Barton County Sheriff
At 9:22 p.m. Thursday, Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to a possible structure at 1401 18th St. Upon arrival they found light smoke in the residence. Chief Mike Napolitano said the owner had been using an outdoor fireplace that was under an awning against the house and a small fire had started under the wood deck it was sitting on.
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Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
RUSSELL - Deborah Ann (Sipes) Schneider, 49, died April 5 at her home in Russell. Born Aug. 10, 1962, at Hays, she was the daughter of Robert and Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
With a flurry of early and organized activity, Gwen Caro has made significant strides in less than two months on the job. Caro is the new employment specialist for Rosewood Services Inc., beginning her new position on March 5.
Brandi Gruber has added to her credentials in an effort to enhance services for sleep-disorder patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. In addition to being director of cardiopulmonary services and a respiratory therapist, Gruber now has a CRT-SDS certification after passing the Sleep Disorders Specialty exam.
When Director of Instrumental Activities Steven Lueth heard the news that Barton's chapter of the National Association for Music Education was chosen to receive a national award for its community service, he was quick to give away all the credit.
Students from Holy Family School in Great Bend recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments, Principal Karen Moeder said. On Tuesday, April 10, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
LARNED - Perry L. Isley, 54, appeared Wednesday afternoon in the Pawnee County District Court on a single charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a severity level 1 person felony.
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Approximately 104 calls for service and 154 Officer initiated calls were received for the month of March. Officers responded to 19 medical/fire calls and worked two non-injury accidents. Thirteen arrests were made and 19 criminal summonses were served in the month of March.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School art students are exhibiting their work at the Ellinwood School/Community Library during the month of April.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13 at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Science degree in Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
It was a Homecoming of sorts for the Barton Community College men's basketball team – in Kalamazoo, Mich. that is.
Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.
Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.
It was summer when Mom had first mentioned the idea of our going as a family to Disney World. We were ecstatic. Because we were a family of 12, trips that necessitated hotels and plane rides were extremely rare. This would be a first for many of us. Before we got too excited, Mom explained to us that the only way this trip would be possible was if each of us worked hard and saved up money to pay some of our own way. We weren't worried about that, though.
Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, grew up watching her parents struggle to keep their family business afloat. But instead of discouraging her from entrepreneurship, their example inspired her to change the face of how entrepreneurs get financed.
What's it like to have strangers disappointed that you weren't eaten and potentially killed by an anaconda? Just ask Paul Rosolie, the host and (almost) snake snack on Discovery Channel's recent "Eaten Alive" special.
The death of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but during the holidays, grief can be overwhelming. Instead of being "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be the most dreaded.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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