January Marriage Licenses
In some areas of western Kansas the winter wheat crop continues to show signs of stress. Constant windy conditions and a lack of snowfall or other moisture is turning the crop bluish brown in color.
Air Force Airman Daniel Banda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Wayne Sr. and C. Joan Rathbun will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Feb. 14 with a card shower.
John Cargill will celebrate his 95th birthday with a card shower.
Mark and Julie Smith of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter Olivia Anne Smith to Cody Lee Lopez, son of Robert and Cathy Lopez of Stillwater, Okla.
Gene and Alice Urban of Albert will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Feb. 16, with a family dinner and a card shower.
Bryce Divis, Great Bend, recently received his Eagle Scout award, the highest youth award in Boy Scouts. He joined Pack 157 in 2001 and crossed over to Troop 157 in 2007. He participated under Cub Masters Steve Pringle, Rick Popp and Steve Divis and Troop Masters Jim Hiss, Albert Strobel and Steve Divis.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are partnering to host the first farmer's market conference in five years. The conference will be held in Topeka at the Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 28 through March 1.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and a consultant team led by CFG Engineers of Topeka and RDF Planning & Design of Omaha are developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the Kansas Byways System. This plan will include ideas for making each of the state's eleven scenic and historic byways more friendly to people experiencing them on foot and by bicycle.
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.
Current data suggests that less than 35 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias have a diagnosis of the condition in their medical records. The Alzheimer's Association Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters is being held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, at Kansas Oil & Gas Museum, 5944 10th Street, Great Bend, provides attendees with information about the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's disease, the benefits of early detection, as well as tips to follow up on any concerns that attendees may have about themselves or someone they care about.
The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.