The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Club at Stone Ridge. President Rose Kelly called the meeting to order. A total of 49 members were present. Rose led the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. The minutes of the Sept. 2 meeting were approved as printed and the treasurer's report was approved as read.
2003 GBHS graduate Nathan Koch recently completed all requirements to earn a DMA degree in musical performance from the University of Texas in Austin.
Bernita Schloemer Clair will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 27 with a card shower. Bernita was born in 1931 in Rush County. In 1949, she graduated from LaCrosse High School. She was married to Millard "Mitty" Schloemer from 1954 until his passing in 1982. She married Jack Clair in 1990 in Ellinwood, where the couple still resides.
The Parnassus Club met on Dec. 13. Parnassus Auditions have been set for March 3rd, 2012. The room is approved for the auditions. Glenna and committee are searching for judges at this time.
Gina Colleen Penka and Kirk Alan Calhoon were united in marriage on June 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Tom Sheldon. Parents of the bride are Kenneth and Rhonda Penka of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Brian and Terri Calhoon and Mike and Shelly Wilkison, all of Beloit. Grandparents of the bride are Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle and Evelyn Penka, all of Great Bend, and the late Edward Penka. Grandparents of the groom are Don and Sherry Calhoon, of Phillipsburg and Don and Sharon Stroede, of Beloit.
Kevin and Barb Alpers of Hudson and Dan and Lee Axman of Olmitz announce the engagement of their children, Taci Lea Alpers and Tyler Joseph Axman.
Bob and Donna Long of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Long to Brad Fullbright, son of Irlan and Virginia Fullbright of Ellinwood.
Jennifer Sue Parr and Corey Dean Long were united in marriage on May 21 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinwood. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jeffrey Frakes. Parents of the couple are Gary and Cindy Parr, of Great Bend and Kevin and Jamie Miller, of Springfield, Mo. and Donna Long of Ellinwood.
Jackie Cook was nominated "Employee of the Month" at Great Bend Middle School by her students for being an awesome teacher. She is always willing to help and has a great attitude and personality.
Caryn Aileen Mong and Travis Jon Kaiser were united in marriage on April 30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. James Strasen.
Larry and Phyllis Vogt celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children, Tom and Sue Vogt, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Tim and Fern Vogt, of Siloam Springs, Ark., Kris and Gary Classen, of Liberal, and Terry and Sharon Vogt, of Joplin, Mo. The couple has 11 grandchildren.
Marvin and Bernice Kaiser, of Hays, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Jan. 1 with a family dinner followed by an Open House from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 2901 E. 13th Street in Hays, The couple requests no gifts.
Roy L. Myers of Great Bend, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 29 with a card shower.
U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.
More secret money is being pumped into politics than ever before. For that ignominious milestone, we can thank Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his four Republican-appointed pals.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. fracking boom is getting even bigger with advances in drilling techniques that are making oil and natural gas wells more productive.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Rd. For more information, call 620-282-3086.
MIAMI - The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
The Central Plains High School volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association's latest rankings. As of Wednesday, their record is 27-1 with the Central Prairie League Tournament set for Saturday.
It was a great start to the night for the Barton Community College volleyball team.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for a while now, bad baseball has become a sea of Royals blue as long-suffering fans suddenly find their team in the World Series.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
HESSTON – South central Kansas will be the destination for five world class musical acts in a variety of backgrounds and genres when Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton) team up to host the 2014-15 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts 2014-15 season.
Mike Westerman will appear as Edgar Allan Poe to present "The Raven" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. Admission is free.
Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., will hold its Fall Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be hayrides, costume contests, and trunk or treat time. Members will be serving soup. Everything is free and the community is invited.
Members of First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on Oct. 31 for Trunk or Treat. Treats will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Forest Ave. in Front of the church, located at Forest and Stone.
First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave., will offer a Judgement House walk-through drama. Hours will be 6-10 Friday, Oct. 24; 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
The Barton County Association of Churches' annual Chicken Noodle Soup Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center at 4100 Broadway Ave. In addition to the homemade soup, homemade pies will be served. A freewill donation will be taken at the door. This project benefits Emergency Aid. For questions, contact Nancy Sundahl at 620-793-5894.