A recurrent cry among Republicans during their successful campaign to take control of the House of Representatives was for greater transparency in the workings of Congress. Frequently citing the closed-door process by which elements of the healthcare legislation were approved, newly elected members pledged to make their deliberations more open to public scrutiny.
BY DOUG TUCKER
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ELLINWOOD – Stephen Allen Whelan, 52, died Feb. 14, 2011, at his Ellinwood home. He was born July 10, 1958, in Marshall, Texas, the son of Daniel E. and Jan Allen Whelan. He married Jodi Clawson Nov. 11, 1989, at Ellinwood. She survives.
Local stars will shine when Barton Community College uses a friendly dance competition to propel plans to renovate its 40-year-old Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Barton County Community College music department will host a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the college's Fine Arts Building, F-157. This event is free and open to the public.
Great Bend Fire Department
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hear a faculty presentation by history instructor Linda McCaffery, with Dr. Bill Brenner of Larned, when it meets at 4 p.m. Friday in room F-30, in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
Sheriff Greg Armstrong announced that the Barton County Sheriff's Office will be taking over the VIN program again, as noted in Tuesday's Great Bend Tribune.
Hoisington Library to close for holiday
HOISINGTON -The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation is currently seeking applicants for its 2011 healthcare career scholarships.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School forensics team earned a trophy for first place in team sweepstakes in the 1-2A Division in Salina on Feb. 12.
GREENSBURG – Patricia Lynn "Pat" Jones, 56, died Feb. 13, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Dec. 9, 1954, in Tyndall, S.D., the daughter of Lawrence James Sr. and Velma Kathryn Perkins Flakus.
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
PHILADELPHIA – Just a few years ago, the region's refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they're humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.