When a teenage mother was in danger of losing her home because it was not painted, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings worked alongside other high school students to help paint her house. Now the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association has recognized the role Akings plays in programs for the community's youth by presenting him with the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year Award.
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ELLINWOOD - The 74th annual Heckel family reunion will be Aug. 28 at Immanuel United Church of Christ fellowship hall in Ellinwood.
OLYROOD - In the words of author Raymond Lindquist, "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." Central Plains School District teachers and students will find themselves letting go of the familiar as they start classes in the reorganized school district.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle for 2011 and awarded $18,350.23 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Trent Green knows about paying dues.
TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
PITTSBURG - In NCAA Division-II athletics, two-sport athletes are few and far between.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bob Olivier of Great Bend celebrated their 70th anniversary on Nov. 18th.
While this past Thursday's snow made for a bit of a rough drive, it was very welcome and not just for farmers and ranchers. This snow, combined with the rain from the past week, was important and not just as moisture for winter wheat, winter canola, and next spring's planting. What are the additional benefits of this moisture that many forget about?
Anna Hitschmann will celebrate her 95th birthday on Dec. 31, with a card shower.
Chris and Vanessa Calcara announce the birth of the son, Nash Russell Calcara on Oct. 23, in Lenexa. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz and was 20 in. long. He has a 2 year old big sister, Arden Quinn Calcara.
BY JOE TASCHLER AND THOMAS CONTENT
Don and Dorothy Niedens announce the engagement of their daughter Tracee Juergensen to Lenny Thomas. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late David Juergensen.
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An article from a child development expert at Kansas State University caught my eye this week with some great advice on Christmas gift giving. I wholeheartedly agree with Bronwyn Fees when she says, "the best gift parents can give their children for Christmas may be helping them understand less can be more. Be careful not to confuse more things with more love."
Carol Warrick will celebrate his 100th birthday with a Come and Go reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Glory Be, 7th and Broadway in Larned. Carol was born on Dec. 25th.
North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech), with campuses in Beloit and Hays, announcse new students who have been accepted into career technical education programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. While applications are accepted until the Fall 2015 semester begins, early admission ensures the student is enrolled in their program of choice. Students are eligible for early admission by submitting their ACT or Compass Test scores and visiting either campus. Those with qualifying test scores submitted by Dec. 1, are immediately accepted into their selected program until the program capacity is met.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met on Dec. 12, at Montana Mike's. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 46 members present, along with Superintendent of USD 428, Brad Reed.
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.