Of the 50 years that Sunflower Diversified Services has been serving people with developmental disabilities, Jim Johnson has been at the helm for 42. For his diligent work advocating for an underserved portion of the area population, Johnson received the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award from the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development.
LARNED - James A. (Jim) Bohart, 80 passed away Dec. 27, 2015, at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born July 30, 1935, in Larned, he was the son of Jack and Neta Smith Bohart. On July 22, 1956, he married Joan Blackwell in Larned. She survives. A longtime area resident of Larned he was retired from the USD 495 School and as a Chamber of Commerce Manager.
GREAT BEND - Russell C. Combs, 57, died Sept. 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 4, 1957, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Clarence "Chief" and Florence "Jean" (Berry) Combs. A resident of Great Bend, he owned and operated C&S Concessions, C&S Fireworks, C&S Tires, C&S Repo, Triple A Lockout and C&S Hotshot.