Nearly 260 optometrists and 220 optometric assistants attended the 2010 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 16 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for relicensure.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will host their annual "Carve-n-Show" event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street. The public is invited to attend. Local wood carvers will be displaying completed wood carvings and will be working on projects in progress.
Laura Koster and Jeff Smith were united in marriage at a Nuptial Mass on June 12 at St. Rose Church in Great Bend, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Father Reginald Urban, parish priest, Father Donald McCarthy, friend of the family, and the Rev. Michael Dean, uncle of the groom. Parents of the couple are Larry and Jane Koster of Great Bend and Bryan and Judy Smith of Fort Worth, Texas.
Kristin Leigh Ritter and Cullen Jasper Homolka were united in marriage on July 10 at the home of the brides brother, William R. Ritter III, in Sherman Oaks, Calif in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Terry Sweeney. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ritter of Huntington, W.V. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Homolka of Holyrood.
Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Koochel, to Dallas Guinn, son of Rex and Lisa Guinn of Stilwell, Okla.
Eric and Janet Dowson and Rob and Jenifer VanSkike announce the engagement of their children Amanda Dawn Dowson and Todd Preston VanSkike, all of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Eleanor Rindt of Salina and Dean Dowson of Sutherland, Neb. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dale and Joann George of Albert and William and Grace VanSkike of Great Bend and the great-grandson of William George of Erie.
Jason and Dara Prescott of Great Bend announce the birth of their daughter, Anna May Prescott, on July 20. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long.
Leona Karst will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at River Bend Assisted Living. The family invites friends and family. They request no gifts.
William and Theresa (Basgall) Stanley of Great Bend celebrated their 50th anniversary at Clark Lake in Oklahoma with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry and Sheila Becker will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel Courtyard with a Come and Go reception and from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the American Legion with a dance.
The colorful glower gardens planned by Claude Monet of France later painted by him were shown in pictures by Nancy Swafford at the Sept. 20 meeting of Great Bend Garden Club.
The cattle business is no place to be below average. In 2009, there was a $357 per cow difference in net return between top-third Kansas producers and those in the bottom third. Higher costs were the 800-lb. gorilla in the pasture for the least profitable operations and, among those, feed expense took a King Kong-size bite out of profits.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 5 at the 10th Street Pizza Hut. Jeri Brozek served as hostess and co-hostess. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
Dr. Tom Greene, is honored as being a 40 year Great Bend Optimist Club Member
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum is busily preparing for the 18th biennial Rendezvous, a history seminar to be held in Larned Sept. 18-20.
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Margery A. Rondeau, 83, of Chase died Aug. 30 at Good Samaritan Center in Lyons. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Birzer Funeral Home.
Todd L. Leatherman, 48, died Aug. 29 in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 25, 1965 at Great Bend, the son of Bill and Iona (Lebsack) Leatherman.
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will start its 9-week GED Preparation Class this Tuesday.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will not meet Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, the next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington. Anyone interested in the Lions Club is welcome.
There will be no Touched by Cancer support group meeting for the first week of September. There will be one meeting for the month, at 5:15 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Elfrieda Alice Mantz, 95, died Aug. 28 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, at Claflin, the daughter of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie (Kafka) Schlessiger.
UTICA - Patricia Ann (Hill) Stutz, 81, passed away Aug. 27, at her home near Utica, after a short illness. Born June 11, 1933, in Carthage, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee C. and Nellie P. (Berkebile) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Carthage, Mo. After graduation from Carthage High School in 1951, she worked at Big Smith (jeans) Company in Carthage, Mo., and volunteered with USO entertainers at Camp Crowder Army Base near Neosho, Mo. On Feb. 6, 1955, she married William Robert Stutz of Utica, in Carthage, Mo. He survives of the home where they have ...
Gloria A. Janatello, 87, died Aug. 29, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Domingo and Ruth (Barth) Scotti. On Dec. 25, 1943, she married Peter Janatello in Great Bend. He died on Feb. 27, 2008. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend and Barton County.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, 86, died Aug. 28, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Liebenthal as Germana Brungardt, Sister Bertilla was the daughter of the late Adam Joseph and Josephine Heili Brungardt. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Wasinger Quint Brungardt. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Sept. 10, 1944, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2012.
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