TOPEKA - Each of the Great Bend High School swimmers in the Class 5-1A girls' state meet were able to improve their times in Saturday's finals competition at Hummer Sports Complex.
MONTEZUMA - Macksville High School's boys' track and field team won a Class 1A regional championship.
GREENSBURG - The Ellinwood High School girls track and field team finished runners-up at a Class 2A regional on Friday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - I'll Have Another had Bodemeister in his sights again, a shot at the Triple Crown hanging in the balance.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
Doris M. Amerine, 88, of Great Bend, passed away at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend on Thursday evening. Doris was born on Nov. 7, 1923 in Great Bend to Emery Blaine and Katie E. (Brocher) Burris. A life-long resident of Barton County, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On April 11, 1942, she was united in marriage to Maurice D. Amerine at Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1981. Doris was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
WICHITA - Aaron Wade Fisher, 38, passed away following a car accident. He was born June 12, 1973, the son of Karl LeRoy Fisher and Connie (Clark) Fisher.
I am writing this letter in response to Councilman Randy Myers' 2 letters of April 15th & May 13th.
People stepping to the line or straddling their bicycles to compete in the Human (e)Motion Bike, Run, Walk event on June 2 will be competing together to stamp out area domestic and sexual violence. All of the proceeds for the Great Bend Regional Hospital event, now in its second year, go to Family Crisis Center, which is located in Great Bend and serves 10 counties.
While their friends are trying to sink a golf ball, younger participants in Camp Hope will be off on a scavenger hunt for a number of prizes. Camp organizers are seeking volunteers for both the golf outing and the hunt, which are scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center recently showed its appreciation to employees, volunteers and board members by serving up a barbecue lunch during Healthcare Week, May 6-12.
The program itself was a first for community colleges in Kansas and now one of its participants is the first in Great Bend to fulfill its requirements.
The Elementary Youth Group from First United Methodist Church is shown with blankets the boys and girls made and donated to the Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center's women's shelter.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.