World War II veteran Art Gruber served his country in the U.S. military before he could finish high school. On Sunday, May 8, 2016, he received an honorary high school diploma from Hoisington High School.
Area high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend, Larned and Hoisington came to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit Thursday, May 5.
Students of Sergio Ramirez, Great Bend High School art teacher, swept the painting and color media categories at the Barton Community College's Vortex Juried High School Art Exhibition on May 5. The local show features student artwork from Larned, Ellinwood, Hoisington and Great Bend high schools.
Great Bend High School's new head boys basketball coach, Tim Brooks, will meet student athletes Tuesday morning. Brooks also attended Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting where his appointment was approved. He will also serve as assistant activities director at Great Bend Middle School and will be a strength-conditioning coach at GBHS.
Saturday, April 30, Barton County traffic to Olmitz was up as fun-seekers headed north to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser. The goal, to build community and raise money for needed equipment for the volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time to keeping the people of Olmitz and the surrounding area safe.
Florence Louise Shaffer, 84, died May 7, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 6, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John J. and Sophia B. (Gleissner) Bahr. On Nov. 26, 1952, she married Benjamin J. Shaffer in Olmitz. A Great Bend resident since 1995, she had previously resided in Hays from 1953 to 1969, Great Bend from 1969 to 1985, and Ness City from 1985 to 1995. She was a Registered Nurse and private care provider.
CLAY CENTER - Virginia Cameron, 85, died May 7, 2016, at Medicalodge in Clay Center. Born June 24, 1930, in Riley County, she was the daughter of Thomas Jones and Irene McCloskey. She was raised in Riley County and graduated from Clay Center Community High School. On April 12, 1950, she married Gene Cameron. He died on March 13, 1993. She was employed by at Gilmore-Tatge for 17 years and worked at other community service projects.
Herman Leo Debes, 71, died May 8, 2016, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born March 29, 1945, at Great Bend he was the son of William N. "Bill" and Frances Marie (Keeley) Debes. He was a 1963 graduate of Great Bend High School.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Louis J. Kaiser passed away, at his home, at the age of 86 on May 3, 2016. in Colorado Springs. Colo. with his wife Elaine Kaiser, and daughter Gina Kaiser by his side. Louis was born March 24, in Hoisington, to Joseph and Mary (Meyers) Kaiser. After marrying Elaine in 1955, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. on their honeymoon, and one year later moved to Colorado. In 1965, they adopted their only child, Gina. Louis worked for the El Paso County Highway Department and retired after 37 years of service.
Thomas Raymond Romme Jr., 46, died May 5, 2016, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Born Feb. 19, 1970, in Great Bend he was the son of the late Thomas R. Romme and Lynne (Sauer) Romme Wooster and step-son of Paul Wooster. He was a salesperson and department manager for Del's Electronics in Salina, for 20 years.
Hazel I. Curtis, 86, died May 8, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 2, 1930, in Emporia, she was the daughter of Andy I. and Ethel F. (Torrence) Fowler. On Dec. 24, 1948, she married Robert Leon Curtis in Emporia. He died on Sept. 27, 2006. A resident of Great Bend since 1951, coming from Emporia, she was a self employed nurse aide.
Theodora Lauren "Teddi" Bogenhagen, 66, died May 9, 2016 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. Born November 3, 1949 at Cheyenne Wells, Colo., she was the daughter of Theodore and Ellen Ruby (Warrington) Sponsel
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