DODGE CITY - The Great Bend High School boys' tennis team claimed first place at the Dodge City Varsity Invitational on Thursday.
HUTCHINSON - The Great Bend High School girls' swim team had two first-place finishes at the meet on Thursday.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School softball team split a doubleheader with Canton-Galva on Thursday.
Surrendered Family Ministries will host an area-wide event for the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer Observance on Thursday, May 3.
ODIN - St. Ann's Altar Society will hold a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Odin Gym Parish Hall. Breakfast and lunch will be available along with a bake sale, community garage sale and raffle, all under one roof.
Presbyterian Women in Great Bend will offer a Fair Trade Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the church, located at 24th and Washington. Access to the sale will be through the northeast entrance.
A three-day healing conference at Faith Community Church, 293 West Barton County Road, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. The Great Bend Healing Campaign is a citywide event that starts with praise and prayer.
LARNED - An interactive comedy about the Catholic culture of fundraising and bingo will have audience members laughing and checking their cards, according to the creator of "Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity ... in Two Acts."
The name and location may have changed, but the mission of Great Bend's Central Baptist Church has remained the same for 125 years. This Saturday and Sunday, a month-long celebration of the church's quasquicentennial will culminate at the church, which has been located at Lakin and Harrison streets since 1964.
The Ugandan Orphans Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road. This group of 10 children ranging from 11 to 14 years old will perform traditional African songs and dances while raising awareness of the power of child sponsorship.
District Judge Hannelore Kitts announced Thursday afternoon that she will not seek re-election to her position as district court judge of the 20th Judicial District this year.
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Thursday, April 19
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will not meet Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, the next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington. Anyone interested in the Lions Club is welcome.
There will be no Touched by Cancer support group meeting for the first week of September. There will be one meeting for the month, at 5:15 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Elfrieda Alice Mantz, 95, died Aug. 28 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, at Claflin, the daughter of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie (Kafka) Schlessiger.
UTICA - Patricia Ann (Hill) Stutz, 81, passed away Aug. 27, at her home near Utica, after a short illness. Born June 11, 1933, in Carthage, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee C. and Nellie P. (Berkebile) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Carthage, Mo. After graduation from Carthage High School in 1951, she worked at Big Smith (jeans) Company in Carthage, Mo., and volunteered with USO entertainers at Camp Crowder Army Base near Neosho, Mo. On Feb. 6, 1955, she married William Robert Stutz of Utica, in Carthage, Mo. He survives of the home where they have ...
Gloria A. Janatello, 87, died Aug. 29, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Domingo and Ruth (Barth) Scotti. On Dec. 25, 1943, she married Peter Janatello in Great Bend. He died on Feb. 27, 2008. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend and Barton County.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, 86, died Aug. 28, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Liebenthal as Germana Brungardt, Sister Bertilla was the daughter of the late Adam Joseph and Josephine Heili Brungardt. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Wasinger Quint Brungardt. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Sept. 10, 1944, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2012.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ryan Mueller still finds it hard to talk about one year later.
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Happy Friday, everybody, and God Bless America.
Ken Degenhardt will play old time music with his accordion at the Sterling House in Great Bend starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The public is invited.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Learning Center, located at 209 E. 6th Street in Larned, is currently enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year. Open enrollment will continue through Sept. 19 and is offered free of charge. The program provides classes to anyone over the age of 18 who wants to earn a high school diploma.