Sterling College recently recognized 87 students for their accomplishments for the 2010-2011 academic school year. These students were presented with their honors at the annual Honor's Convocation held on April 29. Area students who received awards and scholarships are: Lyons- Jessica Brayton-Carl Dudrey Scholarship, Timothy Kerr-Best Freshman Expository Essay Award, Jenny Linville-John Knox Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Vance Stegma-Dr. John Clark Scott & Virginia Huffman Scott English Award; Sterling- Ryan Corwin-Clayton Campbell Memorial Award, First Bank of Sterling & Lyons Scholarship, Pamela Holderness-Maxine Robinson Endowed Scholarship, Megan Walker-Aleta J. Matthews Endowed Scholarship, Emily Walker-Julie Lynn Ray Memorial Scholarship; Great Bend- Kelly Curtis-Crouse ...
Dan Dolechek and Dorothy and Gene Batt, all of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Renee Dolechek, to Eric David Schmidt, son of David and Patricia Schmidt of Claflin.
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Marvin and Dianne Cope of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary today with a family dinner at Montana Mikes. Hosts for the event will be their children, Tom Cope of Hudson, Tonya Cope of Great Bend and Gerry and Dorelle Cope of Olathe. The couple has three grandchildren, Landon, Charlie and Brianna.
Morrison McFadden VFW Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host the 91st Dept. of Kansas VFW Convention
Warren "Swanee" Johnson will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception/open house from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 701 N. Fritz Ave., in Ellinwood.
LaRaine Whelan McLeland, of Great Bend, celebrated her 90th birthday last weekend in Wichita with a family dinner.
Fred W. Meyer, of Ellinwood, celebrated his 87th birthday on May 28. His family requests a card shower.
John and Stephanie Hixson (Call), announce the birth of their son, Luke David Hixson, on Jan. 23 in Fort Carson, Colo. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 in. long. He has a big brother, John Call Hixson "Jack" who is 2 years old.
The Otis Rural High School all school reunion will be held July 29-31 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Great Bend. The years that will be attending are from 1925-1969. After 1969 the school became unified with Bison. Reminder post cards were sent in April. If you would like to attend, call 793-8023 for details and reservations. The cost is $55 a couple and $27.50 for singles. After June 15, a $5 late charge will need to be
Martin Mattison and Lanette Weese announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Mattison, to Kyle Schmidtberger, son of Ron and Susan Mohr, and the late Steve Schmidtberger.The bride-elect is a graduate of Otis-Bison High School. She graduated from Barton Community College in 2010 with an Associate of Science degree. She is a stay-at-home mom of three children.
Helen Mayers Blado of Great Bend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on June 5 with a card shower.
Mary Jo Schenk will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. today with a surprise "Come and Go" reception at 3801 McKinney Dr. in Great Bend.
Mark and Scarlett Hill of Hoxie announce the engagement of their daughter, Cori Rae Hill, to Cody Jack Younkin, son of Randy and Donella Younkin of Oakley. Grandparents are Marilyn Selby of Colby and the late Bruce Selby, Bill and Mary Hill of Great Bend, MaryAnn Racette and Lyla Younkin, of Oakley, the late Luke Racette and the late Floyd (Jack) Younkin.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...