GALATIA - Pastor Adam Wutka invites every to a German and English Hymn-sing and fellowship from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia. "Bring a friend, and if you like, bring a favorite hymn (and the music if you have it). Come and share in some musical thanksgiving!"
First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will be holding a benefit garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, to benefit the families of Cody Clark and Michael Tysver, two young men who were injured in Tempe, Ariz. Cody's dad Todd Clark is a member of the congregation at First Christian.
The Barton County Association of Churches announces the schedule for 2013 Lenten Luncheons. The purpose of these weekly ecumenical gatherings is to provide an opportunity to gather for personal reflection and spiritual growth during the Lenten season, and to experience fellowship with one another.
Fat Tuesday is early this year and so it is time for the annual Monterrey Dinner at Great Bend's First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $8 and $3.50 for children age 6 and younger; 3 and under free. Tickets are for sale at the door or in advance from church members, and take-out is available. An accessible door is located on the Polk Street entrance of the church.
CLAY CENTER - I coached myself saying, "If I make this basket then she loves me." After the ball slammed against the rim and bounced to the asphalt I said, "OK, the best out of 10." Just like when I was a teenager, every one of us is in search for love. Experts say more than 2 billion minutes a month are logged online by people searching for love. Additionally, many of the top songs on the Billboard charts deal with love and the most successful movies each year always feature a romance between the leading man and woman.
Editor's Note: The following article was submitted by Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., Great Bend.
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Rosemary Potter, 89, died Feb. 6 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn. She was born Jan. 13, 1924, at Hugo, Colo., the daughter of William G. and Odelia (Bethscheider) Weber. She married Duane Potter on Nov. 18, 1943, at Oakley. A Great Bend resident since 1944, coming from Hugo, Colo., she was a hostess for Great Bend Petroleum Club.
In honor of Black History Month, children's author Angela Bates will offer a look at the historical African American settlement town of Nicodemus, circa 1877. Her presentation, "The History of Nicodemus Through the Eyes of a Child," will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Barton Community College Learning Resource Center, with refreshments to follow.
A Great Bend man died Thursday in a one-vehicle accident on K-14 in Kingman County, about five miles south of Kingman.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Garlon Green dreamed of a victory over Kansas long before he played for TCU.
One of life's greatest joys is music. Some musicians say music is the great equalizer ... it is a means to communicate the realm of human emotions world-wide. Joe Boley has been blessed with the gift of musical ability and he has shared his talent through a myriad of avenues in the Great Bend community for over five decades. His connection with music started in his youth.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School Family Career and Consumer Leaders of America traveled to Victoria for the District B elections on Jan. 31. Three members from Hoisington applied for district officer positions.
February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.
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?