Lisa Christine Penka and Colby Max Shepherd were united in marriage on April 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Julie Shields. Parents of the bride are Kenneth and Rhonda Penka of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Carla Shepherd of Wichita and the late Mark Shepherd. Grandparents of the bride are Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle and Evelyn Penka, all of Great Bend and the late Edward Penka. Grandparents of the groom are Gene and Carol Schrock of Partridge and Donald and Odema Shepherd of Pharr, Texas.
Donald and Beverly Komarek will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 22. The couple will celebrate with their family at a later date this year.
Leida J. Messick celebrated her 85th birthday. Her husband is Jack Messick.
David and Marlene Panning announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Ann Panning to Nelson Dale Adams Jr., son of Greg and Stephanie Nuss and Nebon and Mabel Adams.
Lonnie D. Wright celebrated his 95th birthday on Aug. 30 with a card shower.
Jim and Ruth Steitz of Great Bend celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 21st. A family dinner is planned for this fall.
Lavern and Ruby Brown will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 25, with family.
Dolly, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike and Figaro will be on hand to help Fort Hays State University celebrate Felten-Start Theatre's 50 years of performances.
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.
Imitation dairy products may account for nearly 70 percent of the items a shopper finds in the dairy case today. That's according to the latest data from the dairy industry.
Four Great Bend Senior Companions were honored for their service to frail adults at the August in-service meeting held on Aug. 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Those recognized for their service were Jeanetta Deutsch for one year; Bernita Degenhardt and Earl Lumpkins for ten years and Beverly Davis for eleven years of service to individuals in private homes in the community. These Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.
The initial outburst of rage, simmering for years in a brick and pavement community draped in poverty was genuine, and for many today is still genuine. It didn't and will never matter to many in Ferguson what Michael Brown did or did not do. What remains is a white man of authority gunned him down in the street and "the man" left his corpse in the open to rot for hours as men, women and children ogled, stared and raged from a distance.
A project that improved 19 miles of K-23 north of Hoxie will be open to traffic within the next two weeks.
September is a grand month for traditions. Fresh pencils and tablets for the upcoming school year. The approach of fall as evidenced by the turning of the leaves. International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th. The official start to the NFL season with the filing of the first domestic abuse charge.
Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today, it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon's view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, "when the president does it that means it is not illegal," is embraced by the majority of the political class. In fact, the last two presidents have abused their power in ways that would have made Nixon blush.
Fall Square Dance lessons will start on Sept. 28, and run through Nov. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the First Presbyterian Church. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club will sponsor the lessons. Cost for the lessons are $25 per person which includes refreshments. There will be nine sessions with three different callers to prepare dancers to feel comfortable with different types of callers when they attend dances. Contact Virginia Klepper at 620-792-6068 for reservations and for more information.
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.
A series of regional meetings that give Kansans the opportunity to discuss their transportation priorities with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority have been scheduled for this fall.
A Great Bend couple has been taking advantage of a monthly event at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to become more familiar with ways to serve up nutritious meals.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School volleyball team swept their own triangular on Tuesday night.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School girls' golf team placed third at the Salina Central Invitational on Tuesday.
Atheists and non-believers are targeting military installations over religious accommodations and statements, advocacy groups and media sources report.
Boys will rarely if ever encounter a male teacher until they reach high school, a fact lamented by many both because teacher's serve as important role models and because the lack of gender diversity tends to turn the profession into a prestige ghetto.
The trial of Atlanta teachers accused of falsifying test scores to meet ambitious progress targets is now underway. Some teachers facing up to 35 years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports.