WICHITA - Barbara G. Beck Godfrey, 75, passed away on Feb. 11. Born April 5, 1937 in McPherson, she was the daughter of Orlin and Violet (Blanke) Krehbiel. Barbara worked as an administrative assistant, most recently at St. Patrick's Parish where she retired after 20 years of service. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, playing cards, attending antique car shows, and spending time with friends and family.
DALLAS, Texas - Kathryn Ann VanWinkle went to her Savior in the early hours of Jan. 2. She will be greatly missed.
BILLINGS, Mont. - Dolores R. Isern, 85, of Billings, Mont., died on Jan. 23, 2013, in Billings. Beloved granny, mother and great grandmother, she was the matriarch of a family who will miss her dearly. She was born Feb. 19, 1927, in Denton, Texas, to Beatrice and Henry Rondeau. She was the youngest of three children and outlived both her siblings, Henri and Hautesse. Growing up in Great Bend, her closest relationship was with her grandfather C. D. Spaugh, whom she lovingly called "Daddy."
John R. Elliott, 86, died Feb. 11, 2013 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born March 20, 1926 at La Junta, Colo. the son of William Claude and Edna Gertrude (Elliott) Elliott.
Great Bend Fire Department
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Forensics team earned a sweepstakes trophy for 1st place at the Great Bend Invitational held on Feb. 9. Eight schools attended the meet.
Soon, visitors to the USD 428 website will notice some positive changes. The USD 428 Board of Education voted to accept a bid by SOCS to host the district's website, despite the fact it was not the lowest bid. Dan Brungardt, assistant superintendent, said two features the company could provide caused the administration to recommend the company. First, they offer a mobile application, and second, they offer templates, so each school will be able to maintain their own sites.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The winners of the 55th-annual Grammy Awards have been announced and the Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, won two of the honors for its recording "Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen." Bruffy and over 20 singers, including Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall, celebrated the wins in Los Angeles at the ceremony this past Sunday.
LAWRENCE - Average groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed significant declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.
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LARNED - Sponsored by the Larned National Honor Society, Larned High School held its first ever "Larned High School Only" blood drive Friday in the LHS gym. It was so successful, they will stage another blood drive later this spring.
A Great Bend Police Department patrol officer was placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Saturday on a domestic battery charge.
Vicki L. Batt, open container, trail April 16
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Amy Habiger and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Kansas Supreme Court announced the three cases it will hear April 13 at Fort Hays State University, its next destination in ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
On April 13, 2005 the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 272 to 162, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. But in the ten years since, they have all but dropped the issue. A stunning 236 of the current members of the House have never had an opportunity to vote on it. Fortunately, the Ways & Means Committee under Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will soon consider a bill, H.R. 1105, written by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) that would repeal the death tax. House leadership should bring it to the floor ...
Last week a political bloodbath unfolded on Capitol Hill.
PHOENIX (AP) - NFC champion Seattle, Denver and Kansas City each were awarded four compensatory picks in this year's draft.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has had his way against Kentucky's John Calipari over the years.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - In the 2008 national championship, with Kansas trailing Memphis by three and 10.8 seconds left in the game, coach Bill Self called for his team to run a play called "Chop."
Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women's NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places.
On March 22, Breanna Ridgeway and Natalie Garza traveled to McPherson to battle in the Girls State Tournament. Both girls won their brackets convincingly. Breanna opened up with a 14-0 win in her first match, and followed that up with 2 pins. Natalie won both of the matches she wrestled with pins.