The Kansas Legislature opened its 2014 90-day session Monday with a lot on its collective mind. There are new faces in the House and nervousness about a yet-unseen ruling from the state Supreme Court on education funding.
The Barton Count Commission Monday morning approved a memorandum of understanding between Barton County and the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council. The MOU pledges the county's support of a statewide study into converting 911 communications from a hodge-podge of analog systems to a uniform digital network.
For the third consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give Kansas farmers the opportunity to enhance math and science programs in their communities.
The Rice County Historical Society is seeking loans of aprons to complement the traveling exhibit "Apron Strings: Ties to the Past." The loans are needed by Jan. 14, and will be returned after March 19, to the lenders. For additional information, call (620) 257-3941.
Velma McMillin will celebrate her 90th birthday with a Card Shower and a Come and Go Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Hosts for the event will be her family. Velma was born on Jan. 20, 1924.
Mallory Louise Vesta and Spencer Richard Keil were united in marriage on Dec. 28 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend, with John Byerly of McCook Neb., uncle of the bride, officiating the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Vesta of Great Bend. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Keil of Great Bend.
Crystal Gray and Peter Kautz were united in marriage on June 8 at the Topeka Country Club in a double ring ceremony officiated by Noel Stephens. Parents of the bride are Loretta and Lewis Gray of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Pamela and Frederick Kautz of Leawood. Grandparents of the bride are Marjorie and Fordyce Gray of Peabody and Lydia and Harold Miller of Billings, Mont. Grandparents of the groom are Louise and Fred Kautz of Atchison and Daphne Paton and Jim Paton of Australia.
Arnold and Joyce Essmiller of Great Bend will celebrate their 70th anniversary with a Come and Go reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church parlor, 24th and Washington Street in Great Bend. The couple request no gifts. Hosts for the reception will be their children, Jan Bolick of Carmel, Ind,, ArNell Briel (Jon) of Great Bend, and Jadean Takao (Eric), Kailua, Hawaii. The couple has four grandchildren, Brent Bolick (Amy) of Jacksonville, Fla., Wendy Sundahl (Shane) of Chapman, Robin Murphy (Matt) of Fishers, Ind. and Hayley Dicks (Shane) of Great ...