A national political star is born. Kentucky's' Republican Senator Rand Paul became the political Justin Beiber of libertarians everywhere and a role model for GOPers who want to grab media attention by staging a dramatic "talking filibuster." And, suddenly, Republicans who had steadfastly resisted the idea of bringing back talking filibusters were falling all over themselves to get involved and praise it.
DODGE CITY - The day started promising for the Barton Community College softball team as it took Game 1 of a doubleheader 10-2 over Dodge City. The problem for the Cougars, there was a second game to be played and they suffered a 15-3 beating by the Conquistadors.
Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announced that Kevin Brabb has joined the company as a Telecommunications Technician in Great Bend. He joined the company on May 11. Brabb will install, test, inspect, calibrate and repair electronic equipment. He will also diagnose telecommunications problems and interpret manufacturer's drawings and instructions, and will perform corrective and preventive maintenance as required.
Michelle Rooney, right, is congratulated by Robert Felt, after being named recipient of the 2015 Great Bend Jazz Festival Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a senior who has participated in the music program at Great Bend High School and intends to continue with music in college.
Bradley R. Penka, an expert on barbed wire and post rock history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program, which will be held at the historical society museum, is free and open to the public.
The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will sell walking tacos and hold a bake sale from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. NAMI is a free support group for individuals living with mental illness, and their family members. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-342-3975
HOISINGTON - Everyone 21 years and over is invited to play in a Texas Hold'em poker tournament to raise funds for area charities. The tournament will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 North Main.
Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.
Barton Community College has announced its 2014-15 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Jordan Tebow of Quinter and Kami Maxwell of Odin.