This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Northview Nursery, 172 North U.S. 281, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jan Westfall with greeters Randy Bahe and Eric Gotsche. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
There are a few openings in the March 5 Kansas Wetlands Education Center "Nature's Marvelous Inventions" program for kids ages 6 to 12. The free program runs from 10-11 a.m. at the Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156. Discover where people found ideas for Velcro, airplanes, armor and paper - to name just a few human inventions already used by plants and animals - play a game and make an invention.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a board retreat Thursday and Friday in Junction CIty and at Fort Riley. The board will meet from 8-10 p.m. Thursday at the Courtyard Junction City, 310 Hammons Dr., Junction City. On Friday members will meet from 7-11:45 a.m. in the Riley Conference Room, followed by a tour of Fort Riley from noon to 3:30 p.m., and concluding with a faculty/staff meeting from 4-6 p.m. at 602 N. Washington St., Junction City.
Detective Heather Smith from the Great Bend Police Department will present "Warnings About Facebooking" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free program is open to adults and or youths 11 years of age and older accompanied by an adult.
The Bikers of Central Kansas raised more than $900 during its annual Chili Challenge to benefit Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice. The money will be used to help the non-profit agency pay for hospice patients' medications.
Larry and Kathy Schugart have supported Barton Community College in many ways from its beginning. Continuing their support, they helped launch the Barton Foundation's 2011 Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign today as honorary co-chairs of the event. The month-long annual campaign raises money for academic scholarships for Barton students and programs.
Claudie E. "Dolly" Southard, 95, of Great Bend, died Feb. 26 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. She was born May 4, 1915, at Owensboro, Ky., the daughter of Jesse Leroy and Edith Amanda (Jamison) Gough. She married George Wesley Southard on March 2, 1934, at Hutchinson. He died Feb. 26, 1978. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
KANOPOLIS - Judith "Judy" Allen Bunch Maddox Schroeder, 71, Kanopolis, died Feb. 27. There will be no services but a celebration of Judy's life will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Community Center in Kanopolis beginning at approximately 11 a.m. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements.
Rock Wayne Becker, 50, died Feb. 26 as a result of an automobile accident. Born Sept. 14, 1960, he was the son of Wayne and Karen (Brenner) Becker. On Dec. 31, 2006, he married Ivy Buhrle in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was president of WHB Inc. and a director and part owner of Becker Tire.
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ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team placed first in team sweepstakes in a 19-team meet held at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg on Feb. 19. The team earned first-place trophies two weekends in a row, having also placed first at Southeast of Saline in February.
HOISINGTON – The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to Hoisington Tuesday, March 8 at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Rd. The Hoisington Community Blood Drive runs from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a special 30th anniversary square dance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st & Walnut. The caller will be Jim Hays, New Braunfels, Texas.
LLINWOOD - Jim Gray, who is the founder of the Cowboy Society, and a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council, began his presentation at the Ellinwood Community Historical Society annual meeting by saying "A lot of the stuff in movies, isn't exactly right but it makes good stories. You can always tell if they don't know what they are talking about."
The Great Bend High School Forensic Team competed in the Nickerson Forensic Tournament on Saturday, Febr. 26. Eleven students competed and brought home 10 medals. They had four State Speech Championship qualifiers and placed fourth overall in sweepstakes. 29 schools competed at the tournament. The rankings are as follows:
LIBERAL - The Barton Community College women's basketball team started off slow, but Seward County got off to a slow start as well.
LIBERAL - The usually potent shooters for the Barton Community College men's basketball team were uncharacteristically quiet from the outside against Seward County on Wednesday night.
OTIS - The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Macksville 16-7 in the final quarter.
SOCHI, Russia - Julie Chu remembers watching the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team win the gold medal at the Nagano Games in 1998, when she was in high school.
CHICAGO - Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and No. 3 Wichita State beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74 on Wednesday night to remain the only unbeaten team in major college basketball.
A man convicted of aggravated battery in Ellsworth County will be eligible for a parole hearing in April, for possible release on May 1. Curtis Lee Bentley, 53, is currently housed in the El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is high-medium. He was incarcerated in 2008.
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It's easy to imagine an arena full of Phish fans raising and waving their lighters to honor US Attorney General Eric Holder for suggesting the feds might help states that legalize pot by allowing dispensaries to utilize banking services. Way to go, Super AG. That's so incredibly righteous of you.
Sandy Kress, the controversial testing lobbyist, is leading a new raid on school taxes. This month he registered to lobby for Amplify, the company that wants to replace textbooks with tablet computers, positioning him to grab some of the hundreds of millions of dollars Education Sec. Arne Duncan is offering to create pre-K tests. Despite a nationwide backlash against high-stakes testing, your tax dollars are now going to developing standardized tests for 4-year-olds, and Kress is ready to cash in.