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.
Catrisa Burkes of Corpus Christi, Texas, Teana Lee, of Weatherford, Okla., and Ricky Poindexter of Sayer, Okla., announce the engagement of their children, Chelsea Spencer and Jordan Poindexter.
A special afternoon and evening of touring Land Pride, the Grassroots Art Center and the restoration efforts at the Garden of Eden in Lucas will be held on Sept. 1. Tours and Open House at the Land Pride (a division of Great Plains Manufacturing) will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; an open house at the Grassroots Art Center will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m.; and a reception and award recognition will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Garden of Eden. A special evening is planned full of ...
Joyce Beadles and Larry Fry were united in marriage on May 21, at the First Southern Baptist Church in a ceremony officiated by Father Reginald Urban and Pastor Doyle Smith. The bride is the daughter of the late Leonard and Rose Huschka. The groom is the son of Alta Fry, formerly of Great Bend and the late Roy Fry.
Ann Asher of Great Bend celebrated her 80th birthday on Aug. 21. She was born on Aug. 21, 1931.
Earl and Judy Fox of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a cruise at a future date.
Lester Leo Achatz, 65, died Sept. 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of Milton and Bertha (Birzer) Achatz. On Dec. 27, 2011, he married Kimm M. Lewis in Great Bend. He grew up in Great Bend and lived in Virginia before moving back to Great Bend. He was employed by H-2 Trucking.
ALBERT - Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14th. Though she was a life-long resident of Barton County, she spent the final years of her life with her daughter providing precious companionship in Wichita and then Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lisa Riedel, and her husband, Bert, of Ellsworth and their son, Bret, of Kansas City; her son, Lynn Bird, and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo.; their children, Joshua Bird, and his wife, Alison Cashman and their daughter, Josie; Stefanie Bird Stafford and ...
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama.
There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20 percent off sale ("9 + 11 = 20 PERCENT OFF!"), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of "those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom." But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, "BENGHAZI!!"
The Great Bend Police Department received more reports Monday of counterfeit bills passed at local businesses.