Under a bright blue, fall Oklahoma sky in a serene setting, cattle are doing what cattle do – quietly moving through a pasture looking for the next best thing to eat. As they graze, instruments are recording how much methane they are producing.
The good news is, Kansas consumers spend $7.2 billion on food each year. The bad news is, $6.5 billion of it comes from beyond the state's borders, obesity is on the rise, 56 percent of Kansas farmers require secondary income and only eight percent of Kansans have healthy diets, according to a 2010 survey by the Kansas Health Institute.
While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products.
Lowell Sohm will celebrate his 85th birthday on Jan. 18, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Hall in Otis. Hosts for the event will be his children, Ronda and David Ranker of Hays, Steve and Evelyn Sohm of Otis, Susan and Ron Mohr of Wilmington, N.C., Diane Rexwinkle of Great Bend, and Mike Sohm of Otis.
Harvey Linn will celebrate his 85th birthday on Jan. 22, with card shower.
Bob and Dorothy Maneth will celebrate their 65th anniversary with a card shower.
Loray Wilhelm will celebrate his 90th birthday with a casual, come and go Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, at the Buhler Sunshine Meadows in Buhler. Hosts for the event will be his family. Your presence is his gift.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, Jefferson Elementary School Students' Sportsmanship Awards; School Board Recognition Month; GBHS Student Council, Community Service Project; BOE Education Foundation board of trustees representative replacement; BOE approval of teacher representative for Education Foundation Board of Trustees; approval of fundraiser requests for 2015-2016; BOE policies first reading; K-6 Math curriculum adoption; technology update; assessments update; personnel update; approval of laundry equipment purchase; consideration of 2015 summer projects; approval of contributions; and licensed teacher retirements and ...
The following meals will be served Jan. 12 through Jan. 16. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef 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 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.
Principal's Honor Roll - 4.0 GPA – All A's.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.
Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.
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