On Monday, June 20, Flame Engineering succeeded in achieving 10 Years With No Loss Time Accidents. Management and staff take safety seriously and this accomplishment is a tribute to their success. A special celebration luncheon is planned for July 22 with local and state dignitaries invited to participate. In addition to their outstanding safety record, Flame Engineering is currently recognized by the Kansas Department of Safety and Health along with OSHA as a SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) company. This recognition was accomplished in October of 2000 and they have maintained this recognition to date.
More than 3,000 students earned semester honors from Kansas State University for their academic performance in the spring 2011 semester, while 337 students have received May 2011 graduation honors to recognize outstanding academic performance.
Hutchinson Community College announces the 2011 list of graduates. Two hundred and forty-eight individuals received an Associate of Applied Science degree at the graduation ceremonies held on May 13.
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.
Chris and Sharnelle Herrman announce the birth of their son, Brayden Carter Herrman, on March 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 in. long. He has a big brother, Hunter Herrman.
Donald Van Koelliker, Jr., "Van", and Viola Marie Hawthorne/Weller, "Vi", were married on May 29, at Zion United Methodist Church of rural Robinson. The Rev. Paul Waters officiated at the ceremony.
Kelly and Cheryl Ralston of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Cortnea Ralston, to Kip Wilson, son of Dave and Becky Wilson of Strong City. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of JoAnne Petracich of Goodland and Vern "Sonny" Ralston of St. John.
Bruce and Michele Bryant will celebrate their 25th anniversary on July 9 with a small family gathering.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Jackie (Mai) Becker has joined Renue Salon and Spa as a massage therapist. A lifetime resident of the Great Bend area, she received her massage training through U.S. Career Institute and Body and Soul Therapeutic Massage School in Wichita. She offers full-body Swedish massage, deep tissue techniques, La Stone hot stone massage, Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage and Reike, and has a flexible schedule to meet your needs.
The Chase All School Reunion will take place from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24. Early registration will be at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Ramada (formerly the Plaza Hotel) in Hutchinson. Registration, open house at the high school, a pig roast meal and the Chase High School Homecoming football game will be held on Sept. 23. A banquet and dance will be held on Sept. 24 in the evening. Farewells will be on Sept. 25. For more information contact the CHS Alumni Association c/o Alvin and Francis Heine, P.O. Box 72, Chase, Ks. 67524; 620-938-2289 ...
Lester Leo Achatz, 65, died Sept. 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of Milton and Bertha (Birzer) Achatz. On Dec. 27, 2011, he married Kimm M. Lewis in Great Bend. He grew up in Great Bend and lived in Virginia before moving back to Great Bend. He was employed by H-2 Trucking.
ALBERT - Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14th. Though she was a life-long resident of Barton County, she spent the final years of her life with her daughter providing precious companionship in Wichita and then Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lisa Riedel, and her husband, Bert, of Ellsworth and their son, Bret, of Kansas City; her son, Lynn Bird, and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo.; their children, Joshua Bird, and his wife, Alison Cashman and their daughter, Josie; Stefanie Bird Stafford and ...
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama.
There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20 percent off sale ("9 + 11 = 20 PERCENT OFF!"), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of "those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom." But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, "BENGHAZI!!"
The Great Bend Police Department received more reports Monday of counterfeit bills passed at local businesses.