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.
President Obama receives reports that 20 children and 6 adults have been murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and decides the country needs national standards for gun accessories to protect our children. Limit ammunition capacities for rifle magazines. Outlaw triggers and stocks on rifles that look like pistols. Push for legislation requiring all law-abiding citizens to go through background checks and have the information stored for future reference.
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously uttered, "There are no second acts in American lives," but bless his heart, the besotted scribe seems blissfully unaware of the loophole large enough to taxi a C-130 through that exists for American politicians. These people are as indomitable as a mule falling off a bridge. More oblivious than a blind tortoise humping a rock. Limber like a deboned eel.
Hannah Seiwert and Devon Degenhardt were united in marriage on March 28, in a double ring ceremony officiated by Aaron Andrews. Parents of the couple are Bernard and Lisa Seiwert and Louis Degenhardt and Sheryl Degenhardt. Grandparents of the bride are Patricia Gerstenkorn of Great Bend and the late LeRoy Gerstenkorn, and Delia Seiwert of St. Paul and the late Peter Seiwert. Grandparents of the groom are Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend and the late Walter Degenhardt, and the late Ernest and Evelyn Blazek. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley's Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.
During a conversation about high blood pressure, Jill Doerfler, M.D., uses the phrase "silent killer" on several occasions. Since the condition doesn't usually have symptoms, the phrase accurately describes what can happen if it is left untreated, she explained.
Leaders of the early education programs at Sunflower Diversified Services have a track record of seeking advanced training about perhaps the most important part of children's lives – social/emotional development.
The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has changed the date of its upcoming fundraiser to 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. It will be a bake sale. The group will not offer walking tacos as previously announced.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.