Luelma Hejny will celebrate her 95th birthday on Nov. 19 with a card shower.
Teddy and Carol Gingrich will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the Zook Community Building. Hosts for the event are their children, Shari and Jim Soukup, Tim and Serena Neidig, Lori and Brent Lamar; and their grandchildren Nathan and Katie Neidig, and Nick and Kara Neidig.
Ken and Diann Henderson of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Jo Henderson, to Kyle Lee Kirmer, son of Dennis and Jan Kirmer of Hays.
Larry and Dorothy Panning of Ellinwood will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at noon on Nov. 20 at the St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Center in Ellinwood. A public reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 6th and Wilhelm in Ellinwood. No gifts are requested.
Joyce Lust will celebrate her 80th birthday on Nov. 19 with a family dinner in Great Bend, hosted by her children, daughters Gail Lust of Great Bend, and Kathy McAtee, of Yukon, Okla. and son, Keith Lust and wife Carol of Orlando, Fla. She has two grandsons, Jarad McAtee and wife Krystal of Yukon, Okla. and Neal McAtee of Mustang, Okla.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is preparing for its holiday citrus fruit order. The navel oranges and pink grapefruit are from the Indian River area of Florida and are picked, packed, and shipped for rapid delivery. This allows for the freshest fruit. They are taking orders for the navel oranges and pink grapefruit through Dec. 2. The fruit will be available on Dec. 11-12 at the school, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road. These boxes of fruit are excellent for Christmas gifts and gift certificates
Elda Schroeder will celebrate her 95th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Papa's Cafe in Albert. Hosts for the event will be her children, Troy Schroeder of Albert and Jean Hanks of Great Bend.
Karla Taylor of Great Bend, and Dr. M. R. "Pete" Hayden, of Camdenton, Mo. were united in marriage on Oct. 11 in a private outdoor ceremony near Camdenton, Mo.
Roy and Carla VonFeldt of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Nov. 13 with a card shower.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Great Bend High School Library. Items on the agenda include updated information on the district's Shady Grove property, Board of Education representatives for the Great Bend Recreation Board, and Kansas Assessments update.
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 77th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams". Gracie Brantley, 4-H Council President served as the emcee. Drew Reisner, 4-H Council Vice President led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.
Curiously on one of the Wichita TV stations after the most recent precipitation, the weatherman spent time regarding the drought and if the drought was over. Most of us while very grateful for the moisture know we are still in a severe drought, especially when you consider that even after the last event many areas are still five or more inches behind normal compared to the long-term yearly average as of this date. So what exactly did we gain with this moisture?
With help from Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, a Sterling company has been able to optimize its product designs, strengthening the quality of its product line.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
5th grade: Robby Brining, Chase Harter, Matthew Phillips*, Malachi Williams, McKayla Williams*, Matthew Zorn
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Smoke from a large grass fire burning north of Interstate 70 on Monday caused a chain reaction accident involving five vehicles, Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Kansas historian Leo Oliva will present the program, "What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?" when the Barton County Historical Society hosts a joint meeting with the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association next week. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281 (Main Street) in Great Bend.
Monday, April 21
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
A dinner and raffle fundraiser for Kadin White medical expenses will be held at 6 p.m. on May 17 at the Ellinwood American Legion. Free will donations will be taken for the dinner. Raffle tickets are $10 or five for $40. To donate for raffle tickets message Roch Miller II at 620-786-0405; Ryan Wirtz at 620-617-1355; Shannon Peterson at 620-639-5919; Joe Vinduska at 785-393-4882; or call Toyia Roblyer at 620-796-2133.
You'd think Americans have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.
Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you've been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include prgram changes at Great Bend Middle School; approval of administrator retirement and licensed teacher resignatioins; and supplement salary committee recommendations. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Kylie Lamatsch, Aubrey Oberle and Kealy Burris as the April Students of the Month.