The City of Great Bend announced Monday during the City Council meeting that after nearly a year of planning and preparation, a Community Coordinator has been hired. Christina Hayes, a Claflin native, will assume her position with the City of Great Bend in the coming weeks.
An unattended candle was the cause of a fire early Thursday in Great Bend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
HUTCHINSON - Virgie Margaret Goerl, 88, died Oct. 5, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Oct. 9, 1922, in Chase, she was the daughter of John Godfried and Mary Elizabeth Hoover Dressel. Virgie was a 1940 graduate of Chase High School. She taught for two years at the Sunnyside Grade School after graduating from Chase High School. After teaching, she worked at both Dillons and Swift and Company in Lyons. On August 1, 1948, she married Vincent Kenneth Goerl in Lyons. He died Feb. 3, 2001.
MCKINNEY, TEXAS - Andrew D. Wutka, 39, died unexpectedly on Oct. 3, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born Sept. 16, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the beloved son of Anthony D. and Nancy C. (Roth) Wutka. Andrew spent his childhood in Fishkill, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Coral Springs, Fla. In 1990, he graduated from Taravella High School in Coral Springs. He attended the University of North Florida. In November 1992, he joined the Navy. He was a nuclear mechanic and served on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). He and Tammy moved to McKinney, Texas in 1998 ...
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Middle School Cardinal Volleyball teams swept the Ellis Railers last week at the HMS gym. All four Cardinal squads were victorious. "It was satisfying to see such a great effort by our girls at every level," said Coach Joe Cotten. "The A team is now 7-1, the B team 8-0, C1 has a record of
HOISINGTON - Rubber wristbands are all the rage right now with almost every cause imaginable having their own color and saying to catch your attention. There's one all around Hoisington High School right now that has caught fire and is definitely attracting the attention of the entire student body.
ELLINWOOD -Seresa Arndt, Ellinwood Grade School sixth grade instructor, was recently named a Region 1 Nominee for the Kansas Teacher of the Year. All regional nominees were honored at a luncheon held at the Salina Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 17.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School debaters Montana Spires and Shannon Manka placed 8th and medaled recently at the Lyons Varsity Debate Tournament. They earned a 3-2 win record. Shannon was debating for only the second time in her life.
CLAFLIN - Four Barton county boys dealing with childhood cancer will benefit from the 6th annual Fall Fun Festival held Sun., Oct. 2 at the farm of Kyle and Melinda Kasselman.
LSH to sponsor picnic
Saturday and Sunday events
Local women's fitness club accepts proof of recent mammogram or cancer donation in lieu of new member fee
Thursday, Oct. 6
The elegant, expansive, gleaming new glass-and-concrete indoor stairway at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, opened recently, to mostly rave reviews for its sense of space and light, creating the feeling of walking suspended on air.
A protest by students at the University of Denver is eye-opening because of how it is being conducted, what it has so far achieved and, most of all, what it concerns.
Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.