A small replica of a school bell used long ago called to order the 9th reunion of Haig School District #81 on Sept. 29 at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. Organizing the reunion was Dorothy Dietz Johnson of Sterling, assisted by Connie Dietz Whipke and Valeria Seidl Boxberger, both of Great Bend. The first reunion was held in 1986, organized by the late Ethel Brack Lock.
The StoneRidge Ladies Golf Association held their year-end event in conjunction with their annual cancer awareness occurrence. The evening began with a three-hole cross-country challenge, followed by their annual balloon launch for cancer. The ladies released 25 pink helium heart-shaped balloons donated by Dee Bleeker, and remembered those lost to cancer, those currently fighting, and those who are survivors of the dreaded disease.
Leaders from Lions Clubs across Kansas will again gather at the Best Western Convention Complex in McPherson on Oct. 19-21, for planning, fun and fellowship as we move forward in this new Lions Year in community service. The local McPherson and area Lions Clubs will serve as hosts to the leaders from all corners of Kansas.
Central Kansas Christian Academy welcomed a new Principal this year along with adding ninth grade to their school. Ed Johnson enters his first year as the school's head. Mr. Johnson comes to Christian education after a lengthy tenure in public schooling serving as a middle
The Great Bend Evening Lions held their Candy Day on Oct. 6 at WalMart Super Center, North Main Dillons, and Waters True Value. The Lions were giving out mints for pocket change all day in a effort to raise money for a local scholarship and eye glass replacement to help individuals of the Barton County area. Pictured from left to right-Don Sweeney, current Secretary-Treasurer, Roger Guthals,Mike Long, Reland Cole, current President. Other Lions helping that are not in the photo - Elwyn Maneth, Earl Cregger, and Scott Solether.
Cameron University's Speech and Debate team has gotten off to a stellar start in forensics competition this semester, taking first in Lincoln-Douglas debate sweepstakes and second in combined debate sweepstakes at the recent Debate On the Plains tournament, hosted by Hutchinson Community College. One week prior, the team placed fourth overall in combined individual events and debate sweepstakes at the Bob R. Derryberry Memorial Season Opener, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
More than 280 optometrists and 185 optometric assistants attended the 2012 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 13 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for re-licensure. Among those attending were Drs. Mark Judd, Russell McCaulley, and Chad Premer of Great Bend.
Eagle Communications Great Bend Division has named Ed McGilber as director of sales for the Great Bend Post. The Post is an on-line product that features news, sports, community events and more. McGilber brings a background in media and on-line sales having previously worked at the Great Bend Tribune.
In honor of her career achievements, Jil Johnson of Great Bend has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac. Johnson took delivery of a 2013 Cadillac SRX at Dove Cadillac dealership in Great Bend.
Superior Essex of Hoisington announces the latest recipient of the STAR Employee Recognition Award. Joe Axman, Master Mechanic, was named the first quarter 2015 STAR Employee and will be treated to a dinner in his honor, a customized gift pack, a plaque, and STAR Employee parking privileges.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
Pope Francis recently annoyed the Turkish government by making the politically incorrect observation that it had exterminated a generation of Christian Armenians. He used the word "genocide," which is something that the Turks have been rejecting for decades.
Should women serve in combat? Right now the military is answering that question with a final verdict scheduled to come down from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in January 2016. This will inevitably become a political question-and thus particularly useless in producing a satisfactory answer-but until then it's useful to understand that the military sees this question differently than you and I do.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, recently held a hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. Fifth generation wheat farmer Doug Keesling of Chase offered testimony of support.