Rick and Margo Larimore of Arkansas City announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Larimore, to Derek Plowman, son of Kevin and Mary Plowman of Lawrence.
Whitney Renee Stuart and Brandon David Thomas were united in marriage on Jan. 3, at the Grove Isle Hotel in Key Biscayne, Fla. in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Michael J. Calderin. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stuart of Overland Park and the granddaughter of the late Inez Friedley. The groom is the son of Windy Thomas of White Hall, Md., and David and Dawn Thomas of Great Bend, and the grandson of Eleanor Miller of Great Bend and the late Harold Thomas and the late Edwin and Nora Karst.
Maxine Rogers of Great Bend will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house, from 2 to 4 p.m on March 26 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend, hosted by her family, friends and the Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Friends and relatives are invited. She requests no gifts.
Hazel Scheuerman celebrated her 85th birthday on Feb. 20 with a family dinner and reception at Cedar Park Place. The birthday celebration was hosted by her children, Paul and Trella Berscheidt and Cliff and Lynne Scheuerman of Great Bend and Terry and Naomi Scheuerman of Tecumseh, Okla.
If you were in high school between 1953-1963, you no doubt experienced The Highlander Drive-in formerly located on the Northwest corner of Central and Edgemoor. The public is invited to participate in the 8th reunion to be held on May 14 at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive (just north on Webb Rd and Kellogg).
Shaun and Jessica Ebert of Sycamore, Ill. announce the birth of their son, Calvin Louis Ebert, on Feb. 17 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, Ill. He weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long.
Celeste Vonfeldt of Great Bend will celebrate her 87th birthday with a reception from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on March 20 at River Bend Assisted Living, 3820 Broadway. This will be a card party with cake and ice cream.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Link of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary on March 26 with a family dinner.
The Progress Club met on March 7. Hostess was Karen Becker. Seventeen members were present.
By Curtis Wolf
Jay Werth was inducted into the Phi Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Barton County Community College on Feb. 20th.
Nex-Tech, is pleased to announce Lindsey Krom-Craven as the Customer Sales Supervisor in Great Bend. Beginning the position March 7, Craven supervises the day-to-day operation of the two Nex-Tech stores in Great Bend.
Otis-Bison Jr./Sr. High third nine weeks honor roll
Several Scouts from Troop 111, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Great Bend, received special recognition for giving service beyond what is normally expected.
Chase High School 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Jan. 19 through Jan. 23. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef 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.
Lyles Lashley has received an unbelievable amount of coaching honors in his nearly 20-year career. The most prestigious of them came when he was chosen to be a member of the most recent class to the National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field Hall of Fame released this past week. He was one of eight people to earn the honor and the only coach in the group.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics announce that Jeremy Howes, MD, is joining the Clara Barton family as a general surgeon at Clara Barton Surgical Services.
The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.
With the advent of 2015, there's hope the Obama administration will follow through on its ambitious trade agenda. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic agree a more open trade partnership makes sense.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.