Brandon and Megan Shields (Levingston) announce the birth of their son, Elias Willem Shields, on Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. four oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Bill and Jean Starbuck celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner in Great Bend.
Ted and Ingrid Bird celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise to the south of France. Their children and families hosted a celebration in their honor at the Bird home on the farm.
Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs were united in marriage on July 16 at St. John's Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington. Parents of the couple are Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, all of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Ruth Axman, Margaret Ney, both of Hoisington and the late Francis Ney. Grandmother of the groom is Dorotha Boyce of Texas.
Hillary Boatman and Steven J. Kaeberle were united in marriage on Oct. 21 in a ceremony held at the courthouse. Parents of the bride are Diane Boatman and the late Conrad Boatman. Parents of the groom are Steven A. Kaeberle and Becky Conda.
Mark and Ruby Alloway of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Jo Alloway, to Dustin Lee Ellis, son of Darrell Ellis and Terri Stapleton, both of Great Bend.
George Tregellas will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Highland Hotel pool area. Hosts for the event will be his children, Michael and Brenda Tregellas of Lambertville, N.J. and Robert and Deborah Baker of Carlsbad, Calif. They request no gifts.
On Nov. 15th the Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. It began 15 years ago when a group of local individuals envisioned a way for people to give back to their local communities. The result was the establishment of the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
One-hundred five candidates from the central portion of Kansas became United States citizens October 17. The ceremony was held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina. These new citizens came from 43 different countries. This special ceremony was held to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the District Court of Kansas and took place in Salina as it was one of the first cities in Kansas to host the District Court.
The new 2011 President of Rotary asked members for a worthwhile local project and got a suggestion from Dr. Roger Marshall to plant a windbreak at the new sports complex.
Each spring and early summer in Kansas, fields of golden wheat stretch their friendly wave to passers-by, providing stunning evidence of the state's historical supremacy in wheat production and research.
Smoky Hill EAA Chapter #1127 will host a Young Eagle Day on Saturday Nov. 5, at the Ellsworth airport. Young people age 8 to 17 are welcome to experience a demonstration flight in an airplane. The flights are provided free of charge to any youth wishing to participate.
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.
Normally by now, it wouldn't be unusual for area producers to be getting ready to turn out cattle on wheat and rye pasture, especially south of here and under irrigation. Wheat is behind where we would like it to be for the third week of October. Wheat is just emerging, or has emerged and is slowly starting to develop. Normally producers wouldn't be too happy but this isn't a "normal" year. When you consider the summer heat and drought just past and continuing, the wheat looks pretty good. Most received enough moisture for germination and emergence, cooler ...
Cory Blake Chambers, 40, died April 14, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.
GREAT BEND – Ron "Goose" Zecha, 65, died April 16, 2014 at Diversicare of Larned.
Barton County Sheriff
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned indictments Wednesday against a Mexican national charged with using false identification documents and identity theft in Barton County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Being realistic about your health at any age is the focus of the 2014 Full Circle on Aging, held in Hays at the Messiah Lutheran Church, on Friday, April 25. This event, sponsored in part by K-State Research and Extension, Fort Hays State University and the Northwest Area Agency on Aging, brings together aging experts to help caregivers and individuals alike. With both a public track and a professional track for those involved in the health care industry, Full Circle offers a unique learning opportunity.
Landmark National Bank announces the promotion of Camie Hlavaty to Assistant Vice President. Hlavaty is a retail and mortgage banker in the Great Bend location.
Today I'm sure you have prepared yourself to spend some time listening to our presentations on healthy living. I'm hoping you even learn a thing or two. But don't feel guilty if your eyelids get heavy and your head starts to droop. I won't be offended. Sleeping is as important as eating, drinking, and breathing. But I must warn you, as comic writer Anthony Burgess is quick to point out, "Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore, and you sleep alone!"
As cold winter months give way to prime bicycling weather, USA Cycling anticipates more than 70,000 Americans will take to roadways and pathways by bike this year. In fact, the number of cyclists has increased by 67 percent over the last decade.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, District Representative for Senator Jerry Moran, Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
"I can't believe it. The wife and I owe the IRS again!"
In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get it, they have never gotten it and aren't really comfortable around people who do get it. One suspects, secretly, they don't want it.
BISON - An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Bison Gymnasium. Walk-ins are welcome.
Editors note: Below is the speech prepared by Josh Hoisington, winner of the Modern Woodmen of America Civic Oration Contest for the Diocese of Dodge City.