Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
The upcoming Elvis Tribute concert at Great Bend's American Legion will feature Frank Werth & the Vibrations. An article in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune said the backup group would be on tape. While the soundman uses tracks for the instrumentation, the Vibrations is a four-person vocal group that joins Werth for a live show known as Frank's Attribute To Elvis, or F.A.T.E. The benefit concert will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Robert J. "Bob" Tittel, 56, passed away on Sunday morning, Oct. 5, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center. Born on Jan. 23, 1958 in Ness City, he was the son of Benhardt and Hildegard Frieda Emma (Schettler) Tittel. In 1976, he graduated from Ness City High School, and that same year he moved to Great Bend. A longtime Great Bend resident, he worked for many years as a cable technician for CableVision in Great Bend until health issues prevented him from working. Bob was a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades, and enjoyed many activities, including auto body restoration.
James W. Herren, 92, died Oct. 6, at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington. Born June 24, 1922, in Great Bend, he was the son of George L. and Minda (Knighton) Herren. On July 10, 1978, he married Beverly A. Barnes in Wichita. She preceded him in death. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a supervisor for Kansas Foundation for the Blind.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Aaron Emerson Compliance and Information Technology officer for First Kansas Bank recently attended the 2014 Bank Compliance School. Paul Snapp, President and CEO of First Kansas Bank commented, "The Bank Compliance School adds to the strong compliance foundation Aaron already possesses. Aaron has the experience, education and credentials to lead this important function of the Bank." The Bank Compliance School was held Aug. 17-22, in Grand Island, Neb. and is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations and endorsed by the West Virginia and Wyoming Bankers Associations.
Mandie Walden and Jared Boone were united in marriage on June 14, in Bird City in a double ring ceremony officiated by Nate Robinson, brother-in-law of the groom. Parents of the couple are Tony and Bobbie Walden of Bird City and Dan and Linda Boone of Great Bend.
The excitement of the six folks who signed up for an adult sewing class earlier this week is nearly indescribable. During introductions it was obvious that it had been more than a few years since any of the participants had sewn. Going back to junior high days, one lady said she had made something but never wore it. Others in the group chimed in with similar stories.
CUNA Mutual Group has reached an agreement to sell Producer's Ag Insurance Group (ProAg), its crop insurance business, to HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCC). The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funds an annual Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program with both a national and state component to offer grants for innovative work aimed to advance the field of conservation.