Baylor Law School held its winter commencement on Feb. 4 at First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas. Professor Matt Cordon delivered the commencement speech. Dustin Troy Lucas, the highest ranking student in the graduating class, delivered student remarks. Hooding the graduates were David Guinn, Master Teacher and the Lyndon L. Olson and William A. Olson Professor of Local Government and Constitutional Law, and James Wren, associate professor of law. Brittney Denise Johnson, who received her law degree during commencement, delivered the invocation.
The Barton County Producer's meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Wetlands Education Center on Highway 156 by Cheyenne Bottoms. Landowners who have CRP land expiring on Sept. 30 or land that may be eligible for CRP should plan to attend.
Victor Jacobs and Lisa Jacobs of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Kortney Jacobs to Justin Niernberger of Hays, son of Darren and Kim Niernberger of Hays.
The Rev. and Mrs. Jay Beuoy of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Gwendolyn Beuoy, to Matthew Unruh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Unruh of Dodge City.
Tom and Carolyn Humburg will celebrate their 40th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 11 in the parlor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be their children and grandchildren, Charlotte Humburg; Richard, Amanda, Adleigh and Ashlee Humburg; and Sara Humburg. The couple request no gifts.
The following meals will be served March 5 through March 9. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary met on Feb. 28 at the Post Home.
Dates have been set for USD 428's kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug, 31, 2012, and planning to attend local schools in the fall.
Central Christian College is pleased to recognize those students who have achieved honor roll status for the Fall semester of 2011.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.
On April 7, Turner Classic Movies will present a biography feast for classic film lovers. The five documentaries to be broadcast – on Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart – were all produced and directed by the Emmy Award-winning duo of Joan Kramer and David Heeley.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.