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.
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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?
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MANHATTAN – More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather in Manhattan Monday through Wednesday for their organization's 94th Annual Meeting.
It's that time again. My wish list for the coming year. I want just a couple of things, Santa.
What would you think are the hardest transitions students must make when moving on to college after graduation? Take a second and think about it. This is purely anecdotal but here are the observations and how they relate to working in the world of agriculture:
Time to put the BCS puzzle together.
MANHATTAN - Ryan Doerr can't count the number of times growing up that he saw video of Bill Snyder, looking much younger than he does these days, talking about how the opportunity for the greatest turnaround in college football existed at Kansas State.
The United Methodist Women of King United Methodist Church at 16th and Odell St. in Great Bend have been working together on items for a Christmas craft and bake sale. The sale will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall and continue until 1 p.m.
LARNED - Troy Dean Davis, 43, passed away Jan. 16, 2015, at his home in Larned. He was born Jan. 3, 1972, in Great Bend, the son of Jerrold Dale and Sheryl Lynn Suchy Davis. A lifetime area resident, he was a service technician at Harper Camper Land in Great Bend.
It has been a hectic nine days for the Barton Community College men's basketball team. Nine days that including five games, three suspensions, two ranked opponents and one rival. Oh, yeah, and four wins.
It has been a rugged five days for the Barton Community College women's basketball team. About as tough a 5-day stretch as any team in the nation will see this season. It came to a conclusion Wednesday night with a loss Hutchinson, 73-45 at the Barton Gym.
After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.
As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.
BY SEAN COCKERHAM
HOISINGTON - Robert Frank James, 83, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
The Women of Faith Unwrap the Bible live simulcast will be shown Feb. 20 and 21 at First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St. in Great Bend. The two-day event will feature speakers Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Harper, Sheila Walsh and Charlotte Gambill.
Trinity Ladies Fellowship of Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, will hold their January joint meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the church parlor. Their guest speakers will be Christy Tustin and Melanie Calcara, representatives of Prairie Godmother Funds.
"God, and Father of us all, be with us as we struggle with the uncertainty of our lives. Help us know your loving care will never be dissolved by our fears; that you will be with us always, in the trials and joys of this life, and in the life to come. Amen"
The plan for Hays Medical Center and Centura Health to co-own St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgical Center is now official, a spokesman for HaysMed announced Thursday. With the signing of the joint venture, it will now be known at St. Rose Health Center.
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David Worth Hinton will be at Faith Community Church at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. The church is located 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road, Great bend.
The woodwork for the chapel in Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose Health Center, was crafted by Herman Dreiling from Hays. Herman, born in Victoria in 1896, was the father of Noreen (Dreiling) Duncan. Noreen and her husband James Duncan were residents of Great Bend from 1951 to 2013. They moved to Lenexa in 2013 to be closer to their children who all live in the Johnson County area. All four children (John, Tim, Mike, and Ann) graduated from Great Bend High School.