Farmers and rancher voting delegates from the state's leading agriculture/rural advocacy organization have adopted their policy roadmap for 2012 and elected their leadership.
Theresa Leiker and Dianna Disque of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plan Consultant designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration and Plan exams.
Gladys Byers will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 4 with a card shower.
Barton County Historical Society will provide a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, Prairie Meals and Memories - Living the Golden Rule. Just in time for Christmas shoppers, the book is a delightful mix of her memories living near Olmitz, recipes from earlier days that are still tempting, and helpful hints. Her books will be available.
Justin and Rachel Mawhirter announce the birth of their son, Jace Matthew Mawhirter, on Aug. 16 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Great Bend Middle School announces the seventh graders who received the Above and Beyond Award for the first nine weeks. The student has to be nominated by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The student receives a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the principals.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The following meals will be served Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Club at StoneRidge, 24th and Frey in Great Bend. President Rose Kelly will be in charge of the meeting. Members are asked to continue to record their hours of volunteer service.
It's that time of year! Have you started your shopping? Does holiday gift giving really need to include "shopping"? When asked, family and friends often report that holiday foods or other activities, rather than purchased gifts, can make for a happy holiday.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
HESSTON - Bouncing back from a 55-51 overtime loss to Hesston on Friday night during the Hesston Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, Barton Community College defeated Brown Mackie 63-48 on Saturday.
HESSTON - Dwayne Brunson and Algie Key are quickly becoming a lethal inside-outside combination for the unbeaten Barton Community College Cougars.
WASHINGTON - The contrast couldn't have been greater for DeSean Jackson.
McPHERSON - The Great Bend High School boys' tennis team finished sixth in the season-opening McPherson tournament on Monday.
PORT ARANSAS PASS, Texas - Jerry Theodore Boxberger died on March 22, 2014 at his home on a beautiful rainy day in Port Aransas Pass, Texas.
GREAT BEND -- Funeral services for Willis A. Stout, 70, who passed away on March 16, 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crosspoint Church, east of Harts Corner, two miles south on Highway 281.
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, died on April 1, at Diversicare of Larned. Cremation has taken place. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
LARNED - Karlene K. Meckfessel, 68, passed away April 1, 2014 at her home.
John lived in the Pratt and Sawyer area in his younger years and graduated from Moscow High School and Fort Hays State University. He served seven years in the Army Reserves out of Hays.
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Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The Renaissance Financial advisors enthusiasm for their career and master of their trade is apparent as they have been awarded for their tremendous work in 2013.
The veteran's representative from the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will not be making his normal second Thursday visit in April to the Kansas Works Office. Instead, he will be in Great Bend on the third Thursday, April 17th. He will return to the second Thursday schedule in May and the months following.
Next-generation technology is now providing the power behind SeaPort Airlines, the Portland, Oregon-based regional airline which recently completed its successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa portfolio of airline IT solutions. The company's first flight using the new system was operated between Memphis and Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday, March 23rd.
It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.