ELLINWOOD - The 74th annual Heckel family reunion will be Aug. 28 at Immanuel United Church of Christ fellowship hall in Ellinwood.
OLYROOD - In the words of author Raymond Lindquist, "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." Central Plains School District teachers and students will find themselves letting go of the familiar as they start classes in the reorganized school district.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle for 2011 and awarded $18,350.23 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Trent Green knows about paying dues.
TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
PITTSBURG - In NCAA Division-II athletics, two-sport athletes are few and far between.
Barton County Sheriff
The Citizens Watchdog Association will hold an ice cream social at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Rosewood Galleries, 1607 Main Street, Great Bend. The group is a neighborhood watch association open to burglary victims and anyone concerned about crime in the community.
Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department confirmed a report that counterfeit $100 bills have been circulated within the business community in recent days. While there is no active police case, one Great Bend bank reported that several of its business customers have accepted fake $100 bills, printed on bleached $5 bills.
The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. But if Republicans define dumb down any more, soon they'll have to apply for drilling rights.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
Thursday, April 17
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.