At the invitation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Alby Harris, Dakota Ellis and MaKenzie Sauder of Great Gend High School were selected to attend the 28th Annual Governor's Scholars Awards Program on May 1, in Topeka.
The First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend, announces the recipients of the HH and Jennie Kopke Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. The new recipients are: Rana Ahmadi, daughter of Hashmatullah and Tourpaki Ahmadi; Ryan Bretches, son of Mark and Sarah Bretches; Derek Moos, son of Mike and Stephanie Moos; Marcella McCluskey, daughter of Patrick and Tish McCluskey; Brittany Pflughoeft, daughter of Brian and Malissia Pflughoeft; and Lauren Thill, daughter of Mike and Ginger Thill.
Elmer and Diane Beck will celebrate their 45th anniversary on May 21 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
Nelson H. and Donna R. Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance at 6:30 p.m. on May 28 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. Hosts for the even will be their children, Spencer and Jill Wharton and Matthew and Laura Wharton, all of Great Bend. The couple has four grandsons, Jacob, Jaret, Brady and Grant Wharton.
Lyle "George" and Connie Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance, at 6:30 p.m. on May 28, at the American Legion. Hosts for the event will be their children, Staci and Matthew Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., Stephanie and Todd Lagerman of Riley, and their grandchildren, Lily and Logan Lagerman of Riley.
Jeremy and Melanie Lewis announce the birth of their daughter, Delaney Piper Pace Lewis, on April 24 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz., and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Declan Thomas Tripp Lewis, who is 21 months old.
JLD Carwash recently opened at 205 E. 10th Street. Services available include vehicle cleaning and detailing. Call 620-796-2031 for more information.
Cody and Kami Schmidt announce the birth of their son, Carter Joseph Schmidt, on April 6 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 in. long.
The Parnassus Club met May 10 at the Classic Inn, with seven members present for the annual Spring Luncheon. Following a very yummy and enjoyable meal, the business meeting was held. Sharon Jones reported on the Night at the Opera in Salina which was enjoyed by Nancy Converse, Betty Erickson, Chari Miller and Sharon. They enjoyed an Italian dinner at Martinelli's across the street from the Stiefel Theatre where the Opera evening was presented.
The following meals will be served May 23 through May 26The 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.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Club at Stone Ridge. President Rose Kelly opened the meeting with the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. Forty-two members and one guest, Joe Boley, were present. Birthdays for March, April and May were recognized.
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.
Commencement is a beginning, not a conclusion. That's the message Brooke Feikert and Andrew Staats shared with more than 400 cap-and-gown-clad listeners and a crowd of 2,200 spectators this morning in the 91st annual graduation ceremony at Garden City Community College.
Great Bend entrepreneur Mark Kind, owner of Miracle-Ear Service Center located at 918 Williams in Great Bend, earned the prestigious 2010 Platinum Club award from the Miracle-Ear® franchise organization. Miracle-Ear presents the award to the top franchisees in their network for achievements in adhering to compliance standards and excelling in four weighted sales performance categories.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "New Zoo Friends" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Great Bend Police
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
ST. JOHN - Leonard Rex Davis, 84, died Feb. 23 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Mar. 2, 1929, at Manter, the son of Earl R. and Rosa M. (Kidwell) Davis. He was a farmer/stockman and life-long resident of rural St. John.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
Christy Smith, 49, died Feb. 22 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 22, 1964 at Travis U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Wendell H. and Mary (Brocher) Smith. A Great Bend resident since 1971, Christy was employed as a residential home care provider for Rosewood Services. She enjoyed animals, movies, reading, and sharing her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She particularly enjoyed helping others, always identifying with those in need.
Maxine R. Heueisen, 80, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1933 in Stafford County, she was the daughter of Earl and Jesse (Ballinger) Carr. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Charles Heueisen in Larned. He died on April 17, 1979. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Larned. She was employed in the admissions department at Larned State Hospital, previously employed as the activities director at the Great Bend Manor and served as a case worker for the Center For Counselling. She had also previously operated the Meals on Wheels program ...
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on the amendment of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) FY 14-17.
Kansas State University researchers met with representatives from the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Alliance, and Kansas Crop Improvement Association, on Feb. 17-18. They presented updates on current research projects and outlined requests for future project funding.
Ned and Lynne Oak announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Oak to Sierra Thorne, daughter of Sue Funk and the late Harry Thorne III.
Edmund F. Martinez will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel in Great Bend. Friends, family and the public are invited to attend.
On Feb. 13 the TLC Twisters 4-H Club delivered bird feeders they made to Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation residents. They were made from combining gelatin and bird seed and forming them in cookie cutters in the shape of hearts for Valentines Day.