By Jim Misunas
Larned USD 495 calendar
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce members gathered recently for a Chamber After Hours event hosted by 15 businesses in the Westgate parking lot. The hosts were Sunflower Diversified Services, P & S Securities, Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, EZ Tanning, Natural Extremities, Waters True Value, L & M Contractors, Landmark National Bank, Credit Union of America, Dr. Mike Allison, Buff Car Wash, Advanced Therapy, Great Bend Health & Rehab Center and Holistic Solutions.
Dr. John Cody, dubbed "The Audubon of Moths," has had his paintings featured at the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Natural History, and soon the Shafer Art Gallery when its next show, "Endangered Journey: Monarch Migrations," opens on Oct. 2.
Ellinwood artist Robert Joy's art, which will be featured at the Shafer Art Gallery's Oct. 2nd opening, can be identified loosely as having an ever-moving and ever-morphing style. In a fairly current phase of his artistic mood, there has been a focus on the insect world.
Earlier this year a baby was born to Canadians Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, but seven months later, they still have not revealed to family or friends whether little "Storm" is a boy or a girl.
While searching the Internet last week, I stumbled upon a Google Archives article that made me chuckle.
GREENSBURG - The Ellinwood High School girls' tennis team swept the meet hosted by Kiowa County on Thursday.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School golf team took part in the Salina South Cougars Invitational on Tuesday.
CHENEY - The Great Bend High School volleyball team won one of three matches on Tuesday at the Cheney Quadrangular.
Now that's more like it.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.