This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
Greg Burley, a junior at Great Bend High School has been selected to serve as Area 6 KAY President. Greg's selection took place at the Nov. 1 Regional Conference hosted by the Halstead High School KAY Club.
Margie Cooper (Granny) will celebrate her 85th birthday on Dec. 20 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 20 Dellwood Ln. Canyon TX 79015.
Irene R. Ledford will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 22 with an open house come and go for family and friends at 3106 26th Street. Irene was born on Dec. 20, 1922 in Barton County. Her daughter is Renee Little and her granddaughter is Marissa King. Cards may be sent to her at 810 Coolidge, Apt. J, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn A. Welch, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 22 with a reception from 2-5 p.m. at the J.A. Haas Building, 400 East 18th, Larned. Lynn and the former Judi Ellis, were married on Dec. 22, 1962 in Larned.
Eric B. Banks, State Conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces three National Initiatives being offered in Kansas through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): On-Farm Energy, Organic, and Seasonal High Tunnels.
The following meals will be served Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. 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 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.
St. John National Bank announces the promotion of Chad D. Fisher to President & CEO, Brenda Mansel Reno to Executive Vice President and Dianna L. Fisher to Cashier & Chief Information Officer. Chairman of the Board J.D. Hager, Jr. states, "We feel the new leadership team will continue and enhance our mission at SJNB to build lasting relationships with the customers and communities we serve. We are all so pleased to announce the recent promotions from within our organization".
Sigma Alpha Lambda announces that Ian T. Sheppard of Great Bend has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Kansas. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment.
People who feed birds often curse them, but for viewing fun, you can't beat a fox squirrel. With tree branches stripped of leaves, these furry aerialists' antics are easily viewed from the comfort of your home during the winter season.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.
WACO, Texas (AP) - With yet another 20-win season under Scott Drew secured, Baylor forward Rico Gathers is thinking more about the two times the Bears have been a win away from the Final Four under their coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston showed Saturday there's nothing wrong with his throwing shoulder.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Perry Ellis had five long days to think about six quick seconds.
It was hard to keep up with the quick-changing schedule for the Barton Community College baseball team as the weekend approached. Originally Barton was headed to Oklahoma for a twinbill Saturday and Sunday with Rose State College. But weather changed that. More than once.
SALINA - It wasn't the most condusive weather for a pair of softball games. But the Barton Community College softball team wasn't about to allow the weather to keep it from continuing its best start in several years. The Cougars rolled to a pair of easy wins at Brown Mackie College Friday afternoon.
The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.
It was a pretty good night at the Barton Gym for the Barton Cougar women's basketball team.
Lyons Public Library and Rice County Historical Society will host a joint fundraiser celebrating sports and the way sports build and unite communities. This fundraising event will feature Chase High School graduate and retired NFL player Paul Coffman as guest speaker. Coffman played collegiate ball for Kansas State University before signing as an undrafted rookie free agent for the Green Bay Packers in 1978. His career for the Packers spanned from 1978-1985. He later played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1986-1987) and the Minnesota Vikings (1988) and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1994.
It almost happened again. The Barton Community College men's basketball team entered the NJCAA Top 25 for the second time this year Tuesday. The last time the Cougars did that they followed it up with a pair of losses.
From "I Love Lucy" and "All in the Family" to "Married with Children" and "Seinfeld," structuring a sitcom around four lead characters often proved a successful formula.
Dear Editor, (in care of Great Bend Military Moms)
For President Obama and the unlawful immigrants he is determined to reward with work permits, social security numbers, and welfare benefits, last week was triumphant. As the congressional February 27 deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security draws closer, insiders learn with each passing day that Obama's executive action is much more expansive than originally presented.