Leo J. and Dorothy A. (Dreher) Schmidt celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 13. Leo is retired from Smith Tool Company. The couple's children are Dianna Koerner of Hays, George (Sallie) Schmidt of Fort Smith, Ark., Karen (Steve) Harper of Hutchinson, Michael (Debbie) Schmidt, of Greeley, Colo., Patricia Schartz of Great Bend and Joan (Jeff) Barrett of Wichita. They have 12 grandchildren, eight
Free Developmental Screenings, available to all children birth to 5, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Roosevelt Elementary School, 316 N. Vine, in Hoisington.Call 620-653-4470 to schedule an appointment.
Brian and Franci Fuller announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrea LouAnn Fuller, on Oct. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Kilgore and Ms. Deb Wagner announce the engagement of their daughter Kaci Kilgore of St. John, to Jacob Oehlert, son of Brian and Donita Oehlert of Shawnee.
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.
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The following meals will be served Jan. 16 through Jan. 20. 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.
KWEC has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs! Kids will turn the birdhouse gourds grown in KWEC's garden into homes for our feathered friends, make a feather bookmark, play games and of course learn more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announces that Josh Huber has joined the company as a Relay Technician. Josh joined Sunflower on Jan. 9. He will perform the work associated with and including, but not limited to, the installation, testing, inspection, calibration, and repair of all system protection devices, transducers, and equipment (electro-mechanical and electronic relays, protective controls, switchboards, and other substation equipment) as related to Sunflower's and the Members' electric transmission and distribution system.
The last citrus sale for this year at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School will be from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. today and Monday. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangelos have been ordered. Call 620-791-7314 or 620-793-9247 (Sun and Mon).
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Jan. 3 in the Heart of Kansas Family Health Care conference room. President Janis Link, president, conducted the meeting.
American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas, Great Bend, will host a meeting for all veterans and their families who wish to learn more about their earned VA benefits from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. on Wednesday. Veterans and their families who have specific questions regarding VA benefits are urged to attend this meeting. We'd also like to extend a personal invitation to eligible veterans and spouses to join our organization and take part in the many programs and services available.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
American AgCredit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate start of construction of its Great Bend office. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the site, 5634 10th St.
The dynamic demographics of the United States come with many advantages, but they also present some challenges, like communication barriers.
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ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed 6th at a tournament held at Southeast of Saline on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Larned's Tyler Stelter (10) drives the baseline versus Ellsworth in a 60-50 loss by the Indians. Larned's Aarika Bright (5) puts up a shot in the lane in Ellsworth's 55-37 basketball victory. Larned played Hoisington Tuesday night.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible.