Barton Community College will again host the Jingle Bell Swing dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 17-piece big band made up of area musicians. The dance runs from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Prospective pilots from the area will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of flying as Barton Community College will offer private pilot ground school classes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through May 9, in BCC's Technical Building, T-178.
Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, of Great Bend, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
The Rush County Community Choir will present "Canticle of Joy" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in La Crosse, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in McCracken. The McCracken United Methodist Church English handbell choir will also perform at the 4:30 p.m. program.
HOISINGTON- Clara Barton Hospital and Clara Barton Hospital Foundation announce the launch of a new Guardian Angel Giving Program that offers a unique way for grateful patients and their families to say "Thanks!" to a nurse, doctor or other hospital staff who made a difference during their hospital experience.
A Larned man and a Hoisington man were injured early Thursday afternoon when their cars collided on U.S. 281 on the north edge of Great Bend.
OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29 at his home in Otis. Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Brownell, he was the son of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. In 1938, he graduated from Otis Rural High School. He was a lifelong resident of Otis.
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HOISINGTON - Howard Virgil Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
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The Mathilda and Joseph Birzer 36th family reunion was held on Aug. 3 at the Kinsley 4-H building in Kinsley, KS with a pot luck dinner. Host family was Albert Birzer's daughters, Janey Clark, Betty Peterson, Becky Hornung, and Ella Haskell, and spouses and family members. Family from eight different states was represented.
Vaughn A. Duncan of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday with a Come and Go Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Stoneridge Country Club, 1438 24th Street.
Roger Haberman will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, at the Welcome Inn, 113 West 4th, Larned. No gifts are requested.
Layne Smith and Laura Smith, both of Baker, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Smith, to Trevor Sanders, son of John Sanders and Teresa Sanders, both of Great Bend.
David and Stacey Brenner announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Breanne Brenner, to Connor Paul Williams, son of John Williams and the late Brenda Williams.
Martin Arthur Morgenstern will celebrate his 100th birthday with a come and go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 6, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If unable to attend, he would enjoy receiving cards from friends and acquaintances.
Caitlyn Murray and Kyle Johnson were united in marriage on June 14, in a double ring ceremony at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jana Murray. The groom is the son of Mike and Linda Johnson. Grandparents of the bride are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Mrs. Ruth Murray, all of Great Bend, and the late John Murray. Grandparents of the groom are Michael and Peggy Johnson and Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, all of Great Bend, and the late Donald Zimmerman.
Kenneth Rios and Leticia Rios announce the engagement of their daughter Sabrina Rios to Adam Keenan, son of Kent and Roxann Keenan.
Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their son, Easton Andrew Hammeke, on May 23 in Lyons. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Emma Hammeke.
Descendants of the late Martin and Margaret Neeman Hemken met on Aug. 3, at Gambino's in LaCrosse for their 85th reunion, hosted by descendants of the late Fred and Anna Hemken, Arlyn Renz, Janice Johnson and Cheryl Summers and Velda Lewis.
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.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.