This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st and Walnut. Caller will be Peggy Anschutz from Gorham. Swinging Star members are asked to meet at 7 p.m. at Country Place Living, 259 W 6th, for a demonstration for the residents.
HUTCHINSON- Lt. Governor Troy Findley and Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton helped announce the winners of the Main Street Awards of Excellence at the annual Kansas Downtown Symposium Oct. 22 at Memorial Hall in Hutchinsson. Hoisington Main Street Inc. was recognized with four awards.
Ellinwood Grade School students are making a difference by collecting aluminum cans for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer which benefits Barton County children.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School alum Kelsey Menges has recently earned awards as a participant on the Kansas State University forensics team.
"What is the What" by Dave Eggers. This true narrative illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. As a boy, Deng was driven from his home, and forced to walk cross country seeking refuge. As he traveled in desperation, he faced both hostile soldiers and rebels, as well as lions, disease and starvation. Unexpectedly, he also discovered kindness and love. The story continues through his immigrant experience in the United States.
This year marks the 11th annual "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 11 and 12, to be hosted by the Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist Churches with help from other area churches. The "Journey" takes visitors through first century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. "Travelers" meet the Wiseman, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds, and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem. They will come upon a market place full of sights and sounds complete with live animals, and culminate the journey with an encounter with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.
There have been statements made by some fiscal conservatives, most notably the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour that we should not focus on life issues in this election and risk losing the election.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first inkling Dexter McCluster had that Ryan Succop was joining him in Tennessee came from a posting on Instagram. McCluster didn't know anything for certain until he walked into a meeting.
LARNED - Ralph C. Arnold, 88, died Sept. 5 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. Born Aug. 10, 1926 in Rozel, he was the son of Elmer and Bonnie (Compton) Arnold.
Charlene Nickle Shelor, 91, died Sept. 5. Born in Loco, Okla. on Oct. 31, 1922, she was the daughter and ninth of 10 children to Robert D. and Callie (Cain) Nickle, including brothers Manuel, Leonard, J.W., Gerald, Donald, and sisters Lucille (Miether), Retha Bell (Orr), Beattie (Rue), and Bobbie (Mack).
ELLINWOOD - Wanda Carol Dannebohm, 79, died Sept. 5 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. Born May 21, 1935 at Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Finis and Mildred (Hoefer) Woolery.
HOISINGTON - George L. Carson, 71, died Aug. 30 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
Steven D. Manning, 67, died Sept. 5 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 15, 1947 at Lebanon, Mo., he was the son of
MCPHERSON- Donald Lee Marshall, 72, formerly of Pittsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 4. Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, is handling arrangements.
WICHITA- Colleen Alma Baker, 90, died Sept. 4. She was born and raised in Great Bend.