Great Bend's downtown businesses are in step with the Family Crisis Center's "Walk a Mike in Her Shoes" fundraiser, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday in the courthouse square, said Christina Hayes, community coordinator. To show support and create a fun atmosphere, local retailers are offering a related scavenger hunting during this week's "Thirsty Thursdays" promotion.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Kelly Johnson also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the bumbling Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Monday night to complete a four-game sweep.
NEWARK, N.J. - Philadelphia secured the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and spoiled the Nets' final game in New Jersey, 105-87 Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - There may never be a written decision explaining why Ryan Braun's drug suspension was overturned.
A 22-year-old man was arrested after a vehicular pursuit Sunday night in Great Bend. No one was injured.
For the second consecutive year, Sunflower Diversified Services is branching out into the community to raise funds for the July 4 fireworks display at the Great Bend Expo grounds.
A 56-year-old bicyclist was hit by a vehicle Saturday afternoon while attempting to cross the roadway at 24th and Main.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend continues to seek information on vandalism that occurred last month at several oilfield sites.
Nationally acclaimed youth speaker Mark Brown will present an anti-bullying talk to fifth and sixth graders in Great Bend on Tuesday. Brown is scheduled to speak at 1:45 p.m. at Holy Family School. Fifth and sixth graders from Lincoln Elementary School will also attend the program at HFS, said Kim Griffith with Great American Opportunities.
LEWIS - Mary Helen Cross, 85, died April 22 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 25, 1926, at Fellsburg, she was the daughter of LeRoy G. and Helen Hilts Gatterman. A lifetime area resident, she was a retired insurance agent for the Home State Bank and Lewis Insurance Service. In August, 1949, she married Charles R. Cross at Lewis. He died on Aug. 23, 1954.
RUSSELL - Peggy Ann Beck, 61, of Russell, died April 20 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born June 6, 1950, in Salina, she was the daughter of Philip S. and Bette J. (Johannes) Quinley. Moving to Great Bend when she was 5 years old, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1968. She then attended Marymount College. On July 25, 1975, she married Harold "Bud" Beck Jr. in Great Bend. They made their home in Great Bend until January of 1992 when they moved to Russell. She was the Barton County Courthouse Clerk for several years. Then ...
LEAWOOD - Gertrude M. Dietz, 94, died peacefully on April 22 after a short illness. She was in the company of her family and the comfort of the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Peter and Amelia (Steinert) Nuss. On July 30, 1936, she married Arthur A. Dietz in Milberger. Together they had two children. He died on Oct. 15, 1982. A resident of Leawood since 1993, coming from Great Bend, she loved life and was an avid bridge player her entire life. She loved her children ...
CONCORDIA - Raymond A. Franklin, 80, of Concordia passed away April 18 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Saline County.
Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America competed at the state FBLA conference March 29-30 at the Capital Plaza Convention Center in Topeka. FBLA members were competing against 6A schools in the finals, scoring enough points to be victorious in five areas.
HHS football scrimmage scheduled Aug. 29
Healing Hearts Ranch, which provides equine therapy, will host its second annual Rodeo, Concert, and Auction fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4. The rodeo begins at 6 p.m.
HOISINGTON - USD 431 Foundation will sponsor its fifth annual benefit golf tournament from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 at the Lake Barton Golf Club.
Envisage Information Systems, LLC (EIS) has announced that Jon L. Prescott has joined the senior leadership team as vice president of institutional business development. Prescott will work directly with retirement plan providers to introduce the Envisage cache of automated efficiency modules, enhanced feature capabilities for retirement plan sponsors and their participants along with outcome-based retirement plan solutions - solutions custom designed to the service provider's business model.
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.