While Obama moves his fiscal chess pieces toward the inevitable cliff (or more like a boat ramp), and the sad and equally inevitable failed ideas of gun control stain newspapers and online news sites, I would like to take this moment to address America's most generous contributors of time, talent and treasure to charities - conservatives.
TOPEKA – As winter weather chills the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe and exercise caution when temperatures drop below freezing.
BELLEVILLE – Kenneth Jeno, 74, died Dec. 29, 2012. Born in Rice County, Minn., he was the son of Herbert and Charlotte (Johnson) Jeno. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.
DIGHTON - Gene W. Boomhower, 79, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. Born March 15, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of J.E. "Toots" and Amalia (Boxberger) Boomhower. Gene graduated from Hoisington High School with the Class of 1951. On March 23, 1952, he married Marlene Susank in Hoisington. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge he returned to Barton County to farm with his father and in 1963 moved to Lane County and was a lifelong farmer. He and Marlene celebrated their 60th wedding ...
LA JOLLA - Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.
Maxine C. Rogers, 101, died Dec. 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 27, 1911 in Larned, she was the daughter of John William and Salina Ann (Ferree) Grizzle. On Jan. 2, 1932 she married Preston James Rogers in Ellinwood. He died on May 3, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1929, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker.
And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed "L for loser" sign above our heads. "So long. See ya. Don't let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don't give them this address."
Norman W. Chakir, 94, died Dec. 30, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, at Ellis, the son of William A. and Louise (Schoenthaler) Chakir. Norman married Mildred Kohlmeier in 1944, in Ellinwood. She passed away in 1974. He then married Hilda Griffith on March 10, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Lela Wilson, 102, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Sterling House Of Great Bend, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
SALINA - Curtis T. Smith, 60, of Salina, passed away Dec. 28, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1952, in Hays, he was the son of Charley T. and Della Lorene (Musselman) Smith. He worked as an engineer with Union Pacific for 41 years. A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed building things, loved to play golf and was politically passionate.
Returning from the holiday break, the Barton Community College women's basketball team has been rejuvenated.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - One of the first questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly was asked after arriving in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl was about the possibility of coaching in the NFL.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clark Hunt is regarded as an intensely private man, someone who prefers to operate behind the scenes and away from the spotlight that comes with owning an NFL franchise.
ATLANTA - Kansas State's Bill Snyder, who guided the Wildcats to an 11-1 regular season, is the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
At Park City
The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
WICHITA (AP) - Playing in front of a spirited crowd in one of the biggest home games in school history, Wichita State responded.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Rick Barnes was asked what made Kansas forward Perry Ellis so difficult to contain, and the Texas coach twice pointed out the way his senior instincts have developed.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The Cyclones had a one-point advantage and leading-scorer Georges Niang throwing the ball inbounds with less than 20 seconds left.
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.
With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.
The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.
At the February Great Bend Garden Club meeting, member Alice Young introduced Rebecca Ford who gave a fascinating introduction to the art of soap making. Her inspiration and mentor was a sister at a convent in Wichita whose homemade soaps provided funds for a church mission project.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.
STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.
DOWNS - Louis Joseph Brummer died Feb. 27, 2015. He was born March 18, 1924, south of Downs to Ignatz and Anna Redeker Brummer. He attended High Prairie School, south of Downs. On Aug. 8, 1950, he married Cleo Marie Boberg. He worked as an elevator manager and grain inspector with Midway Coop in Corinth and Downs.