CLAFLIN - Over 700 people enjoyed a perfect fall afternoon at the 7th Annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids. Kids of all ages played games, jumped and slid in two bounce houses, shot paintballs, rode wagons pulled by Clydsdales, visited the petting zoo, enjoyed rides in a 5-car-barrel train, had balloon hats and animals made by a clown, enjoyed meals and snacks and much more, and at the same time, helped raise funds for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.
he Hoisington jets 4-H club met on Sunday, Sept. 24. Following a pot luck dinner, a formal meeting took place which included discussion of a number of items: fundraisers, community service opportunities, shooting sports, a public speaking contest, ski trip, Junior Leadership and an upcoming Achievement Banquet. Club officers for the new year were elected and include Tiffany Schneider, president; Kayla Reisner vice president; Kayliegh Bitter, secretary; and Noah Desmond, treasurer.
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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.
The following meals will be served Oct. 15 through Oct. 19. 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.
A small replica of a school bell used long ago called to order the 9th reunion of Haig School District #81 on Sept. 29 at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. Organizing the reunion was Dorothy Dietz Johnson of Sterling, assisted by Connie Dietz Whipke and Valeria Seidl Boxberger, both of Great Bend. The first reunion was held in 1986, organized by the late Ethel Brack Lock.
The StoneRidge Ladies Golf Association held their year-end event in conjunction with their annual cancer awareness occurrence. The evening began with a three-hole cross-country challenge, followed by their annual balloon launch for cancer. The ladies released 25 pink helium heart-shaped balloons donated by Dee Bleeker, and remembered those lost to cancer, those currently fighting, and those who are survivors of the dreaded disease.
Leaders from Lions Clubs across Kansas will again gather at the Best Western Convention Complex in McPherson on Oct. 19-21, for planning, fun and fellowship as we move forward in this new Lions Year in community service. The local McPherson and area Lions Clubs will serve as hosts to the leaders from all corners of Kansas.
Central Kansas Christian Academy welcomed a new Principal this year along with adding ninth grade to their school. Ed Johnson enters his first year as the school's head. Mr. Johnson comes to Christian education after a lengthy tenure in public schooling serving as a middle
The Great Bend Evening Lions held their Candy Day on Oct. 6 at WalMart Super Center, North Main Dillons, and Waters True Value. The Lions were giving out mints for pocket change all day in a effort to raise money for a local scholarship and eye glass replacement to help individuals of the Barton County area. Pictured from left to right-Don Sweeney, current Secretary-Treasurer, Roger Guthals,Mike Long, Reland Cole, current President. Other Lions helping that are not in the photo - Elwyn Maneth, Earl Cregger, and Scott Solether.
Cameron University's Speech and Debate team has gotten off to a stellar start in forensics competition this semester, taking first in Lincoln-Douglas debate sweepstakes and second in combined debate sweepstakes at the recent Debate On the Plains tournament, hosted by Hutchinson Community College. One week prior, the team placed fourth overall in combined individual events and debate sweepstakes at the Bob R. Derryberry Memorial Season Opener, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
More than 280 optometrists and 185 optometric assistants attended the 2012 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 13 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for re-licensure. Among those attending were Drs. Mark Judd, Russell McCaulley, and Chad Premer of Great Bend.
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.