Rev. Lloyd and Judy Sprick will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 with an open house at St. Peter Lutheran church Parish Hall in Holyrood. The event will be hosted by their children, Matthew and Jill Sprick of Hiawatha, Stephen and Joanna Sprick of Osborne, Jenelle Sprick of Overland Park and Sara and Scott McMahan of Blue Springs, Mo. The couple has 10 grandchildren.
The following meals will be served Dec. 12 through Dec. 16. 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.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at The Club at Stone Ridge. Lunch will be from the menu. The program will be provided by State Senator Ruth Teichmann. She will be discussing the redistricting project, and the important issues facing the legislature for the new term. The luncheon is informal and time will be allowed for discussion from the floor. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion.
For four years, I have proudly served on the Executive Board of K-State Research and Extension in and for Barton County. Until I became involved in this capacity, I was naïve and really had no idea how many people, young and not so young, were reached by the programming shared by our local Agents. I honestly had never given it a thought Of course, I had heard of 4-H as have most. I believed it was just for farm kids with calves and goats. Was I ever misinformed!
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi enjoyed the program "Candies for the Holidays" presented by Cindy Meitler when the chapter met Nov. 15 at her home.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the ranking dates for the On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel and Air Quality conservation initiatives. All four initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Great Bend High School library. Items on the agenda include updated information on the sale of the Shady Grove property, presentation of the 2010-2011 business audit, projected roofing plan/invitation to bid, approval of quote for replacement doors at Lincoln Elementary, presentation of district's three year technology plan, and fund raising policy for USD 428.
Tina Fredrick and Dyan Suppes of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their QPA (Qualified Pension Administrator) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Defined Contribution Administrative Issues Basic Concepts (DC-1), Compliance Issues (DC-2), and Advanced Topics (DC-3) exams, and the Administrative Issues of Defined Benefit Plans (DB) exam.
The Progress Club met on Dec. 5 at the home of Patricia Halbower with Becky Dudrey as co-hostess. There were 15 members present.
"Rebel Returns" begins Dec. 18 at the Deines Cultural Center with an opening reception from 2 to 4 pm. The show runs through February 12.
Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) voting delegates attended the 2011 KFU Convention at the Topeka Ramada on Dec. 2-3 to vote on policy, elect the 2012 Board of Directors and elect delegates to the National Farmers Union Convention.
One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Hype is a word often associated with advertising agencies, public relations firms and spin doctors who attempt to create, change or repair an image. Many people consider hype a dirty word, something to detest.
It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.
The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
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Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.
Merle J. Collins Jr. and Carrie Lynn Hogg, of Russell, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Marie Collins, on Jan. 16, in Hays. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 in. long. She has a big sister, Lana Collins, 11 years old; and two big brothers, Joe Collins, 10 years old and Jacob Collins, 8 years old.
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HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.
Charley Hoffsmith, 67, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 4, 1947, at Dighton, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Charley's Tree Service.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, 2015 at home in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born on Feb. 28, 1947, to Donald H. and Violet Ann (Schartz) Ballantine. Sue was a resident of Wichita for 35 years and formerly of Ellinwood, KS. She retired from Boeing in 1998 where she worked for 20 years.