Kade Cook led the Great Bend High School boys' swimming team with two first-place finishes at the home meet on Tuesday.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Jan. 16 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
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GREAT BEND - Funeral service for Jack Callaway will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Little River United Methodist Church, with pastor Theresa Forshee officiating. Burial will follow at the Bean Cemetery in Little River. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m., at Nicholson Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Youthville in Newton in care of the funeral home.
LARNED - Elsie R. Rankin, 94, died Jan. 24, 2012 at the Larned Health Care. Born July 29, 1917, in Johnstown, Penn., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Cramer Cummins. She was an accounting bookkeeper. On July 20, 1935, she married Charles W. Rankin in Wheeling, W.V. He died on Nov. 11, 1997.
GREAT BEND - Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 4, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
Barton Community College and the Kansas Section of NACE International will present the 26th annual NACE Corrosion Control Seminar Feb. 7-9 at the Midwest Utility and Pipeline Training Center and Barton's Technical Building and Science and Math Building.
Square and round dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the Burnside Room the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School has chosen Kaylyn Oberle as the January Student of the Month. Kaylyn is the daughter of Ray and Sandi Oberle and is in the eighth grade. Kaylyn has four siblings: Emily, 23, Nicole, 21, Becca, 18, and Jacob, 11.
BUSHTON - On Jan. 6, all Central Plains Middle School students who met the established Renaissance criteria for the second quarter were rewarded with an afternoon of swimming at Barton County Community College. To be eligible for this reward, students had to achieve higher than a 3.2 grade point average and have no detentions, tardies, or office referrals throughout the second quarter.
Central Plains High School student Tim Demel was selected as the 1st Chair Principal Oboe in the 1234A State Honor Band. Demel will travel to Wichita for the Kansas Music Educators Association state convention to be held at the Century II Convention Center Feb. 23-25 for rehearsals and performance.
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The Coronado Quivira Museum/Rice County Historical Society is celebrating Kansas Day 2012 with the creation of a special exhibit with a local tie to the bright lights of Hollywood. From Jan. 25-March 10, the special exhibition area at the museum will feature the exhibit "From Rice County to Hollywood: Mary Astor and Shirley Knight".
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Prairie Enterprise Project/Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas, Bank of the West lobby, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Shay Kasselman. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.