The Larned High Jazz Band under the direction of Katie Spery performed during the grand opening of Shopko Hometown.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
A 24-hour childcare center in Great Bend celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Chamber ribbon cutting, and owner Erika Julian hopes to reach out to area employers as she grows her new business. All The Little Children, currently located at 1416 Broadway in Great Bend, is the only 24-hour licensed daycare in the area. "Businesses who employ evening and overnight help often struggle with high turnover because their staff can't find reliable childcare," Julian said. "I hope to develop good relationships with these types of employers to help solve that problem so they can retain the valuable employees ...
LARNED - Santa's House has been added, but photos with Santa will not be scheduled in downtown Larned.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
Central Kansas Christian Academy's children will visit Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to sing Christmas carols for patients, staff and visitors. Candy canes will be distributed. Their visit is scheduled to coincide with the Touched by Cancer support group meeting at 2 p.m.
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?
BROWNELL - Three people were injured Sunday evening when a sport utility vehicle went off K-4, 2 miles west of Brownell.
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Marina Benavides, battery domestic violence, failed to appear
During this season of appreciation and gratitude Wellness students in Mrs. Wilborn's classes at HMS have written letters to our Military Servicemen and Servicewomen as part of Operation Gratitude.
The "I Dare You" Leadership award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis. He challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service. The award is inspired by the book, I Dare You! written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.
The sixth-annual Great Bend Storm Special Olympics Turkey Bowl will kick off at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Great Bend High School's Memorial Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Of all that can be gained in 4-H work, none is more prestigious that of the Kansas 4-H Key Award. To earn the Key Award, candidates must be 16 years of age and must be enrolled in the leadership project for the past four years.
There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program. The 2014 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The two couples honored this year were Wayne and Terri DeWerff and Bill and Robin Niederee.
On Nov. 7, past employees of Lane-Wells Company, a Perforating and Logging Company, held a reunion in Great Bend at the American Legion. Lane-Wells left this area in the early 90's after being located in Great Bend for about 45 years. The company employed approximately 5O people. In addition to Great Bend, Lane-Wells had stations in Russell, Stockton, Atwood, Eldorado, Pratt and Liberal. They employed over 150 people, including Great Bend.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas is seeking public comments on changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) interim final rule.
On Nov. 13 and 15, Central Plains High School presented "Haphazardly Ever After" by Jeff Fluharty in the high school auditorium at Claflin.
Irv and Jeanne Gotsche will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Nov. 27, with a card shower. A family dinner was held on Nov. 22, at Colbert Hills in Manhattan.
Ann Schremmer will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 27, with a card shower. She will celebrate with family on Thanksgiving Day.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bollig of Great Bend celebrated their 65th anniversary on Nov. 14th.
Garth Frydendall of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday today.