O C McCrary will celebrate his 80th birthday on May 31. O C was born in a log cabin on Sugar Hill near Lincoln, Ark. to Doc and Zella McCrary. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Wanza Lou Willis. The couple has six children, 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A career with Halliburton took them to McPherson and Great Bend, where they raised their family. Since retiring to the Ozarks, he is devoted to his passionate love of the great outdoors and the catch of his life, his wife.
Loretta Morgenstern will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 31 with a card shower. A long-time resident of Hoisington, she was married to LeRoy Morgenstern on Feb.14, 1942. He died on Oct. 3, 1993. She has six children, 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Glenn and Phyllis Schniepp will celebrate their 60th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 28 at the Golden Years Center in Bazine. Hosts for the event will be their children, Larry and Belinda Schniepp of Shenandoah, Iowa, Terry and Colleen Schniepp, Marlin and Billie Schniepp, all of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Charles and Kelli Schniepp of Bazine. The couple has eight grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Lenora Margaret Hutton (Budig), will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. today with a surprise "Come and Go" reception at 608 E. Lakeview Drive in Barton Hills.
At the invitation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Alby Harris, Dakota Ellis and MaKenzie Sauder of Great Gend High School were selected to attend the 28th Annual Governor's Scholars Awards Program on May 1, in Topeka.
The First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend, announces the recipients of the HH and Jennie Kopke Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. The new recipients are: Rana Ahmadi, daughter of Hashmatullah and Tourpaki Ahmadi; Ryan Bretches, son of Mark and Sarah Bretches; Derek Moos, son of Mike and Stephanie Moos; Marcella McCluskey, daughter of Patrick and Tish McCluskey; Brittany Pflughoeft, daughter of Brian and Malissia Pflughoeft; and Lauren Thill, daughter of Mike and Ginger Thill.
Elmer and Diane Beck will celebrate their 45th anniversary on May 21 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
Nelson H. and Donna R. Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance at 6:30 p.m. on May 28 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. Hosts for the even will be their children, Spencer and Jill Wharton and Matthew and Laura Wharton, all of Great Bend. The couple has four grandsons, Jacob, Jaret, Brady and Grant Wharton.
Lyle "George" and Connie Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance, at 6:30 p.m. on May 28, at the American Legion. Hosts for the event will be their children, Staci and Matthew Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., Stephanie and Todd Lagerman of Riley, and their grandchildren, Lily and Logan Lagerman of Riley.
Jeremy and Melanie Lewis announce the birth of their daughter, Delaney Piper Pace Lewis, on April 24 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz., and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Declan Thomas Tripp Lewis, who is 21 months old.
JLD Carwash recently opened at 205 E. 10th Street. Services available include vehicle cleaning and detailing. Call 620-796-2031 for more information.
Cody and Kami Schmidt announce the birth of their son, Carter Joseph Schmidt, on April 6 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 in. long.
The Parnassus Club met May 10 at the Classic Inn, with seven members present for the annual Spring Luncheon. Following a very yummy and enjoyable meal, the business meeting was held. Sharon Jones reported on the Night at the Opera in Salina which was enjoyed by Nancy Converse, Betty Erickson, Chari Miller and Sharon. They enjoyed an Italian dinner at Martinelli's across the street from the Stiefel Theatre where the Opera evening was presented.
The following meals will be served May 23 through May 26The 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.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Club at Stone Ridge. President Rose Kelly opened the meeting with the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. Forty-two members and one guest, Joe Boley, were present. Birthdays for March, April and May were recognized.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a USTA Adult Open Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. The tournament is open for anyone ages 18 and older.
DODGE CITY - Facing elimination, Great Bend's Class AAA American Legion baseball team blasted Buhler 12-2 in a Zone Tournament game on Tuesday.
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Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
Pharrell William's song, "Happy", has topped the music charts and kept people dancing all summer long. But do those who "clap along" really know what makes them happy?
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou Willis was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton Texas to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
HUDSON - Joyce Daretta Curtis, 74, died July 21, 2014 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
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LARNED - The Larned city council has scheduled a second budget workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall. The public is invited to attend.
It used to be commonplace for people to observe certain manners. Respect your elders. Say "please" and "thank you." Say "excuse me." While these still apply today, there are some that seem to have been forgotten or that need some adjusting for today's world.
The United States falls behind other countries in terms of federal protection and support for working parents. Individual states can implement policies to make it easier to be both a parent and an employee, but a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that states don't rank too high, either.
The recent arrest of a mother who let her 9-year-old daughter play alone at a park is drawing criticism from other mothers who have been accused of child neglect in similar incidents.
Often the hardest part of running is putting on your shoes.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
"Just following the will of the people." That's been the GOP rationalization for accomplishing absolutely nothing for five and a half years. Doesn't matter what the issue is. Immigration. Jobs. Infrastructure. Climate change. Banking reform. The proliferation of substandard dental schools in Nebraska.