Rick and Kristen Walker announce the birth of their son, Gunner Clark Walker, on Oct. 20 in Lawrence. He weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 in. long.
Bertha Mae Martin will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 29 with a card shower.
Lincoln students and staff celebrated making 2009/2010 Building Standard of Excellence in both Math and Reading on Nov. 30th.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boley will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this Sunday. They were married on Dec. 26, 1955, in Wichita and moved to Great Bend in 1958 after living in Dorrance for three years. The two have been involved with music since their childhood and continue with numerous music activities in the Great Bend community. They have three daughters, Maggie McKain, Mary McMahan and JoAnn Ishmael; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Jim and Millie Meroney of Great Bend celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 13 with a cake reception with family and friends. The couple celebrated early since they plan to celebrate their actual anniversary in Las Vegas.
Members of the Delta Tau Soroity gathered on Dec. 14 for a time of Christmas celebration. They toured the festive homes of some of the club members and enjoyed appetizers and a dessert at the homes. The evening also involved the pledge ceremony of the new members of Delta Tau. In a candle lit ceremony, Stephanie Joiner of Great Bend and Rachel Sieker of Ellinwood officially became sisters of Delta Tau. It was a fun and joyous evening, and a warm welcome to the new members of Delta Tau.
Lacey Jo Moore and Hunter Ryan Farris were united in marriage on June 19 at the First Christian Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. William Johnson. Parents of the couple are Lane and LaDonna Moore of Great Bend, Debbie McClain of Spring, Tx., and Neel and Karen Farris of Center, Tx.
Trash pickup for the City of Ellinwood for the week of December 26th will be Monday and Wednesday on the east side and Tuesday and Thursday on the west side due to the New Year's Day holiday.
Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $2,000 to Family Crisis Center, based in Great Bend, as part of the company's national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. Family Crisis Center is one of 16 domestic violence prevention organizations in Kansas that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.
Students of vocal instructor Glenna Gaunt performed a program of Christmas music at a recent Pilot Club meeting. Shown left to right are soloists Brooke Smith, Chantelle McReynolds, Sarah Keller and Gabe Zorn, along with Glenna Gaunt who accompanied them on piano.
Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a five-part agritourism course in February and March at Pratt Community College in Pratt.
You've got to forgive me, but during this holiday season, seems like my thoughts turn to food and all of the wonderful homemade dishes of this season. I do enjoy the great fellowship with family and friends, but alas, what would this be without something good to eat.
MANHATTAN – Kansas State University joins four other land-grant universities in sharing a three year, $1.9 million grant to study pest control methods, treatments and best management practices in wheat. The USDA's Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP) awarded the grant, which provides resources that allow scientists from the five institutions to complete their work.
Leanda Ditus and Iola Titsworth, who share their Great Bend home and their friendship, are now sharing the recognition of the Focus on Abilities award. Both women's background includes institutionalization but now they are enjoying a place of their own.
LARNED - Anna Belle Owens, 73, died Dec. 23 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. She was born May 17, 1937, in Shattuck, Okla. A resident of Larned since 1970, formerly of Woodward, Okla., she was a retired Food Service Supervisor 1 at the Larned State Hospital.
No. 2 FLORIDA 71, AUBURN 65
LIBERAL - The Barton Community College women's basketball team started off slow, but Seward County got off to a slow start as well.
LIBERAL - The usually potent shooters for the Barton Community College men's basketball team were uncharacteristically quiet from the outside against Seward County on Wednesday night.
OTIS - The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Macksville 16-7 in the final quarter.
SOCHI, Russia - Julie Chu remembers watching the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team win the gold medal at the Nagano Games in 1998, when she was in high school.
CHICAGO - Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and No. 3 Wichita State beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74 on Wednesday night to remain the only unbeaten team in major college basketball.
A man convicted of aggravated battery in Ellsworth County will be eligible for a parole hearing in April, for possible release on May 1. Curtis Lee Bentley, 53, is currently housed in the El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is high-medium. He was incarcerated in 2008.
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It's easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor US Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That's so incredibly righteous of you.
Sandy Kress, the controversial testing lobbyist, is leading a new raid on school taxes. This month he registered to lobby for Amplify, the company that wants to replace textbooks with tablet computers, positioning him to grab some of the hundreds of millions of dollars Education Sec. Arne Duncan is offering to create pre-K tests. Despite a nationwide backlash against high-stakes testing, your tax dollars are now going to developing standardized tests for 4-year-olds, and Kress is ready to cash in.