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.
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.
If you'll soon be getting Medicare, or just want to know more about Medicare, experts on Medicare will present a "Medicare Basics" workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library, 219 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth that will cover essential Medicare information and provide answers to your questions.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Clara Barton Hospital Foundation, 250 West 9th in Hoisington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters January Pecora and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
You can measure success for a high school and youth sports coach in a lot of different ways; number of state champions, number of athletes continuing their career in college with a scholarship and, most of all, having a positive impact on an adolescent's development. Cliff Burt exemplifies all of those categories and then some. A track coach in Great Bend for the past 35 years, 20 at the high school level, coach Burt has left his mark on the shot and discuss rings that will never be matched.
May 26, 2015|
CHRIS BURT, Special to the Tribune
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
The Barton Blazers took first place in the Wichita Tournament. They defeated the Wichita Biggins in the championship game 49-40. Players include Brock Skelton, J.J. Heredia, Chance Sanger, Nick Wondra, Evan Campbell, Sam Ryan, Mason Perez, and Connor Griffith. These Blazers play again next weekend in Wichita.