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.
Norman and Mary Hildebrand, of Stafford, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Calvary Baptist Church, in Stafford. Hosts for the event will be their children, Randall and Molly Hildebrand of Great Bend, Bruce and Janell Heyen of Hillsboro, and Jason and Carrie Hildebrand of Stafford. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Rice County Community Foundation, home to Celebration Centre and the Bar K Bar Arena, 1145 East HWY. 56, in Lyons, Calendar of Events for August include: Celebration Dance at Celebration Centre, on August 16 in the JWJ Hall-dance band is the Calhouns; Kansas Mounted Shooting Association – State Championships in the Bar K Bar Arena, Lyons, Ks. at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 21; and the Kansas Paint Horse Show at the Bar K Bar Arena on Aug. 27 and 28.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include the budget hearing, athletic league affiliation, approval of math grant and the Superintendents report.
For years, many traditional funerals in Taiwan - especially in rural areas or among working classes - have included pop singers and bikinied dancers, supposedly to entertain the ghosts that will protect the deceased in the afterlife.
BOSTON (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run homer with a career-high six RBIs as the Boston Red Sox continued their mastery of CC Sabathia and beat the Yankees 10-4 on Saturday, ending New York's eight-game winning streak and moving back into a tie atop the AL East.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Will Muschamp era at Florida began Saturday with little fanfare but a lot of uncertainty.
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.