Barton Community College students of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education group will create "The Haunted Asylum," to raise money for the Brit Spaugh Zoo from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday throughout the Fine Arts Building.
Musicians from Great Bend High School and the Great Bend area will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the GBHS a cappella Choir in a concert set for 7:30 p.m. this evening in the high school auditorium.
Shaley White, Leoti, is not the typical college sophomore. Only 17 years old, White is in her second year of college and is a high school senior at the Kansas Academy of Mathematics at Science at Fort Hays State University.
Once again it is that time of year to recognize agriculture producers that have done an outstanding job of conserving our natural resource. Producers are recognized thru the Kansas Bankers Awards. This program is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. This year there are six categories that awards will be considered: Energy Conservation; Water Quality; Water Conservation; Soil Conservation; Windbreaks and Wildlife Habitat
Students and staff in Residential Life at Fort Hays State University are offering area children a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween.
Jack and LaDean Bailey will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 25 with a card shower. Jack Bailey and LaDean Cooley were united in marriage on Oct. 25, 1961 at the Christian Church in Cunningham. The couple celebrated in July with a family trip to Kansas City. They have three children, Ron and Nancy Bailey of Franklin, Ind., Aleisha and Tom Bragg of Gordon, Neb., and Wendy and Mike Howe of Castle Rock, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
Hilda E. Meisner of Great Bend will celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower.
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.
CULLISON - A Hugoton man was taken to the Kiowa County Hospital with possible injuries on Friday after a semitrailer and a vehicle collided at 6:05 p.m.
Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local Wawa. That's the lowest price since just after the recession ended.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
LA CROSSE - Marie D. Reifschneider, 86, La Crosse, died, Nov. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. She was born April 5, 1928, at rural Timken, the daughter of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married LeRoy Reifschneider at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
Calista Marie Stuart, 88, died Nov. 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1926, at Barton County, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Theisen) Seyfert. She married Herbert Stuart in 1943, and later divorced. A lifetime Barton County resident, Calista was a bookkeeper, working for Cheyenne Drug, Van-Jo Dairy, Kottwitz Motor Company, Bob Reiter Chevrolet, Ron Miller Accounting, and most recently M & F Plumbing Heating and Air.
Sister Patricia Martinez, 89, died Nov. 14 at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. Born May 13, 1925, in Little River, as Pasquala Martinez, Sister Patricia was the daughter of Gregorio and Placida Gomez Martinez. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Oct. 10, 1943, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.
WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.
SeaPort Airlines announced today that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year. SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer Rob McKinney, will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
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Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.