HOLYROOD - Kay K. Vanek, 80, died Nov. 17 in Ellsworth. He was born on March 5, 1932 in Lincoln County.
TOPKEA - James Elliott Foster, 87, of Topeka, passed away Nov. 17 at Brewster Health Center following a short illness. Jim was born on April 8, 1925, in Topeka. He was the only child of Dwayne Eliab Foster and Geraldine Mareeta Gardner Foster. Although Jim attended Topeka schools most of his life, his family moved to Carlsbad, N.M. for a couple of years at the beginning of the Great Depression, and returned to Topeka. Jim attended Van Buren Elementary, Crane Junior High, and was a 1943 graduate of Topeka High School. He played on the Topeka High School Varsity Baseball ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will observe the following hours for the Thanksgiving holiday: The Recreation Commission Office, the Carl Soden Recreation Center, GBRC Activity Center, City Auditorium and Cavanaugh Wellness Center will be closed Thursday through Sunday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a home burglary that occurred at 3510 17th St. in Great Bend. According to Police Chief Dean Akings, the burglary occurred between 10 a.m. ant 3:20 p.m. on Nov. 9. "Entry was made through one unlocked door."
Great Bend Fire Department
Since a "strong interest" was shown at a recent meeting about forming a Parkinson's Disease support group, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center has scheduled a follow-up gathering, said Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy and marketing.
The Barton Community College board of trustees will act on bids for the gym basketball court when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition and fees for all students, effective for the fall 2014 semester, and a notice of intent to build a new dorm that can hold 172 students.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will hold an After-Hours Celebration following the Home for the Holidays Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24. During this time the library will serve refreshments and have an hour of stories and crafts. People can also stop by to watch the holiday classic: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The library will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery became a showplace of warm holiday cheer for the sixth straight year in an effort to help the Great Bend Beautification Committee raise funds to improve the community. The Holiday Tables Spectacular fundraiser was held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Gallery, located at 1607 Main, Great Bend. The annual event was a week later than usual and it was held for two days, rather than the customary single day. More than 100 people attended this year's Holiday Tables Spectacular.
The talent selection committee for the "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater/talent show in January is accepting video auditions for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Activities Nov. 18-Nov. 24
LARNED - The 2012 Salvation Army Fund Drive in Pawnee County begins Monday when red buckets begin appearing in area businesses. The drive is sponsored by the Ministerial Association of Pawnee County.
Great Bend Fire Department
Two rural accidents Saturday resulted in minor injuries, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports.