Area law enforcement officers routinely receive reports of animals that have strayed into county roads, or of objects that are impeding traffic. On Thursday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office made sure bales were moved off the 600 block of North U.S. 281, around 10:30 a.m., and checked on a report of about a dozen goats in a ditch in the 400 block of NW 70 Ave. over the noon hour.
Holding a public hearing for the 2011-12 budget is on the agenda Monday for the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Also on the agenda is the appointment of the board treasurer, and information about co-ed softball rules.
LARNED - Several informal events are scheduled Saturday and Sunday for U.S. Army veteran Kevin Mincio and co-cyclist Matt Sauri. Before SSG Jesse Williams was killed during combat operations in Iraq, he and Mincio served together as members of the 5-20 Infantry Regiment.
A co-ed softball tournament in memory of Maxton Foster Burkey will be held on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, at the Hoisington softball field.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
ST. JOHN - The shooting victim in an apparent domestic incident has been identified as the stepson of the suspected shooter.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet on 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include student/staff presentations, recognition/achievements, election of 2011-2012 officers, GBHS athletic league affiliation, report of Professional Development Council, and projects updates.
On Monday, July 11, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a construction project to repair two bridges west of Rush Center on K-96 highway in Rush County. The bridges are located approximately 3 miles and 5 miles west of the K-96 junction with US-183 highway.
The First Church of the Nazarene is gearing up for Vacation Bible School and would like to invite all children ages 4 years to 4th grade to join them July 9-14 for the Son Harvest County Fair Bible School.
Faith Community Church is hosting special meetings with Rev. Glenn Bleakney at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday,
Looking for an evening celebrating faith, hope and courage? Look no farther than opening night of the 12th annual Midwest Catholic Family Conference, scheduled for Aug. 5-7 at Century II in Wichita.
Winnie Hanzlicek, formerly of Great Bend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 16 with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 159 S. Circle Drive, Potwin, KS 67123.
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MACKSVILLE - The Fifth Annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 3-4 at City Park in Macksville. The event starts at noon Saturday and continues until noon the following day. Food vendors will be available for lunch and supper, and camping in the park is free, according to Macksville residents Don and Rhea Overbey with Oberbey Ministries.
Several runners and walkers came out for the first Roger Berger Memorial 5K, April 12 at the Barton Lake Trails.
Members of Rosewood Miracle Workers, a Kiwanis Aktion Club at Rosewood Services, will be selling peanuts from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. They will be in front of the Walmart Supercenter at both entrances. The club is also selling trail mix. It is available at the Rosewood Gallery.
Sunflower Diversified Services will hold its first bowling tournament at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at Walnut Bowl.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?
Red Cross Blood Drive to be held
There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. But if Republicans define dumb down any more, soon they'll have to apply for drilling rights.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
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