Rick and Kristen Walker announce the birth of their son, Gunner Clark Walker, on Oct. 20 in Lawrence. He weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 in. long.
Bertha Mae Martin will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 29 with a card shower.
Lincoln students and staff celebrated making 2009/2010 Building Standard of Excellence in both Math and Reading on Nov. 30th.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boley will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this Sunday. They were married on Dec. 26, 1955, in Wichita and moved to Great Bend in 1958 after living in Dorrance for three years. The two have been involved with music since their childhood and continue with numerous music activities in the Great Bend community. They have three daughters, Maggie McKain, Mary McMahan and JoAnn Ishmael; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Jim and Millie Meroney of Great Bend celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 13 with a cake reception with family and friends. The couple celebrated early since they plan to celebrate their actual anniversary in Las Vegas.
Members of the Delta Tau Soroity gathered on Dec. 14 for a time of Christmas celebration. They toured the festive homes of some of the club members and enjoyed appetizers and a dessert at the homes. The evening also involved the pledge ceremony of the new members of Delta Tau. In a candle lit ceremony, Stephanie Joiner of Great Bend and Rachel Sieker of Ellinwood officially became sisters of Delta Tau. It was a fun and joyous evening, and a warm welcome to the new members of Delta Tau.
Lacey Jo Moore and Hunter Ryan Farris were united in marriage on June 19 at the First Christian Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Rev. William Johnson. Parents of the couple are Lane and LaDonna Moore of Great Bend, Debbie McClain of Spring, Tx., and Neel and Karen Farris of Center, Tx.
Trash pickup for the City of Ellinwood for the week of December 26th will be Monday and Wednesday on the east side and Tuesday and Thursday on the west side due to the New Year's Day holiday.
Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $2,000 to Family Crisis Center, based in Great Bend, as part of the company's national HopeLine program, which is dedicated to assisting communities, local shelters and agencies in ending domestic violence. Family Crisis Center is one of 16 domestic violence prevention organizations in Kansas that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.
Students of vocal instructor Glenna Gaunt performed a program of Christmas music at a recent Pilot Club meeting. Shown left to right are soloists Brooke Smith, Chantelle McReynolds, Sarah Keller and Gabe Zorn, along with Glenna Gaunt who accompanied them on piano.
Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a five-part agritourism course in February and March at Pratt Community College in Pratt.
You've got to forgive me, but during this holiday season, seems like my thoughts turn to food and all of the wonderful homemade dishes of this season. I do enjoy the great fellowship with family and friends, but alas, what would this be without something good to eat.
MANHATTAN – Kansas State University joins four other land-grant universities in sharing a three year, $1.9 million grant to study pest control methods, treatments and best management practices in wheat. The USDA's Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP) awarded the grant, which provides resources that allow scientists from the five institutions to complete their work.
Leanda Ditus and Iola Titsworth, who share their Great Bend home and their friendship, are now sharing the recognition of the Focus on Abilities award. Both women's background includes institutionalization but now they are enjoying a place of their own.
WICHITA - In a meet that was designed a precursor to the Class 6-1A State Track and Field Championships, Great Bend High School turned in nine top-6 performances in eight events.
CLEVELAND - Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE - The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices.
The Great Migration Rally plans for Sunday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have changed due to the fire at Camp Aldrich. The event will end at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins needed a strong outing from a starter and Kyle Gibson delivered.
Bill Johnson McKown, 58, died March 19, at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 2, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of George Monnet and Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown. Mr. McKown was a Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Wichita.
Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown, 84, died March 20 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 16,1929, in Borger, Texas, she was the daughter of Everett T. "Bill" and Pearl (Baggerly) Johnson. On Jan. 18, 1953, she married George Monnet McKown in Cherokee, Okla. He died on March 11, 2008. A Great Bend resident since 1965, she was the vice president and chief financial officer for DaMac Drilling.
YORK, Neb. - David E. Staehr, 73, of York, Neb. and Overland Park, passed away on April 8, in York, Neb. He was born July 14, 1940, to Alfred and Grace (Dey) Staehr of Waco, Neb. David was a 1958 graduate of York High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was recruited to attend Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb., where he competed as a stand out athlete and earned varsity letters in football and basketball with the Lopers. David then started his teaching and coaching career in Cozad, Neb. in 1962. He moved to Great ...
Donald "Skip" Bowsher Jr., 90, died March 29 at Salina Regional Health Center. Born Nov. 7, 1923 in Sandusky, Ohio, he was the son of Donald Allison and Frances (Corbeille) Bowsher. On April 5, 1953, he married Twila Ulrich in Quinter. A longtime Great Bend resident he was he was co-owner and operator for Cheyenne Hardware and owner and operator of Sentry Hardware in the Westgate Shopping Center, retiring in 1985. His Sentry Hardware store was the first in the state of Kansas.
The dining hall at Camp Aldrich caught fire early this morning. Luckily, the facility was not in use and no one was injured. It is unknown if any of the facility will be salvageable, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board will renew GBRC liability insurance and vote on health insurance when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Information items on the agenda include training, a coaches' guide for youth sports and plans for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball and softball tournament coming to Great Bend.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will present "Flowers Popping Color," a free Stop N' Learn program, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 22.