Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) International held their annual International Convention July 18-23, at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Overland Park. Lisa and Bob Baum, Coleen and Ira Cape, and Kim and Steve Kummer attended from Great Bend. Cape served as the convention chair of the 64th Annual Convention, Sunflower Serenade for the 500 attendees. IC President Dora Dill, Nebraska presided over the convention. She challenged ESA members to "Celebrate the Child" during the 2010-2011 year.
Sixty-nine members of the George Sr. and Mary Reichel family gathered on July 9 and 10, for a family reunion. The larger group met on Sunday at the Community Building in Rush Center. They joined in the Lord's Prayer and a delicious meal prepared by descendants of Mary and Ferdinand Foos was served. Don Simmons furnished a large decorated carrot cake honoring the July 10 birthday of Martie Dial.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary met on July 26 at the Post Home.
Approximately 275 Kays and Kayettes from across the state of Kansas gathered at Rock Springs 4-H Center, in Junction City, on July 25-29, for a "SUPERFANTASTIC" session of KAY (Kansas Association for Youth) Leadership Camp. The KAY Camp is a character-building, leadership-training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and is designed for all students in grades 7-12.
Farmers, fleet operators, schools and government agencies operating business band or Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) systems are facing a critical Jan. 1, 2013, deadline. By that date, the FCC has mandated that all private PLMR licensees operating below 512 MHz move to 12.5 kHz narrowband voice channels.
The Great Bend High School Booster Club will be holding its "Fall Mixer" at 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the GBHS Jack Kilby Commons Area. The mixer, which will include meeting the coaches, is for athletes of all sports and their families. Hamburgers and beverages will be provided, bring a side dish and table service. For questions, contact Rob or Krissy Pumford at 282-3028.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at The Club at Stone Ridge. Lunch will be from the menu. The program will be provided by Marissa Woodmansee from Juvenile Services. She will be giving us an overall view of Juvenile Services and how it coordinates with the other agencies in the area that handle juvenile problems. She has been with the Services for thirteen years. They cover a large district, and offer many services to the youth of the area.
Barton County has a valuable asset that may not be immediately apparent. I'm referring, of course, to the 415 dedicated volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP has served Barton County since 1977, almost 35 years. In 2010 alone, 401 volunteers donated 59,000 hours of service to the residents of Barton County. Using the minimum wage of $7.25, those hours translate into almost $4.3 million contributed to non-profits, community agencies and programs, schools, and health care providers.
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.
Marlane Haberman and Sheri Elsen have recently been promoted to managerial positions at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc.
Ed and Ginnie Weatherford of Great Bend, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 4, with a card shower.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Hiss Sherman Wealth Management, 2001 Broadway (SW corner of Broadway & Main), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Allene Owen with greeters Sarah Panning and Aaron Andrews. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Cemetery Staff is asking the public to remove any and all winter decorations from Great Bend Cemetery and Great Bend North Cemetery, Wednesday March 12 through Friday March 21, for spring cleanup and spraying season.
"Court of Change,' will be aired at 8 p.m. Tuesday featuring Meadowlark Lemon on the CBS Sports Network. Lemon helps supervise team camps for sons and daughters of military personnel.
MANHATTAN - The Central Plains girls and St. John boys Class 2A quarterfinal basketball games will be aired live on the Internet through the Kansas State Activities Association and the National Federation of High School Networks.
Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama's push to cut their National Guard troops?
Janet Murguia, the National Council of La Raza's Chief Executive Officer, recently made an explosive charge against President Barack Obama. Murguia called the president the "Deporter- in-Chief," a reference to what many Hispanic lobbying organizations allege is Obama's record number of deportations.
Great Bend High School bands will present their concert "Music in Our Schools" at 7 p.m. today in the GBHS gym. The theme was set by the newly-named music organization National Association of Music Education.
With spring just around the corner, the third season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.
NEW YORK - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night.
The big bubble winner over the weekend - Nebraska. When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets next Sunday, it's hard to imagine the Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday he expects center Joel Embiid to play in the NCAA tournament.
The Barton Community College baseball team rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to earn a doubleheader sweep on Monday at Lawson-Biggs Field over Colby.