Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
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Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.
In late April, news hit American audiences that the 300 girls at a Nigerian school had been kidnapped by the now-notorious terrorist group Boko Haram, and outrage ensued - headlines, hashtags, celebrity outcry.
With 10 teams playing a round-robin schedule and no championship game, the Big 12 is emphasizing its unique standing in the new playoff era.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Alex Smith was walking off the practice field, a member of the Chiefs communications staff intercepted him, the two of them huddling just out of earshot of reporters.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder ripped the big-time nature of college athletics as Kansas State opened fall camp Wednesday, lamenting the way universities have "sold out" in search of the almighty dollar.
Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.
Just because it seals, does not mean it is safe! There is a common misconception in home canning. That is, if the lid seals, it is a safe product. The question is, what procedures were done before the lid was put on the jar?
Descendants of William and Fern Schuster met on Aug. 9 and 10, at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend for a family reunion. Hosts were Nancy and Mark Thul, Stan and Diana Schuster, Diana Pekarek and Wilma Schuster.
Descendents of August A. and Pruella (Hager) Christiansen held the annual Christiansen on Aug. 9, at the Larned Community. A pot luck dinner was served at noon. Barbara Adams is the Patriarch of the family now.
Ron and Tammy Mason of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Whitney Mason of Neodesha, to Devin Tyler Johnson of Neodesha, son of Ralph Johnson of Neodesha and the late Connie Jo Johnson. Grandparents of the bride-elect are the late Earl T. and Peggy Daphne Mason and the late Emory C. and Irene Witt. Grandparents of the prospective groom are the late Leonard E. and Ruth E. Johnson and the late George and Evelyn P. Goodmon.
Dianna Burns and Devin Brew were united in marriage on Aug. 9, in Macksville in a ceremony officiated by Tonja Bisnette. Parents of the bride are David and Janie Burns of Macksville. Parents of the groom are Diana Brew, Chris Trent and step-mom Heidi Trent.
Joe and Helen Haberman of Larned will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 31, at the Knights of Columbus in Larned. No gifts are requested.
Lisa Christine Penka and Colby Max Shepherd were united in marriage on April 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Julie Shields. Parents of the bride are Kenneth and Rhonda Penka of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Carla Shepherd of Wichita and the late Mark Shepherd. Grandparents of the bride are Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle and Evelyn Penka, all of Great Bend and the late Edward Penka. Grandparents of the groom are Gene and Carol Schrock of Partridge and Donald and Odema Shepherd of Pharr, Texas.
Donald and Beverly Komarek will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 22. The couple will celebrate with their family at a later date this year.
Leida J. Messick celebrated her 85th birthday. Her husband is Jack Messick.
David and Marlene Panning announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Ann Panning to Nelson Dale Adams Jr., son of Greg and Stephanie Nuss and Nebon and Mabel Adams.
Lonnie D. Wright celebrated his 95th birthday on Aug. 30 with a card shower.
Jim and Ruth Steitz of Great Bend celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 21st. A family dinner is planned for this fall.
Lavern and Ruby Brown will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 25, with family.
Dolly, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike and Figaro will be on hand to help Fort Hays State University celebrate Felten-Start Theatre's 50 years of performances.