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.
Nineteen Fort Hays State University students competed recently against approximately 450 student singers from Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) West Central Region Conference and Student Audition competition in Lincoln, Neb.
Dr. Nicole Boxberger, raised in McPherson, accepted a position at Bippo's Place for Smiles and Kids Dental Zone, in New Orleans, La. She attended The University of Missouri- Kansas City where she received her D.D.S. After graduation, she pursued her pediatric dental residency at LSU. She is currently a member of the ABPD, ADA, NODA, AAPD, ABPD, and LAPD. She was co-chairs with Dr. Kellie Axelrad for Children's Dental Health month in February 2012.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.