By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Manhattan Area Technical College held its fall commencement exercises on Dec. 9 at McCain Auditorium in Manhattan. Brent McKeeman, Manhattan Technical College Alumni, delivered the commencement address to over 70 graduates in nine programs of study. MATC awarded associate of applied science degrees, and 24 graduates received technical certificates.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo L. Hayden celebrated their 60th anniversary on Dec. 22. Leo and Bertie Lou (Siefkes) Hayden were married Dec. 22, 1951 at Peace United Church of Christ, Hudson. The couple's children are Connie Sue and husband James of Wichita and the late Denise Lee. They have a granddaughter, Megan, of Wichita.
Zachary Cook announced the birth of his baby sister, Allison Jo Cook. Born Sept. 23, she weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long. Parents are Tim and Jo Ann Cook of Westminster, Colo.
Wilson State Park will be taking campsite reservations for the 2012 camping season beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Reservations will be for the following areas only: Big Bluestem #26-40, Goldenrod 1-8 and Lovegrass Group Camp.
Charlie Brown and his wife Ruthie celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 17 with a reception and dinner at The Page Kansas Room hosted by his children, Bev, Barb, Cheryl and Char. Attending were his family, Bev and Brad Burnside, Hank and friend Elisabeth, Hayley, Jenny and Jim Dykes; Barb, Robbie, Tommy Frank, Samantha and Jose Soto; Cheryl and Mike Gage, Charlie and Andy; Char and Jim Lee, Morgan, Jimmy and Ricky; friends, Phil and Carol Woodmansee, Cal and Linnea Winter, Jim and Sharon Frank, John and Suzanne Schmidt, Steve and Marilyn Petty, Keith and Lu Adams, and Dale and ...
Wayne and Brooke Cook announce the birth of their son, Laken Lawrence Cook, on Oct. 30 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 in. long.
Trevor and Megan Cates announce the birth of their daughter, Hadley Remington Cates, on Nov. 4 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 in. long. She has two big sisters, Sierra and Emma.
Shane and Wendy Sundahl of Chapman announce the birth of their daughter, Darby Grace Sundahl, on Nov. 21 at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 in. long. She has a three-year-old brother, Slade Edwin Sundahl.
Mallory Kay Prather and Ben Gaeth were united in marriage on June 18 at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Hutchinson in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. Nicholas Voelker. Parents of the couple are Wayne and Carol Prather and Randall and Teresa Gaeth. Grandparents of the bride are William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend.
Jim and Dolly Gaede, of Larned, will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Dec. 26. The couple was united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Larned with the Rev. David P. Irwin officiating.
CLAFLIN -To spend a fall afternoon with family and friends while supporting Barton County kids living with cancer, join the Kasselman family of rural Claflin for the 9th Annual Fall Fun Festival. The birthday wish of 8-year-old Kylee Kasselman in 2006, the festival began as a small event with a petting zoo and activities for children. All of the proceeds from that event were donated to Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.
HOISINGTON - Harry E. Bitter, 85, fell asleep in Christ on Sept. 23 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Nov. 26, 1928 on the farm in North Barton County, the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter.
Each year Julie Smith, director for United Way of Central Kansas, visits the fifth grade classes at Unified School District 428, Holy Family School and Central Kansas Christian Academy, all in Great Bend.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, the Seminar Room on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include personnel, revisions to the nursing programs and a Mental Health Technician program. There will be a monitoring report on essential skills, as well as a presentation on the latest Community Report and a faculty council report.
More information was released Tuesday on a narcotics violation reported to the Great Bend Police Department last Wednesday at 3:09 p.m. at the Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton St.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a rape reported at 1:17 a.m. Monday. According to Lt. William Browne, a woman who was walking in the 700 block of Frey St. flagged down an officer and reported being raped by a known person and then walking to the place where the officer located her.
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This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jim Vopat with greeters Chris Burger and John Sullivan. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A hunter safety class will be offered at the Odin store meeting room. Classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 7;
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USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School, 2716 24th Street. Items on the agenda include Military Support statement and 2013-2014 KASB Leadership Academy Training recognition. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Art Baker and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Jefferson.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb - The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and it can't come soon enough for the Barton Community College women's volleyball team.