As of Dec. 17, Gary Albright, President and CEO, Steve Burhenn, Executive Vice President and CRO announce the promotion of Willy Allen from SR Vice President to Executive Vice President of Becker Tire and Treading, Inc.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Manhattan Area Technical College held its fall commencement exercises on Dec. 9 at McCain Auditorium in Manhattan. Brent McKeeman, Manhattan Technical College Alumni, delivered the commencement address to over 70 graduates in nine programs of study. MATC awarded associate of applied science degrees, and 24 graduates received technical certificates.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo L. Hayden celebrated their 60th anniversary on Dec. 22. Leo and Bertie Lou (Siefkes) Hayden were married Dec. 22, 1951 at Peace United Church of Christ, Hudson. The couple's children are Connie Sue and husband James of Wichita and the late Denise Lee. They have a granddaughter, Megan, of Wichita.
Zachary Cook announced the birth of his baby sister, Allison Jo Cook. Born Sept. 23, she weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long. Parents are Tim and Jo Ann Cook of Westminster, Colo.
Wilson State Park will be taking campsite reservations for the 2012 camping season beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Reservations will be for the following areas only: Big Bluestem #26-40, Goldenrod 1-8 and Lovegrass Group Camp.
Charlie Brown and his wife Ruthie celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 17 with a reception and dinner at The Page Kansas Room hosted by his children, Bev, Barb, Cheryl and Char. Attending were his family, Bev and Brad Burnside, Hank and friend Elisabeth, Hayley, Jenny and Jim Dykes; Barb, Robbie, Tommy Frank, Samantha and Jose Soto; Cheryl and Mike Gage, Charlie and Andy; Char and Jim Lee, Morgan, Jimmy and Ricky; friends, Phil and Carol Woodmansee, Cal and Linnea Winter, Jim and Sharon Frank, John and Suzanne Schmidt, Steve and Marilyn Petty, Keith and Lu Adams, and Dale and ...
Wayne and Brooke Cook announce the birth of their son, Laken Lawrence Cook, on Oct. 30 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 in. long.
Trevor and Megan Cates announce the birth of their daughter, Hadley Remington Cates, on Nov. 4 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 in. long. She has two big sisters, Sierra and Emma.
Shane and Wendy Sundahl of Chapman announce the birth of their daughter, Darby Grace Sundahl, on Nov. 21 at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 in. long. She has a three-year-old brother, Slade Edwin Sundahl.
Mallory Kay Prather and Ben Gaeth were united in marriage on June 18 at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Hutchinson in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. Nicholas Voelker. Parents of the couple are Wayne and Carol Prather and Randall and Teresa Gaeth. Grandparents of the bride are William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend.
RUSH CENTER - The women of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center, also known as WELCA (Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) have set the date of their annual bazaar for Friday, Nov. 7, in the church basement. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m., with selections such as sloppy joes, sandwiches, pie and sweet rolls. An auction at 7 p.m. will feature handcrafted items including hand-quilted quilts of all sizes, plants and baked goods.
Barton Community College's music department will begin selling tickets to its production of "A Christmas Carol," on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and are available online at scrooge.bartonccc.edu. Any patron needing ticket assistance can call the box office, 620-786-1150.
The Learning Resource Center at Barton Community College will give away ice scrapers on Monday Nov. 3. Deedra Gibbons said people can stop by and pick up a free Barton Library ice scraper for as long as supplies last. They are available to students, BCC employees and community members.
The First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington, Great Bend, will offer "Treat in Trunk" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.
David Michael "Mike" Johnson, 72, died Oct. 30 at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, at Denison, Texas, the son of Doug and Woodie (Pritchard) Johnson. He married Peggy Temple April 28, 1962, at Borger, Texas. He founded M and M Equipment in 1975, retiring in December 2012.
PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend Municipal Airport. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport.
Coaching basketball at a community college means a lot of new faces nearly every year. Barton Community College men's coach Craig Fletchall knows this. He had been at it for 13 years – eight at Barton where he is the all-time leader in coaching wins.
Remarkable new wonder drugs have caused a new confrontation over pricing wars between manufacturers and health plans, now reaching a fever pitch over hepatitis C treatments from Gilead. Unfortunately, rather than the industry players settling the issue through negotiation, health plans are turning to Congress to step in and arbitrarily limit prices, which could undermine the investment that is critical to developing new cures.
As the Giants and the Royals went at it, the bigger game for some fans took place in the hours before the first World Series pitch, playing baseball's season ticket-holder roulette.