Manhattan Area Technical College held its spring commencement exercises on Dec. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Bruce Snead, Director of Engineering Energy Extension at K-State and former mayor of Manhattan, delivered the commencement address to 80 graduates in 10 programs of study. MATC awarded 56 associate of applied science degrees and 24 graduates received technical certificates.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include presentation of R.O.S.E. Award to Officer Jefferson Davis; Boardmanship Academy Awards presented to Wade Babock, Kevin Mauler, Cheryl Rugan and Dwight Young; Challenge Awards presented to 6th grade math at Eisenhower Elementary School and 5th grade reading at Jefferson Elementary School; insurance plan health survey/tests and permission to revise health plan; update on wellness initiative; fundraiser requests for 2013-2014; approval to market the district's insurance; consideration for use ...
Regina Millenheft made an impact during first year as a Rosewood Services employee. A residential manager, Millenheft started her position in February of last year and capped off her first year by earning the "Shining Star of the Year" award for 2012. She was nominated by her peers for stepping up to provide clients with care and supports beyond her normal management duties.
Tina Weber will celebrate her 80th birthday on Feb. 2 with a card shower.
Kenneth H. (Bud) Pekarek will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 1 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Great Bend Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard. Friends and relatives are invited.
Betty Clement and Robert W. Bud Allen were married on Jan. 10, 1948 in Russell. They will celebrate their 65th anniversary with a card shower.
Pheasants Forever, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and K-State Research and Extension is hosting a prescribed fire workshop. The workshop will be held at the Trousdale Methodist Church on Tuesday, Jan. 29th. A $5 registration fee will be charged to each workshop participant. The fee will cover informational materials for each participant to take home as well as lunch.
Briana VanderGiesen and Lance Shepard were united in marriage on Dec. 22 at the Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center. Parents of the couple are Gary and Marla VanderGiesen and Bill and Marilyn Shepard. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The following meals will be served January 14 through January 18. 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.
This year's edition of Fort Hays State University's annual 13-city, two-month Student Recognition Program series will begin in Phillipsburg on Monday, Jan. 28, swing into Colorado and Nebraska, and end in Beloit on March 12. The highlight at each event is the recognition of scholarship winners.
The Progress Club met on Jan. 7 at the home of Sharon Jones. Mary Anne Mull and Becky Dudrey served as co-hostesses. There were 16 members in attendance.
A long and healthy life doesn't just happen. Everyday choices influence your quality of life. From healthy food choices, becoming more physically active, to working to improve a bad habit or behavior, there are many strategies to try. I will be presenting "Action Plan for Healthy Living" twice next week, sharing 15 lifestyle strategies for you to try.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.