Wayne and Carol Prather of Sterling announce the engagement of their daughter, Mallory Kay Prather, to Benjamin Charles Gaeth, son of Randall and Teresa Gaeth of Solon, Ohio. Mallory is the granddaughter of William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend.
Dennis and Dianne Call will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a trip to Winter Park, Colo. in July with their children, Chad and Shannon Somers of Great Bend, John and Stephanie Hixson of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Chad and Sarah Nelson of Shawnee; and their five grandchildren, Ellyson, Ethan and Eli Somers and Jack and Luke Hixson.
Kobus and Darcie Van Der Vyver announce the birth of their son, Vence Andre Van Der Vyver, on May 2 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 10 lbs. 7 oz. and was 22 1/2 in. long.
Daniel and Norma Jacobs, of Great Bend, celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 2 with a private gathering.
Kenneth and Mildred Siebert of St. John will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at Highland Hotel in Great Bend.
Eldon Myers will celebrate his 90th birthday on June 6 with a card shower.
Harold and Kay Augustine of Hutchinson, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a weekend in Kansas City, Mo. in June with their children.
Hello Barton County! My name is Rena Berrett and I am the 2011 summer intern at the Barton County Office of K-State Research and Extension. This fall I will be a senior in Agricultural Business Management at Oregon State University. I just finished a year long exchange for the 2010-2011 school year where I studied at Kansas State University through the National Student Exchange Program.
John and Judy Smith will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 19 by renewing their vows at Community Christian Church. The will spend time with their daughter Stacy L. Smith and granddaughter Emily Peterman of Manhattan. They plan a trip to celebrate.
J.T. and Staci Massieon announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Constance Massieon, on May 5 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Manhattan. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 17 1/2 in. long. Grandparents are Ed Batchman of Otis, Connie and Ron Oetken of Olmitz and Bobby and Katie Massieon of Wamgeo.
Edith June (Smith) Treece will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 25 with an open house reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway. Hosts for the event will be her son, Randall of Wichita and her life-long friend, Louise Gunn of Great Bend.
In a place of springtime tranquility, 14 names are etched in marble tablets, which stand along the winding walkway a few feet above shrubs, plants and a palette full of colorful flowers lightly brushed by fluttering butterflies. It's hard to imagine now that the serene landscape was just an ordinary yard a year ago at Rosewood Services Inc. A two year process to plan, fundraise, and then build, the Rosewood Memorial Garden was cultivated with care to honor those Rosewood clients who have passed away over the past 13 years during the company's operation.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed by Congress in December of 2009 and signed into law by the President. The Act represents a significant change in the American financial regulatory environment affecting almost every aspect of the nation's financial services industry. Over the last 18 months, various regulatory agencies created over 243 rules to begin implementation of the changes in sixteen categories in 2011.
Unified School District 428 Board of Education will be at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include a congratulatory message from Senator Ruth Teichman to Jean Cavanaugh; 2010-2011 activities report; tax exemptions and incentives for economic development; approval of changes to the District's Health Insurance; approval of school fees for 2011-2012; approval of mileage reimbursement rate for district's parents; and recommendations for 2011-2012 compensation for administrators, directors, and classified employees.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The Touched By Cancer (TBC) support group meeting for Nov. 21 has been canceled due to conflicts. The next meeting for the group will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Heartland Cancer Center.
Sisters of Hope, a new support group for recently widowed women, is planning an informational "meet and greet." It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Fireside Room at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road in Great Bend.
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Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Wednesday, Oct. 29 on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th St. to cast your ballot. Election time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.
The Barton Debate and Forensics team participated in its second tournament of the year Oct. 17-19 at the University of Central Missouri and Barton's Chase Pumford was a standout performer.
RUSSELL - Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review (ROAR) exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 10 through 12. The show had 262 entries from 91 artists from 33 cities.
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar.
"Ewww!" said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover "Breaking Bad" meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a hunting showcase at 10 a.m. today at HorseThief Reservoir in Jetmore to spotlight the economic benefits of Kansas hunting and fishing and to release the 2014 Tourism Economics data.
GBHS Band and Orchestra students are selling Cherrydale products through Nov. 2, for their 2016 trip. There are many food items as well as a wide variety of gift items. Items can also be ordered online and sent directly to someone. The items will arrive around Dec. 4. Call GBHS (620-793-1521, ext. 189) and leave a message to have someone place your order or answer any questions.
Venture Corporation is planning to begin construction of the City of Great Bend's 2014 residential street resurfacing and reconstruction project this coming week, said Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke.