WICHITA - The Common Threads Quilt Show 2012 will be held June 21-23 at the Century II Exhibition Hall in Wichita. This year marks the 15th year for the biennial quilt show presented by the Prairie Quilt Guild. The guild, which includes over 700 members from Wichita and surrounding areas, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012 and expects to host over 5,000 guests who will view over 500 quilts.
The College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University has awarded MaKenzie Sauder of Great Bend the Martha Johnston Nutritional Sciences Scholarship.
Great Bend piano instructor Darlene Boley recently received her 50-year membership pin from the Music Teachers National Association.
The public is invited to take a look at what some of the top photographers in the area are seeing through their lenses, with the Shafer Gallery's new show, "Exposure Time: Juried Photography Exhibition." The gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College, will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
There are easier and cheaper ways to accredit a medical lab, but St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center has never settled for one of those options, said Carla Herl, administrative lab director. St. Rose has always sought the inspections of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which recently renewed the lab's accreditation.
Everything from restaurant equipment to medical supplies to office furniture will be included in the upcoming St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center public auction. It is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in the building just east of the Dominican Sisters Convent in the 3500 block of Broadway.
A St. John teenager was flown to Via Christi Medical Center's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita via air ambulance on Friday, after the car he was driving was hit by a construction crane at the U.S. 50 junction with U.S. 281, three miles south of St. John in Stafford County.
A two-vehicle injury accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on NE 30 Road and North Washington Ave., three miles north of Great Bend.
LA CROSSE - Lloyd R. Rodie, 91, died May 2 at his home in La Crosse. Born Aug. 25, 1920, in rural Timken, he was the son of John and Carrie (Kaiser) Rodie. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and stockman before his retirement.
Shirley Ann Wright Ward, 81, died May 3, 2012 at St. Johns Nursing Home in Hays, Kansas.
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Great Bend's 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival was held Saturday in the courthouse square.
The Full Plate Diet weight-loss program is coming to Great Bend starting Tuesday. This is a new created by the doctors who wrote "The Full Plate Diet" from the Lifestyle Center of America.
Each year, thousands of volunteers in Barton County donate their time and energy to make our community a better place to live. National Volunteer Week was celebrated in April but I would still like to recognize our Extension and 4-H volunteers.
HOISINGTON - In December of 2010, Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson was approached by Sue Kidd, Kansas Character Education Initiative coordinator, at the National Character Education Conference in San Francisco to co-chair the Kansas state character education development committee in its infancy. The committee was charged with developing K-12 standards for schools to guide the process of integrating social and emotional character development for Kansas. The committee work began in January of 2011 and with diligent efforts throughout the past 14 months has reached a final product approved by the Kansas State Board of Education.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
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