Since a "strong interest" was shown at a recent meeting about forming a Parkinson's Disease support group, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center has scheduled a follow-up gathering, said Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy and marketing.
The Barton Community College board of trustees will act on bids for the gym basketball court when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition and fees for all students, effective for the fall 2014 semester, and a notice of intent to build a new dorm that can hold 172 students.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will hold an After-Hours Celebration following the Home for the Holidays Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24. During this time the library will serve refreshments and have an hour of stories and crafts. People can also stop by to watch the holiday classic: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The library will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery became a showplace of warm holiday cheer for the sixth straight year in an effort to help the Great Bend Beautification Committee raise funds to improve the community. The Holiday Tables Spectacular fundraiser was held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Gallery, located at 1607 Main, Great Bend. The annual event was a week later than usual and it was held for two days, rather than the customary single day. More than 100 people attended this year's Holiday Tables Spectacular.
The talent selection committee for the "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater/talent show in January is accepting video auditions for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Activities Nov. 18-Nov. 24
LARNED - The 2012 Salvation Army Fund Drive in Pawnee County begins Monday when red buckets begin appearing in area businesses. The drive is sponsored by the Ministerial Association of Pawnee County.
Commission to meet
Thursday, Nov. 15
As Thanksgiving is this week, it's a good idea here to think of what we can be thankful for in agriculture.
Great Bend High School Class of 1957 held their 55th reunion on Sept. 28, 29, and 30 at the Best Western Black Angus Courtyard. Sixty-eight classmates attended with over 110 people total in attendance. The time was spend visiting, sharing and making memories and paying tribute to their 60 deceased classmates.
Brenna Martin, St. John, will present a piano recital at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 807 E. 1st Ave., St. John. The program, her junior recital, will consist of pieces from Beethoven, Bach and DeBussy. Light refreshments will be served following the recital.
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.
The following meals will be served Feb. 23 through Feb. 25. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.
The latest Drought Monitor Update (February 17) indicates almost the entire state is at least abnormally dry. Most of Barton County falls in this category except for the extreme southern section. South into Stafford and west into Pawnee Counties the shortage increases to moderate drought. As you move south towards the border and to Southwest and West Central Kansas the severity increases to severe with a small area rated as extreme drought. This is in spite of slightly above average precipitation experienced in the Barton area over the last several weeks.
Great Bend Middle School announces the November through January Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school administrators.
Proponents of President Obama's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet insist they oppose content control. They even style themselves defenders of free speech. But there is a very serious risk that changing the Internet from an unregulated free enterprise into a heavily-regulated public utility will lead over time to content control.
Where does the Obama Administration find these people?
The Sunflower State Games announces that registration is now open for the Spring Team Time Trial. Event details and registration procedures can be found online at www.sunflowergames.com. This three person cycling team event will take place on Saturday, April 11. Staging for the race will take place at the Historic Lecompton High School, 620 E. Woodson Street in Lecompton. Racing begins at 10 a.m with teams set to start at two minute intervals.
Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association (WKHRMA) will hold their March meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at Thirsty's Banquet Room, 2704 Vine Street in Hays. Registration is between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. The program for the March meeting will be on "The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Employment Process" presented by Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions.