The lobby of Farmers Bank and Trust's Great Bend branch at 1017 Harrison St. was filled Wednesday morning with representatives from charitable organizations. Close to $6,000 was given away, including gifts from the banks and from Farmers President W.R. (Bill) Robbins and his wife Yvonne, including three $500 gifts from the Robbins Family Donor Trust.
After a day for giving thanks, and several days for getting shopping deals, came Giving Tuesday (also known as #GivingTuesday), a global day dedicated to giving back. The Golden Belt Community Foundation helped introduce this unofficial holiday to central Kansas this year by promising to enhance donations to its 30 endowed funds with a matching pool of $30,000.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received and approved an unqualified audit for the year ending June 30, 2014, when it met Tuesday. Accountant Vickie Dreiling from Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball explained that a "clean" or "unqualified" audit is the highest opinion the auditor can give.
Readers looking for a fun, free Thanksgiving activity may want to consider a family jog or walk - a Turkey Trot! Running, biking and walking are a good way to work up an appetite, or to help that wonderful meal digest. Some families make special T-shirts and follow designated routes, while others are more free-form.
DeleteMark and Krista Ball were named the 2014 Great Bend Greater Award recipients during a rare evening meeting of the Noon Kiwanis Club, Thursday at Montana Mike's. In addition to recognizing the couple for their commitment to community service, the club gave away more than $1,500 to area organizations to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.