This July the Barton County Conservation District received approval for funding under the Non-Point Source Pollution Management Plan. The programs approved for cost-share funding by the board of supervisors for this plan are plugging of abandoned water wells and upgrading failed sewage systems.
As of the first of July, anyone with access to cellular, Wi-Fi or Internet service could download free smartphone applications -- called "apps" -- that allow them to engage with Fort Hays State University, Nex-Tech and Nex-Tech Wireless from anywhere in the world.
The following meals will be served Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. 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.
Ray and Donna Zimmerman of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Dawn Zimmerman, to Larry Dennis Winegarner II, son of Linda Winegarner of Wichita. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Maxine Heueisen of Great Bend and the late Charles Heueisen, and Erma Zimmerman of Great Bend and the late Percy Zimmerman. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Thomas and Lena Vogt.
Lydia Blehm will celebrate her 90th on Aug. 29 with a family gathering and meal. Celebrating with her will be her children and grandchildren, Harold and Delores Schneidewind, Craig and Linda Schneidewind; and grandchildren Steven Schneidewind, and Alva, Kim, Tristan, Morgan, Shana and Weston McHenry.
Rebecca Koochel and Dallas Guinn were united in marriage on Dec. 11 at St. Francis of Assasi Catholic Church in Wichita in a ceremony officiated by Father Michael Linnebur. Parents of the couple are Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend and Rex and Lisa Guinn of Stilwell, Okla. Grandparents of the bride are Florine Meister of Great Bend and the late Joe and Minnie Beck, the late Elwyn Koochel and the late John Meister. Grandparents of the groom are Renie Guinn of Stilwell, Okla., the late Kenneth Guinn and the late Elizabeth Tinsley.
Katy Jilek and Matt Hertel were united in marriage on May 20, at the Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Church in Woodbury, Minn. with Father Tom Walker officiating. Parents of the couple are Michael and Kathleen Jilek of Wausau, Wis. and Gary and Diana Hertel of Great Bend. Grandparents of the groom are Clarence and Doris Tuzicka of Otis.
Lance and Linda Champlin announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Jo Champlin, on June 14 in Concordia. She weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She has a big brother, Trae, who is 2 1/2 years old.
Linda Stairrett, former resident of Jetmore, and Trention Schlotthauer, longtime resident of the Bushton/Ellinwood area, announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Andy Stairrett, of Jetmore. She is the granddaughter of Jack and Edna Stairrett of Jetmore. The prospective groom is the son of David and Kim Schlotthauer and Kristen and Brian Stout, all of Ellinwood. He is the grandson of the late Pete and Pat Bieberle, Ronald Schlotthauer of Ellinwood and the late Ramona, Keith and Connie Rohrman of Arizona and Ron and Donna Stout of Alaska.
August A. Christiansen and Pruella Hager were married May 4, 1890. The union produced nine off-springs. This reunion had some of the many descendants present. Marjorie Long 91 of Ellinwood is the last surviving off-spring was unable to attend due to illness.