May Marriage Licenses
The Great Bend Class of '76 will be having their 35 year class reunion Labor Day weekend 2011. A family day planned on Sept. 3, first taking a tour of Brit Spaugh Zoo and then immediately after a tour of GBHS to see the amazing changes that have taken place over the years. The dinner and dance will be that evening. For more information and/or if you know how to contact any of the people listed below, contact GBHS Class of '76, Kim Ruble Hekele, 1184 NE 90 Ave, Claflin, KS 67525 or register on http://www.gbhsclassof1976.webs ...
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at The Club at Stone Ridge. Lunch will be from the menu. The program will be provided by Lily Akings who will be discussing the high incidence of teen pregnancy. The luncheon is informal and time will be allowed for discussion from the floor. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, and its Ladies Auxiliary, met on May 31 at the Post Home.
The descendants of Adam and Clara Hanzlick Hejny held their annual reunion on June 5 at the Carl Soden Recreation Center in Great Bend. A potluck dinner was swerved. Hostesses were JoAnn Atkins and Shelly Brown.
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.
USD 428 Great Bend School Food Service will offer the summer lunch program at Riley, Park, Eisenhower and Lincoln schools. The program will run from June 1 through June 24 (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast is served at Park and Riley only. There is no charge for anyone age 1 through 18. Sites are open to all children regardless of where they attend school. Parents may eat with their children for $3 for lunch or $2 for breakfast. All food must be consumed on site.
Calista Stuart, of Great Bend, will celebrate her 85th birthday on June 15 with a card shower.
Wayne and Carol Prather of Sterling announce the engagement of their daughter, Mallory Kay Prather, to Benjamin Charles Gaeth, son of Randall and Teresa Gaeth of Solon, Ohio. Mallory is the granddaughter of William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend.
Dennis and Dianne Call will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a trip to Winter Park, Colo. in July with their children, Chad and Shannon Somers of Great Bend, John and Stephanie Hixson of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Chad and Sarah Nelson of Shawnee; and their five grandchildren, Ellyson, Ethan and Eli Somers and Jack and Luke Hixson.
Kobus and Darcie Van Der Vyver announce the birth of their son, Vence Andre Van Der Vyver, on May 2 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 10 lbs. 7 oz. and was 22 1/2 in. long.
Daniel and Norma Jacobs, of Great Bend, celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 2 with a private gathering.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.