A new group for nature enthusiasts, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists, will hold its first meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
The artwork of Heath Duntz is currently featured at Petr's Frame Shop, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the shop. Musicians Jered Becker and Anibal Rivas will accompany the show, matching its atmosphere.
Ralph L. Stalcup, 86, died Jan. 7, 2015, at Locust Grove, La Crosse. He was born June 5, 1928, at Great Bend, to Arthur A. and Amy (Gates) Stalcup. He married Mary Katheryn "Pollie" Clevenger May 9, 1953, at Hutchinson. She died Feb. 28, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1976, coming from the Seward area, he was a farmer and stockman and was president of Globe Operating Inc.
Local law enforcement is seeking the public's help in solving a residential apartment burglary at 5210 10th St. in Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said unknown persons entered one of the apartments between noon and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, and removed firearms and other personal property.
The Great Bend High School Activities Office announced Wednesday afternoon that the basketball games with Garden City High School Friday will take place at Garden City and not in Great Bend. The home and away dates were flipped at the request of Garden City school officials.
Gloria Leon, 65, died Jan. 7, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 25, 1949, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Sextos and Irene (Weiss) Leon. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a dishwasher at the Highland Manor. She enjoyed music and dances.
ELLINWOOD - Thecla Graf (Tex) Hammersmith, 94, joined the angels in heaven on Jan. 6, 2015. Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Alex P. and Anna Marie Graf. On Sept. 12, 1938, she married Eugene E.(Dutch) Hammersmith in Gorham. A resident of Ellinwood since 1979, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed Bingo, playing cards, and visiting with friends at the Heritage Senior Center. She was an avid fisherman in her younger days.
Darlene Ann Biggs, 79, died Jan. 5, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 12, 1935, in Groton, S.D., she was the daughter of Clarence and Bessie (Eikanas) Craig. On March 26, 1956, she married Daniel Noah "Danny" Biggs at Kingman. He died July 14, 2008. She attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D., and was a third and fourth grade teacher in Faith, S.D. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Kingman.
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The conference season has officially tipped off. It did so in a very favorable way for the Barton Community College women's basketball team Monday night. After having to wait two extra days due to the weather for the Jayhawk West opener, Barton started the conference off with a double-digit road win.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Thrivent Financial at the Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters AJ Chrest and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The 2015 editions of the Kansas Travel Guide, Kansas Outdoors and Kansas State Parks, the official guides to experiencing the Sunflower State, are now available. Published by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), each publication is packed with stunning photographs, tips, information and brief descriptions of activities, events and places to experience. These new guides join the recently-released Kansas Byways Guide to give visitors plenty of ways to plan a Kansas experience – whether it's a daytrip, weekend getaway or longer vacation.
Orscheln Farm and Home LLC, a Midwest family owned rural retailer, announced its acquisition of a 357,000 square foot distribution center located on 54 acres in Abilene.
Since New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year's resolutions for Congress:
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. (Pat) Kasselman of Ellinwood will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Jan. 23, with a card shower.
Dolores (Bieberle) Westbrook is celebrating her 85th birthday with a card shower.
Rich and Carol Steiner of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Cindy Ann Steiner to Justin Tracy Keller, son of Jim and Sandy Keller of Marysville.
Lois Kaufman will celebrate her 85th birthday with a social from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24, at the Galva Christian Church, 400 Northview Road, in Galva. Hosts for the event will be her daughters, Nathalea Stephenson and Karleen Williams.
All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, Feb. 6. The Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan, Kan., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. It is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Jan. 19 through Jan. 23. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
Lyles Lashley has received an unbelievable amount of coaching honors in his nearly 20-year career. The most prestigious of them came when he was chosen to be a member of the most recent class to the National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field Hall of Fame released this past week. He was one of eight people to earn the honor and the only coach in the group.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics announce that Jeremy Howes, MD, is joining the Clara Barton family as a general surgeon at Clara Barton Surgical Services.
The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.
With the advent of 2015, there's hope the Obama administration will follow through on its ambitious trade agenda. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic agree a more open trade partnership makes sense.