Randy and Susan Willis recently celebrated their 40th anniversary with a family dinner at the historic Old Mill in Oxford. Hosts were their daughters and families, Ben and Julie Ann Jacobs, Banks and Bennett, of Ellinwood and Jeremiah and Abby Shull, Cecily and Medrie, of Winfield.
Ronald and Peggy Soeken of Lorraine will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Holyrood. Hosts for the event will be their children Kristin Webb of Wichita, Sandra Barton of Holyrood, and Joe and Cinda Lohmann of Farmington, Minn. The couple has 7 grandchildren. The couple requests no gifts.
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.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed a competitive grant cycle and awarded $21,331.00 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The July 2014 competitive grant recipients are:
Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie and, in fact, may have multiple benefits.
From phonographs to iPods and horse-drawn carriages to four-wheel drives, much has changed dramatically over the last century, the wheat industry included. Kansas State University released its first variety, Kanred, 100 years ago. Now, a century later, K-State, in conjunction with the Kansas Wheat Alliance, is unveiling its latest variety, KanMark.