Opal A. Weaver will celebrate her 99th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Cedar Park Place gathering room. Friends and family are invited to share in the celebration. Hosts for the event will be her children, Max and JaNelda Manor of Wamego, Gene and Karen Weaver of Wichita, Donna Campbell of Larned, Keith and Oleta Beckwith of Great Bend, Terry and Carolyn Holland of Baton Rouge, La., and Gary and Vicki Pillard of Marysville.
Robert Childress and Mechelle Stone announce the engagement of their daughter Ashleigh Childress to Harold Hitschmann, the son of Agnes Lang and Harold Hitschmann.
Dave Hawkins and Angela Barney announce the birth of their daughter Fallyn Raine Hawkins on Aug. 14 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. Her brothers and sisters are 13-year-old Madyson Brooke Keffer, 10-year-old Tate Orion Pinkston, 11-year-old Justin Hawkins, 10-year-old Clarissa Hawkins, 7-year-old Chad Hawkins, 5-year-old Riley Hawkins, 3-year-old Carly Hawkins and 3-year-old Aiden Hawkins.
Esther Koochel will celebrate her 98th birthday on Sept. 19 with a card shower.
IOLA - The Barton Community College women's soccer team shut out Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference foe Allen 5-0 on Friday for its fifth straight victory.
STANFORD, Calif. - Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still had every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder saw it coming all week in practice.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2012-13 season with the music of 1990s country hit maker Collin Raye. His concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Great Bend High School senior Brad Hanks, center, was the guest speaker recently at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis meeting. Hanks attended Kiwanis' Key Leader program at Rock Springs earlier this summer. He is pictured with his sponsors, Kiwanian Bill McKown, and Kansas District Key Leader chairman Barb Konrade.
Catholic Health Initiatives, the nationwide health systems that manages St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, announced that it has selected Sonic Boom Wellness to provide a comprehensive health and wellness program to its employees.
Two upcoming public events will kick off a local fundraising effort, with all proceeds benefiting central Kansans with developmental disabilities and delays. The Sunrise Campaign, which helps Sunflower Diversified Services' clients, has been an annual fund drive for 12 years.
Great Bend Fire Department
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Eddie Lacy helped Alabama open Southeastern Conference play in style.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Everybody warned TCU coach Gary Patterson that his Horned Frogs had better bring their best every weekend when they finally joined the rough-and-tumble Big 12.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After another game too close for comfort, the overriding emotion for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was relief.
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