Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. "The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down; however, the house had a large amount of belongings throughout the structure making it difficult to totally extinguish the fire." No one was hurt, but several dogs in the house died. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and at last report the cause of the fire had not been determined.
Barton Community College will offer a Certified Medication Aide update course to provide CMAs with continuing education and a review of medications and delivery styles, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16 at the Lyons State Bank, 101 East Main St., Lyons.
The Barton Community College Music Department will host Music Scholarship Day on Friday, Feb. 10. Current or prospective students may contact the music department to set up a time for an audition for music scholarships or performance awards.
Starting next week, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will offer free courses on using the computer spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel 2010. One-hour classes are available twice on Tuesdays, at 3 and 7 p.m., on the following dates:
Carol Warrick, Larned, proudly announced that he celebrated his 97th birthday on Christmas Day. ElderCare, Inc. also achieved a recent milestone, when Carol became Home Services client number 3,000. The friendly senior was visited at his home where he lives comfortably and independently. He was joined by Ivy, the protective companion dog. The retired Nebraska farmer also enjoys frequent visits from his daughter, Jan.
Wilda Whala Merten will celebrate her 80th birthday with a come-and-go Reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Barton Art Center, 1401 Main Street (corner of Main and Forest), Great Bend. Hosts of the reception are her children and grandchildren.
Ashley Lynn Kuhn and Tyler Erick Klein were united in marriage on Nov. 12 at Faith Community Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Sandy Kennedy. Parents of the couple are Eric and Christy Kuhn and Todd and Dawn Klein. Grandparents of the bride are Tom and Linda Barnes and Leaetta Tomlinson of Great Bend and Kenny and Sandy Kuhn of Joplin, Mo. Grandparents of the groom are Tim Casey of Great Bend and the late Barbara Casey, and Helen Klein of Great Bend and the late Larry Eugene Klein.
Each year the Ford Motor Company Employee Excellence Award is presented to Ford Dealership staff who consistently go above and beyond. Honorees are recognized for delivering outstanding customer satisfaction and sales, exemplifying what it meats to go further. Kansas honorees are Robert Carpino, Jesse Elkins, Jeffrey Lassman, Desa Marmie, Michael Schreifels, and Derek Wayne.
K-State Research and Extension is offering 4-H Leadership Boot Camp on April 25 in Hoisington, available to all interested persons. Call 785-483-3157 to register. For more information about this, as well as more localized events, check with the local K-State Research and Extension office.
Central Kansas Dream Center (CKDC) is interested in creating a community bike rental program that would promote a healthier community and bring people together, and CKDC Executive Director Kimberly Becker and many others are excited about the possibilities. With the efforts being made on Great Bend's walking and biking paths, more residents will be encouraged to walk and ride but may need a bicycle.
Last week's column explored in general terms what organic means to chemists and the scientific community and what it means to the "natural" foods community. This series of articles isn't intended to take sides but to provide information to help in making informed decisions. Now let's briefly attempt to get a handle on what exactly "organic" foods are. This involves several parts and it is important to note there are foodstuffs claiming to be organic and foodstuffs that have followed certain strict requirements and are certified as organic.
Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 10.