Local students from Holy Family School recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments. On Monday, April 11, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
EMPOIRA – When it comes to competition and the economy, students from more than 15 Kansas high schools have been learning the ins-and-outs. Words like monopolies, oligopolies and externalities are becoming more familiar. Inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy and supply & demand are now seen in the routines of life. These students have discovered the world of economics.
Great Bend Fire Department
Leo Radenberg, left, building engineer for the Great Bend Public Library and Central Kansas Library System, is shown with family at his retirement party on March 28. Radenberg ended 22 years of employment on March 31, with plans to pursue other lifelong interests.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn session titled "Spring Flowers" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Gerry Esfeld from Northview Nursery will talk about some of the new perennials and annuals available this year. She will also share tips on selecting the perfect flowers, fertilizing, mulching and care of flowers.
Carlie Brown, education director at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, will bring some zoo animals to the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., for a free program from 1-2 p.m. Friday. Brown will bring a Columbian red tail boa constrictor, kinkajou, hedgehog, great horned owl and maybe a few other animals, said Garet Fitzpatrick, program coordinator at the Great Bend Recreation Commission. She will also discuses what's new at the zoo.
Dodgers 6, Giants 1
Rangers 2, Tigers 0
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
GARFIELD - Pawnee County fire crews fought a prairie fire for 12 hours along the Arkansas River west of Garfield Saturday and Sunday.
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center invites the public to a vintage baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday on the museum grounds.
Larned Police Dept.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School Panthers varsity tennis team came through with their best outing of the 2011 season on Monday at the Hays Invitational.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
If we really care about our children's future, now is the time for Americans on both sides of the aisle to cast aside their political aspirations long enough to carry on an adult conversation about debt reduction and spending cuts.
The "Defensive Driving" course will be taught from 1-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 28-29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 2133 Forest Ave. Use the west doors. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
HUTCHINSON - Julie Ann Parks, 52, of Hutchinson, died April 10 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1961, in Medicine Lodge, the daughter of Ronald K. Parks and Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks of Woodward, Okla.
Rachel Louise Dryer, 97, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on April 7, following a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 23, 1916, in Madison, to William Aaron and Carmen Grace (Focht) Boles. Louise grew up in Madison and Emporia, attending Emporia State University. There she met Cecil Ray Dryer whom she married on May 23, 1936, in Cottonwood Falls. Their son, William Laurence Dryer, was born on June 15, 1937. Both preceded her in death; Cecil on April 1, 1989, and William on Oct. 24, 2011.
OTIS - Darlene Kay Richards, 56, died April 9 at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colo., she was the daughter of Emil and Wanda (Berry) Vsetecka. She married Ron Richards in Larned. They later divorced. A resident of Otis since 1992, coming from Larned, she was a cook for the Larned State Hospital until retirement.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Bonnie (Miller) Mink, 60, died April 9 at her home. Born on Nov. 12, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of Dwight C. Miller Jr. and Helen (Ball) Miller. She graduated from Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Mo. and attended Southwest Missouri State University, where she met her husband of 42 years, Ron Mink. They married in December 1972, in Kansas City. She was an avid music lover, loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - A breakfast/brunch fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going towards St. Joseph High School PSR mission trip.
Wednesday, April 9
A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea are equally tied for fourth place.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas freshman Joel Embiid is entering the NBA draft after a breakthrough season that ended with a stress fracture in his back that kept the 7-footer out of the NCAA tournament.