A "net brigade" of volunteer butterfly hunters captured, tagged and released 52 monarch butterflies Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fifty-two monarchs were captured and tagged earlier, for a total of 102, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism educator at the KWEC.
Virginia R. "Ginny" Sundahl, 89, formerly of McPherson, passed away on Sept. 17, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilatation. Born on Feb. 15, 1926, in Marquette, she was the daughter of Mildred Josephine (Vann) and Ray Thomas Boydston. She attended the McPherson schools and she graduated from McPherson High School 1944. On Sept. 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Edwin Bridgeman "Sunny" Sundahl at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in McPherson. Sunny died on March 29, 2005. Ginny was a homemaker and also worked as a secretary for USD 418 McPherson and McPherson College for a number ...
Arther Wayne Hunt, 83, died Sept. 17, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 12, 1931, in Silver City, Okla., he was the son of Elmer and Essie D. (Browning) Hunt. On Dec. 24, 1951, he married Shirley Rae Jones in Lyons. She died on March 31, 2013, after more than 61 years of marriage. He then married Faye (Gilmore) Fredelake on Dec. 28, 2014, in Hoisington. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was a driller for Pickrell Drilling.
Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to active transportation based in Columbia, Mo., to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state, including Great Bend and Hoisington. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB.
GARDEN CITY- Following a 28-28 stalemate after three quarters the Garden City Buffaloes broke away with a 14-0 run in the final period handing Great Bend a 42-28 loss on a cool, windy Friday evening on the western Kansas plains.
Kenneth L. Tompkins, 88, of Great Bend, passed away Sept. 17, 2015, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born on Sept. 20, 1926, on the family farm northeast of Byers in rural Stafford County, the son of Lawrence W. and Gladys I. (Miles) Tompkins. On Oct. 29, 1949, he married Fern A. Miller at Great Bend. He owned and operated Kenny's Farm Service at St. John. He was employed for 18 years by the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission serving at Glen Elder Reservoir as Area Manager.
GARDEN PLAIN- In three matches against three state-ranked teams the Great Bend volleyball Panthers came up short falling in two-set decisions Thursday to undefeated Garden Plain (25-12), Rose Hill (25-15, 25-19) and Cheney ((25-19, 25-22).
Mary Lynne Garnett, 54, of Great Bend, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Feb. 24, 1961, in Wichita, the daughter of Lawrence "Gus" and Donna (Kellogg) Davis. She was an LPN at Larned State Hospital.