Farmers and rancher voting delegates from the state's leading agriculture/rural advocacy organization have adopted their policy roadmap for 2012 and elected their leadership.
Theresa Leiker and Dianna Disque of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plan Consultant designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration and Plan exams.
Gladys Byers will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 4 with a card shower.
Barton County Historical Society will provide a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, Prairie Meals and Memories - Living the Golden Rule. Just in time for Christmas shoppers, the book is a delightful mix of her memories living near Olmitz, recipes from earlier days that are still tempting, and helpful hints. Her books will be available.
Justin and Rachel Mawhirter announce the birth of their son, Jace Matthew Mawhirter, on Aug. 16 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Great Bend Middle School announces the seventh graders who received the Above and Beyond Award for the first nine weeks. The student has to be nominated by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The student receives a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the principals.
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 Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 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 Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Club at StoneRidge, 24th and Frey in Great Bend. President Rose Kelly will be in charge of the meeting. Members are asked to continue to record their hours of volunteer service.
It's that time of year! Have you started your shopping? Does holiday gift giving really need to include "shopping"? When asked, family and friends often report that holiday foods or other activities, rather than purchased gifts, can make for a happy holiday.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
HESSTON - Bouncing back from a 55-51 overtime loss to Hesston on Friday night during the Hesston Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, Barton Community College defeated Brown Mackie 63-48 on Saturday.
HESSTON - Dwayne Brunson and Algie Key are quickly becoming a lethal inside-outside combination for the unbeaten Barton Community College Cougars.
When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops.
Central Kansas Family Practice announces the addition of local physician, Stanley M. Hatesohl MD to their clinic staff. He is a graduate of KU Medical School and has practiced medicine in rural Kansas for over 25 years. Previously, he was a pharmacist after finishing pharmacy school at KU as well. Dr. Hatesohl and his wife, Ann, have lived in Great Bend for the last two years and have enjoyed being a part of the local community.
Sunflower Bank is partnering with Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) to support injured service members and their families. Sunflower has set a goal to contribute up to $50,000 to YRF. To reach this goal, Sunflower will donate $3 for every new account opened and 3¢ for every swipe of a Sunflower Bank debit card, now through December 31, 2014.
Progress Club met on Oct. 6, at the home of Kathy Schugart with Ruth Lowry and Darlene Mathers as co-hostesses. The program was "Women's Health" given by Dr. Ana Refinetti and her assistant Shawna Klima. Dr. Refinetti presented an overview of breast disease, the importance of an annual mammogram and guidelines by the Ameican Cancer Society. Her office will soon be moving to the Kirby Building and establishing a breast care clinic there.
The Great Bend Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams are competitive on and off the court.
It was a heartfelt day for Jefferson School students and staff as they recently learned their efforts last spring earned them recognition from the American Heart Association.
Maybe you heard about the app called "Ignore No More" that a Texas mom created. It's pure genius: It will disable a kid's phone if they ignore a call from mom or dad. Once the parent calls and the son or daughter doesn't pick up, you enter a four-digit code and it locks the phone. Suddenly you get their attention.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died October 10, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, moving from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart, and she retired from Dillons Pharmacy.
Before social media hit the scene, most teens used to spend time every day talking to their friends on the phone. With the rise of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, kids and teens now have a host of mediums through which they can communicate with their social groups.
When it comes to home remodeling, we stand by the saying: "Bigger isn't always better."
In the past year, Americans have been bombarded with news stories about sexual-assault crimes and violent acts against women. The Ray Rice incident served as a catalyst for an increase in domestic violence awareness, a Gannett newspaper reported, and sexual assault on college campuses has garnered national attention through a White House initiative.
With just a few games left in the regular season, every game is important in preparation for the post season for the Barton Community College men's soccer team.
Abilene 39, Clay Center 21
HAVEN - In a game as strange as the weather the Larned High School Indians defeated the Wildcats of Haven.