Distracted driving and the attendant risks is all the buzz these days. But separately consider the hazards sometimes presented by cab drivers whose driving habits prompt fibrillations. Combine these two and you have a column.
The descendents of the Emil and Josephine Zorn Schneweis family held their family reunion July 9 at Camp Aldrich. A meal was catered by Lone Wolf Restaurant of Ellinwood. Picture taking, swimming, visiting and door prizes took place. Mark Hill of Hoxie welcomed all. Mary Stewart of Great Bend awarded prizes. Francis Schneweis of Guymon, Okla. introduced Edwin Schneweis of Great Bend, leading the group in prayer.
Jessica Leiker and Abbie Schuster, from Great Bend, have begun their hands-on, clinical training at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita before receiving medical doctor degrees. For the last two years, Leiker and Schuster studied biological sciences in Kansas City.
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 After Harvest Czech Festival will be held on July 30 in Wilson. A Czech Buffet, made by St. Wenceslaus Altar Society will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or when the food runs out, at 2811 Ave. D. Menu consists of roast beef, roast pork, jaternice, potatoes in dill gravy, sauerkraut, dumplings, vegetables, rohlicky, kolaches and a drink. Price is $11 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Kolaches and other homemade items will be sold at the Country Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mr. Rob Griffith of Raymore, Mo. and Ms. Becky Griffith of Overland Park, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Durand Griffith to Michael Vincent D' Agostino, son of Mr. and Mrs. John D' Agostino of Leawood. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ms. Janet Smith and Mr. Jerry L. Griffith, both of Hoisington, the late Verlin Smith and the late Dorothy Griffith.
Juanita (Paden) Alpers will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 28 with a card shower. Juanita married Marion Alpers on Feb. 10, 1952. They live in Hudson where she served as a school secretary and still is a homemaker and farmer's wife. She has two children, Kevin Alpers and wife Barbara, and Janell Foote and husband Reuel, all of Hudson; five grandchildren, Josh Foote (Angie), Tyler Alpers (Leah), Tabra Ward (Shawn), Derek Foote (Emilee), and Taci Alpers; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaden Foote, Braxton and Easton Alpers,
Jeff and Amy Slater announce the birth of the son, Richard Louis Slater, on June 26 in Great Bend. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Helen Moos will celebrate her 85th birthday on July 30 with family and friends.
Helen Zorn will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 31 with an open house at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Claflin. Family and friends are invited to attend. The celebration is being hosted by her family Tom and Alice Zorn of Herndon, Va., Michael and Mary Zorn of Round Rock, Texas, Harold and Diana Schremmer of Houston, Texas, Steven and Susan Cates of Emporia; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Galen Reinhart of Minneapolis and Virginia Reinhart of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lee Reinhart, to Joseph Darren Straub, son of Ron and Kathy Straub of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the grandaughter of Lee and Ellen Edwards of Aurora, Mo. and Raymond and Margorie Reinhart of Minneapolis. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Walter (Wally) and Betty Straub of Great Bend and late Orville and Joan Eaton of Muskogee, Okla.
The annual Tompkins reunion, family of the late John and Abi Tompkins of the Byers area, was held July 17, at the IOOF Hall in St. John, with 34 relatives attending.
Bradley Wicks, driving while suspended, failed to appear
It is always a thrill for me when someone calls with a wildlife sighting or event in our community. A lady called and said there were vultures spending the night in Great Bend. This roosting tree is at 18th & Harrison in the back yard of a residence. There are about 20 birds using that tree.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School/Community Library has new books available for checkout. They are:
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A summer kids' event called Weird Animals VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church from Sunday to Thursday. Weird Animals VBS is for children 3 years old to those who just completed 8th grade, and will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day.
Is someone out there picturing Abe Lincoln with a dunce cap instead of a stovepipe hat?
An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood."
TOPEKA (AP) The court also struck down three of the four capital murder convictions each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. It upheld one capital murder conviction for each of them.
Change can be difficult, but you can't move forward without it.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Recreation Commission has several openings left on upcoming bus trips.
Hoisington considering sales tax increase
Over the last two decades, cell phones have gone from an expensive (and bulky!) luxury to an absolute necessity - the latter definition, of course, coming from your kids. But the way society is moving, it's becoming more and more difficult to deny that fact. Parents want their kids to have a way to call home in case of an emergency. Kids want to be able to be in contact with their friends.