Wilda Whala Merten will celebrate her 80th birthday with a come-and-go Reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barton Art Center, 1401 Main Street (corner of Main and Forest), Great Bend. Hosts of the reception are her children and grandchildren.
Ashley Lynn Kuhn and Tyler Erick Klein were united in marriage on Nov. 12 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Sandy Kennedy. Parents of the couple are Eric and Christy Kuhn and Todd and Dawn Klein. Grandparents of the bride are Tom and Linda Barnes and Leaetta Tomlinson of Great Bend and Kenny and Sandy Kuhn of Joplin, Mo. Grandparents of the groom are Tim Casey of Great Bend and the late Barbara Casey, and Helen Klein of Great Bend and the late Larry Eugene Klein.
Darlene Mlynar will celebrate her 80th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a card shower. A resident of rural Barton County, she is retired from Suburban Cleaners and Essex. She has also done a lot of volunteer work.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Breanne Hammeke, on Dec. 4 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 in. long.
Marion and Juanita Alpers of Hudson will celebrate their 60th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Hudson Community Hall. Hosts for the event will be their son, Kevin and Barb Alpers, daughter Janell and Reuel Foote, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Irvin and Shirley Burhenn celebrated their 60th anniversary on Jan. 29 with a celebration and dinner at the Olive Garden in Wichita. The couple took their first ride in a limousine to the celebration, traveling from El Dorado with their children and grandchildren. Attending the celebration were their sons Stewart Burhenn of El Dorado and Steve Burhenn and wife Adel of Great Bend; their daughter, Kala Bayes and husband Jerry of Amelia, Ohio; grandson, Jason Burhenn and partner Brandi Cobert of Wichita; granddaughter, Lacey Haughawout and husband John of Wichita; great-grandson, Ian Haughawout of Wichita; a friend Allison Howerton.
Justin and Kristina Tajchman announce the birth of their son, Arlo Jasper Tajchman, on Dec. 14 at Seton Northwest Hospital in Austin, Texas. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 in. long. He has a two-year-old brother, Oliver Finn Tajchman.
The following meals will be served Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. 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.
All A Honor Roll
Lorraine Erickson will celebrate her 90th birthday on Feb. 12 with a card shower.
Dianne Morse, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the TOP 15 percent of the approximately 96,600 sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
Scott Klepper of Ellinwood has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Klepper has designated St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Ellinwood, to receive the award in Barton County.
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CLASS 2A BOYS
Barbara Beth Adms, 91, died March 4, 2015. Born April 22, 1923, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Wilbur Floyd and Hilda Leola (Christiansen) Bryant. On Oct. 11, 1946, she married Harry Hugh Adams in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Ellinwood, she was an office clerk for the State of Kansas Agriculture Office and was a homemaker. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
ELLINWOOD - Lorraine Mary (Matza) Rickert, 78, died March 4, 2015, at her home in Ellinwood. Born on April 8, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Brungardt) Matza. She graduated high school from St. Mary's school in Garden City, attended the Immaculate Conception Convent in Great Bend, and also graduated from the Wilcox Beauty Academy. She later married Larry Rickert on May 9th, 1963, in Holly, Colo. She was a 52-year resident of Ellinwood, where she worked as a beautician.
WICHITA - Daniela Sanz continues to impress and so do the Barton Community College women's tennis team.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas forward Perry Ellis will skip Saturday's game against No. 15 Oklahoma after spraining his right knee in the ninth-ranked Jayhawks' victory over West Virginia.
After a month-long layoff to open the tennis season the Barton Community College men were back on the court Wednesday. Barton traveled to Wichita to battle with Friends Unversity, coming up on the losing end of a 7-2 score.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - If the Denver Broncos' 2015 season goes the way he hopes, Peyton Manning will earn back every penny of the $4 million pay cut he took Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker Joe Mays on Thursday as they attempt to free up much-needed salary cap space before the start of free agency next week.
Great Bend Police Detective Scott Bieberle, 44, was recovering at Hays Medical Center, after collapsing Wednesday, city officials announced in a news release Thursday afternoon.
ST. JOHN - Ella Mae McCandless, age 84, passed away March 4, 2015 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
GREAT BEND – John R. Keenan, 74, died March 5, 2015 at Autumn Hills Retirement Home, Riley, Kansas.