Kevin Desmarteau, of Wichita, and Kim and David Walter, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Desmarteau, to Jason Shump, son of James and Dianne Shump, of Seneca, and Dorothy and Robert Frost, of Topeka. Grandparents of the bride are the late Fern Meis, the late John Kepka, the late Alverize and Lucille Desmarteau and the late Harold and Margaret Walter.
Sam and Sharon Estes will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the American State Bank Hospitality Room in St. John. Hosts for the event will be their children and their spouses.
The following meals will be served Sept. 19 through Sept. 23 The 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 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.
Descendants of the Joseph and Johann Mauler families gathered for their biannual family reunion on Aug. 28, at the Great Bend Senior Center, with Gerald and Lois Mauler and families as hosts.
The Parnassus Club met Sept. 13, at Treader's for the fall kickoff.
Youth from across the state have entered 1,456 head of animals for the 79th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). A total of 713 4-H and FFA members from 91 counties will show 109 market steers, 318 breeding heifers, 323 market hogs, 273 market lambs, 52 purebred ewes, 168 commercial ewes and 213 meat goats. The competition will take place September 23-26 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita
Three Fort Hays State University financial planning students were selected to be among nine teams from across the country to participate in the Financial Planning Challenge national competition in San Diego, Calif., from Wednesday, Sept. 14, to Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend, has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears hometown stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. The Great Bend store was one of only 190 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recogniition at the annual Hometown Celebration held in Orlando, Fla.
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HUTCHINSON - Billie Louise Messick Williams, 83, died Aug. 10, at Hester Care Center. Born Dec. 27, 1930, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Lee and Sally LeRoy True. She was a 1956 graduate of Raymond High School. On Aug. 27, 1947, she married Donald F. "Pete" Messick in Tribune. He died Sept. 18, 1994. Then on Sept. 12, 1998, she married Robert Stanley Williams in Hutchinson. He died Aug. 10, 2013.
CHASE - Donald Mark Oberle Sr., 66, passed away Aug. 11, at his home in Chase. Born July 3, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of George J. and Florentine L. (Kimpler) Oberle. A lifelong resident of Chase, he was a pipe-liner in the petroleum industry. On Dec. 23, 2002, he married Debbie (Gilley) in Great Bend. She survives of the home.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the First Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Cindy Parr and Candace Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.
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