Now that the USD 428 Board of Education has approved the addition of seventh-grade competitive sports, the need for a new gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School is more critical than ever. Business Director Dan Brungardt recently met with Horst, Terrill, and Karst, Architects Don Pruitt and Charley Sexton on Thursday, June 7 to finalize details on the proposed project. In May, the BOE approved proceeding with one of four options presented, a pre-engineered addition, which appeared to be the most affordable and workable.
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Jim Glynn of Great Bend estimates he's taken more than 200,000 wildlife and nature photographs, most of them from inside his gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Barb Wagner, a newly certified Jazzercise instructor, has begun offering classes at the Great Bend Jazzercise Center. Wagner earned the right to teach Jazzercise by completing an intense three-day workshop and performing a letter-perfect audition. Becoming a Jazzercise instructor requires dedication and thorough training. After submitting adequate references and putting in long hours of practice, Wagner recently participated in a rigorous workshop in Tulsa, Okla. sponsored by the Franchise Programs and Services Department of Jazzercise, Inc. She was required to learn approximately 15 Jazzercise routines for her audition; pass a written exam on basic anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition; learn ...
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday night, and the Royals got a superb start from Luis Mendoza to spoil Zack Greinke's return to Kansas City with a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
GARDEN CITY - Great Bend natives Jeremy Hamby and Jordan Daniels competed in Fury Promotion's Chaos in the Cage V last Saturday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Alex Rodriguez has hit his 23rd career grand slam on Tuesday night, matching Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for most in baseball history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beaten down at Augusta, now the man to beat at the U.S. Open.
Drywall, check. Light fixtures, check. Carpeting, check. The final touches are being put on the house being constructed at 1906 Hubbard. After many months, thousands of volunteer hours, and countless supporters in the Barton County area, Habitat for Humanity of Barton County announced that its fifth home is complete The non-profit organization will celebrate the project's completion with a community barbecue at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.
Barton Community College is offering an American Sign Language course from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9-12 in room S-151 of the Science and Math Building.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.