Sterling College recently recognized 87 students for their accomplishments for the 2010-2011 academic school year. These students were presented with their honors at the annual Honor's Convocation held on April 29. Area students who received awards and scholarships are: Lyons- Jessica Brayton-Carl Dudrey Scholarship, Timothy Kerr-Best Freshman Expository Essay Award, Jenny Linville-John Knox Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Vance Stegma-Dr. John Clark Scott & Virginia Huffman Scott English Award; Sterling- Ryan Corwin-Clayton Campbell Memorial Award, First Bank of Sterling & Lyons Scholarship, Pamela Holderness-Maxine Robinson Endowed Scholarship, Megan Walker-Aleta J. Matthews Endowed Scholarship, Emily Walker-Julie Lynn Ray Memorial Scholarship; Great Bend- Kelly Curtis-Crouse ...
Dan Dolechek and Dorothy and Gene Batt, all of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Renee Dolechek, to Eric David Schmidt, son of David and Patricia Schmidt of Claflin.
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Marvin and Dianne Cope of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary today with a family dinner at Montana Mikes. Hosts for the event will be their children, Tom Cope of Hudson, Tonya Cope of Great Bend and Gerry and Dorelle Cope of Olathe. The couple has three grandchildren, Landon, Charlie and Brianna.
Morrison McFadden VFW Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host the 91st Dept. of Kansas VFW Convention
Warren "Swanee" Johnson will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception/open house from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 701 N. Fritz Ave., in Ellinwood.
LaRaine Whelan McLeland, of Great Bend, celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend in Wichita with a family dinner.
Fred W. Meyer, of Ellinwood, celebrated his 87th birthday on May 28. His family requests a card shower.
John and Stephanie Hixson (Call), announce the birth of their son, Luke David Hixson, on Jan. 23 in Fort Carson, Colo. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 in. long. He has a big brother, John Call Hixson "Jack" who is 2 years old.
The Otis Rural High School all school reunion will be held July 29-31 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Great Bend. The years that will be attending are from 1925-1969. After 1969 the school became unified with Bison. Reminder post cards were sent in April. If you would like to attend, call 793-8023 for details and reservations. The cost is $55 a couple and $27.50 for singles. After June 15, a $5 late charge will need to be
Martin Mattison and Lanette Weese announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Mattison, to Kyle Schmidtberger, son of Ron and Susan Mohr, and the late Steve Schmidtberger.The bride-elect is a graduate of Otis-Bison High School. She graduated from Barton Community College in 2010 with an Associate of Science degree. She is a stay-at-home mom of three children.
Helen Mayers Blado of Great Bend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 5 with a card shower.
Mary Jo Schenk will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. today with a surprise "Come and Go" reception at 3801 McKinney Dr. in Great Bend.
Mark and Scarlett Hill of Hoxie announce the engagement of their daughter, Cori Rae Hill, to Cody Jack Younkin, son of Randy and Donella Younkin of Oakley. Grandparents are Marilyn Selby of Colby and the late Bruce Selby, Bill and Mary Hill of Great Bend, MaryAnn Racette and Lyla Younkin, of Oakley, the late Luke Racette and the late Floyd (Jack) Younkin.
ALBERT - Members of Peace Lutheran Church in Albert are celebrating 125 years of Christian faith ministry in rural Kansas - from 1889 to 2014.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 24th and Adams in Great Bend. The hall is handicap accessible and an elevator is available. Freewill offerings will benefit the Family Crisis Center and other missions.
RUSH CENTER - The women of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center, also known as WELCA (Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) have set the date of their annual bazaar for Friday, Nov. 7, in the church basement. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m., with selections such as sloppy joes, sandwiches, pie and sweet rolls. An auction at 7 p.m. will feature handcrafted items including hand-quilted quilts of all sizes, plants and baked goods.
Barton Community College's music department will begin selling tickets to its production of "A Christmas Carol," on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and are available online at scrooge.bartonccc.edu. Any patron needing ticket assistance can call the box office, 620-786-1150.
The Learning Resource Center at Barton Community College will give away ice scrapers on Monday Nov. 3. Deedra Gibbons said people can stop by and pick up a free Barton Library ice scraper for as long as supplies last. They are available to students, BCC employees and community members.
The First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington, Great Bend, will offer "Treat in Trunk" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.
David Michael "Mike" Johnson, 72, died Oct. 30 at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, at Denison, Texas, the son of Doug and Woodie (Pritchard) Johnson. He married Peggy Temple April 28, 1962, at Borger, Texas. He founded M and M Equipment in 1975, retiring in December 2012.
PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.
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SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend Municipal Airport. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport.
Coaching basketball at a community college means a lot of new faces nearly every year. Barton Community College men's coach Craig Fletchall knows this. He had been at it for 13 years – eight at Barton where he is the all-time leader in coaching wins.
Remarkable new wonder drugs have caused a new confrontation over pricing wars between manufacturers and health plans, now reaching a fever pitch over hepatitis C treatments from Gilead. Unfortunately, rather than the industry players settling the issue through negotiation, health plans are turning to Congress to step in and arbitrarily limit prices, which could undermine the investment that is critical to developing new cures.