"Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo" is the theme for the December 4-H Afterschool program. This will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 from 3:30- 5 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office meeting room. To sign up for one or both days, please call 793-1910 by noon on Wednesday the 14th. The suggested age is 6-12 years old. We also need some 4-H junior leaders to come help with the program!
Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.
HOISINGTON - Shawn Ney died Saturday, Dec. 10, at Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Kathryn "Katie" Saenz, 83, died Dec. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Pedro and Maria (Bravo) Godinez. She married Joe A. Saenz Sept. 8, 1947, at Lamar, Colo. He died Sept. 29, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Lamar, she was a cook for Holiday Inn, Highland Manor and the Senior Center.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Benignus, 80, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center representatives donate outdated respiratory therapy supplies that will be distributed during a mission to Ghana, Africa. From left to right are: Lori Vainer, St. Rose respiratory therapist; Brandi Gruber, St. Rose director of cardio-pulmonary services; and Suzanne Bollig and Karen Schell, both respiratory therapists and members of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society. Schell will deliver the items to Ghana next spring.
The Hays Arts Center's "Five State Photography" exhibition, which opened Friday and runs through Jan. 19, includes the work of individuals from Barton Community College.
The Indian River Citrus Fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School. Extra navel oranges and pink grapefruit will be available. Call 620-791-7314 for additional information.
Thursday, Dec. 8
"The Music of Christmas", a concert of traditional sacred hymns celebrating the birth of Christ, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the First United Methodist Church, on the corner of Forest and Stone Streets in downtown Great Bend. This program of duets by Jenny Allford and Brad Shirer will feature the Sanctuary grand piano and the 1926 Austin pipe organ of First United Methodist Church. The church is handicapped accessible. Pre-recorded CD's of the music performed will be available at the close of the concert.
Bishop Michael Milliken will officiate at 11 a.m. on Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 17th and Adams. This will be the first visit of Bishop Milliken since becoming the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas. The Bishop is a wonderful speaker and is working very hard to bring change and growth to the diocese. Everyone is invited to attend the service.
ROZEL -- Main Street Basr & Grill will conduct an open house and ribbon cutting Saturday morning at Rozel. The business is next to City Hall. The open house starts at 9 a.m. and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Cicero, Ill., Town President Larry Dominick, the defendant in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female employees, gave depositions in the cases, in March 2009 and February 2011, but provided challenging answers on one issue.
If you are like us, every day you pick up a smartphone and you send email, visit with friends on Facebook, send a text message or even log into your bank's website and pay a bill.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Road. A letter with a home address or a bank statement is required to prove residency. For more information, call Ann Robinson at 620-792-7676.
When every day's news is filled with reports of murders or war atrocities, I never understand why I should be uniquely saddened when a famous person passes away. It sounds heartless, but I find that their absence doesn't affect my life in any significant way. That's why I'm usually left confused by the rituals of communal grief that consume television and social media in the wake of a celebrity's passing.
If you are on social media, you have probably seen friends, politicians, athletes or celebrities recently dump a bucket of ice water over their head. This chilly "challenge" they are doing is the Striking Out ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge, and it is taking over the social media world. The task is a campaign to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
What would you do with an extra hour each day?
Practice will only get one so far when it comes to music, according to a Swedish study of identical twins that suggests talent may be largely genetic.
Roach Dirt Company from Great Bend begins demolition on the remnants of the Camp Aldrich Dining Hall, which burned down on April 12, Wednesday, Aug. 13.
When we're angry with someone, looking at them with eyes of love can be difficult. Embracing them with a heart of forgiveness can be even more so.
MILBERGER - United Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Milberger will host a homemade ice cream social and bake sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Great Bend's newest congregation, Heartland Community Church, will conduct its first Sunday morning service at 8:45 on Aug. 17. The church meets at the First Congregational Church, 3400 21st. St.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - From Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 7-14, clergy and laity from the northwest region of Missouri, the Omaha and Lincoln area of Nebraska, and from all parts of Kansas will converge on Kansas City for the Seventh Midwest Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church being held at the Jack Reardon Center in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
The Pastoral Ministry Formation Program of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, in cooperation with Newman University and the Diocese of Salina, will present two classes open to anyone with a desire to learn more about the Catholic faith.
Welcome Inn board meets
TOPEKA – Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues. During back to school time, Safe Kids Kansas wants to remind parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe.
Well, the summer is about to pass us by and school in Ellinwood is scheduled to start on Aug. 21. So here is a reminder for everyone.
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