The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Club at Stone Ridge. President Rose Kelly called the meeting to order. A total of 49 members were present. Rose led the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. The minutes of the Sept. 2 meeting were approved as printed and the treasurer's report was approved as read.
2003 GBHS graduate Nathan Koch recently completed all requirements to earn a DMA degree in musical performance from the University of Texas in Austin.
Bernita Schloemer Clair will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 27 with a card shower. Bernita was born in 1931 in Rush County. In 1949, she graduated from LaCrosse High School. She was married to Millard "Mitty" Schloemer from 1954 until his passing in 1982. She married Jack Clair in 1990 in Ellinwood, where the couple still resides.
The Parnassus Club met on Dec. 13. Parnassus Auditions have been set for March 3rd, 2012. The room is approved for the auditions. Glenna and committee are searching for judges at this time.
Gina Colleen Penka and Kirk Alan Calhoon were united in marriage on June 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Tom Sheldon. Parents of the bride are Kenneth and Rhonda Penka of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Brian and Terri Calhoon and Mike and Shelly Wilkison, all of Beloit. Grandparents of the bride are Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle and Evelyn Penka, all of Great Bend, and the late Edward Penka. Grandparents of the groom are Don and Sherry Calhoon, of Phillipsburg and Don and Sharon Stroede, of Beloit.
Kevin and Barb Alpers of Hudson and Dan and Lee Axman of Olmitz announce the engagement of their children, Taci Lea Alpers and Tyler Joseph Axman.
Bob and Donna Long of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Long to Brad Fullbright, son of Irlan and Virginia Fullbright of Ellinwood.
Jennifer Sue Parr and Corey Dean Long were united in marriage on May 21 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinwood. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jeffrey Frakes. Parents of the couple are Gary and Cindy Parr, of Great Bend and Kevin and Jamie Miller, of Springfield, Mo. and Donna Long of Ellinwood.
Jackie Cook was nominated "Employee of the Month" at Great Bend Middle School by her students for being an awesome teacher. She is always willing to help and has a great attitude and personality.
Caryn Aileen Mong and Travis Jon Kaiser were united in marriage on April 30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. James Strasen.
Larry and Phyllis Vogt celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children, Tom and Sue Vogt, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Tim and Fern Vogt, of Siloam Springs, Ark., Kris and Gary Classen, of Liberal, and Terry and Sharon Vogt, of Joplin, Mo. The couple has 11 grandchildren.
Marvin and Bernice Kaiser, of Hays, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Jan. 1 with a family dinner followed by an Open House from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 2901 E. 13th Street in Hays, The couple requests no gifts.
Roy L. Myers of Great Bend, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 29 with a card shower.
U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.
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Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) will be the new location for the next series of monthly interactive televideo (ITV) presentations organized by Midwest Cancer Alliance.
Thursday, Feb 12
LARNED - Thirteen Quilting Bees members met on Feb. 2 in the quilting room at the First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Morris.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
As February home openers go Wednesday afternoon couldn't have gone much better for the Barton Community College softball team.
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.