The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development announces that Andrea Bauer has joined their progressive team as the new Director of Sales and Member Services. Bauer's responsibilities will include membership and sponsorship sales, event planning, program management, and other special projects. "Andrea's background in event planning and hospitality will make her a great fit in our organization," says Chamber President/CEO Jan Peters. "We are excited to bring home a Great Bend High School graduate, especially someone who is so creative and driven."
Eleanor Penka will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 25 with a card shower.
Lewis and Dennie DeWitt will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception and dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Page Banquet Room. Hosts for the event will be their children, Julia and Neil Cordre, Darin DeWitt, Lindsey and Scott Ensley, all of Great Bend and Jane Skolaut of Nebraska; their nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Gary and Mary Durland will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Hosts for the event will be their children and their families, Delbert and Barbara Downey of Wright, Brian and Jeanette Standlee of Wamego, Carla Durland of Wichita, Dave and Angela Durland of Olathe, and Ron and Diane Durland and Linda Durland, all of Great Bend. The couple has 10 grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend. The couple requests no gifts.
Tyler and Ashley (Kuhn) Klein of Great Bend announce the birth of their son, Gannon Eric Klein, on Sept. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Doug Haltom of Rush Center, Denise Childs of Hutchinson and Tammy Haltom of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Shelby Haltom, to Blake Ochs, son of Frank and Judy Ochs of Great Bend.
Brent and Paula Bitter were united in marriage on Oct. 11 in Estes Park, Colo. in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Ron Bockhaus. Parents of the bride are Beverly Hachmeister and Paul and Judy Hachmeister. Parents of the groom are Karolyn McCaslin and the late Marvin Bitter.
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 following meals will be served Nov. 12 through Aug. Nov. 16. 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.
First, let's list the questions readers were asked to think about last week regarding animal care.
Progress Club met on Nov. 5 at the home of Kathy Schugart. Pat Klusener and Rosemary Herrmann served as co-hostesses. There were 20 members in attendance.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 6 at the home of Susan Brown. Susan Coulson served as co-hostess. President Jeri Brozek led the meeting.
LINDSBORG - Bethany College and Bethany House of Studies are presenting An Evening with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Burnett Center, Bethany College, Lindsborg.
HESSTON - The King's Singers will perform the Great American Songbook on the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
WASHINGTON – People from across the country rallied in Washington on Thursday to celebrate and protect the lives of the unborn in our nation, Rep. Tim Huelskamp said. The Kansas Republican joined pro-life supporters at the March for Life, again promising to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36.
Fifty-five students, along with priests and parishioners from the Diocese of Dodge City, traveled to Topeka on Wednesday to participate in a march and rally on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel will be the location for the ninth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference, coming Saturday, Feb. 7. The east doors to the Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will open at 8 a.m. with programs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.
People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.
ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015 at St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.
Gary Lee Campbell, 73, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
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Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.
In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is "Je suis Charlie," meaning "I am Charlie." The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it's clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: "We are screwed."
Hitler is in the news again, invoked by some ignorant people.