The Community Food Bank of Barton County located in Great Bend is one of RSVP's 65 partners in Barton County. While the Community Food Bank of Barton County operates as a ministry of the Barton County Association of Churches, it was organized as a separate entity in 1984 with its own board of directors and tax-exempt status from the IRS; it is designed to distribute food in a temporary emergency or crisis situation to persons in need. Currently, there are 14 members on the board of directors with Evelyn and Bob Essmiller as Co-Presidents.
China's sleepy Zisiqiao Village in Zhejiang province is actually headquarters for the country's revered snake industry, with 160 families raising about 3 million serpents a year, mostly to harvest livers and gall bladders for soup, wine, and other products consumed for their immunity-building properties.
GARDEN CITY - The Great Bend High School volleyball team dropped matches to host Garden City and Liberal on Thursday, but defeated Holcomb in two sets.
McPHERSON - Great Bend High School finished fifth out of six teams at the McPherson varsity tennis tournament on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs put tight end Tony Moeaki on injured reserve Saturday after he was hurt in their final preseason game against Green Bay, depriving quarterback Matt Cassel of one of his most dependable targets heading into the regular season.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Mike Dyer bulled through the line for a game-saving touchdown with 30 seconds left and defending national champion Auburn escaped with a 42-38 win over Utah State on Saturday.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Collin Klein connected with Chris Harper on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 left, and Kansas State escaped with a sloppy 10-7 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night to give longtime coach Bill Snyder his 150th win.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Michael Ford ran for two touchdowns and Jarrett Lee admirably directed LSU's offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the fourth-ranked Tigers' season-opening 40-27 victory over No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Jordan Webb threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Kansas, flashing the improved speed coach Turner Gill had promised, beat McNeese State 42-24 Saturday night in a season opener delayed almost 25 minutes by rain.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School football team fell in overtime to Sedgwick, 22-21.
The Great Bend Public Library is forming a Teen Advisory Group to help with various areas of the Young Adult Department. In addition to making suggestions for new books to purchase for the collection, they will also help plan future teen programs, such as Movie Nights and Game Days. Teens in grades 7-12 are welcome to join.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
HUDSON - Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He died peacefully in the presence of his family.
ELLINWOOD - Velma Ann Wornkey, 75, died April 7, 2014 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Menlo, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mannebaugh) Moos. On Aug. 31 1957, she married Jerry Wornkey. A lifetime resident of Kansas, she was employed in multiple clerical jobs along with being a good and loving mother.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, 2014 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 27, 1915 in Susank, she was the daughter of Peter and Katrina (Bitter) Eichman. In 1942, she married William E. Orr in Wichita. He died in 1956. A Great Bend resident since 2000, living in California from 1970 to 2000, she was a beauty operator.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Loney hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia 10-4 Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies' home opener.
MIAMI - Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Mason Plumlee was credited with a block on LeBron James' dunk attempt in the final seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game season sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.
HUTCHINSON - Larned High golfer Michael Reece earned first-place medalist honors with a 7-over-par 79 Monday at The Highlands Golf Club.
The Great Bend High School girls' swim team locked up another first-place finish this season, claiming the top spot in a quadrangular on Monday evening at Kirkman Activity Center.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion.