Brent and Linda Haberman, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Haberman, to Ryan Guthrie, son of Bill and Lois Guthrie of Neponset, Ill. and Jenise Brennan of Moreno Valley, Calif.
Violet Morton will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept. 25 with a card shower.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Miller, of Claflin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Miller, to Aaron Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Newton, of Monticello, Ind.
Eugene and Carol Hallett will celebrate their 55th anniversary with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the St. Mark Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Hosts for the event will be their daughters and granddaughters.
Kevin Desmarteau, of Wichita, and Kim and David Walter, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Desmarteau, to Jason Shump, son of James and Dianne Shump, of Seneca, and Dorothy and Robert Frost, of Topeka. Grandparents of the bride are the late Fern Meis, the late John Kepka, the late Alverize and Lucille Desmarteau and the late Harold and Margaret Walter.
Sam and Sharon Estes will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the American State Bank Hospitality Room in St. John. Hosts for the event will be their children and their spouses.
The following meals will be served Sept. 19 through Sept. 23 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.
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.
Descendants of the Joseph and Johann Mauler families gathered for their biannual family reunion on Aug. 28, at the Great Bend Senior Center, with Gerald and Lois Mauler and families as hosts.
The Parnassus Club met Sept. 13, at Treader's for the fall kickoff.
Youth from across the state have entered 1,456 head of animals for the 79th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 713 4-H and FFA members from 91 counties will show 109 market steers, 318 breeding heifers, 323 market hogs, 273 market lambs, 52 purebred ewes, 168 commercial ewes and 213 meat goats. The competition will take place September 23-26 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita
Three Fort Hays State University financial planning students were selected to be among nine teams from across the country to participate in the Financial Planning Challenge national competition in San Diego, Calif., from Wednesday, Sept. 14, to Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend, has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears hometown stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. The Great Bend store was one of only 190 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recogniition at the annual Hometown Celebration held in Orlando, Fla.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Firefighters in Great Bend have a tradition of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Friday, Aug. 29, firefighters will hold their annual MDA Boot Block, asking the public to fill their boots with donations. They will be at Walmart, both Dillons stores and True Value from 4 to 7 p.m.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about the theft of a bicycle from a bike rack at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.
It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the FFY 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) draft document.
Heartland Regional OBGYN, in partnership with Great Bend Regional Hospital, announced the arrival of Dr. Aisha Rush OBGYN to the Great Bend area.
MEXICO CITY– President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law Mexico's landmark energy reform legislation and announced that his government could name as early as this week the first oil and gas fields that will be opened up to foreign investors.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Road. A letter with a home address or a bank statement is required to prove residency. For more information, call Ann Robinson at 620-792-7676.
When every day's news is filled with reports of murders or war atrocities, I never understand why I should be uniquely saddened when a famous person passes away. It sounds heartless, but I find that their absence doesn't affect my life in any significant way. That's why I'm usually left confused by the rituals of communal grief that consume television and social media in the wake of a celebrity's passing.
If you are on social media, you have probably seen friends, politicians, athletes or celebrities recently dump a bucket of ice water over their head. This chilly "challenge" they are doing is the Striking Out ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is taking over the social media world. The task is a campaign to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
What would you do with an extra hour each day?
Practice will only get one so far when it comes to music, according to a Swedish study of identical twins that suggests talent may be largely genetic.