Jack and LaDean Bailey will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 25 with a card shower. Jack Bailey and LaDean Cooley were united in marriage on Oct. 25, 1961 at the Christian Church in Cunningham. The couple celebrated in July with a family trip to Kansas City. They have three children, Ron and Nancy Bailey of Franklin, Ind., Aleisha and Tom Bragg of Gordon, Neb., and Wendy and Mike Howe of Castle Rock, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
Hilda E. Meisner of Great Bend will celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower.
Brandon and Megan Shields (Levingston) announce the birth of their son, Elias Willem Shields, on Oct. 3 in Springfield, Mo. He weighed 7 lbs. four oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Bill and Jean Starbuck celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner in Great Bend.
Ted and Ingrid Bird celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise to the south of France. Their children and families hosted a celebration in their honor at the Bird home on the farm.
Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs were united in marriage on July 16 at St. John's Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington. Parents of the couple are Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, all of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Ruth Axman, Margaret Ney, both of Hoisington and the late Francis Ney. Grandmother of the groom is Dorotha Boyce of Texas.
Hillary Boatman and Steven J. Kaeberle were united in marriage on Oct. 21 in a ceremony held at the courthouse. Parents of the bride are Diane Boatman and the late Conrad Boatman. Parents of the groom are Steven A. Kaeberle and Becky Conda.
Mark and Ruby Alloway of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Jo Alloway, to Dustin Lee Ellis, son of Darrell Ellis and Terri Stapleton, both of Great Bend.
George Tregellas will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Highland Hotel pool area. Hosts for the event will be his children, Michael and Brenda Tregellas of Lambertville, N.J. and Robert and Deborah Baker of Carlsbad, Calif. They request no gifts.
On Nov. 15th the Golden Belt Community Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. It began 15 years ago when a group of local individuals envisioned a way for people to give back to their local communities. The result was the establishment of the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
One-hundred five candidates from the central portion of Kansas became United States citizens October 17. The ceremony was held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salina. These new citizens came from 43 different countries. This special ceremony was held to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the District Court of Kansas and took place in Salina as it was one of the first cities in Kansas to host the District Court.
The new 2011 President of Rotary asked members for a worthwhile local project and got a suggestion from Dr. Roger Marshall to plant a windbreak at the new sports complex.
Each spring and early summer in Kansas, fields of golden wheat stretch their friendly wave to passers-by, providing stunning evidence of the state's historical supremacy in wheat production and research.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
PHILADELPHIA – Just a few years ago, the region's refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they're humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.
The first ever Hoisington Antique Tractor Pull contest will be held starting a 1 p.m. on April 27 in Hoisington, south of the railroad tracks.
Barton County Sheriff
Everett Dirksen and his fellow moderate Republicans (a now virtually extinct species) transcended partisanship in 1964 and supplied the key votes to pass the historic Civil Rights Act. Now flash forward 50 years. Can you imagine how today's Republicans would respond if a major civil rights bill was on the table?
OCEAN CITY, N.J - Everyone loves a parade, or so they say, and by Labor Day practically every town and village in America will have one. They could all learn something from the way folks here conduct a mid-April oddity called the Doo Dah Parade.