Tomorrow starts finals' week for students at Barton with graduation ceremonies Thursday evening. While things are winding down a bit at the college, lots of activities from other graduations to area events and farming activities are ramping up. With that in mind, here are some random items.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program said Thursday the evidence shows players received payments for hits on targeted opponents.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter and break open the game, and the Miami Heat took a 3-0 lead, sending the New York Knicks to an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss, 87-70 on Thursday night.
MCPHERSON - Great Bend High School head softball coach Carrie Minton said that on Thursday her team saw the best pitching they have seen all year long.
NEWTON - More than 50 percent of the Great Bend High School girls' swim team had time improvements in Thursday's meet.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was carted off the field and taken for tests after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night.
There are days with young children that stretch out before parents like an ocean.
RUSSELL - The Barton Community College Theatre Department, in conjunction with the Russell Arts Council, will host auditions for their upcoming summer musical production of Gilbert & Sullivan's satirical opera "Pirates of Penzance," at 6 p.m. Monday, May 7 in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.
The medical laboratory technician program has been a staple in Barton Community College's offerings for more than three decades, and thanks to the hard work of MLT Director Cheryl Lippert, it's presence remains concrete, college officials said.
Great Bend Fire Department
Members of the Thr3Elements youth group at CrossPoint Church will don their favorite superhero costumes this weekend to help battle hunger. The youth, in grades 7-12, are inviting community members to become heros as well by donating items to the Barton County Community Food Bank, Youth Pastor Randy Mills said.
Chili cook-off Saturday for Winget mission trips
A month-long celebration of Great Bend's Central Baptist Church quasquicentennial (125 years) culminated with a celebration held April 21-22 at the church, which has been located at Lakin and Harrison streets since 1964.
One Heart in the Heartland, a cultural festival of Midwestern music and dance, will precede the dedication of the new Kansas City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) this weekend. The festival will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, and the actual dedication of the temple will follow on Sunday.
Great Bend's 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place Saturday in the courthouse square.
School supplies offers
Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) will be the new location for the next series of monthly interactive televideo (ITV) presentations organized by Midwest Cancer Alliance.
Thursday, Feb 12
LARNED - Thirteen Quilting Bees members met on Feb. 2 in the quilting room at the First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Morris.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
As February home openers go Wednesday afternoon couldn't have gone much better for the Barton Community College softball team.
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.