This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Volunteers in Action, Barton Workforce Building, 1025 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Nancy Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
Some people live for challenges.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two racing motorcycles with a combined value of $11,525 were stolen last week from the 700 block of Washington St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The Sept. 26 theft is featured this week by Crime Stoppers.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
ARKANSAS CITY - Some nights it just isn't there.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.
MANHATTAN - Many stars refuse to admit they look at the players they're passing on the slow climb through the record books. They'll speak in platitudes about focusing on the team first, the individual second, and shrug off most of their achievements.
It was a great start to the night for the Barton Community College volleyball team.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for a while now, bad baseball has become a sea of Royals blue as long-suffering fans suddenly find their team in the World Series.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
HESSTON – South central Kansas will be the destination for five world class musical acts in a variety of backgrounds and genres when Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton) team up to host the 2014-15 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts 2014-15 season.
Mike Westerman will appear as Edgar Allan Poe to present "The Raven" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. Admission is free.
Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., will hold its Fall Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be hayrides, costume contests, and trunk or treat time. Members will be serving soup. Everything is free and the community is invited.
Members of First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on Oct. 31 for Trunk or Treat. Treats will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Forest Ave. in Front of the church, located at Forest and Stone.
First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave., will offer a Judgement House walk-through drama. Hours will be 6-10 Friday, Oct. 24; 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
The Barton County Association of Churches' annual Chicken Noodle Soup Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center at 4100 Broadway Ave. In addition to the homemade soup, homemade pies will be served. A freewill donation will be taken at the door. This project benefits Emergency Aid. For questions, contact Nancy Sundahl at 620-793-5894.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present a musical, "God Will Take You Through," this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. It will be presented at 2 p.m. at Sterling House and a final presentation at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 19th St. and U.S. 281 Bypass.
Allen and Connie Parker of Lamb Watchers Ministries will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at King United Methodist Church, 16th and Odell St.
Great Bend Police
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.