As of Dec. 17, Gary Albright, President and CEO, Steve Burhenn, Executive Vice President and CRO announce the promotion of Willy Allen from SR Vice President to Executive Vice President of Becker Tire and Treading, Inc.
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.
PRATT - Cuma M. Zeltner, 72, died Jan. 27, 2015 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born on April 16, 1942, in Princeton, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Max and Gypsy Genelle (White) Vinson. On March 18, 1962, she married James 'Jim' W. Zeltner in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2012. She worked as office manager at Adams Electric in Pratt for 24 years and most recently worked as bookkeeper for Westhoff Plumbing. The avid reader enjoyed making her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
GARDEN CITY - An Offerle man who was texting while driving went off U.S. 50 Tuesday evening in Finney County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Jeffrey Humiston, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 that went in the ditch and traveled for 900 feet and struck an obstruction. The car went airborne, coming to rest in the westbound lane facing northwest.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Lodge No. 331, A.F.&A.M., will hold a pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the lodge, located at Second and Vine St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out will be available. Advance tickets can be purchased from any lodge member.
Athletes from two eras and the first ever student trainer were inducted in the Barton Community College Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend. Basketball legend Gene Butler, baseball great Jeff Christy and Ryan 'Pete' Manely were inducted during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Kirkman Activities Center on the Barton campus.
The Barton Community College men's tennis opener was kind of like a comet. A one day comet that won't be back for another month.
At first glance on the schedule it might look like a scrimmage. But it wasn't. It counted for real and was the opener chapter to the 2015 women's tennis season at Barton Community College.
Jamie M. Bahr, driving while suspended, fine $100, court costs $110
W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.
This last weekend the Great Bend Panther's JV squad competed at the Stafford JV wrestling tournament. The Panthers placed 8 of their 9 wrestlers with three 1st place finishers.
Raging Moderate by Will Durst
We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.