There were a lot of factors to weigh when it came to the tons of sand Barton County uses for road maintenance, the decision to purchase a new dredge or the continued buying of sand from a private vendor.
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: Christmas on the Prairie," a presentation by the Director of the Barton County Historical Society Beverly Komarek at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
HUTCHINSON - Bradley J. Van Winkle, 54, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, at his residence. Born July 13, 1960, in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. and Kathryn (Reidel) Van Winkle. He was raised and received his education in Great Bend, graduating from Great Bend High School in 1979. Brad worked many years farming and more recently running heavy equipment. He was a hard worker before his health
For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 24th and Adams in Great Bend. The hall is handicap accessible and an elevator is available. Freewill offerings will benefit the Family Crisis Center and other missions.
LARNED - Mike Warnke will speak at The Father's House, 221 East 10th St., Larned, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Michael Pfortmiller, pastor at The Father's House of Larned, said Warnke has a unique comedic style with a powerful message.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives. The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave.
For his bravery in conditions unknown to the average American, risking his life from moment to moment under heavy enemy fire, and fighting for the freedoms Americans have, Charles Hagemeister was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, from an event in 1967 during Vietnam.
At least for now, Barton County will continue to use its aging electronic voting machines while studying he prospect of switching back to paper ballots, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman, who also serves as the county's election officer.
C. Ray Scheideman, 77, died Nov. 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 29, 1937, in La Crosse, he was the son of Elmer Milton and Amelia (Brening) Scheideman. On Feb. 24, 1962, he married Jacqueline L. Strong in Smith Center. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Hays, he was employed as an installer and repairman for Southwestern Bell for 25 years, then for AT&T, retiring in 1990. Following his retirement, he worked in the telecommunications industry and then for CPI.
LARNED - Winnie I. Ashley, 81, passed away Nov. 5 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 11, 1933, in Oklahoma, she was the daughter of George and Edna Messner Neal. On Feb. 24, 1957, she married Leonard Ashley. They later divorced. He passed away on May 28, 2013. A longtime area resident, she was a Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital.