RUSSELL - With an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 5, the Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main in Russell, is hosting the art collection of the late Art Priddy and beginning a silent auction for the items.
The Barton Community College theater department has announced auditions for its upcoming production of William Inge's play "Bus Stop," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a small monologue.
This year, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (formerly the Great Bend Dominicans) celebrate a year of Jubilee, commemorating significant profession anniversaries of 70 Golden and Diamond Jubilarians. Six of these Sisters made their original professions of vows in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - "Amazing Wonders Aviation" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School at New Life Baptist Church, 364 W. 12th St., Hoisington. Running from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening next week, Aug. 6-10, students will encounter God's awesome power made visible through some of His greatest natural wonders. With stops at the Paricutin volcano, Victoria Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and the Great Barrier Reef, children will get to experience it all, sponsors said.
ST. JOHN - Otillia "Tillie" M. Schmidt Peintner, 87, died Aug. 1 at Kenwood Plaza in St. John. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Otillia Staab Schmidt. She was a former resident of Ellinwood, 1978-2009, and formerly of Stafford and Pawnee Rock. On Aug. 17, 1943, she married Donald Peintner at Spearville. He died May 16, 2005.
Margaret E. Archer, 84, died Aug. 2 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 9, 1928, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of Thomas and Theresa (Pheifer) Seitz. She married William E. Archer in Great Bend. He died on April 19, 1998. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a homemaker and caregiver.
TULSA, Okla. - Russell Dale Westphal went to be with the Lord on July 24 in Tulsa, Okla. Born Aug. 25, 1949, in Spearville, he was the son of Cloyd and Betty Westphal of Kinsley. He grew up in Kinsley. He studied architecture at Kansas State University. On May 23, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Cross, in Lewis. After finishing college they moved to Great Bend where they lived for 16 years. In 1990 Russell and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he continued his architectural career, specializing in custom residential design.
Wheatland Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2015 "Spotlight on Excellence" national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Wheatland received a Gold Award in the Best Event Category for the Cram the Van food drive. Shawn Powelson, Manager of Member Services and Corporate Communications coordinated the award-winning event.
The approach of Memorial Day reminds thoughtful Americans of those who serve in uniform. It's a time of reflection about the sacrifice that many have made for the rest of us. The Better Business Bureau honors the memory of those who served our nation and remains mindful of the needs of the families of military members who continue to serve.
First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.
The Sterling College Class of 2015 walked across the stage in Gleason Physical Education Center on May 16, to mark the end of their time at Sterling College. President Scott Rich shook the hands of each graduate as they were welcomed into the family of Sterling College Alumni.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) joined with the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, and State Charity Regulators today to help the donating public avoid questionable fund raising circumstances and find trustworthy charities to support. The FTC announced a major action against Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.
Debbie Wise has announced her retirement from First Kansas Bank. She is currently Assistant Vice President and Security Officer for the Bank. Paul Snapp commented, "Since joining First Kansas Bank, Debbie has brought her knowledge of the community and friendly attitude to our customers. Our bank team and customers will miss her infectious enthusiasm."