HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
By Tom Purcell
By Jason Stanford
MANHATTAN - Coming off a 10-3 season, a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl and several months of offseason conditioning work, the Kansas State football team will hit the practice field for the first time this spring today with the first of 14 workouts leading up to the April 28 Purple/White game.
BUHLER - Coming off a sweep of their home tennis invite, the Great Bend High School Panthers nearly swept the competition at Buhler Invitational on Monday.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School softball team swept a pair of pitcher's duels against Salina Sacred Heart on Monday.
Barton Community College men's head golf coach Doug Kaiser recently added four northern Kansas golfers to his 2012 incoming freshmen class.
DENVER - Brittney Griner and Baylor left no doubt they're head and shoulders above any team in the country. In fact, they're perfect.
Adam Longoria started flirting with Alicia DeBolt the first time he met her on July 7, 2010, according to the testimony of Rolando Molina, who recalled that meeting.
Bernadine M. "Bert" Homolka, 90, died April 1 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born March 17, 1922 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Feltes) Klusener. In May 1944, she married Leonard F. Homolka in Reno, Nev. He died on April 11, 2003. A resident of Great Bend most of her life, she was a homemaker.
Robert E. Yetschke, 85, died May 3, 2010 at his home in Great Bend. Born May 27, 1924 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence and Chole (Piper) Yetschke. Betty Ann Yetschke, 84, died May 5, 2010 at her home in Great Bend. Born May 17, 1925 in Tulsa, Okla., she was the daughter of Donald Sr. and Frances (Corbeille) Bowsher.
Caroline "Carrie" Stecklein, 87, died April 3 in Alva, Okla. She was born on July 31, 1924 in Kansas.
HUTCHINSON - Francis E. "Gene" Stambaugh died April 3 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elliott Mortuary & Crematory, Hutchinson.
PAWNEE ROCK - C. Walter McCowan, 71, died April 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
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.