Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced developments in two popular USDA programs that will support conservation of working lands for the benefit of wildlife, water quality, and recreation. The Secretary announced that USDA will accept 2.8 million acres offered by landowners under the 41st Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands while providing payments to property owners. Additionally, USDA has approved eight additional states and one tribal government to participate in the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which encourages private landowners to provide public access to their lands for ...
Arnold and Linda Bruna announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandy Bruna, to Jonathan Berg, son of Jane Berg and the late Paul Berg.
Arnie and Arlene Keil will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 25 at St. Mark Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be their children, Kathy Price of Salina, and Kevin and Donna Keil of Great Bend; four grandchildren, Leslie and David Foos of Salina, Krista and Eugene Lee of Houston, Texas, and Andrea and Travis Thompson and Spencer Keil, all of Great Bend; and four great-grandchildren, Daxton Foos, Lexi Foos, Emma Thompson and Tristan Thompson.
August and Vada Freund will celebrate their 60th anniversary on June 18 with a dinner.
The Scheuerman family reunion was held on June 5, at the Rush Center City Hall. There were 25 in attendance from the Conrad and Henry Scheuerman families. Mark Wills of Lenexa displayed family charts, pictures, and shared some of the history. He would appreciate families to share photos, memories, stories, and history by e-mailing to Mark B. Wills @JCI.com.
Marguerite Anna Davidson will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on June 26, at the First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway, Great Bend. Hostess for the event will be Louise Gunn and Caron Zager, both of Great Bend and her good fiends. Marguerite requests no gifts for the event just fellowship with her friends and family.
Unless the weather decides to turn wet and cold, wheat harvest should be in full swing when you read this. As expected, yields have been all over the place so far in our fair state, ranging from a few bushels to 40 bushels or more per acre. Several fields in Stafford County were in the 50 bushel range. So far test weights have been over 60 pounds per bushel and protein levels over 12%. So while the yields aren't great, the quality appears good and the price holding. Now the trick is to bring in the crop before rain ...
On May 13, Dickson Oklahoma Public Schools named Jeff Parsons the 2011-2012 "Teacher of the Year" for the district. Parsons was nominated for this award by his fellow teachers. He has taught 3rd and 5th grade at Dickson Upper Elementary for the last four years. Parsons is a 1990 graduate of Great Bend High School.
Free developmental screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 24 at 1312 Patton Road in Great Bend. Sponsored by Sunflower Early Education, the screenings are available for children birth through 2 years of age. For more information or a screening appointment, call 800-692-4087 or 620-792-4087.
Our Legacy House, 403 Patton Road in Great Bend, will hold an Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Our Legacy House has a fully equipped kitchen, work room, three bedrooms with a total of eight twin beds and is available for weekend getaways, meetings, or bridal/wedding showers. For more information visit www.ourlegacyhouse.com.
By Pam Martin
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The Great Bend Beautification Committee recently completed their latest project at the Great Bend Public Library. The upper lawn level on the east side of the library has been beautifully landscaped to include three new bronze statues.
Great Bend, resident Leslie Wrinkle, a nursing major, was named to Oklahoma Baptist University's Dean's Honor Roll for the spring 2011 semester.
For the second consecutive match, the No. 19-ranked Barton Community College men's tennis team dominated as a team as the Cougars picked up a 9-0 win over Midland University Saturday morning.
NEW YORK - Brian McCann was far from panic mode. He was hitting the ball well, and figured positive results would follow.
WICHITA - The Ellinwood High School track and field team competed in the 2014 Shocker Pre-State Meet on Friday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In a Masters longing for star power, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth put himself atop the leaderboard and 18 holes away from replacing Tiger Woods as the youngest player with a green jacket.
MINNEAPOLIS - After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the offseason, the Twins expected their rotation to be better.
CHICAGO - The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning on Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox.
WICHITA - In a meet that was designed a precursor to the Class 6-1A State Track and Field Championships, Great Bend High School turned in nine top-6 performances in eight events.
CLEVELAND - Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE - The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices.
The Great Migration Rally plans for Sunday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have changed due to the fire at Camp Aldrich. The event will end at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins needed a strong outing from a starter and Kyle Gibson delivered.
Bill Johnson McKown, 58, died March 19, at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 2, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of George Monnet and Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown. Mr. McKown was a Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Wichita.