Barton County Sheriff
Elwyn Dean Hammerschmidt 1941-2011
Great Bend Public Library will begin operating under summers at the end of the month. Effective May 31, the library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.
The Barton Community College Foundation presented the 2011 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. William "Bill" and Mary King during Barton's 41st commencement on Thursday. Although unable to attend in person, the Kings were recognized for years of involvement with the college.
Jared Marcuson and Will Hodges were named Barton Community College's 2011 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards as they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 41st commencement ceremony on Thursday.
Four live bands will perform at the End Of School Year Bash, Friday evening at CrossPoint Church, 2100 Broadway Ave.
Barton Community College presented the Distinguished Instructor Award to Steven Lueth, Barton's director of instrumental activities, during the college's 41st commencement ceremony Thursday. Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Dr. Penny Quinn made the award presentation.
Rick Long, Farmers Insurance agent in Great Bend, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers. The University of Farmers training facility, located in Agoura Hills, Calif., was officially dedicated November 3, 2006.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, is in the process of organizing the After Harvest Festival Parade to be held Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9 a.m. on Park Street on the west edge of Ellinwood.
For those with wounded hearts who struggle with doubt and fear, hope will be offered at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, beginning May 18 at Healing Hearts Ranch, 115 SE Ave. in Great Bend.
Preceptor Delta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi announces the recipients of this year's scholarships. Ellinwood High School seniors receiving the scholarships include: Rana Ahmadi, CJ Bookout, Jacob Christiansen, Montara Johansen, Derek Moos, Brittany Pflughoeft, Reba Thomas, and Brett Whelan. Each student will receive a $200 scholarship.
Christian concert scheduled
Eunice McPherson Braden 1912 - 2011
Donald Lee "Duke" Augustine 1938 - 2011
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.
Bernice L. (Walters) King, 80, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Nov. 20. She was born May 27, 1934, in Catherine, to Marcellus and Severina (Karlin) Walters.
ELLINWOOD – Charles "Chuck" Frydendall, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellinwood on Nov. 17. Born Jan. 20, 1928, near Portis, Chuck was the oldest son of Milo and Bessie Frydendall.
ODIN - Anna M. Klug, 84, died Nov. 19 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 23, 1930, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of John and Regina (Schmidt) Werner. On June 4, 1947, she married Leo L. Klug, in Odin. He died on May 28, 1999. She was the postmaster at Odin. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who was all about family. She loved gardening, playing games, and cooking for her family.
Pam Martin will present "Kansas Snakes at Cheyenne Bottoms" when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the BCHS Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend American Legion invites the public to help provide Christmas presents for retired military personnel at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
It took a while for the Barton Community College women's basketball team to get things going Tuesday night but in the end it was an easy win for the Cougars. Barton returned home for the first time in five games and rolled to an 88-59 win over the Sterling JV at the Barton Gym.
It didn't take long for the outcome to no longer be in doubt. After a slow start the Barton Community College men's basketball put the pedal to the floor, rolling by the Sterling JV 114-43 at the Barton Gym Tuesday night.
The autumn dark is lengthening, which means the English-speaking, Judeo-Christian Holiday Season is about to split open wider than a crocodile mouth at the bottom of a baby duckling water slide. It begins with Columbus Day. No mail and the banks are closed. Much is to be said for starting slow. Then the downward hurtle is set off by Halloween, when people toss about candy, free, incognito.
Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose "crony capitalism" or "cronyism." Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests.