The internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at Larned's Middle School Gym at 3.
SALINA - Steve E. Campbell, 63, Salina, went to be with his Lord on Feb. 18. He was born April 20, 1947 in Stafford, the son of Edward and Betty (Bates) Campbell. He was an Air Force Vietnam Veteran and worked for R & A Auto Electric and WPM Pathology Lab and was a member and elder of Belmont Blvd. Christian Church. Steve was a pilot and loved to fly, loved his 55 Pontiac and loved spending time with his family.
BURDETT - Raymond Leroy Patterson, 67, died Feb. 18, at Shawnee Mission Hospital, Marian.
ELLINWOOD - Lawrence Birzer, 83, died Feb. 17 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. Born Oct. 24, 1927 near Ellinwood in rural Barton County,he was the son of John Birzer and Isabell Frenzl. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood he was a retired farmer and oilfield pumper. He retired from Ladd Oil Company in 1987 after 34 years as a pumper. On April 27, 1948 he married Catherine Esfeld in Great Bend. Mr. Birzer was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus #1187, both in Ellinwood
NEWTON - Virginia S. Shawver 78, died Feb. 17, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Born May 21, 1932 in Larned, she was the Claude and Evelyn (Unruh) Wyman. On Oct. 11, 1953 she married Leslie Shawver in Larned. He preceded her in death. She enjoyed sewing and cross stitching. Virginia also enjoyed antique furniture restoration. Her family was important to her and she greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.
Nearly a month after his death, at the age of 79, Wally Straub is being honored for a lifetime of community support and involvement. The lifetime area resident earned the award of "Citizen of the Year" posthumously during the 89th-annual Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Banquet held Saturday night at the Highland Convention Center, Great Bend. The Straub family accepted the award on Wally's behalf.
Thirty-two years ago this month, Mark Bitter partnered and began a home-building business in a tiny shop north of Great Bend. Today, that former home-building business has evolved into a one-stop location for home décor sales and service, providing 6,000 square-feet of showroom space and servicing customers across half the state.
HOISINGTON- This past weekend, the Hoisington Middle School Wrestlers competed in the Larned Mertens wrestling tournament.
Eldon Reif of Hoisington has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Reif has designated Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, located in Hoisington, to receive the donation.
In its sixth concert of the season, the Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the world-famous and much-loved classic American folk ensemble, the New Christy Minstrels. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium. The concert is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted for a $5 donation at the door. The auditorium, located at Lakin and Stone, will open at 6:30 p.m.
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A generous donation of equipment to Barton Community College's Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Program has given a substantial boost to the program and its students. Randy Suhm of Suhm Consulting from Sweetwater, Texas, a supporter and mentor of Barton's Natural Gas Program from the beginning, has donated $26,696 worth of equipment to the program.
Barton Community College has announced additional recipients of scholarships awarded by the Barton Community College Foundation. The recipients, listed by scholarship and hometowns, include:
If there is one thing Linda Farthing could shout from the rooftops, it would be this: Emergency services will remain the same when Central Kansas Medical Center's name changes to St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in May.
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.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.