Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 14 at the Hoisington City auditorium. Caller will be Tammy Gough of Wichita.
The Ellinwood After Prom Parents will be selling bierocks at the Ellinwood Winter Homecoming basketball games beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. If you placed an order for bierocks and/or cinnamon rolls you will need to pick up your order no later than 6 p.m. in the Commons Area. Come support our group in providing a fun and safe after prom for our students.
By Tracy K. Williams
"Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than all those who put into the treasury. For all have put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all that she had, her whole life." Lent is approaching once again, as we begin preparations to reflect on our Lord's suffering and sacrifice for us. It is also that time of year when we call upon all the congregations of our county to share their support for Barton County Emergency Aid, through their participation in the annual fundraiser: The Widow ...
By Tracy K. Williams
Activities Feb. 12-18
LARNED - Larned Middle School student Macy Haas has qualified for the 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee. Haas, a fifth-grader, will compete in Sunflower Spelling Bee scheduled March 17 at the Barton Community College fine arts auditorium.
It seems to me that what is missing in the top two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination is passion.
Even in a flagging economy, Christie's auction house in New York City was able to attract a record sales price for a photograph.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd says he probably pitched under the influence of cocaine "at every ballpark" during his 10-year career.
CLAFLIN - The Central Plains High School girls' basketball team built a 30-16 lead by halftime, and maintained the lead throughout the second half to beat Larned on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND - The squirrel was fearless.
BOSTON - "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
ELLINWOOD - Kyle Oglesbee's athletic career nearly never was.
HOISINGTON - Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, entered into the presence of his Savior April 21 at his home, Hoisington, surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, his four daughters and one grandson. Don was born November 8, 1941 at home in LaCrosse, Kansas, the youngest child born to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1959. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 7, 1964, Don married Lyrie A. "Angel" Mead in Larned, Kansas.
PRATT - Carolee Webster, 79, died April 21, in Pratt. Born April 21, 1935, in Dodge City, she was the daughter of the late Dean and Mildred Deford. A graduate of Garden City High School, Carolee married the love of her life Jim Webster on July 17, 1952, in Clayton N.M. A devoted mother and coaches' wife, she followed her husband to Munden, Macksville, Cunningham, and Pratt where she has resided since 1973. She worked at Pratt County Hospital, Foreman Pipeline Industries, Eubank Veterinary Clinic and at the Sanders Agency in Pratt.
Mitchell Layne Wright 1958 - 2014
GARDEN CITY - Betty Ann (Steinert) Barnes, 71, died April 9, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Reuben R. and Edna Templing Steinert. In 1960, she graduated from Russell High School. A resident of Garden City since 1988, she was a certified dietician, having worked for the Russell Care Center in Russell. On Oct. 21, 1962, she married Harlan Maier in Milberger. On May 22, 1978, she married Myron Watkins in Russell. On Sept. 25, 2005, she married Ralph Barnes in Garden City. Ralph preceded her in ...
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, passed away April 1, at Diversicare of Larned in Larned. Born July 21, 1927, in Pittsburg, he was the son of William Anderson and Hannah Laura Daykin Hays. On May 24, 1985, he married Linda Oles in Ness City. She survives. A resident of Larned, moving from Arizona in 2006, he was a grocery store manager. He was an avid hunter and loved any type of outdoor sports.
Barton County Jail
Gun thefts reported
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Great Bend man Monday after a burglary in progress was report at 9:18 in the 200 block of Bermuda Drive, just southwest of Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the resident at that location advised that a person was breaking in and officers were needed.
Individuals from Greensburg and Woodston died and two people from Garfield sustained possible injury Friday when two pickups collided in Ellis County.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Laverne Lessor of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Senior Center. No gifts are requested.
Francis and Becky Demel of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kacey Elaine Demel to Kyle James Beck, son of Anne and Allan Beck of Claflin. Grandparents of the bride-elect are James and Lorraine Schneweis, and Lawrence and Sidone Demel, all of whom reside in Hoisington. Grandfather of the prospective groom is Eugene Beck of Hoisington.