Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting until further notice due to the continued presence of whooping cranes. This closure is necessary to give the crane, an endangered species, protection from mortality. Refuge personnel will continually be monitoring the Cranes' locations. The Refuge may open, and then close, several times over the next few weeks as Whooping Cranes migrate through the area. The most reliable source for the current status of Refuge hunting and whooping crane presence is our website, www.fws.gov/quivira. Hunters on private land in the Refuge vicinity are reminded ...
Connie McDanel will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at The Front Door Facility, 1615 10th Street, in Great Bend. The public is invited to this free of charge event.
Progress Club met Nov. 7 at the home of Darlene Boley with 16 members present. Mary Ann Mull and Pat Klusener were co-hostesses. Sharon Mauler was a guest.
by S.L. Standifird
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.
The following meals will be served Nov. 14 through ov. 18 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 Olmitz Knights of Columbus Annual Soup Supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on today at the K of C Hall in Olmitz. Vegetable beef soup, chili, chicken noodle soup, veggie's, homemade bread and pie will be served. A raffle will be held with prizes from local businesses.
Luelma Hejny will celebrate her 95th birthday on Nov. 19 with a card shower.
Teddy and Carol Gingrich will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the Zook Community Building. Hosts for the event are their children, Shari and Jim Soukup, Tim and Serena Neidig, Lori and Brent Lamar; and their grandchildren Nathan and Katie Neidig, and Nick and Kara Neidig.
Ken and Diann Henderson of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Jo Henderson, to Kyle Lee Kirmer, son of Dennis and Jan Kirmer of Hays.
Larry and Dorothy Panning of Ellinwood will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at noon on Nov. 20 at the St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Center in Ellinwood. A public reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 6th and Wilhelm in Ellinwood. No gifts are requested.
Joyce Lust will celebrate her 80th birthday on Nov. 19 with a family dinner in Great Bend, hosted by her children, daughters Gail Lust of Great Bend, and Kathy McAtee, of Yukon, Okla. and son, Keith Lust and wife Carol of Orlando, Fla. She has two grandsons, Jarad McAtee and wife Krystal of Yukon, Okla. and Neal McAtee of Mustang, Okla.
K-State Women's Rowing comes to the end of the fall semester boasting the signing of 12 Wildcats to National Letters of Intent.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) game wardens and Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) troopers will conduct a joint checkpoint in south central Kansas in early December. The firearms deer season will open Dec. 3, pheasant and quail seasons opened Nov. 8, the greater prairie chicken regular season started Nov. 15, and duck and goose seasons are also underway. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state's driver's licensing laws.
A Whole Hog Feed Cancer Benefit will be held for Valarie Smith-Dellrocco at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Central Baptist Church, Lakin and Harrison in Great Bend. Valarie, a resident of Great Bend, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014. She is now in remission. Funds from the feed will help pay hospital bills.
Danceography will hold their first recital since opening on Sept. 2. "Our First Christmas" recital will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $5. Dancers will be from Great Bend, Hoisington, Claflin, Ellinwood, Lyons, St. John and surrounding areas, instructed by Miss Laura Klima.
Southwest Baptist University head softball coach Jim Flora has announced the signing of three athlete's for the 2016 season, including Hunter Middleton, a senior at Great Bend High School. She is the daughter of Shari and Brett Middleton.
Unlike Barack Obama, I am not a father to teenage girls, but it must be something like being President with this obstructionist congress. No good deed for Obama goes unpunished by Republicans in Washington, and the recent climate agreement with China is a good example.
It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president's first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president's National Security Council staff micro-managed the Pentagon, they said at a forum last week.
Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13.