More than 280 optometrists and 185 optometric assistants attended the 2012 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Optometrists attending were able to receive 13 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for re-licensure. Among those attending were Drs. Mark Judd, Russell McCaulley, and Chad Premer of Great Bend.
Eagle Communications Great Bend Division has named Ed McGilber as director of sales for the Great Bend Post. The Post is an on-line product that features news, sports, community events and more. McGilber brings a background in media and on-line sales having previously worked at the Great Bend Tribune.
In honor of her career achievements, Jil Johnson of Great Bend has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac. Johnson took delivery of a 2013 Cadillac SRX at Dove Cadillac dealership in Great Bend.
The Board of Barton County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday. Items on the agenda include 2012 tax sale and amendments to the Barton County Zoning Regulations.
More than $1.1 million that will support and encourage mathematics and science teacher education at Fort Hays State University was announced at a news conference today on the university campus.
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) will host the sixth annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2013.
Paul and Sue Anne Mullen of Evansville, Ind. announce the engagement of their daughter Kim Mullen, to Zachary Ralston, son of Kelly and Cheryl Ralston.
Jenna Hayes and Jason Corbett were united in marriage on June 9 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ellinwood in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Charles Mazouch. Parents of the bride are Jim and Kathy Hayes of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Jim and Jeanie Corbett of Ellinwood and Randy and Ronda Miller of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride are Virginia Karlin of Great Bend and the late Ronald Karlin, Lawrence and Frances Hayes. Grandparents of the groom are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Jr. and Glen and Jean Miller.
Rick Erdman and Barbara Erdman announce the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Erdman to Rick Brittain, son of Robert Brittain and the late Velda Brittain.
John and Julie Hein will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Oct. 15. The couple was married on Oct. 15, 1972, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington. John is retired from Dillon's after 36 years and Julie is retired from Landmark National Bank after 27 years. The couple has a daughter and son-in-law, Joelle and Jay Jacobs; and two grandchildren, Jensen and Jozie. They will celebrate the occasion with a family dinner in November.
Anna Lee Habiger of Bushton will celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct. 20 with a family dinner and a card shower.
Jerry Desmarteau will celebrate his 80th birthday on Oct. 20 with a Come and Go reception from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center Burnside Room. No gifts are requested.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
The following meals will be served Jan. 19 through Jan. 23. 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.
Lyles Lashley has received an unbelievable amount of coaching honors in his nearly 20-year career. The most prestigious of them came when he was chosen to be a member of the most recent class to the National Junior College Athletic Association Track and Field Hall of Fame released this past week. He was one of eight people to earn the honor and the only coach in the group.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics announce that Jeremy Howes, MD, is joining the Clara Barton family as a general surgeon at Clara Barton Surgical Services.
The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.
With the advent of 2015, there's hope the Obama administration will follow through on its ambitious trade agenda. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic agree a more open trade partnership makes sense.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."
A forester once told me that you know a drought is severe if you see Red Cedar trees dying. All around the county, you can see Cedars in tree rows and windbreaks dead and brown. If you are looking to replace your tree row, The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Plants are one to two years old and sizes vary from 5 to 18 inches, depending on species. Orders are accepted from now through the first full week in May each year, but order early to insure receiving the items you ...
Last week's column briefly discussed some of the reasons for the large changes in agriculture over the last century. Drivers for change included two World Wars, the Great Depression, economic conditions after WWII, and the Federal Government. One reader pointed out that the column almost painted war as a good thing for agriculture. That wasn't the intent. The fact is the driver for change and the development of new techniques and technologies is typically an event or events forcing and accelerating change. Now, how did events change farming over the last century.
USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous-from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.