The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.
The 69th annual John Oetken Family Reunion was held on July 17 at the Youth Building in Schnack-Lowery Park in Larned. The reunion was hosted by the Harry Oetken family.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
Barton County 2011 high school graduates and voc tech and college students enrolled for fall 2011-Sophmores through Seniors-are eligible to apply for 2011 Barton County Prevention Scholarships if they have not previously received the prevention scholarship.
The annual Christiansen family reunion will be held on Aug. 13 at the Community Center in Larned. There will be a potluck lunch starting at noon.
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.
Women in Ag will be the focus of a program to be held in Tonganoxie on Aug. 24 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Hwy 16 and Fairgrounds Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., meal served at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:45 p.m.
Kara Melchert and Reilly Duncan were united in marriage on Feb. 19, at the Peace Church in Hudson, with Pastor Wade Russell officiating. Parents of the couple are Linda Melchert of Benkelman and Richard Melchert of Trenton, and Von Stewart and Gayla Duncan of Hudson. Grandparents of the bride are Omar and Delores Robb formerly of Grand Island and Al and Burdean Melchert of Stratton, Neb. Grandparents of the groom are Vaugh Duncan of Great Bend and Richard Fischer of Hudson.
Gary White and Sharon White announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Lee White, to Russell D. Wayne Snyder, son of Glenn and Lucy Snyder.
Chris and Allison French of Overland Park announce the birth of their son, Tristan Michael French, on March 23 at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Ellie Anna French.
Robert (Bob) and Eileen Ingersoll of Great Bend will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 4 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to them at 5516 Commanche Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
The Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host The Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, a presentation and discussion by Chris Howell at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6, at the Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, in Great Bend. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.