Hilda Chakir will celebrate her 97th birthday on April 8, with family and friends. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she has three children, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Shannon Laurice Brack and Gerald Lee Wilburn were united in marriage on June 2 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. James Strasen. Parents of the bride are Roger and Sharon Brack of Otis. Grandparents of the bride are Eudale Brack of Otis and the late Magdalene Brack and Irene Miller. Grandparents of the groom are Mary and Carl Henkle.
Great Bend Middle School announces the January and February Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school Administrators.
Cattlemen across much of Kansas are in a quandary. As grass managers, they are asking themselves how many cattle will their ranges and pastures support after twenty to thirty months of drought. What steps can be taken to protect the grazing resources while maintaining enough cattle numbers to be financially viable? Will we get enough runoff to fill the ponds?
If you've ever heard the stampeding sound of a tornado or been close enough to see fence posts, the side of a building or the steel of a grain bin twisting furiously as the dreaded black monster gobbles up the countryside, you'll remember it always.
March 31, 2013|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
As National Nutrition Month comes to an end for another year I hope you and your family have found ways to add more color to your meals. The new MyPlate recommendations for healthy eating stress that half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables; seven or more servings scattered throughout the day. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming, but I can't emphasize enough the wonderful benefits in eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Besides all of the great vitamins and minerals you get from these colorful plants your body also benefits from the generous ...
Local sculptor Chet Cale recently presented a program to members of the Progress Club at the home of Karen Becker. Using a variety of visual aids, he explained the processes involved in creating "The Gift," from early drawings to the casting and final installation of the three bronze figures in front of the Barton County Courthouse.
Well, my first week at Barton County Research and Extension has definitely has not been boring to say the least! I have hit the ground running and am learning something new every day. I have had several subjects brought to me, but one that has been talked about several times is boring insects in trees. This made me curious on why I would hear about this problem so much in a week's time, so I set out to do some research to see what I could dig up.
Kari Wirth is being promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer for First Kansas Bank according to Paul Snapp, President and CEO of the Bank. Snapp remarked, "Kari has the work experience and educational background to lead the operations of our Bank. She will continue to strengthen our bank's commitment to operate in a safe and sound manner while providing personalized service to our customers. We are excited to have Kari leading this important area of First Kansas Bank."
The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend has been named a 2013 Sears Hometown Premier Store. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offers the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. At the end of last year, the Great Bend store was one of only 293 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.
The Barton Blazers took first place in the Great Bend MAYB tournament this past weekend. The Blazers defeated the CK Select in the championship game 49-38. The Blazers will play at Nationals the weekend of July 30th in Wichita. Players include Brock Skelton, Chance Sanger, Nick Wondra, J.J. Heredia, Evan Campbell, Dalton Miller, Connor Griffith, Sam Ryan, and Ray Kuhlman.
LAKIN- The Golden Belt Swim Club Barracuda won their final regular season meet in Lakin on Saturday. Matt Huslig and Aubrey Snapp won all of their events. Other top swimmers were Kira Cook, Brady Daniel, and Phane Pedigo.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...
Former students of Country School District 71, south of Great Bend, held a reunion on June 20, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Marla Brocher served refreshments to the 20 students and spouses. Those attending were: Bill and Marie (Roach) Stanley, Patricia (Wright) Mauch, Mary Brocher Smith, Marla (Whorton) Brocher, Marvin and Marcia (Bliss) McNett, Cathy (McNett) Johnson, Gary and Jimmy Ellis, Rex and Virginia Ramey, Val and Arlene (Lundquist) Bakumenko, Terry and Susie Lundquist, David Gaunt, Patricia (Bliss) Julian, Robert Blake, and Arleen Whittaker.
Kansas Certified organic produces or farmers interested in becoming certified organic growers are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The cost share program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill to assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.
Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, "My life begins with the land." Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work.
June 28, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
By the late 1950s, many veterans of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps were "aging out," and a paradox ensued. While an all-time number of pre-teems were applying for membership, an all-time low were correctly trained musicians. To address the dilemma while reducing the strain placed on a volunteer staff, the Rebel-Heirs feeder corps was organized.
Golden Sheaf O.E.S. Chapter 226 of Great Bend met on June 15 at the Hoisington Masonic Hall for their last meeting before summer break. Kristi Hord from the Proficiency Team and Cindy Moore from the Membership Team for District 9 were present.
Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27, Great Bend, hold their annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser, Saturday July 4, at local businesses in Great Bend. Chapter 27 members will be stationed at both Dillons stores, WalMart, Waters True Value Hardware and Orschein Farm & Home Store.