League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Oct. 9 at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Layton and Christy Landis of Pratt and Michele Clair-McFarren of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Landis, to Ian Marsh, son of Richard (Dick) and Lela Marsh of Pratt.
Clarke and Linda Williams of Topeka will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 with an Open House at the First Christian Church, 1880 SW Gage in Topeka. Hosts for the event will be their son Wade and his wife Elishua Williams and grandchildren, Conner Allyson and Alex, all of Olathe. No gifts are requested.
Brogan Don Unruh of Great Bend announces the engagement of his Mom and Dad, Nicole Schwager and Shawn (Odie) Unruh. Parents of the couple are Rick and Kathy Schwager of Great Bend, LeAnna Unruh and Jack Johnson of Pawnee Rock and George and Kim Unruh of St. John. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Larry and Carol Horton of Great Bend and the late George and Luella Schwager. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Don and Carol Ellis of Belgrade, Mont. and the late Dean and Nancy Unruh.
William "Bill" Robbins of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday on Oct. 15 with a card shower.
Jerry and Marcy Sieker of Ellinwood and Phil and Lynda Weaver of Topeka, announce the engagement of their children Kyle Dean Sieker and Kalyn Marie Weaver. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Norman and Doris Weaver of Hugoton and Charlene Swanson of Topeka and the late Duane Swanson. Grandparents of the prospective groom are the late William and Benita Doherty and Wanda Sieker of Ellinwood and the late Harry Sieker.
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Mary Wondra will celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct. 12 with a card shower.
Alan Moran and Amye and Jon Schneider announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Moran, to Kory Jones, son of the late Kelly Beakey.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of GBHS class scheduling; update on Dance Line trip fund-raising; GBHS vocal music information regarding proposed trip of A Capella Choir to Washington, DC; approval of copier agreements; project updates on GBMS gymnasium construction and GBHS gym bleachers; 2012-2013 student enrollment; and update on Pioneer League membership request.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 2 at the home of Janis Link. President Jeri Brozek led the meeting attended by 10 chapter members.
The following meals will be served Oct. 8 through Oct. 12. 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.
Eighteen area students were awarded scholarships totaling $3,800 at the Kansas State University alumni/student event Sept. 18 in Great Bend.
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.
CLAFLIN -The Kasselman Family of rural Claflin continued their tradition of hosting another very successful Fall Fun Festival with all proceeds being donated to Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation on Sept. 28. This was the 9th year for the event and the largest to date with an estimated 900 people in attendance.
The Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK) is an organization providing a safe, family-oriented environment to promote education and wholesome recreation for its members and the community as a whole through modeling activities. Join MACK on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. until dusk as members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event. Who knows? You may even have a chance to fly one of these model airplanes with the aid of a MACK instructor. This program is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by at least one adult ...
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Copier bids are on the agenda for the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
On Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Great Bend High School counselors will present information for parents of juniors and seniors concerning life after high school. Topics included: scholarships, college applications, ACT, graduation credits, college visits, FAFSA checklists, Career Cruising, and PEP. The same information will be given each night.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to noon for a free breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ELLINWOOD - The Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Plains chapter, will meet upstairs at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 620-791-8673.
From pumpkins to monsters, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is showing its fall colors this month.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor a Fall Middle School Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Great Bend Activity Center, at 2715 18th St., for all Great Bend Middle School students. Admission is $5 with GBMS students ID. No hats will be allowed. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice. Popcorn and water will be provided.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to its Fun Fly, from 1 p.m. until dusk this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the MACK flying field. The field is located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. at 114 SW 20 Ave.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Club in Great Bend are asking the public to help them raise funds to pave the parking lot at their club, 723 Main Street, which is used for numerous public events. There will be a fried chicken dinner at the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost is $10 for a dinner with all the trimmings. There will be free hot dogs for kids 5 and under, and to-go boxes are available.
CIMARRON - Johnna Franks, 65, died Oct. 8, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. Born Nov. 1, 1948, in Independence, she was the daughter of Johnnie and Norma (Marlett) Carroll. She graduated high school in Fredonia. She was a convenience store manager for 30 years. On June 28, 1970, she married Larry Franks in Fredonia. She and Larry moved to Cimarron from Great Bend, and spent the last three years RVing full time. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards.