The Barton Community College softball team opened the season Tuesday at Cougar Fields with a pair of losses to Cloud County.
The spring mating rituals of Kansas wildlife will be the topic at the next Stop 'N Learn, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Eric Giesing, director of education at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will have information on greater prairie chickens, turkeys and kildeer. Ston 'N Learn programs are free and offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
The Drum Circle, facilitated by John Makings, will hold its second meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Center, 5815 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. This is a new location for the group. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and admission is free. For more information call The Center, 620-792-2544.
Elsie Mae Pickerill, 69, passed away at the Minneola Long Term Care Center in Minneola on Monday afternoon, Feb. 13. Elsie was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in Ellsworth to John and Mildred (Mills) Ploutz. She graduated from Ellsworth High School. On Sept. 5, 1964, she was united in marriage to Gary Pickerill in Great Bend, where the couple made their home. One of Elsie's favorite activities was watching KU basketball.
ODIN - Irene M. Beran, 88, died Feb. 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 11, 1923, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Pauline (Dreiling) Dinkel. On June 16, 1948, she married August V. Beran in Victoria. He died May 4, 1966. A resident of Odin since 1948, coming from Victoria, and moving to Great Bend in 2005, she was a homemaker and served in domestic services.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet with juvenile justice officials at the next BCC board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Meeting with the trustees will be Kyle Rohr, Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility superintendent; Casey Cloninger, principal of Westside School in Larned; and Curtis Whitten – Juvenile Justice Authority commissioner, Topeka.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County has resumed construction on its latest building project at 1906 Hubbard. Volunteers are needed every Saturday until the project is finished, said Rachel Mawhirter.
Patricia M. Steadman Robl, 90, died Feb. 13 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
WICHITA - Thelma M. Steincamp (Langrehr), 81, died Feb. 12 after a long, courageous battle with old age. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Ma), sister, aunt, and friend to all. Thelma had a special gift for friendships, a genuine interest in other people and made new friends everywhere she went. She showed a generosity and fortitude that did not waiver, even as her health failed.
Glen Ehrlich and Jean Wagner were named king and queen at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day party on Monday. The party was sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Senior Center.
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4 Legs Up BBQ will host a barbecue class Feb. 17-18 at the National Guard Armory in Great Bend. Preregistration for the "Art and Science of Competition BBQ" class is required from the business's website, www.4legupbbq.com.
BISON - Rodney D. Gisick, 67, died unexpectedly on Dec. 25, 2011. He was born the son of Clarence and Naomi (Reichel) Gisick, on April 28, 1944, in Bison. He was a 1962 graduate of Bison High School, and went on to study music at Bethany College in Lindsborg and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a master's degree in voice performance in 1968. He was an active vocal performer and voice teacher for many years in New England, New York City and elsewhere, teaching at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College.
The Claflin ICC parish CYO is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament beginning at 10 a.m on Feb. 25 at Central Plains High School in Claflin. The entry fee is $40 per team. There will be an 18 and over and a 17 and younger division. Both divisions will consist of a separate male and female bracket. Concessions will be available. Admission to watch is $1. For additional information or to register your team contact Rhiannon Becker at (785) 737-3726 or email@example.com.
Twenty-six Central Plains Middle School 6-8 grade students earned the title of "Survivor" by surviving the past 50 days of school. To qualify for the 50-Day Survivor Safari reward, students had to have perfect attendance from Nov. 14-Feb. 7 for a total of 50 school days. Students who met this criteria were able to enjoy an afternoon of games and snacks on Feb. 8th. Students were challenged with an obstacle course, played limbo, tug-of-war, and a variety of other games planned by the Renaissance Council. The 50-Day Survivor challenge was implemented by the CPMS Renaissance Council as an incentive to ...
Laverne Lessor of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Senior Center. No gifts are requested.
Francis and Becky Demel of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kacey Elaine Demel to Kyle James Beck, son of Anne and Allan Beck of Claflin. Grandparents of the bride-elect are James and Lorraine Schneweis, and Lawrence and Sidone Demel, all of whom reside in Hoisington. Grandfather of the prospective groom is Eugene Beck of Hoisington.
Bryce Alan Divis, son of Steve and Dixie Divis of Great Bend, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The Otis Lions Club will hold a benefit Pancake Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Otis Bison High school gymnasium. Cost per person is a free will donation. The 2nd Annual Pancake Races will start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will be used for Otis Beautification and youth projects in the local area with funds matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Kenton and Anita Sanko of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Annie Jean Sanko, to Michael Patrick Tolbert, son of David and Carole Tolbert of Overland Park. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Virgil and Vinita Gatton of Stafford and Rosemary Sanko of Great Bend and the late Floyd Sanko. Grandparents of the prospective groom are James and Judy Tolbert of Farmington, N.Y., the late Patricia Tolbert, and the late Irving and Ruth Dutton.
Tom and Shirley Lytle of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 26 with family and friends.
Todd and Geneva Ost announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Ost, to Taylor Braet, son of Steve and Dana Braet. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Osborn Ost of Ellendale, N.D. and late Gladys Ost and the late the late Steven and Eva Binek. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Paul and Arlene Griffiths of Coffeyville, and Bob Braet of Leawood and the late Darlene Braet.
Parnassus Club met on April 8, at Darline Boley's residence
Derek and Jaime Tournear, of Fort Wayne, Ind., announce the birth of their son, Weston Martin Tournear, on Jan. 17. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long. He has two sisters, 7 year old Savannah and 2 year old Dakota.
Art and music come together in the last concert of the Fort Hays State University music season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.
Silver Key, the sophomore leadership honorary at Kansas State University, has new members for the 2014-2015 school year.
Dianne Morse, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 11 percent of the approximately 82,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
On April 12, seven 4H'ers from Barton County, traveled to Alma to compete in the 2014 State 4H Air Rifle Match. There they competed against the best 4H air rifle shooters in the state. To qualify for the match, the 4H'ers had to shoot 400, or higher, out of a possible 600 points, at a qualifying match earlier in the year.
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The following meals will be served April 22 through April 25. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.