For most of the past century, Alzheimer's patients and their families were advised the disease was something to be managed, not cured. Without medication and cognitive therapy, the debilitating loss of memory eventually progresses until the body forgets to do automatic functions like swallowing, and those effected usually die of secondary diseases caused by a decrease in health. But thanks to people like Hazel Mannik, new options and a new outlook is beginning to come into focus.
Jeffrey Wade Chapman entered a plea of "not guilty" to first degree murder, during his arraignment Friday in Barton County District Court. Chapman, 31, of Pawnee Rock, is charged with the intentional, premeditated murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11 or early Nov. 12, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School will present the musical "Dear Edwina" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Ellinwood High School auditorium, 210 E. 2nd. Tickets can be purchased for $5 from the Ellinwood Public Library, Kimple Furniture Store, Ellinwood Community Bank, or any cast member.
Less than a week after his winning his bid to be the next Barton County Sheriff, Brian J. Bellendir has announced his command staff. The changes will take effect in January when Bellendir is sworn into office.
Enter the office of Diane Engle and she greets you with a warm hello in her Oklahoma accent. Raised on a farm in western Oklahoma, she is drawn to old homesteads, farm equipment, and just about anything else she finds interesting when she's visiting.
The unofficial general election totals were posted by Barton County election officials at 9:24 p.m. However, in the process of double checking the results, Election Officer Donna Zimmerman discovered a tabulation error which resulted in an overstatement of the number of votes cast.
Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.