This July the Barton County Conservation District received approval for funding under the Non-Point Source Pollution Management Plan. The programs approved for cost-share funding by the board of supervisors for this plan are plugging of abandoned water wells and upgrading failed sewage systems.
As of the first of July, anyone with access to cellular, Wi-Fi or Internet service could download free smartphone applications -- called "apps" -- that allow them to engage with Fort Hays State University, Nex-Tech and Nex-Tech Wireless from anywhere in the world.
The following meals will be served Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. 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.
Ray and Donna Zimmerman of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Dawn Zimmerman, to Larry Dennis Winegarner II, son of Linda Winegarner of Wichita. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Maxine Heueisen of Great Bend and the late Charles Heueisen, and Erma Zimmerman of Great Bend and the late Percy Zimmerman. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Thomas and Lena Vogt.
Lydia Blehm will celebrate her 90th on Aug. 29 with a family gathering and meal. Celebrating with her will be her children and grandchildren, Harold and Delores Schneidewind, Craig and Linda Schneidewind; and grandchildren Steven Schneidewind, and Alva, Kim, Tristan, Morgan, Shana and Weston McHenry.
Rebecca Koochel and Dallas Guinn were united in marriage on Dec. 11 at St. Francis of Assasi Catholic Church in Wichita in a ceremony officiated by Father Michael Linnebur. Parents of the couple are Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend and Rex and Lisa Guinn of Stilwell, Okla. Grandparents of the bride are Florine Meister of Great Bend and the late Joe and Minnie Beck, the late Elwyn Koochel and the late John Meister. Grandparents of the groom are Renie Guinn of Stilwell, Okla., the late Kenneth Guinn and the late Elizabeth Tinsley.
Katy Jilek and Matt Hertel were united in marriage on May 20, at the Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic Church in Woodbury, Minn. with Father Tom Walker officiating. Parents of the couple are Michael and Kathleen Jilek of Wausau, Wis. and Gary and Diana Hertel of Great Bend. Grandparents of the groom are Clarence and Doris Tuzicka of Otis.
Craig and Cindy White of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Trina Marie White, to Chase Bauer, son of Bret and Terri Bauer of rural Pawnee Rock.
Lance and Linda Champlin announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Jo Champlin, on June 14 in Concordia. She weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She has a big brother, Trae, who is 2 1/2 years old.
Linda Stairrett, former resident of Jetmore, and Trention Schlotthauer, longtime resident of the Bushton/Ellinwood area, announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Andy Stairrett, of Jetmore. She is the granddaughter of Jack and Edna Stairrett of Jetmore. The prospective groom is the son of David and Kim Schlotthauer and Kristen and Brian Stout, all of Ellinwood. He is the grandson of the late Pete and Pat Bieberle, Ronald Schlotthauer of Ellinwood and the late Ramona, Keith and Connie Rohrman of Arizona and Ron and Donna Stout of Alaska.
Kevin and Tamra Romine announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Romine, to Damian Tudor, son of David and Mary Tudor.
Hulda Bitter of Hoisington will celebrate her 96 birthday on Aug. 30 with a family dinner at Montana Mikes Steakhouse.
Eudale Brack, of Otis, will celebrate his 85 birthday on Sept. 1 with a card shower.
August A. Christiansen and Pruella Hager were married May 4, 1890. The union produced nine off-springs. This reunion had some of the many descendants present. Marjorie Long 91 of Ellinwood is the last surviving off-spring was unable to attend due to illness.
A Hoisington man was injured in a rollover accident at 10:07 p.m. Thursday on K-4, about 2 miles west of Bushton in Rice County.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Firefighters in Great Bend have a tradition of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Friday, Aug. 29, firefighters will hold their annual MDA Boot Block, asking the public to fill their boots with donations. They will be at Walmart, both Dillons stores and True Value from 4 to 7 p.m.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about the theft of a bicycle from a bike rack at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock - and can sometimes affect humans.
It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the FFY 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) draft document.
Heartland Regional OBGYN, in partnership with Great Bend Regional Hospital, announced the arrival of Dr. Aisha Rush OBGYN to the Great Bend area.
MEXICO CITY– President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law Mexico's landmark energy reform legislation and announced that his government could name as early as this week the first oil and gas fields that will be opened up to foreign investors.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Road. A letter with a home address or a bank statement is required to prove residency. For more information, call Ann Robinson at 620-792-7676.