The Jordan Hickel family of Great Bend won the grand prize at the American State Bank booth during the recent Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo. The bank let participants spin its prize wheel for a chance to win a Sanyo 42-inch high definition TV. Pictured from left: Jordan and Katrina Hickel and their two children Kate and Mack, along with Robert Rugan and Jerry Renk representing American State Bank and Trust.
For the second year, the Kansas Pork Association is sponsoring several blood drives throughout Kansas with a goal of collecting 150 pints of blood. Because each pint could help save up to three lives, up to 450 patients could benefit.
The Barton Music Department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each, and it couldn't be done without the help of the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace invite the public to join them Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their annual Spring Blessing free family fun event. Guided tours of the straw bale buildings, a labyrinth walk, and a tree planting are planned. Come visit the alpacas, including two-month old baby Joy. Drop in or stay for the whole day. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs and a picnic and relax and enjoy the grounds. Heartland Farm is located at 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock. For more information, contact Marilyn Pierson, OP, by calling 620-923-4585 or ...
The Barton County Arts Council will host a public forum with Brad Anderson, executive director of the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, just south of Great Bend across the Arkansas River Bridge.
Great Bend residents are invited to take part in the first ever Cruise Night in downtown Great Bend. More than 70 cars from the SRCA & Vintage Wheels clubs will line up at Jack Kilby Square to parade through the City of Great Bend on Friday, May 31st. (The Cruise Night was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st as part of KANSAS SPEEDWEEK but cold weather caused the event to be postponed.) The cars will line up starting at 7 p.m. and will leave the square around 7:15 p.m. Cars will be led by police escort through town ...
RANSOM - Father David H. Kraus, 72, a retired priest of the Diocese of Dodge City, died April 28, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Aug. 3, 1940, in Ransom, the son of Hugo and Alice (Hilmes) Kraus. He graduated from Arnold High School, and attended St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, before transferring to Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo. There he earned bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Sacred Theology.
Great Bend High School Prom King and Queen Wyatt Bayless and Amy Christopher are shown, April 20. Both are seniors and were chosen by their classmates. This year's prom was "Masquerade," and many of the students donned masks of many different styles. The evening began with dinner and then "The Promenade" at the high school track. Following the dance, couples went to a huge party at the bowling alley courtesy of the junior class parents. There were prizes and gift cards for all.
Finding a way to make exciting things happen in local classrooms, despite budgetary constraints, is a challenge that the USD 428 Education Foundation has accepted and met for nearly 25 years. The organization has raised and donated nearly $250,000 to enhance education in the district through minigrants for teachers.
Blood donors participating in the Great Bend Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, at Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas Avenue, will receive a special thanks from Kansas Pork Farmers. The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the Central Plains Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross as part of its 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas.