The 69th annual John Oetken Family Reunion was held on July 17 at the Youth Building in Schnack-Lowery Park in Larned. The reunion was hosted by the Harry Oetken family.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
Barton County 2011 high school graduates and voc tech and college students enrolled for fall 2011-Sophmores through Seniors-are eligible to apply for 2011 Barton County Prevention Scholarships if they have not previously received the prevention scholarship.
The annual Christiansen family reunion will be held on Aug. 13 at the Community Center in Larned. There will be a potluck lunch starting at noon.
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.
Women in Ag will be the focus of a program to be held in Tonganoxie on Aug. 24 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Hwy 16 and Fairgrounds Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., meal served at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:45 p.m.
Kara Melchert and Reilly Duncan were united in marriage on Feb. 19, at the Peace Church in Hudson, with Pastor Wade Russell officiating. Parents of the couple are Linda Melchert of Benkelman and Richard Melchert of Trenton, and Von Stewart and Gayla Duncan of Hudson. Grandparents of the bride are Omar and Delores Robb formerly of Grand Island and Al and Burdean Melchert of Stratton, Neb. Grandparents of the groom are Vaugh Duncan of Great Bend and Richard Fischer of Hudson.
Gary White and Sharon White announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Lee White, to Russell D. Wayne Snyder, son of Glenn and Lucy Snyder.
Chris and Allison French of Overland Park announce the birth of their son, Tristan Michael French, on March 23 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Ellie Anna French.
Robert (Bob) and Eileen Ingersoll of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 4 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to them at 5516 Commanche Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
The Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host The Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, a presentation and discussion by Chris Howell at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6, at the Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, in Great Bend. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
KANSAS SHRINE BOWL
"Increase the Reach Summit," presented by the Rev. Scott Hinkle, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at Faith Community Church. The Rev. Hinkle will also be speaking in the church's Sunday morning worship service, at 10:30 a.m. April 13. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said both services are open to the public.
For thousands of years, the Passover meal has been celebrated by the Jewish people in commemoration of the Old Testament account of their escape from Egyptian slavery, the beginning of their long trek towards "the promised land," and their hope in a Messiah who would deliver them from bondage forever.
Siblings Ed Galliart and Crystal Galliart have been chosen to administrate the Great Bend Christians ministry, said Mike Richardson of City Church Ministries.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 28 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night, ending the Spurs' winning streak at 19 games.
The Great Bend High School girls' swim team hosted a swim meet on Thursday at Kirkman Activity Center.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Gregg Marshall, whose Wichita State team was the first to reach the NCAA tournament undefeated in 33 years, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year.
It will take more than a couple of bitter, one-run defeats in Motown to make the Kansas City Royals feel any less optimistic about what could be a watershed season.
DETROIT - Brad Ausmus is hoping he'll have a chance to use every position player on his roster before too long - no sense letting backups become rusty at the beginning of the season.
TOPEKA - The State Library of Kansas announces the First Annual Talking Books Traveling Art Show, "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective," featuring artwork created by Kansans with visual and/or physical impairments. The exhibition will be at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., from Saturday, April 5, through April 20, with free admission.
Margaret L. Prosser, 92, died April 3 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 29, 1921, in Pryor, Colo., she was the daughter of Matthew and Mary (Fabiney) Vigna. On Nov. 22, 1945, she married Joseph D. Prosser in Beaver. He died on Sept. 12, 1982. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Pryor, Colo., she was a homemaker.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
The Great Bend Area Support Group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thelma Harms Room at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgical Center.