PROCLAMATION 2012-03 HONORING CHUCK SMITH
I felt a need to write this letter to the editor about Chuck Smith. Chuck was a proud member of GBHS class of 1973. Now I know this is not going to be like anything Chuck would write but I will take a shot. Our Class of 73 has the regular members who are doctors, dentists and business owners. But Chuck touched probably more lives than any of us. You could find Chuck in the Great Bend Tribune almost daily and whether you agreed with the topic he was covering or not you read the article he wrote.
Great Bend High School football teammates who include lifting weights in their training regimen were probably well prepared for their task last Saturday. The 15 young men were part of a volunteer effort at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center that included several hours of bending, lifting and carrying.
Barton County K-State Research and Extension is hosting a Hazardous Occupations Training again this year. This event is for anyone age 14-15 years of age who plans to do farm work for someone other than a parent or legal guardian. This course is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Labor.
I had the opportunity to spend about an hour and a half with Chuck Smith before he passed away on Thursday.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
By Tom Purcell
By Jason Stanford
MANHATTAN - Coming off a 10-3 season, a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl and several months of offseason conditioning work, the Kansas State football team will hit the practice field for the first time this spring today with the first of 14 workouts leading up to the April 28 Purple/White game.
BUHLER - Coming off a sweep of their home tennis invite, the Great Bend High School Panthers nearly swept the competition at Buhler Invitational on Monday.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School softball team swept a pair of pitcher's duels against Salina Sacred Heart on Monday.
Barton Community College men's head golf coach Doug Kaiser recently added four northern Kansas golfers to his 2012 incoming freshmen class.
DENVER - Brittney Griner and Baylor left no doubt they're head and shoulders above any team in the country. In fact, they're perfect.
Adam Longoria started flirting with Alicia DeBolt the first time he met her on July 7, 2010, according to the testimony of Rolando Molina, who recalled that meeting.
The Mathilda and Joseph Birzer 36th family reunion was held on Aug. 3 at the Kinsley 4-H building in Kinsley, KS with a pot luck dinner. Host family was Albert Birzer's daughters, Janey Clark, Betty Peterson, Becky Hornung, and Ella Haskell, and spouses and family members. Family from eight different states was represented.
Vaughn A. Duncan of Great Bend will celebrate his 90th birthday with a Come and Go Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Stoneridge Country Club, 1438 24th Street.
Roger Haberman will celebrate his 80th birthday with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, at the Welcome Inn, 113 West 4th, Larned. No gifts are requested.
Layne Smith and Laura Smith, both of Baker, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Smith, to Trevor Sanders, son of John Sanders and Teresa Sanders, both of Great Bend.
David and Stacey Brenner announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Breanne Brenner, to Connor Paul Williams, son of John Williams and the late Brenda Williams.
Martin Arthur Morgenstern will celebrate his 100th birthday with a come and go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 6, at the Great Bend Senior Center. If unable to attend, he would enjoy receiving cards from friends and acquaintances.
Caitlyn Murray and Kyle Johnson were united in marriage on June 14, in a double ring ceremony at the Circle S Ranch in Lawrence. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jana Murray. The groom is the son of Mike and Linda Johnson. Grandparents of the bride are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Mrs. Ruth Murray, all of Great Bend, and the late John Murray. Grandparents of the groom are Michael and Peggy Johnson and Mrs. Betty Zimmerman, all of Great Bend, and the late Donald Zimmerman.
Kenneth Rios and Leticia Rios announce the engagement of their daughter Sabrina Rios to Adam Keenan, son of Kent and Roxann Keenan.
Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Ryan and Megan Hammeke announce the birth of their son, Easton Andrew Hammeke, on May 23 in Lyons. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 and 3/4 in. long. He has a two-year-old big sister, Emma Hammeke.
Descendants of the late Martin and Margaret Neeman Hemken met on Aug. 3, at Gambino's in LaCrosse for their 85th reunion, hosted by descendants of the late Fred and Anna Hemken, Arlyn Renz, Janice Johnson and Cheryl Summers and Velda Lewis.
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.
A century ago when this state consisted mainly of farm and ranch families, it was a common sight to see neighbors helping neighbors. They swapped farm machinery. They loaned labor back and forth to work harvest thrashing crews. A barn raising presented another opportunity for friends to help build and support the community.