Margaret (Marge) Vigna Prosser celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 22 with a family dinner and party in Great Bend. Margaret and her great-grandson, Gunner Clark Walker, were the guests of honor. Gunner's first birthday was Oct. 20. On Oct. 29, her children and some of her grandchildren will spend the weekend in Pueblo, Colo. Her children are hosting a reception and dinner in her honor for her nieces, nephews and their families.
John Stang, 2009 GBHS graduate, was named one of 24 George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholars for 2011-2012. The competition for the post included an essay and review of his undergraduate work to date. John will be conducting historical research under the program. A junior at Roanoke College in Salem, Va., he has been on the Dean's honor roll during his entire tenure at the college.
Keith and Marie Marcum will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Nov. 4 with a card shower. The couple was married at Antioch Church of the Nazarene in Overland Park. Together they have found a friendship and built a beautiful marriage.
Mildred Reif will celebrate her 80th birthday Nov. 7 with a card shower.
The origin, growth and decay of living things is the theme for this semester's After School Science Program, created to provide science field experience for elementary teacher candidates at Fort Hays State University.
Norman and Pauline Herrmann of Kinsley, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Nov. 5.
Glynn and Nancy Mortimer will celebrate their 60th anniversary later this year with a family gathering in Kansas City planned by their daughters.
The following meals will be served Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 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.
At their annual sales meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D., Raven Industries recognized Simpson Farm Enterprises, Ransom, Great Bend, Hays, and Beloit, as a Top Volume Dealer and Distributor with an Outstanding Sales Award. Simpson Farm Enterprise also received a 2010-2011 award for Outstanding Overall Sales.
It's time to dust off that recipe from last winter and make a big pot of chili for entry in the Second Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. If you are not a chili chef join us in public tasting and vote for the People's Choice at the Charity Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will go to the Food Bank as part of a Sunflower Diversified Services outreach to the community.
Colorado inmate Daniel Self filed a federal lawsuit against the Sterling Correctional Facility because prison personnel saved his life.
My wife and I took a certain perverse pride in how we handled television around our son - scrupulously not letting him watch for the first two years of his life.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year.
TOPEKA - The Barton Community College men's soccer team had its season come to a screeching halt after a 4-0 loss to Cloud County.
It was summer when Mom had first mentioned the idea of our going as a family to Disney World. We were ecstatic. Because we were a family of 12, trips that necessitated hotels and plane rides were extremely rare. This would be a first for many of us. Before we got too excited, Mom explained to us that the only way this trip would be possible was if each of us worked hard and saved up money to pay some of our own way. We weren't worried about that, though.
Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, grew up watching her parents struggle to keep their family business afloat. But instead of discouraging her from entrepreneurship, their example inspired her to change the face of how entrepreneurs get financed.
What's it like to have strangers disappointed that you weren't eaten and potentially killed by an anaconda? Just ask Paul Rosolie, the host and (almost) snake snack on Discovery Channel's recent "Eaten Alive" special.
The death of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but during the holidays, grief can be overwhelming. Instead of being "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be the most dreaded.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.