Wilda Whala Merten will celebrate her 80th birthday with a come-and-go Reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barton Art Center, 1401 Main Street (corner of Main and Forest), Great Bend. Hosts of the reception are her children and grandchildren.
Ashley Lynn Kuhn and Tyler Erick Klein were united in marriage on Nov. 12 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Sandy Kennedy. Parents of the couple are Eric and Christy Kuhn and Todd and Dawn Klein. Grandparents of the bride are Tom and Linda Barnes and Leaetta Tomlinson of Great Bend and Kenny and Sandy Kuhn of Joplin, Mo. Grandparents of the groom are Tim Casey of Great Bend and the late Barbara Casey, and Helen Klein of Great Bend and the late Larry Eugene Klein.
Darlene Mlynar will celebrate her 80th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a card shower. A resident of rural Barton County, she is retired from Suburban Cleaners and Essex. She has also done a lot of volunteer work.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Breanne Hammeke, on Dec. 4 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 in. long.
Marion and Juanita Alpers of Hudson will celebrate their 60th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Hudson Community Hall. Hosts for the event will be their son, Kevin and Barb Alpers, daughter Janell and Reuel Foote, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Irvin and Shirley Burhenn celebrated their 60th anniversary on Jan. 29 with a celebration and dinner at the Olive Garden in Wichita. The couple took their first ride in a limousine to the celebration, traveling from El Dorado with their children and grandchildren. Attending the celebration were their sons Stewart Burhenn of El Dorado and Steve Burhenn and wife Adel of Great Bend; their daughter, Kala Bayes and husband Jerry of Amelia, Ohio; grandson, Jason Burhenn and partner Brandi Cobert of Wichita; granddaughter, Lacey Haughawout and husband John of Wichita; great-grandson, Ian Haughawout of Wichita; a friend Allison Howerton.
Justin and Kristina Tajchman announce the birth of their son, Arlo Jasper Tajchman, on Dec. 14 at Seton Northwest Hospital in Austin, Texas. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 in. long. He has a two-year-old brother, Oliver Finn Tajchman.
The following meals will be served Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. 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.
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Lorraine Erickson will celebrate her 90th birthday on Feb. 12 with a card shower.
Dianne Morse, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the TOP 15 percent of the approximately 96,600 sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
Scott Klepper of Ellinwood has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Klepper has designated St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Ellinwood, to receive the award in Barton County.
Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Frank Mason III capped one of the biggest comebacks in Allen Fieldhouse history by scoring the last eight points in overtime to lead No. 9 Kansas past No. 20 West Virginia 76-69 on Tuesday night for the Jayhawks' 11th consecutive Big 12 championship.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
The Kansas City Chiefs signaled they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston on Monday, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty.
The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.
Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.
HAYS - It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks.
Holste & Bowers LLC, a locally owned accounting firm in Great Bend, announced the addition of Colleen Burton to the professional staff. Burton brings more than 26 years of experience in accounting and business administration.
February 2015 convictions and fines
Great Bend Fire/EMS
The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.