Things are heating up for the 14th annual Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice Chili Cook-off to raise money for local and area hospice patients. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas, Great Bend.
Ticket sales for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon begin on Tuesday in the activities office at GBHS. The luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, at 11:45 a.m. at the Highland Convention Center.
Students from Great Bend's Central Kansas Christian Academy brought home several awards from the annual Midwinter tournament in Jan. 18 Garden City. The tournament is hosted by High Plains Home Educators out of Garden City and many Christian schools and home school associations participate each year. Although this was CKCA's first trip, it was a productive one.
Barton County has been chosen to receive $4,558 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management.
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.