The Newman University Music Department will present its first instrumental concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. today. The performance will be staged in the Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman University campus. The event is free and open to the public.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of Title VI B and ECH budget; approval of 2011-2012 business audit; request to secure proposals for website hosting; request to employ additional family support worker; update on Great Bend High School gym construction; and updates on carpet replacement in the Central Kitchen and Technology Department storage and windows.
The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families' enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants.
Chris and Tori Stukey of Salina announce the birth of their daughter, Jentri Jo Stukey, on Aug. 9 at Salina Regional Health Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long.
Larry Marston will be celebrate his 70th birthday with a family party to be held later this month.
Don and Connie Redding will celebrate their 55th anniversary on Dec. 14 in Kansas City with their children, Randy Redding of Bushton
Tiffanie Kaiser and Todd Friesen announce the birth of their son Greyson Kaiser Friesen on Sept. 21 in Lafayette, Colo. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 in. long.
Tammy Haltom and Scott Piland announce their engagement. Scott is the son of Troy Piland of Garden City and Linda Piland of Great Bend.
Jarod and Megan Appelhans of Wichita announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Marie, on Aug. 23. She weighed 5 lbs. and was 18 1/2 in. long.
Sheldon and Kristie Peacock of Great Bend will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Dec. 27 with a card shower.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
The Progress Club met on December 3 at the home of Patricia Halbower with 20 members and one guest in attendance. Norma Ward and Donna McAllaster were the co-hostesses.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
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Residents of the city of Seward recently voted by a 3-to-1 margin to sell their city's electric system to Midwest Energy, Inc. On Mar. 25, Stafford County Commissioners certified the results of the mail-in ballot, making the vote official.
Where is Leslie Knope when we need her?
TOPEKA- Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club traveled to Topeka this weekend to compete in the USAWKS kids state tournament. After a long weekend of wrestling, nine wrestlers brought home awards for placing in the top six in the state. The team placed 13th overall.
Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The first scheduled household hazardous waste collection of 2015 will be held April 18 at the Barton County Landfill, said Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.
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ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - American AgCredit, a farmer-owned financial cooperative, recently announced net income of $98.9 million for the 2014 calendar year along with a cash dividend distribution of $39 million to its shareholders. This compares to net income of $111 million and a cash dividend of $37 million in 2013. American AgCredit has returned over $250 million to its customer-owners since 2005.