Poets, guest speakers, theatre productions and comedians will come to campus for Fort Hays State University's Office of Diversity Affairs "Super Sweet Diversity Week," Oct. 10 to 14. All events, at all locations, begin at 7:30 p.m.
Annual square dance lessons will start at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street. The eight week class end on Nov. 18. Cost is $22 per person.
Jamie Thurman and Brent Taylor were united in marriage on June 11 in Roeland Park, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Jerry Arano-Ponce. Parents of the couple are Craig and Mary Thurman of Great Bend, and Daryl and Jan Taylor of Alliance, Neb. Grandparents of the bride are Jim Thurman of Great Bend, and Bud and Betty Thompson of North Platte, Neb. Grandmother of the groom is Mona Smith of Alliance, Neb.
Chris and Mandy Keenan of Victoria, Minn., announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Reese Keenan. Born June 3, in Minneapolis, Minn., she weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20 in. long. Emma has a big sister Katherine Grace who will be 3 years old in December.
James and Carol Beck of Claflin and Dan and Kathy Desemo of Great Bend announce the engagement of their children, Melissa Kay Beck and Ryan Joseph Desemo.
Mike and Jessica Eye announce the birth of their daughter, Annabelle Grace Eye, on Aug. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 in. long. She has two big sisters Alexandrea Eye who is 17 years old and Isabelle Eye who is 4 years old, and a big brother Gabriel Eye who is 6 years old.
Clara Bahr will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 4 with a family picnic hosted by her children and families. She was born Oct. 4, 1911 in Barton County. She married Leonard Bahr. He died April 12, 1993. A resident of rural Olmitz, she is a homemaker. Her children are Patricia and Ervin McConnell of Hoisington, Luella and Tom Call of Rolla, Mo., Jenelda and Leo Moore of Valdez Ala., Rita Bahr of Jones, Okla., Frances Dietz of Russell, and the late Donald Bahr.
The following meals will be served Aug. 26 through Aug. 30 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.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its first meeting of the new sorority year on Sept. 6. Members met first at the USD 428 Central Kitchen on Broadway for a program arranged by Janis Link. Food Service Director Karl Sprague gave a tour of the kitchen and explained the operation including planning, preparing and transporting meals to the schools.
Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced that the application evaluation cutoff date will be, Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Taking the next step to help people turn their dreams of homeownership into realities, Coldwell Banker has launched a new portal on its website specifically for first-time home buyers. The First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center (coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/learn/) includes videos, articles and tools to answer questions and guide new home buyers through the real estate search process.
HOISINGTON - The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation, in partnership with Clara Barton Hospital, is conducting a capital campaign to raise funds for an expansion project. The campaign started off with a bang over the last few weeks as the staff completed their "Building Together… Caring for Life" Employee Campaign.
Zena Jacobs, R.N., still cares for patients whenever she can but she has taken on another role at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
The picture was fading out on the big, boxy television in the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) waiting room and it was time for a change.
Following the success of "On Broadway" during the 2007-08 Community Concert season, Matt Davenport Productions has created a brand new production, "Back on Broadway," and it's coming to Great Bend as the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's fifth concert of the 2013-14 season.
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John E. Taylor, 85, died Feb. 27 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Orval E. Weeks, 86, died Feb. 26 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born May 16, 1927, in Russell County, he was the son of Marion B. and Edith I. (Ross) Weeks. On March 20, 1949 Orval married Virginia L. Campbell in Hoisington. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2005.
ELLIS - Eileen B. Wittman, 86, died Feb. 25 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Born June 27, 1927, in Ellis, she was the daughter of George and Bernice (Coleman) Matteson. She attended school in Ellis, graduating from Ellis High School in 1945. She also attended Colorado Women's College in Denver for one year. On Nov. 7, 1948, she married Lawrence Wittman. He died on March 26, 2009. A resident Great Bend from 1973 to 1977, residing in Ellis most of her life, she was employed in the Ellis drugstores, as a dental assistant for Dr. Davis, as librarian ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Vegan Cooking" from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
Julie Zeck will be the speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse, on Saturday, March 8 at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begin at 9 a.m., with the meeting at 9:30.
Guest speaker Melissa Harris will lead "Living on the Faith Side" services, March 8 and 9 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend. The Saturday morning women's meeting is at 10 a.m., Saturday evening service – open to all – is at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the spring shipment of Bithell Berries from Boring, Oregon. The 14 pound boxes of fresh fruit are flash frozen so to better divide them upon arrival. Available now are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries sliced with sugar, strawberries whole, loganberries, pie cherries, sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and rhubarb. Also available are frozen jams of various flavors and puree.
HOISINGTON - The third annual "Taste of Hoisington" will offer a variety of homemade soups and cakes from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd. For a suggested $6 donation, guests will get two servings of soups, crackers, cake and drink. There will be a drawing for prizes.
March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 20.
First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its 13th annual Monterrey Dinner next week. Serving will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the church, 3400 21st St. in Great Bend. An accessible entrance is located on the Polk Street side.