Mike Corbett of Sioux Fall, S.D. and Kelly and Mary Evans of Elwood, Neb., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Jo Corbett, to Adam Wade Behrendt, son of Jeff and Stella Behrendt of Herman, Neb. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Ralph and May Vohs of Lyons and Inez Vohs of Haysville.
Pat Boor and Lori Mertens announce their marriage on May 14 near Cripple Creek, Colo.
Gabe and Amy (Madden) Roberts of Overland Park, announce the birth of their daughter, Elynn Renee Roberts on April 14, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She was welcomed home by her big brother, Jude, age 3.
Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, announce the engagement of their children, Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ruth Axman and Margaret Ney and the late Francis Ney. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dorotha Boyce.
Tracey and Kelly Hoffman of Claflin announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Hoffman, to Dereck Lynn Hollingshead, son of Richard and Carol Hollingshead of Wichita. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Bob and Vera Henning of Great Bend, Leroy and Donna Hoffman of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and the late Nancy Hoffman. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Elmer and Barbara Schuette of Wright, Melva Hollingshead of Wichita and the late Orie and Evedna Hollingshead.
Jared and Kacie Liebl of Wichita announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlie Jo Liebl on May 29 at Wesley Birthcare Center in Wichita. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Brady Lee Liebl, who is 2 years old.
Wyatt Smith of Great Bend, son of Craig Smith, graduated from Space 301 of Kansas Adventures in Outer Space (KAOS) June 11 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Wyatt will be entering grade 10 at Ellinwood High School this fall.
Brandon and Mindy Mauler of Normal, Ill., announce the birth of their son, Easton Eugene Mauler, on May 6. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27, Great Bend will hold their annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser, on July 4th at local businesses in Great Bend. Chapter members will be stationed at both Dillons stores, Wal-Mart, and Waters True Value Hardware. For more information contact Terry Young, 620-793-7169.
The annual Hathaway reunion (family of the late John William and Reno Hathaway) was held June 18, at the Hudson Community Center in Hudson, with 55 people attending.
The SONIC Drive-In crew at 3909 10th Street, is one step closer to qualifying for the National Finals of the 18th annual Dr Pepper SONIC Games, the annual competition recognizing the best Sonic Drive-Ins in the country. The Great Bend Sonic is one of 300 remaining drive-ins striving to become one of the Final 12 teams to participate in the Dr Pepper SONIC Games National Finals held in Las Vegas this September.
The Soroptimists of Great Bend recently celebrated the most successful garden tour fundraiser in their club history. The tour, titled "Great Gardens & Garages," was held on Sunday, June 12th with the help of numerous individuals in the Great Bend area. "We've been holding the Soroptimist Garden Tour for several years," says event coordinator Ruth Bealer. "This year, we added an extra element of fun by expanding the event to include a man cave crawl."
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Dalton Steinert of Otis, child of, Darrin and Krista Steinert, graduated from Space 401 of Kansas Adventures in Outer Space (KAOS) June 11 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Dalton will be entering 10th grade at Otis High School this fall.
Chris Getz drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Saturday night, snapping a season-high six game losing streak.
Donations are being accepted for a May 31 garage sale at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, located at 504 Washington St. in Great Bend. This project is sponsored by the hospital part of VFW Post No. 3111 M.O.C., and all of the proceeds will go to veterans in need of help.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 19. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley St. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Chairman Mike Nicholson said there will be lots of Easter eggs for all.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
HUDSON - Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He died peacefully in the presence of his family.
ELLINWOOD - Velma Ann Wornkey, 75, died April 7, 2014 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Menlo, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mannebaugh) Moos. On Aug. 31 1957, she married Jerry Wornkey. A lifetime resident of Kansas, she was employed in multiple clerical jobs along with being a good and loving mother.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, 2014 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 27, 1915 in Susank, she was the daughter of Peter and Katrina (Bitter) Eichman. In 1942, she married William E. Orr in Wichita. He died in 1956. A Great Bend resident since 2000, living in California from 1970 to 2000, she was a beauty operator.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.