Brandon and Megan Shields (Levingston) announce the birth of their son, Elias Willem Shields, on Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. four oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Bill and Jean Starbuck celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner in Great Bend.
Ted and Ingrid Bird celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise to the south of France. Their children and families hosted a celebration in their honor at the Bird home on the farm.
Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs were united in marriage on July 16 at St. John's Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington. Parents of the couple are Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, all of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Ruth Axman, Margaret Ney, both of Hoisington and the late Francis Ney. Grandmother of the groom is Dorotha Boyce of Texas.
Hillary Boatman and Steven J. Kaeberle were united in marriage on Oct. 21 in a ceremony held at the courthouse. Parents of the bride are Diane Boatman and the late Conrad Boatman. Parents of the groom are Steven A. Kaeberle and Becky Conda.
Mark and Ruby Alloway of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Jo Alloway, to Dustin Lee Ellis, son of Darrell Ellis and Terri Stapleton, both of Great Bend.
George Tregellas will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Highland Hotel pool area. Hosts for the event will be his children, Michael and Brenda Tregellas of Lambertville, N.J. and Robert and Deborah Baker of Carlsbad, Calif. They request no gifts.
On Nov. 15th the Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. It began 15 years ago when a group of local individuals envisioned a way for people to give back to their local communities. The result was the establishment of the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
One-hundred five candidates from the central portion of Kansas became United States citizens October 17. The ceremony was held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina. These new citizens came from 43 different countries. This special ceremony was held to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the District Court of Kansas and took place in Salina as it was one of the first cities in Kansas to host the District Court.
The new 2011 President of Rotary asked members for a worthwhile local project and got a suggestion from Dr. Roger Marshall to plant a windbreak at the new sports complex.
Each spring and early summer in Kansas, fields of golden wheat stretch their friendly wave to passers-by, providing stunning evidence of the state's historical supremacy in wheat production and research.
Smoky Hill EAA Chapter #1127 will host a Young Eagle Day on Saturday Nov. 5, at the Ellsworth airport. Young people age 8 to 17 are welcome to experience a demonstration flight in an airplane. The flights are provided free of charge to any youth wishing to participate.
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.
Normally by now, it wouldn't be unusual for area producers to be getting ready to turn out cattle on wheat and rye pasture, especially south of here and under irrigation. Wheat is behind where we would like it to be for the third week of October. Wheat is just emerging, or has emerged and is slowly starting to develop. Normally producers wouldn't be too happy but this isn't a "normal" year. When you consider the summer heat and drought just past and continuing, the wheat looks pretty good. Most received enough moisture for germination and emergence, cooler ...
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Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The Renaissance Financial advisors enthusiasm for their career and master of their trade is apparent as they have been awarded for their tremendous work in 2013.
The veteran's representative from the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will not be making his normal second Thursday visit in April to the Kansas Works Office. Instead, he will be in Great Bend on the third Thursday, April 17th. He will return to the second Thursday schedule in May and the months following.
Next-generation technology is now providing the power behind SeaPort Airlines, the Portland, Oregon-based regional airline which recently completed its successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa portfolio of airline IT solutions. The company's first flight using the new system was operated between Memphis and Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday, March 23rd.
It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.
Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.
HOUSTON (AP) - Derek Jeter began the first game of his final season by getting plunked with a pitch. The Astros then beat up on CC Sabathia even worse, ensuring the captain's farewell tour would start with a Yankees' loss.
Great Bend High School has officially hired a new head football coach.
LARNED - The Larned High School baseball team shut down Halstead in a doubleheader on Tuesday evening.
CHICAGO (AP) - Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood Community Library will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas on April 11 at 1:45 p.m. at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, 210 N. Schiller Ave. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.