Fern Ochs Axman will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Cedar Park Place in Great Bend. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.
Elizabeth Siemers will celebrate her 85th birthday on Oct. 22. Her family is requesting a card shower in her honor.
Eric and Christy Kuhn, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Lynn Kuhn, to Tyler Erick Klein, son of Todd and Dawn Klein, of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Tom and Linda Barnes of Great Bend, Leaetta Tomlinson of Great Bend and Kenny and Sandy Kuhn of Joplin, Mo. The prospective groom is the grandson of Tim Casey and the late Barbara Casey, and Helen Klein, all of Great Bend, and the late Larry Eugene Klein.
Glen Ehrlich will celebrate his 85th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street. The event will be hosted by his children, Steve and Aleta Ehrlich, Sheryl and Emerson MacDonald, Sheila Ehrlich, Susan and Richard Bates and Scott and Caitie Ehrlich. He has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The following meals will be served Oct. 17 through Oct. 21 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 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.
Parnassus Club met on Oct. 11 at Darlene Boley's house.
The Kansas Historical Society announced that Fort Hays State Historic Site will host "Graveside Conversations" at Fort Hays Cemetery on Oct. 29. Tours will be offered at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling Fort Hays at 785-625-6812 or by e-mailing the fort at email@example.com. Cost of the tour is $3 per adult and $1 per child.
Julie Bugner-Smith gives Pizza Hut managers Melissa Koehn and Frank Trimmer a thank you for their Pizza Huts participation in the Tornado Disaster Fund.
Alison Murray purchased her first-ever home, in Aberdeen, Scotland, but was informed that she has to relocate, temporarily, because the house has become infested with bats, which cannot be disturbed, under Scottish and European law, once they settle in. Conservation officials advised her that she could probably move back in November, when the bats leave to hibernate.
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
PHILADELPHIA – Just a few years ago, the region's refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they're humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.