Once again it is that time of year to recognize agriculture producers that have done an outstanding job of conserving our natural resource. Producers are recognized thru the Kansas Bankers Awards. This program is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. This year there are six categories that awards will be considered: Energy Conservation; Water Quality; Water Conservation; Soil Conservation; Windbreaks and Wildlife Habitat
Students and staff in Residential Life at Fort Hays State University are offering area children a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween.
Jack and LaDean Bailey will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 25 with a card shower. Jack Bailey and LaDean Cooley were united in marriage on Oct. 25, 1961 at the Christian Church in Cunningham. The couple celebrated in July with a family trip to Kansas City. They have three children, Ron and Nancy Bailey of Franklin, Ind., Aleisha and Tom Bragg of Gordon, Neb., and Wendy and Mike Howe of Castle Rock, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
Hilda E. Meisner of Great Bend will celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower.
Brandon and Megan Shields (Levingston) announce the birth of their son, Elias Willem Shields, on Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. four oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Bill and Jean Starbuck celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner in Great Bend.
Ted and Ingrid Bird celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise to the south of France. Their children and families hosted a celebration in their honor at the Bird home on the farm.
Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs were united in marriage on July 16 at St. John's Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington. Parents of the couple are Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, all of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Ruth Axman, Margaret Ney, both of Hoisington and the late Francis Ney. Grandmother of the groom is Dorotha Boyce of Texas.
Hillary Boatman and Steven J. Kaeberle were united in marriage on Oct. 21 in a ceremony held at the courthouse. Parents of the bride are Diane Boatman and the late Conrad Boatman. Parents of the groom are Steven A. Kaeberle and Becky Conda.
Mark and Ruby Alloway of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Jo Alloway, to Dustin Lee Ellis, son of Darrell Ellis and Terri Stapleton, both of Great Bend.
George Tregellas will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Highland Hotel pool area. Hosts for the event will be his children, Michael and Brenda Tregellas of Lambertville, N.J. and Robert and Deborah Baker of Carlsbad, Calif. They request no gifts.
On Nov. 15th the Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. It began 15 years ago when a group of local individuals envisioned a way for people to give back to their local communities. The result was the establishment of the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
One-hundred five candidates from the central portion of Kansas became United States citizens October 17. The ceremony was held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina. These new citizens came from 43 different countries. This special ceremony was held to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the District Court of Kansas and took place in Salina as it was one of the first cities in Kansas to host the District Court.
The new 2011 President of Rotary asked members for a worthwhile local project and got a suggestion from Dr. Roger Marshall to plant a windbreak at the new sports complex.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple-double and No. 8 Kansas trounced No. 19 Texas 85-54 Saturday night to seize control of the Big 12.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
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A motorcyclist was taken to the Lyons Hospital with possible injuries after an accident Saturday afternoon in Rice County.
At their Feb. meeting, 17 members of Great Bend Garden Club learned of the far reaching legacy of the legendary Johnny Appleseed during a program given by Alice Young.
Evelyn Anna Hochstatter, 96, died Feb. 22 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. Born Feb. 25, 1917 at Holyrood, she was the daughter of John and Katie A. (Schmitt) Ehler.
Doris J. Nitzel, 86 years, longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Doris was born on Oct. 21, 1927 at Fairbury, Neb. to Moses G. and Grace (Eilts) Williams. She graduated from Endicott High School at Endicott, Neb. in 1946, and was united in marriage to Robert Dale Nitzel on Feb. 9, 1947 at Endicott. Doris was an Accounting Clerk for various businesses for many years prior to her retirement. She was an active volunteer for RSVP, and delivered Meals On Wheels ...
TRES PIEDRAS, N.M. - Carl Don Nicholas Bradley, Sr., 65, died Feb. 20 at his ranch in Olmitz, Kans. Born Dec. 6, 1948 at Santa Fe, N.M., he was the son of John Carver and Winifred (Wright) Bradley.
OLATHE - Jerad Lee Bickford, 24, died Feb. 19. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the church. To view the full obituary and to leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.