River Bend Assisted Living has been selected as the 2013 National Research Corporation Excellence in Action award winner. This award recognizes long term care and senior living organizations that achieve high levels of excellence. The ranking is determined by having overall customer or workforce satisfaction levels that fall within the top 10% of qualifying organizations, in terms of percentage of respondents rating the provider as "excellent." This is especially significant because the satisfaction database through My InnerView by National Research Corporation is the largest in the U.S", with over 6,000 facilities across the nation participating, and only four ...
Barton Community College has announced its list of graduates who earned associate degrees and those who earned certificates for career training during the fall semester of the 2013 academic year.
Harsh winter weather has people longing for warmer days ahead, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has the perfect remedy for cabin fever. KDWPT invites outdoor enthusiasts to "Spring Into Summer" on Saturday, March 29 with a free entrance day and open houses at all Kansas state parks. Most parks will host special activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit State Parks Open Houses to learn about the special events at participating parks.
On March 15, Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Pawnee County to compete in the Air Rifle competition of the Pawnee County Shootout. There were fifteen 4H'ers from Barton county, that competed in the air rifle competition.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's, in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 42 members present.
Jason and Melinda Thomas, of Sterling, announce the birth of their son, Easton Michael, on Feb. 20. He weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. He has two big brothers, Cale and Bryson.
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Thirteen Kansas State University students were recently selected to serve on the Student Alumni Board, a group of approximately 35 students who promote and serve the university and the K-State Alumni Association. Each year, students are selected after an extensive interview process.
Kansas State University's annual dance extravaganza, SpringDance, will feature students and faculty presenting a variety of new, fresh and entertaining works.
It's been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.
The old adage bears repeating – eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
The following meals will be served Feb. 10 through Feb. 11. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's 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 Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Funds are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The funds are in turn granted to projects and organizations that promote specialty crops in Kansas.
The Hutchinson Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic in Hutchinson is offering a new service for disabled and medically fragile Veterans in need of a caregiver. The Medical Foster Home Program started in Hutchinson several months ago but has been active at the Wichita VA since 2010.
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.
Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave., will host the final Lenten Luncheon of 2014 at noon Wednesday, April 16. Host pastor is Dr. Joan Harrington, and the speaker will be LeRoy Keith, pastor of First Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the ecumenical gathering for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
The "Defensive Driving" course will be taught from 1-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 28-29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 2133 Forest Ave. Use the west doors. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
HUTCHINSON - Julie Ann Parks, 52, of Hutchinson, died April 10 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1961, in Medicine Lodge, the daughter of Ronald K. Parks and Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks of Woodward, Okla.
Rachel Louise Dryer, 97, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on April 7, following a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 23, 1916, in Madison, to William Aaron and Carmen Grace (Focht) Boles. Louise grew up in Madison and Emporia, attending Emporia State University. There she met Cecil Ray Dryer whom she married on May 23, 1936, in Cottonwood Falls. Their son, William Laurence Dryer, was born on June 15, 1937. Both preceded her in death; Cecil on April 1, 1989, and William on Oct. 24, 2011.
OTIS - Darlene Kay Richards, 56, died April 9 at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colo., she was the daughter of Emil and Wanda (Berry) Vsetecka. She married Ron Richards in Larned. They later divorced. A resident of Otis since 1992, coming from Larned, she was a cook for the Larned State Hospital until retirement.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Bonnie (Miller) Mink, 60, died April 9 at her home. Born on Nov. 12, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of Dwight C. Miller Jr. and Helen (Ball) Miller. She graduated from Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Mo. and attended Southwest Missouri State University, where she met her husband of 42 years, Ron Mink. They married in December 1972, in Kansas City. She was an avid music lover, loving wife, mother and grandmother.
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ELLINWOOD - A breakfast/brunch fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going towards St. Joseph High School PSR mission trip.
Wednesday, April 9
A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea are equally tied for fourth place.