Opal A. Weaver will celebrate her 99th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Cedar Park Place gathering room. Friends and family are invited to share in the celebration. Hosts for the event will be her children, Max and JaNelda Manor of Wamego, Gene and Karen Weaver of Wichita, Donna Campbell of Larned, Keith and Oleta Beckwith of Great Bend, Terry and Carolyn Holland of Baton Rouge, La., and Gary and Vicki Pillard of Marysville.
Robert Childress and Mechelle Stone announce the engagement of their daughter Ashleigh Childress to Harold Hitschmann, the son of Agnes Lang and Harold Hitschmann.
Dave Hawkins and Angela Barney announce the birth of their daughter Fallyn Raine Hawkins on Aug. 14 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. Her brothers and sisters are 13-year-old Madyson Brooke Keffer, 10-year-old Tate Orion Pinkston, 11-year-old Justin Hawkins, 10-year-old Clarissa Hawkins, 7-year-old Chad Hawkins, 5-year-old Riley Hawkins, 3-year-old Carly Hawkins and 3-year-old Aiden Hawkins.
Esther Koochel will celebrate her 98th birthday on Sept. 19 with a card shower.
IOLA - The Barton Community College women's soccer team shut out Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference foe Allen 5-0 on Friday for its fifth straight victory.
STANFORD, Calif. - Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still had every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California.
MANHATTAN - Bill Snyder saw it coming all week in practice.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2012-13 season with the music of 1990s country hit maker Collin Raye. His concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Great Bend High School senior Brad Hanks, center, was the guest speaker recently at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis meeting. Hanks attended Kiwanis' Key Leader program at Rock Springs earlier this summer. He is pictured with his sponsors, Kiwanian Bill McKown, and Kansas District Key Leader chairman Barb Konrade.
Catholic Health Initiatives, the nationwide health systems that manages St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, announced that it has selected Sonic Boom Wellness to provide a comprehensive health and wellness program to its employees.
Two upcoming public events will kick off a local fundraising effort, with all proceeds benefiting central Kansans with developmental disabilities and delays. The Sunrise Campaign, which helps Sunflower Diversified Services' clients, has been an annual fund drive for 12 years.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Eddie Lacy helped Alabama open Southeastern Conference play in style.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Everybody warned TCU coach Gary Patterson that his Horned Frogs had better bring their best every weekend when they finally joined the rough-and-tumble Big 12.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After another game too close for comfort, the overriding emotion for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was relief.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
MANHATTAN (AP) - With two weeks and change remaining before Big 12 play, Bruce Weber hopes his team understands the importance of the three games before the Jan. 3 date at Oklahoma State.
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Rich Felts, a Montgomery County farmer, was elected president of Kansas Farm Bureau this month, replacing Steve Baccus, who served in the position since 2002.
Mildred Siebert will celebrate her 85th birthday with a family dinner and card shower.
Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H-a livestock project record app-is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.
Brogan Kirmer, of Claflin, is a candidate to receive a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Washburn University commencement exercises at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 12 in Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center, on the Washburn campus.
Matt and Amber Koch of Larned announce the birth of their son, Owen James Koch, on Nov. 1st. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 19 in. long.