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.
Richard and Kristi Mason of Great Bend announce the birth of their son, Evan Michael Mason, on Feb. 2 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. He weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 in. long. He has two big sisters, eight-year-old Sydney Kay Mason and five-year-old Teagan Elise Mason.
Elma Laughlin Lepej will celebrate her 95th birthday on June 30 with a card shower. Elma and her twin brother, Elmer Laughlin, were born on June 30, 1916 on a farm near Alexander. They attended school in LaCrosse. She married Joe Lepej on April 17, 1943. Elma has been a resident of Great Bend since 1965. She has two daughters, Patti Smith and husband George of Great Bend and Jo Kay Lepej of Topeka; three grandchildren, Tyler Mermis, currently serving in Djibouti, Africa, and wife Melissa of Marion, Taryn Mermis Baca and husband Johnny of San Diego, Calif, Tierney Mermis ...
Melissa Elizabeth Edwards and Bruce Alan Jamison were united in marriage on Dec. 12, 2010 at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. in a ceremony officiated by Bob Burrows. Parents of the couple are Bob and Nancy Edwards of Bellevue, Wash. and Michael and Lynda Jamison of Great Bend.
Mike Corbett of Sioux Fall, S.D. and Kelly and Mary Evans of Elwood, Neb., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Jo Corbett, to Adam Wade Behrendt, son of Jeff and Stella Behrendt of Herman, Neb. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Ralph and May Vohs of Lyons and Inez Vohs of Haysville.
Gabe and Amy (Madden) Roberts of Overland Park, announce the birth of their daughter, Elynn Renee Roberts on April 14, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She was welcomed home by her big brother, Jude, age 3.
Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, announce the engagement of their children, Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ruth Axman and Margaret Ney and the late Francis Ney. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dorotha Boyce.
Tracey and Kelly Hoffman of Claflin announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Hoffman, to Dereck Lynn Hollingshead, son of Richard and Carol Hollingshead of Wichita. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Bob and Vera Henning of Great Bend, Leroy and Donna Hoffman of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and the late Nancy Hoffman. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Elmer and Barbara Schuette of Wright, Melva Hollingshead of Wichita and the late Orie and Evedna Hollingshead.
Jared and Kacie Liebl of Wichita announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlie Jo Liebl on May 29 at Wesley Birthcare Center in Wichita. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Brady Lee Liebl, who is 2 years old.
This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.
A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.
One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 87th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 27, and run through Friday, May 29.
Paula Axman, Vice President and 26-year team member of Cheyenne Travel/Please Go Away™ Vacations, has been inducted as a member of the elite group of 2014 Princess Cruises top producing professional travel consultants in North America.
North Central Kansas Technical College, with campuses in Beloit and Hays announces the recipients of the Technical Honor Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarship recipients sign a letter of intent to attend a technical program at NCK Tech and are nominated by a high school instructor. The awards are based on student's strong work ethic, good attendance, self-motivation and high quality of character. In addition, students demonstrate their technical skills with the NCK Tech instructor in the selected program area.
Wheatland Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2015 "Spotlight on Excellence" national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Wheatland received a Gold Award in the Best Event Category for the Cram the Van food drive. Shawn Powelson, Manager of Member Services and Corporate Communications coordinated the award-winning event.
The approach of Memorial Day reminds thoughtful Americans of those who serve in uniform. It's a time of reflection about the sacrifice that many have made for the rest of us. The Better Business Bureau honors the memory of those who served our nation and remains mindful of the needs of the families of military members who continue to serve.
First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.
The Sterling College Class of 2015 walked across the stage in Gleason Physical Education Center on May 16, to mark the end of their time at Sterling College. President Scott Rich shook the hands of each graduate as they were welcomed into the family of Sterling College Alumni.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) joined with the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, and State Charity Regulators today to help the donating public avoid questionable fund raising circumstances and find trustworthy charities to support. The FTC announced a major action against Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society.