HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD
LAWRENCE - Kansas football is in the midst of its second week of spring practices under new head coach Charlie Weis. The Jayhawks are making the necessary preparations on the field to enjoy a memorable 2012 season.
This is a story about a life cut short way too early, a story about two young boys losing a father, and how Barton Community College head baseball coach Mike Warren helped a family in mourning.
The First Assembly of God Church sponsored the Giant Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.
Two Easter Egg hunts were conducted Saturday in Great Bend.
LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site Superintendent Kevin McMurry has opened the park's rest area on K-156.
County to meet Monday
Activities April 8-14
GREAT BEND - Bill Starbuck, 83, died April 7, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - Lydia Blehm, 90, died April 6, 2012 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
AURORA, Colo. - Willa Jean (Penka) Schulte died April 3, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. She was born on Jan. 15, 1932.
HOISINGTON - Steven Bradley Crawford, 63, died April 1, 2012 at his residence in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND - Violet Fern Seder, 92, died April 6, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - John J. Brown, 70, died March 27, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
HAYS - Evelyn Scheck, 95, died April 5, 2012 at St. Johns Long Term Care, Hays.
Vaughn A. Duncan of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday with a Come and Go Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Stoneridge Country Club, 1438 24th Street.
Roger Haberman will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, at the Welcome Inn, 113 West 4th, Larned. No gifts are requested.
Layne Smith and Laura Smith, both of Baker, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Smith, to Trevor Sanders, son of John Sanders and Teresa Sanders, both of Great Bend.
David and Stacey Brenner announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Breanne Brenner, to Connor Paul Williams, son of John Williams and the late Brenda Williams.
Martin Arthur Morgenstern will celebrate his 100th birthday with a come and go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 6, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If unable to attend, he would enjoy receiving cards from friends and acquaintances.
Caitlyn Murray and Kyle Johnson were united in marriage on June 14, in a double ring ceremony at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jana Murray. The groom is the son of Mike and Linda Johnson. Grandparents of the bride are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Mrs. Ruth Murray, all of Great Bend, and the late John Murray. Grandparents of the groom are Michael and Peggy Johnson and Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, all of Great Bend, and the late Donald Zimmerman.
Kenneth Rios and Leticia Rios announce the engagement of their daughter Sabrina Rios to Adam Keenan, son of Kent and Roxann Keenan.
Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their son, Easton Andrew Hammeke, on May 23 in Lyons. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Emma Hammeke.
Descendants of the late Martin and Margaret Neeman Hemken met on Aug. 3, at Gambino's in LaCrosse for their 85th reunion, hosted by descendants of the late Fred and Anna Hemken, Arlyn Renz, Janice Johnson and Cheryl Summers and Velda Lewis.
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.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.
This year, despite a late freeze, looks to be a great year for apples. Everywhere I look, I see branches loaded down with ripening fruit. The heavy loads may cause extra strain on the tree, and as the apples increase in size, the additional weight may be substantial. To help your tree be able to bear this weight, you can use one- inch thick boards to prop up limbs. Cut a "V" on the top edge of the board on which the limb will rest so that it doesn't slip off. Long limbs that are heavily loaded with fruit ...