The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development announces that Andrea Bauer has joined their progressive team as the new Director of Sales and Member Services. Bauer's responsibilities will include membership and sponsorship sales, event planning, program management, and other special projects. "Andrea's background in event planning and hospitality will make her a great fit in our organization," says Chamber President/CEO Jan Peters. "We are excited to bring home a Great Bend High School graduate, especially someone who is so creative and driven."
Eleanor Penka will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 25 with a card shower.
Lewis and Dennie DeWitt will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception and dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Page Banquet Room. Hosts for the event will be their children, Julia and Neil Cordre, Darin DeWitt, Lindsey and Scott Ensley, all of Great Bend and Jane Skolaut of Nebraska; their nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Gary and Mary Durland will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Hosts for the event will be their children and their families, Delbert and Barbara Downey of Wright, Brian and Jeanette Standlee of Wamego, Carla Durland of Wichita, Dave and Angela Durland of Olathe, and Ron and Diane Durland and Linda Durland, all of Great Bend. The couple has 10 grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
Tyler and Ashley (Kuhn) Klein of Great Bend announce the birth of their son, Gannon Eric Klein, on Sept. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Doug Haltom of Rush Center, Denise Childs of Hutchinson and Tammy Haltom of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Shelby Haltom, to Blake Ochs, son of Frank and Judy Ochs of Great Bend.
Brent and Paula Bitter were united in marriage on Oct. 11 in Estes Park, Colo. in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Ron Bockhaus. Parents of the bride are Beverly Hachmeister and Paul and Judy Hachmeister. Parents of the groom are Karolyn McCaslin and the late Marvin Bitter.
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.
The following meals will be served Nov. 12 through Aug. Nov. 16. 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.
First, let's list the questions readers were asked to think about last week regarding animal care.
Progress Club met on Nov. 5 at the home of Kathy Schugart. Pat Klusener and Rosemary Herrmann served as co-hostesses. There were 20 members in attendance.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 6 at the home of Susan Brown. Susan Coulson served as co-hostess. President Jeri Brozek led the meeting.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.
LaVerna C. Moore, 80, died Feb. 26, 2015, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 11, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of G.F. and Christina (Cook) Ohnmacht. Originally from Olmitz, she married Walter B. Moore Jr. on Sept. 8, 1956, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, Ill. He died Oct. 17, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1991, returning from Chicago, she was a homemaker.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Vicky Boger Trivett, 76, died on Feb. 21, 2015. Born May 17, 1938, in Ulm, Germany, she was the daughter of Fredrich and Rosa Bauder. On April 27, 1960, she married Richard Dean Boger in Columbus, Ga. The couple resided in Great Bend from 1960 to 1974, before moving to Ellinwood from 1974-2002. They owned Boger Pharmacy in Ellinwood and Boger Gift Gallery in Great Bend. On April 19, 2002, Richard passed away. On Oct. 3, 2003, Vicky married Preston Trivett. The couple resided in Sarasota, Fla.
The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.
At Hartman Arena
Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, met with United States Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about priorities for the 114th Congress.
It took all 16 games to secure but the Barton Community College women's basketball earned a home playoff game this weekend. Barton put it in the books with an 86-79 win over Cloud County Wednesday night at the Barton Gym in the regular season finale.
This weekly poetry column explores the topic of "home" from micro to macro: from our body to the house it inhabits, to the land that anchors the house, to the sky in which it swirls.
It was a night to remember for Kenny Enoch. A night that put him in the record books.
Her career as a child actress only lasted from 1931-1944, but Marilyn Knowlden has carried the memories for a lifetime.
Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
Kimberly Roberts, soprano, will present a chamber music recital at 1:30 p.m. on March 8, at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg. The recital will feature Scandinavian music of Sibelius and Sven Lekberg, as well as the music of Giacomo Puccini and Michael Patterson.