The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Santa and his elves will move their operations from the North Pole to Great Bend on Monday evening. The 16th annual Santa's Workshop runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Great Bend City Auditorium.
Barton County Sheriff
The Barton County Historical Society will host the "Ghosts of Christmas Past" open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the historical village and museum, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend. Admission is free.
The Great Bend Public Library is conducting "Food for Fines" to support the Barton County Food Bank. From Dec. 10-29, one non-perishable food item will pay for $1 in fines on library materials. This will cover late fines as well as fees for lost and damaged items, said Jennifer King, marketing director at the library.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School is recognizing students who are caught living with the schools' core values. They were:
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
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MANHATTAN – More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan Monday through Wednesday for their organization's 94th Annual Meeting.
It's that time again. My wish list for the coming year. I want just a couple of things, Santa.
What would you think are the hardest transitions students must make when moving on to college after graduation? Take a second and think about it. This is purely anecdotal but here are the observations and how they relate to working in the world of agriculture:
Time to put the BCS puzzle together.
MANHATTAN - Ryan Doerr can't count the number of times growing up that he saw video of Bill Snyder, looking much younger than he does these days, talking about how the opportunity for the greatest turnaround in college football existed at Kansas State.
The United Methodist Women of King United Methodist Church at 16th and Odell St. in Great Bend have been working together on items for a Christmas craft and bake sale. The sale will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall and continue until 1 p.m.
Berlin is a terrific city out of which now comes an important trend: wiser use of food. For example, through a network of food-sharing centers, Berliners can now give leftover food to others who can use it as well as receive food that others donate. It's all free. Thousands of people in Berlin and other German cities are becoming volunteer "food savers" who regularly go to stores, restaurants and other locations to collect and help put to good use tons of food that otherwise would be thrown away.
"Is your job depressing?"
Thursday night saw the end of the one of the most popular comedy shows in modern times, "The Colbert Report." Host Stephen Colbert will take up the mantle of CBS' "The Late Show" this fall after current host David Letterman retires.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas State used a strong inside game in the first half to defeat Texas A&M 71-64 in the Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center on Saturday night.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles are just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better.
NO. 1 KENTUCKY 83, UCLA 42
It might be too cold for baseball, but not for shoveling snow. Members of the GBHS Baseball team gather to shovel snow for the community
Let's see, if these guys beat those guys, and that team over there loses its game ...
PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need to bother with the math, not matter how simple the equation.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Brannen Greene's tardiness turned into an opportunity for Kelly Oubre Jr., and the freshman made the most of a surprise start for No. 10 Kansas.
MIDLAND, Texas - Daniel J. Leiker, 86, of Midland, Texas, died Dec. 20, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
QUINTER - Nola Conley, 82, of Quinter, died Dec. 19 at Gove County Medical Center, Long Term Care, Quinter. Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter is in charge of arrangements.
BY CHRIS FAULKNER
Great Bend Fire Department
Time is running out to help our youth learn the basics of rock and roll. Organizers of the second-annual Great Bend Rocks Band Camp are selling chances for a drawing to win prizes donated by local businesses.