Sunday, Feb. 19
USD 495 calendar
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Park Elementary School. Items on the agenda include a lease agreement for city radio tower. Park Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park Elementary School.
The United States Achievement Academy announces that Kaylie M. Doll and Kelsie L. Doll from Great Bend have been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as students of excellence in Athletics and Honor Roll.
Patricia (Pat) Thorson will celebrate her 90th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Grove Park Club in Ellinwood. Hosts for the event will be her five children, Patty (Rick) Kirkpatrick, Jim Thorson and John Thorson all of Ellinwood, Greg Thorson of Great Bend, and Jeff (Dori) Thorson of Omaha, Neb. She has four grandchildren, Andy (Jen) Kirkpatrick of Ellinwood, Ashley (Derek) Ohl of Manhattan, and TJ LaRocca and Lindsey (AJ) Campbell, all of Omaha, Neb.; and two great-grandchildren Madison Kirkpatrick of Ellinwood, and Oliver Campbell of Omaha, Neb.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Miller of Claflin announce the engagement of their daughter, Briann Miller, to Travis Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Ford, of Goddard.
Cathy Brett of Sturgeon, Mo. announces the engagement of her daughter, Kelli L. Brett, to Troy W. Elliott, son of Phil Elliott of Great Bend and Karen and Mike Holloway of Holts Summit, Mo. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Richard Brett.
John Detmer will celebrate his 80th birthday on Feb. 21 with a card shower. Born on Feb. 21, 1932 in the Willowdale area, he is a retired farmer and past owner of EQ Muffler. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. On Sept. 5, 1964 he married Helen Debes. He has four children and three grandchildren, Angela and David Maneth and their daughter Mary of Wichita, Connie and Mark Wagner of Danville, Ind., Cheryl and Wayne Kohl and their children, Jessica and John, of Greeley, Colo., and Al Detmer of Greeley, Colo.
Nex-Tech is pleased to announce that Nathan Brungardt of Great Bend has been selected by the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) to attend the Leadership through Learning (LTL) program from April 22 to April 27 in Washington, D. C. Nathan is the son of Dan Brungardt and is a junior at Great Bend High School.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 19. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley St. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Chairman Mike Nicholson said there will be lots of Easter eggs for all.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
HUDSON - Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He died peacefully in the presence of his family.
ELLINWOOD - Velma Ann Wornkey, 75, died April 7, 2014 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Menlo, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mannebaugh) Moos. On Aug. 31 1957, she married Jerry Wornkey. A lifetime resident of Kansas, she was employed in multiple clerical jobs along with being a good and loving mother.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, 2014 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 27, 1915 in Susank, she was the daughter of Peter and Katrina (Bitter) Eichman. In 1942, she married William E. Orr in Wichita. He died in 1956. A Great Bend resident since 2000, living in California from 1970 to 2000, she was a beauty operator.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.