Nearly 260 optometrists and 220 optometric assistants attended the 2010 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 16 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for relicensure.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will host their annual "Carve-n-Show" event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street. The public is invited to attend. Local wood carvers will be displaying completed wood carvings and will be working on projects in progress.
Laura Koster and Jeff Smith were united in marriage at a Nuptial Mass on June 12 at St. Rose Church in Great Bend, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Father Reginald Urban, parish priest, Father Donald McCarthy, friend of the family, and the Rev. Michael Dean, uncle of the groom. Parents of the couple are Larry and Jane Koster of Great Bend and Bryan and Judy Smith of Fort Worth, Texas.
Kristin Leigh Ritter and Cullen Jasper Homolka were united in marriage on July 10 at the home of the brides brother, William R. Ritter III, in Sherman Oaks, Calif in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Terry Sweeney. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ritter of Huntington, W.V. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Homolka of Holyrood.
Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Koochel, to Dallas Guinn, son of Rex and Lisa Guinn of Stilwell, Okla.
Eric and Janet Dowson and Rob and Jenifer VanSkike announce the engagement of their children Amanda Dawn Dowson and Todd Preston VanSkike, all of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Eleanor Rindt of Salina and Dean Dowson of Sutherland, Neb. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dale and Joann George of Albert and William and Grace VanSkike of Great Bend and the great-grandson of William George of Erie.
Jason and Dara Prescott of Great Bend announce the birth of their daughter, Anna May Prescott, on July 20. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long.
Leona Karst will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at River Bend Assisted Living. The family invites friends and family. They request no gifts.
William and Theresa (Basgall) Stanley of Great Bend celebrated their 50th anniversary at Clark Lake in Oklahoma with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry and Sheila Becker will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel Courtyard with a Come and Go reception and from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the American Legion with a dance.
The colorful glower gardens planned by Claude Monet of France later painted by him were shown in pictures by Nancy Swafford at the Sept. 20 meeting of Great Bend Garden Club.
The cattle business is no place to be below average. In 2009, there was a $357 per cow difference in net return between top-third Kansas producers and those in the bottom third. Higher costs were the 800-lb. gorilla in the pasture for the least profitable operations and, among those, feed expense took a King Kong-size bite out of profits.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 5 at the 10th Street Pizza Hut. Jeri Brozek served as hostess and co-hostess. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
Dr. Tom Greene, is honored as being a 40 year Great Bend Optimist Club Member
Whether you are getting ready for the last bash of the summer or getting ready for the start of football season it's helpful to know what is on the road ahead. Before you get stopped by a big detour, check out the Kansas Department of Transportation's travel planning system.
Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started -- just like clockwork.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.
LAWRENCE - John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace - Charlie Weis.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Health Department is pleased to announce that the agency is the recipient of a grant to provide toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste from Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation.
LARNED - The United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus drive will take place in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Dillons, 423 Main St., and Shopko, 908 E. 14th.
Roberta Jo Carr, 59, died Aug. 25 at Great Bend Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 11, 1954, in Fayette County, Ohio. Roberta was a resident of Great Bend since 1987, moving from Washington Courthouse, Ohio. She worked as a night auditor for Days Inn.
The Barton Community College music department will host auditions for its holiday musical, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 for adults. There will be a separate audition for children only on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. The total cast number will be around 35.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session is on the agenda for discussion of personnel, and the hiring of several individuals for the Barton County campus is on the consent agenda, as well as a part-time military programs instructor. BCC has classrooms at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.
Barton Community College and the Center for Adult Education will be closed and there will be no classes in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Sept. 2.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) bestowed its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Roger Long of Rosen's Inc. in Great Bend. The award presentation took place during the organization's Annual Meeting on Aug. 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan.
AT&T has expanded its commitment to the Great Bend area with a new retail location.
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