Cruise ship travel continues to gain in popularity as passenger demand can barely keep up with fleet additions. The global cruise industry generated revenues of $37.1 billion in 2014, and is predicted to hit nearly $50 billion by year end 2018 when the number of passengers carried will exceed 25 million.
A $23 million construction project for a new and advanced Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC), will be coupled with an upgrade in core mechanical and electrical infrastructure within the hospital complex. Community leaders will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5.
On Monday afternoon, Jan. 9, the Kansas Legislature will convene the 2017 Legislative Session in Topeka. When members elected on Nov. 8 convened for certification and caucusing on Dec. 5, the filing of prefiled bills also began. With seven House Bills and five Senate Bills already on the list as of Thursday, Dec. 28, legislators will not face an empty slate.
OVERLAND PARK - Frances (Rosander) Burns, 99, died Dec. 18, 2016, in Overland Park. Born Aug. 14, 1917, in Lindsborg she was the daughter of Emil and Ellen Rosander. She graduated from Bethany College, where she was an active debater. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage. Frances and her husband, Allen Burns, moved to Great Bend after World War II, and she spent nearly 30 years teaching elementary school students there and being involved in educational, church, and community organizations.
Neil J. Gorney, age 55 years, of Great Bend, Kansas passed away at his home in Great Bend on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2016. Neil was born on Feb. 10, 1961 in Bay City, Michigan to Melvin J. and Isabelle (Compton) Gorney.
Auditions for Great Bend Community Theatre's production of "Love, Sex, and the IRS," a comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Crest Theater, 1908 Lakin Ave.
WICHITA - Joy Louise Reed departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, peacefully in her home surrounded by close family and friends. Joy was born Aug. 21, 1929, near Laverne, Oklahoma. She graduated from St. John High School and met Delbert Reed. Joy and Delbert were married June 6, 1948.
We just emerged from a loud, obnoxious presidential campaign and will soon face another divisive Kansas legislative session. There are voices all around us screaming to be scared of our neighbors and fearful of the future.