COUNCIL GROVE - Wanda Lee Converse, 80, longtime resident of Council Grove, passed away March 20 at St. Francis Hospital after a long illness. She was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Hoisington, to Marvin and Mary (Clift) Jones. She married Leon Converse Jr. on Feb. 11, 1978, in Council Grove.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School parents will be having an After Prom meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in the Ellinwood Library Conference Room. Volunteers and food/drink donations are needed for the 2012 After Prom party, and they would appreciate any help. Join them on Tuesday to help plan a safe and successful After Prom party. If you are unable to attend but would like to help, please contact Jamie Rowan, Julie Blakeslee or the high school at 564-3136.
The Cannonball Trail Stagecoach Gun Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Pratt County Fairgrounds, 81 Lake Road. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free with an adult. Proceeds benefit the Cannonball Trail American Red Cross.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was disappointed her team didn't compete better in its record-setting performance against Connecticut.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Animal Care Hospital, 3400 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Shay Kasselman with greeters Allene Owen and Seth Rolfs. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
"It puts me in a bad mood, if you want to know the truth."
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Former 11-year-veteran police officer Louise McGarva, 35, filed a lawsuit recently, asking the equivalent of about $760,000, against the Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh, Scotland, for causing her post-traumatic stress disorder.
CINCINNATI - Stirred by a pep talk from the school president, the Ohio Bobcats applauded themselves in the locker room and celebrated their trip to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 by chanting: "We are Ohio!"
LARNED - Ralph E. Strobel, 80, died March 16, 2012 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND -- Jerome F. "Jerry" Becker, 75, died March 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1936, at Fullerton, Neb., the son of Hubert and Ann (Stavas) Becker. He married Sheila Ann Brenner, Oct. 22, 1960, at Denver, Colo. He was owner and operator of Becker Shoe Repair in Great Bend for 38 years, and Becker Shoe Repair in Denver for 14 years.
On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.
Olivia Pfannenstiel and Benjamin Grover announce their engagement along with their parents. The bride-elect is the daughter of Keith and Paulette Pfannenstiel of Lawrence. The prospective groom is the son of Karl and Cathy Grover, formerly of Great Bend.
Esther Koochel will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 19, with a card shower.
Opal A. Weaver will celebrate her 101st birthday Sept. 21, with a card shower.
Tom and Rita Hickel of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Reba Hickel to Kyle Kohn, son of Galen and Doris Kohn of Dodge City. Grandparents of the couple are Betty Mae Axman of Olmitz, Gloria Hickel of Claflin and Louise Downey of Dodge City.
Virgil Burhenn will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sept. 15, with a card shower.
Ms. Gwen Turnbull of Salina announces the engagement of her daughter Ashley Turnbull to Jeff Brack, son of Keith and Glenda Brack of Albert. Grandmothers are Mickey Turnbull, of Salina and Ann Siemers, of Great Bend.
Charlene Degenhardt and Michael Beaver were united in marriage on Aug. 30, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood with Pastor Jeffery Frakes officiating. Parents of the couple are Mary and Daniel of Great Bend, and Carol Beaver of Topeka.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
The Great Bend High School Class of 1964 will hold their 50th reunion on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend. Friends are welcome to come visit after 8 p.m. on both nights.
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 Sept. 15 through Sept. 19. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef 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.
I can truly say that within my first three months as the volunteer coordinator with Volunteers In Action I have been so enlightened and rejuvenated. It's as if my eyes have truly been opened for the first time in the 15 years I've lived in Great Bend. I'm honestly a little embarrassed to admit this, but I also feel fairly confident in knowing I'm not the only 30-something working mom whose life has taken place inside the bubble of her immediate surroundings.