On June 11 Pam Vainer, director of religious education at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Great Bend, began participation in the Kansas Leadership Center's newest Art and Practice of Civic Leadership Development-Faith program. Participants in this program were carefully selected through an application process.
CLAFLIN - Andy Luebbers, 53, died June 27 at his home in Claflin. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
OLMITZ - Magdalene Josephine Bartonek, 95, died June 28 at Galichia Heart Hospital, Wichita. Born March 18, 1917, at Olmitz, she was the daughter of Joseph J. & Anna (Priesnitz) Nemlowill. She married Abe Bartonek Nov. 26, 1940, at Hoisington. He died 1984. A lifelong Olmitz resident, she was a homemaker.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On the hottest day this year in Kansas City, dehydration was starting to become a concern. Players were exhausted. Royals manager Ned Yost was starting to feel sorry for Tony Randazzo behind the plate, and he wasn't even the umpire whose face had been bloodied in the game.
Fireworks went on sale Tuesday in Barton County and by Tuesday evening the Great Bend Fire Department had its first fireworks-related blaze, Battalion Chief John Stettinger said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Only a malfunctioning phone will cause Hornets general manager Dell Demps to use the full five minutes he'll get to make 6-foot-11 Kentucky star Anthony Davis the first overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers.
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TOPEKA - Richard Kirby Petersilie, 46, died June 25, 2012 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born March 12, 1966 in Ness City, he was the son of Ory Petersilie and Mickie Malone. He attended Otis-Bison High School in Otis. A resident of Topeka for more than 25 years he was employed by Emerson Construction of Topeka and was working on a project in La Crosse. He was formerly a mechanic for Topeka Travel Plaza for many years.
DAVIS, Calif. - Lorraine Lacey Ryan, 82, died May 25, 2012 at her home in Davis, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Ryan "Pat" Lynch, 54, of Hoisington died June 25, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Police Chief Dean Akings has released more information on an aggravated robbery reported Sunday night at 2543 19th St. in Great Bend.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arizona doesn't plan on being a one-year wonder even though the catalysts for the Wildcats' first national championship since 1986 probably are heading off to professional baseball in the next few weeks.
Willa Mae Springfeldt, 93, died July 10, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Renfro) Teem. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Virgil L. Springfeldt in Cottonwood Falls. He died on June 7, 1992. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Bushton, she and her husband were owner and operator of IGA of Bushton and Kwik Shop in Great Bend. She enjoyed playing the piano and cello.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.
OLATHE - Christopher James Gross, 41, passed away July 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of his battle with brain cancer.
GREAT BEND - Lloyd E. White, 81, died July 8, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.