The After Harvest Czech Festival will be held on July 30 in Wilson. A Czech Buffet, made by St. Wenceslaus Altar Society will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or when the food runs out, at 2811 Ave. D. Menu consists of roast beef, roast pork, jaternice, potatoes in dill gravy, sauerkraut, dumplings, vegetables, rohlicky, kolaches and a drink. Price is $11 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Kolaches and other homemade items will be sold at the Country Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mr. Rob Griffith of Raymore, Mo. and Ms. Becky Griffith of Overland Park, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Durand Griffith to Michael Vincent D' Agostino, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D' Agostino of Leawood. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ms. Janet Smith and Mr. Jerry L. Griffith, both of Hoisington, the late Verlin Smith and the late Dorothy Griffith.
Juanita (Paden) Alpers will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 28 with a card shower. Juanita married Marion Alpers on Feb. 10, 1952. They live in Hudson where she served as a school secretary and still is a homemaker and farmer's wife. She has two children, Kevin Alpers and wife Barbara, and Janell Foote and husband Reuel, all of Hudson; five grandchildren, Josh Foote (Angie), Tyler Alpers (Leah), Tabra Ward (Shawn), Derek Foote (Emilee), and Taci Alpers; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaden Foote, Braxton and Easton Alpers,
Jeff and Amy Slater announce the birth of the son, Richard Louis Slater, on June 26 in Great Bend. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Helen Moos will celebrate her 85th birthday on July 30 with family and friends.
Helen Zorn will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 31 with an open house at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Claflin. Family and friends are invited to attend. The celebration is being hosted by her family Tom and Alice Zorn of Herndon, Va., Michael and Mary Zorn of Round Rock, Texas, Harold and Diana Schremmer of Houston, Texas, Steven and Susan Cates of Emporia; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Galen Reinhart of Minneapolis and Virginia Reinhart of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lee Reinhart, to Joseph Darren Straub, son of Ron and Kathy Straub of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the grandaughter of Lee and Ellen Edwards of Aurora, Mo. and Raymond and Margorie Reinhart of Minneapolis. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Walter (Wally) and Betty Straub of Great Bend and late Orville and Joan Eaton of Muskogee, Okla.
The annual Tompkins reunion, family of the late John and Abi Tompkins of the Byers area, was held July 17, at the IOOF Hall in St. John, with 34 relatives attending.
Danny and Marita Peerenboom, of Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Randi Jo Peerenboom, to Samuel Gerard LoBurgio, son of Michael LoBurgio of Great Bend and the late Cynthia LoBurgio. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Vada Peerenboom, Topeka, the late Sylvester Peerenboom, and the late John and Jocile Nevin. The prospective groom is the grandson of Betty LoBurgio, the late Nicolo LoBurgio, and the late Ed and Susie Truesdell.
Simple Haven Bed and Breakfast, 615 27th Street in Wilson, will host an Art and Music Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 30. Featured will be works by Jim Pruner, Terri Horner, Debbie Wagner, Becky Hyberger, Mark Swiderski, Gordon and Rae Zahradnik and Marilyn Pfeiffer-Hake. Music will be provided by John Andrews on the piano at 2 p.m. and The Backwater Boys, bluegrass/country/gospel/folk/Americana, at 4 p.m. by the historic water tower.
Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP), for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. The course begins Aug. 4 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saint Francis Community Service office, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.
Rena Berrett, summer extension intern, will share information about the agricultural exchange she has participated in during a program at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Berrett, who grew up in eastern Oregon, has spent the past school year as a Kansas State Wildcat, pursuing a degree in Agriculture. The similarities and differences between the two states will be highlighted by Rena. She will also share highlights from the Ag trip to France she participated in with other K-State students. Monday's program is free and open to everyone.
The Conrad and Rosa Matal Scheuerman annual reunion of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 with a BBQ, swimming and games at Camp Aldrich. Activities will continue at Camp Aldrich on Aug. 7 with a church service at 9:45 a.m., pot-luck dinner at 11:30 a.m., swimming and games.
Michael and Dana Peters of McPherson announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Peters to Uchenna Nwude, son of Afocha Nwude of Wichita and the late Shirley Nwude. Her grandparents are Normal Ward and Darrell Peters.
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.