Violet Morton will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept. 25 with a card shower.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Miller, of Claflin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Miller, to Aaron Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Newton, of Monticello, Ind.
Eugene and Carol Hallett will celebrate their 55th anniversary with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the St. Mark Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Hosts for the event will be their daughters and granddaughters.
Kevin Desmarteau, of Wichita, and Kim and David Walter, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Desmarteau, to Jason Shump, son of James and Dianne Shump, of Seneca, and Dorothy and Robert Frost, of Topeka. Grandparents of the bride are the late Fern Meis, the late John Kepka, the late Alverize and Lucille Desmarteau and the late Harold and Margaret Walter.
Sam and Sharon Estes will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the American State Bank Hospitality Room in St. John. Hosts for the event will be their children and their spouses.
The following meals will be served Sept. 19 through Sept. 23 The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's 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.
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.
Descendants of the Joseph and Johann Mauler families gathered for their biannual family reunion on Aug. 28, at the Great Bend Senior Center, with Gerald and Lois Mauler and families as hosts.
The Parnassus Club met Sept. 13, at Treader's for the fall kickoff.
Youth from across the state have entered 1,456 head of animals for the 79th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 713 4-H and FFA members from 91 counties will show 109 market steers, 318 breeding heifers, 323 market hogs, 273 market lambs, 52 purebred ewes, 168 commercial ewes and 213 meat goats. The competition will take place September 23-26 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita
Three Fort Hays State University financial planning students were selected to be among nine teams from across the country to participate in the Financial Planning Challenge national competition in San Diego, Calif., from Wednesday, Sept. 14, to Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend, has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears hometown stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. The Great Bend store was one of only 190 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recogniition at the annual Hometown Celebration held in Orlando, Fla.
September is already here, and the first day of autumn is almost upon us. There are still many chores that can be done to help your landscape prepare for the winter to come. I found a few pieces of advice from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert on what you can be doing right now to help your cool season grasses stay healthy now, and give them a boost for next spring.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...