Do you remember ABBA? The movie and stage play "Mamma Mia" was built around their stirring music. The melodies and rhythm of their music stirred the souls of people around the world and made us all better and happy in the way that seemingly only their music could do. "Thank You For The Music" was a signature song that celebrated the gift of music to them as performers, and brought us as listeners to a moment of reverent recognition of the true value of music in our lives. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that ...
Barton Community College has announced its list of graduates who earned associate degrees or certificates for career training during the fall semester of 2014.
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.
The following meals will be served March 23 through March 27. 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.
A three part "Responsive Discipline" parenting workshop is set to begin soon. The class, led by Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, and 14, at the Barton County Extension Office. Registration is $5 which covers the cost of materials. Program participants will learn why children misbehave and strategies for preventing misbehavior. Call Krug at 793-1910 if you have questions or to register.
The country breathed a collective sigh of relief following Hillary Clinton's masterful press conference last week, held in response to the controversy surrounding her email troubles. "It's all fine. Don't worry about it. We got it covered. Easy peasy lemon squeezy."
The Republican opposition to striking a nuclear deal with Iran puzzled me, until my friend Truman explained that it's exactly like the famous tractor scene from Kevin Bacon's 1984 class movie, "Footloose."
Jeff Davis knew what he was going to do with his life at 5 years old, he said. He was going to drive trucks for a living.
Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.
Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.
Kansas Wesleyan University has received a $1M gift from Sunflower Bank for a comprehensive campus-wide technology infrastructure upgrade. The university has awarded the project to Nex-Tech, a Lenora, Kansas-based technology company.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP applications may be submitted at any time to NRCS however, applications for the current funding cycle must be submitted on or before May 15, 2015.
Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from April 13 through May 2. The reception will be Friday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.
The Great Bend Public Library's board of directors meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center at the library, 1409 Williams St.
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Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate has been named a Coldwell Banker® Premier Office for year-end 2014, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices worldwide. This award is given to Coldwell Banker offices that have exceeded annual sales goals and customer service levels.
Tara Cornwell of CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions has recently passed all of the required exams to attain her QKA (Qualified 401(k) Administrator) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Administrative and Qualification Issues of Retirement Plans (DC-1) exam and, the Administrative Issues of Defined Contribution Plans (DC-2) exam.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kirmer of Great Bend will celebrate their 40th anniversary on April 12, with a card shower. There will be a family brunch on Sunday.
Eileen Ehler will celebrate her 95th birthday on April 16, with a card shower.
Charles and Janice Moore of Otis announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Ann Moore to Matthew Allen Moeder, son of Kevin and Cheryl Moeder of LaCrosse. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Sylvester and Augustina Axman and the late Lester and Wilma Fern Moore. The prospective groom is the grandson of Elenora Moeder and the late Thomas Moeder and the late Jack and Sharon Mendenhall.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will act on insurance renewals when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. "Participation awards" are also on the agenda as an action item, and there will be information about the upcoming Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Championship Tournament.