HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the Labor Day Float Contest for the Labor Day Parade to be held Monday, Sept. 5, during the city's annual Labor Day Weekend celebration.
There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
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.
The Touched By Cancer (TBC) support group meeting for Nov. 21 has been canceled due to conflicts. The next meeting for the group will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Heartland Cancer Center.
Sisters of Hope, a new support group for recently widowed women, is planning an informational "meet and greet." It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Fireside Room at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road in Great Bend.
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Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Wednesday, Oct. 29 on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th St. to cast your ballot. Election time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.
The Barton Debate and Forensics team participated in its second tournament of the year Oct. 17-19 at the University of Central Missouri and Barton's Chase Pumford was a standout performer.
RUSSELL - Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review (ROAR) exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 10 through 12. The show had 262 entries from 91 artists from 33 cities.
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar.
"Ewww!" said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover "Breaking Bad" meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a hunting showcase at 10 a.m. today at HorseThief Reservoir in Jetmore to spotlight the economic benefits of Kansas hunting and fishing and to release the 2014 Tourism Economics data.
GBHS Band and Orchestra students are selling Cherrydale products through Nov. 2, for their 2016 trip. There are many food items as well as a wide variety of gift items. Items can also be ordered online and sent directly to someone. The items will arrive around Dec. 4. Call GBHS (620-793-1521, ext. 189) and leave a message to have someone place your order or answer any questions.
Venture Corporation is planning to begin construction of the City of Great Bend's 2014 residential street resurfacing and reconstruction project this coming week, said Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke.