The Barton Community College Foundation presented the 2012 Distinguished Service Award posthumously to H. Lee Turner during Barton's 42nd commencement May 10. Turner's wife Betsy and daughter Stephanie accepted the award on his behalf.
Barton Community College honored four employees during an all-college forum May 3, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for five, 10, 15 and 35 years of service.
Part-time mathematics instructor Jann Sherman and full-time Networking Instructor Howard Pastran were chosen to receive the Distinguished Instructor Awards for the 2011-12 school year during the 42nd annual commencement ceremony Thursday evening.
GREAT BEND - Elizabeth M. "Betty" Burns, 88, died May 11, 2012 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.
GREAT BEND - Virginia Mary Andrasek died May 11, 2012 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
WILLAMINA, Ore. - Diane (Pundsack) Lou, 66, died May 9, 2012 at her home in Willamina, Ore.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Dwight E. Nicolet, 92, passed away peacefully May 6, 2012 at an assisted living residential care facility in Rio Rancho, N.M. after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
GREAT BEND - Peggy A. Stambaugh, 78, passed away at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend May 10, 2012.
HUTCHINSON - The Great Bend High School softball team's hopes of a first-round home game in a Class 5A regional tournament were dashed after dropping the first game of a doubleheader with Hutchinson on Thursday.
ince May 14-20 is designated as "Bicycle to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space. Although it is estimated that less than 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. In my case, my husband John and I log seven miles a day which includes two round trips to our respective offices. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see us in our hi-vis green jackets pedaling along on our ...
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School forensics team had three students place in the top ten at the State Forensics Championship in Wichita on Saturday. Shannon Manka placed seventh in serious solo acting. Olivia Lowry and Jacob Durrett placed ninth in improvised duet acting.
Area banks have been inundated with phone calls from customers saying they have received calls or texts on their cell phones from an unknown number stating that they wouldn't be able to use their debit cards until further notice. There was also a link that said they could enter their account info and it would give them more information.
The Barton County Commission will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse. The agenda includes abatement and refund requests, approval of funds for Sunflower Diversified Services for early childhood intervention and a report on the conversion to a new motor vehicle computer system in the Treasurers Office. Commissioners will also hold appointments with various county officials throughout the day.
ROZEL - Pawnee Heights hosted its first Open House and Academic Fair recently. The gym housed science displays from seventh through 12th-grades.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
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Arrogance doesn't sit well with most Americans for very long.
"Politicize" is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. "The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis," says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush Limbaugh says Democrats politicize EVERYTHING.
After a night of patrolling, a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy returned to headquarters Sunday morning and discovered the patrol car had been sideswiped somewhere in the county. The vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger, had damage and paint transfer from another vehicle on the passenger-side doors and rear quarter panel.
Two male inmates in separate pods at the Barton County Jail attempted to hang themselves using sheets this past weekend, Undersheriff Bruce Green confirmed Tuesday. In each instance, another inmate noticed what was happening and alerted a detention officer before serious injury occurred.