Rock Wayne Becker, 50, died Feb. 26 as a result of an automobile accident. Born Sept. 14, 1960, he was the son of Wayne and Karen (Brenner) Becker. On Dec. 31, 2006, he married Ivy Buhrle in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was president of WHB Inc. and a director and part owner of Becker Tire.
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ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed first in team sweepstakes in a 19-team meet held at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg on Feb. 19. The team earned first-place trophies two weekends in a row, having also placed first at Southeast of Saline in February.
HOISINGTON – The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to Hoisington Tuesday, March 8 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd. The Hoisington Community Blood Drive runs from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a special 30th anniversary square dance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st & Walnut. The caller will be Jim Hays, New Braunfels, Texas.
LLINWOOD - Jim Gray, who is the founder of the Cowboy Society, and a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council, began his presentation at the Ellinwood Community Historical Society annual meeting by saying "A lot of the stuff in movies, isn't exactly right but it makes good stories. You can always tell if they don't know what they are talking about."
The Great Bend High School Forensic Team competed in the Nickerson Forensic Tournament on Saturday, Febr. 26. Eleven students competed and brought home 10 medals. They had four State Speech Championship qualifiers and placed fourth overall in sweepstakes. 29 schools competed at the tournament. The rankings are as follows:
The following meals will be served Feb. 14 through Feb. 18. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's 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.
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.
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The 82d Airborne Division has returned from Afghanistan after completing their missions over a two year period. This division has been America's No.1 fighting division since World War II, also highly decorated.
Sharon Jones was hostess on Feb. 7 to 15 members of the Progress Club.
Jeremy and Mandy Keil of Great Bend announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Lenae Keil on Dec. 17 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. She weighed 6 lbs. 15 1/2 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long.
A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.
One day after news that Houston city attorneys had subpoenaed sermons and emails from church leaders presumably opposed to a local human rights ordinance, the civil liberties questions remain.
Sidewinders host Casino Night
Dan Stecklein, American Senior Service Inc. representative, will give a presentation on True Freedom Home Care service contracts at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24th, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. True Freedom plans offer a solution for seniors who have waited too long to secure a traditional home care insurance plan and now cannot qualify because of health underwriting, or it is too costly. Caregivers and seniors can learn more about the five different plans available.
Zoo Education Coordinator Sarah Cruz will compare common household products to their "green" alternatives during the program, "Green Cleaning and Hygiene – From Toxic To Tender," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo.
SAN DIEGO - Alex Smith knows Qualcomm Stadium well, from teaming with Reggie Bush to lead Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships to throwing five touchdown passes against San Diego State for Utah in its BCS-busting season of 2004.
Step It Up For A Cure is an organization in Hays sponsored by Alexis Pfannenstiel and a Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 team. They are making it their mission to minimize the impact of diabetes in the community by contributing funding to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and educating the general public about signs and symptoms of diabetes.
Mary Kay Independent Sales Director Jil Johnson of Great Bend has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac, an iconic symbol of success, the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay.
Central National Bank is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, to formally announce the grand opening of their newest bank location inside the Walmart Supercenter on 10th Street in Great Bend.
Central National Bank announces Amanda Proffitt as their newest Lending Analyst for the new Great Bend Lending Services Office. She joins Central National Bank with 12 years of banking experience.
Southwind Drilling, Inc. of Ellinwood has recently promoted Fred Castillo to Director of Safety and Compliance. Fred will now oversee Southwind's seven rotary drilling rigs making sure they maintain OSHA compliant and promote a safe working environment. Todd Morgenstern, President/CEO commented, "Fred's work ethic and attention to detail makes him a perfect fit for this job".