The birth of six arctic fox kits this past month at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is part of an ongoing effort to breed animals that have a species survival plan. But in spite of new additions in recent years, there are several geriatric animals in the zoo's population. They require special care, which is often expensive.
Noting the importance of Larned State Hospital to Barton County and the area, the County Commission Monday morning endorsed a letter of support calling for the formation of a Legislative interim committee to study the issues plaguing the facility.
Harold Martin Schenk, 98, died June 4, 2016, at Rooks County Health Center in Plainville. Born Feb. 17, 1918, in Olmitz, he was the son of William and Amelia (Spitzka) Schenk. On Oct. 8, 1947, he married Wilma Jean Nagel in Great Bend. She died Feb. 3, 1993. He then married Wilma Jean (Stukey) Burton on Dec. 14, 1996, in Olmitz. She died July 27, 2013. A resident of Great Bend since 1947, coming from Olmitz, he was a pumper for Aspen Drilling, Western Petroleum, Chapman Drilling and Ryan Drilling. He enjoyed traveling and square dancing.
HUDSON - Marilyn E. Teichmann, 82, died June 4, 2016, at her home. Born Jan. 9, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Jesse and Blanche Danford Walter. In 1951, she graduated from Great Bend High School. On Sept. 26, 1954, she married Merle Teichmann at Hudson. She was a secretary/clerk for Ida Long Goodman Library and was a dedicated farm wife.
MANHATTAN - Great Bend's Eric Vasquez and Larned's Mason Schartz won primary elections for a state office at the 2016 American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy (ALBSKLA) Monday. Vasquez is running for Attorney General. Schartz is a candidate for Commission of Insurance.
Three recent stories regarding three government agencies - the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.
LARNED - Pawnee County Attorney John M. Settle has filed for re-election. Settle was first appointed to the office by Kansas Gov. Bill Graves in July of 1995. He has served as Pawnee County Attorney continuously since that time.