ST. JOHN - Kenneth T. Siebert, 85, died Aug. 11 at South Wind Hospice House in Pratt. Born June 14, 1927 in rural Pawnee County, he was the son of Theodore R. and Mildred (Kerns) Siebert. A graduate of Radium High School and life-long resident of St. John, he was owner of Siebert Automotive since 1969. On June 12, 1951, he married Mildred M. (Steiner) at Great Bend. She survives.
MEDICINE LODGE - Gerald "Jerry" Willms, 48, died Aug. 12 at his home in Medicine Lodge. Born on Dec. 4, 1963 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dan and Connie (Ginest) Willms. On Dec. 6, 2008 he married Tammy L. Bishop at Medicine Lodge. She survives.
Jamie Lee Schartz and Christopher Duane Froetschner announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Peter and Lisa Schartz of Larned, and Connie Schartz of Pratt, and the granddaughter of A.W. and Patricia Schartz of Larned, Carol Harrison of Goddard, and Bob Harrison of Eugene, Ore. The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Tammy Froetschner of Larned and the grandson of Marion and Helen Froetschner, and Larry and Marlene Carr, all of Larned.
Audra and Jon Boone of Tonganoxie announce the birth of their daughter Amalie Elise, on June 27. She weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 21 ½ in. long. She has three big brothers Jacob, Afton, Aidan and a big sister, Johanna.
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.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.
This summer Smoky Hills Public Television is working with public libraries throughout central and western Kansas to conduct summer reading programs through the Share a Story project. At 10 a.m. on June 13, Share a Story will visit Great Bend. The program will be in Ellinwood on at 10 a.m. on July 15.
A Rush County man was driving a semitrailer that was hit by a Union Pacific railroad train, Wednesday evening in Clark County. The truck driver, 30-year-old Joshua L. Coleman from Alexander, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.