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Arrangements are pending at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - C. Loaine (Haines) Perry, 90, formerly of Arkansas City, died June 19 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Aug. 13, 1920, in Newton, she was the daughter of George M. and Sylvia I. (Church) Haines. She was reared and educated in Potwin and El Dorado, graduating from El Dorado High School in 1938. She married John Patten and later D.J. Perry. The couple made their home all over Kansas and for 15 years in Missouri before moving to Winfield in 1992 and Arkansas City in 1997. She was a machinist for Boeing, a seamstress, and did house cleaning.
WICHITA - Ann Wesley Van Winkle, 75, arrived in Heavan on June 15. Born Jan. 22, 1936, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph and Isbell (Moses) Wesley.
Two dogs will visit the Great Bend Public Library today for a Summer Reading Program activity. Pam Jones, animal control officer from the City of Hays, will bring her therapy dogs Hank and Jacques at 2 p.m. to teach children about dogs.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met June 6 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
The Kansas Bandmasters Association has announced that Sarah (Reif) Bricker, formerly of Hoisington, is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Young Bandmaster Award. The award is presented annually by Phi Beta Mu and the Kansas Bandmasters Association to a young director who has taught for less than seven years. She will be recognized on July 15 during the annual Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Wichita.
The city of Hoisington plans to spray for mosquitoes on Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting. The city will spray periodically and will not always be able to specify a date or time, according to a news release from the city. Weather conditions will also affect spraying times.
Larned Police Dept.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Alliance Insurance Group, 2120 16th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Ken Schwamborn with greeters John Sullivan and Robert Rugan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
FORT RILEY - The third annual Fort Riley Wounded Warrior golf scramble, which was scheduled for Friday at Custer Hill Golf Course, has been postponed.
CLAFLIN - Judith A. Stevenson, 71, died June 19, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
John A. Schremmer 1913 - 2011
Often the hardest part of running is putting on your shoes.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
"Just following the will of the people." That's been the GOP rationalization for accomplishing absolutely nothing for five and a half years. Doesn't matter what the issue is. Immigration. Jobs. Infrastructure. Climate change. Banking reform. The proliferation of substandard dental schools in Nebraska.
Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite.
During times of economic downturn, there has been an increased interest in home food preservation. Farm families have planted gardens and preserved produce for generations. During World War II, the government urged families to plant "Victory Gardens" and to can their surplus for later use. During the 60's and 70's, young women immersed in the back-to-the-land movement rediscovered home canning. Over the course of much of the past three decades, canning, as the primary method of home food preservation, faced serious competition as freezers became a common household appliance.
Teen pregnancy rates are down dramatically and American children are more likely to reach adulthood than they were 25 years ago. But more of them are growing up impoverished.
Birmingham, Alabama, is looking to make chess a fixture in its schools, in hopes that it will allow kids to stretch their minds and improve their analytical abilities.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.