League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at The Club at Stone Ridge. Lunch will be from the menu. The program will be provided by State Senator Ruth Teichmann. She will be discussing the redistricting project, and the important issues facing the legislature for the new term. The luncheon is informal and time will be allowed for discussion from the floor. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion.
For four years, I have proudly served on the Executive Board of K-State Research and Extension in and for Barton County. Until I became involved in this capacity, I was naïve and really had no idea how many people, young and not so young, were reached by the programming shared by our local Agents. I honestly had never given it a thought Of course, I had heard of 4-H as have most. I believed it was just for farm kids with calves and goats. Was I ever misinformed!
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi enjoyed the program "Candies for the Holidays" presented by Cindy Meitler when the chapter met Nov. 15 at her home.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the ranking dates for the On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel and Air Quality conservation initiatives. All four initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Great Bend High School library. Items on the agenda include updated information on the sale of the Shady Grove property, presentation of the 2010-2011 business audit, projected roofing plan/invitation to bid, approval of quote for replacement doors at Lincoln Elementary, presentation of district's three year technology plan, and fund raising policy for USD 428.
Tina Fredrick and Dyan Suppes of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their QPA (Qualified Pension Administrator) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF-1 & RPF-2) exams, the Defined Contribution Administrative Issues Basic Concepts (DC-1), Compliance Issues (DC-2), and Advanced Topics (DC-3) exams, and the Administrative Issues of Defined Benefit Plans (DB) exam.
The Progress Club met on Dec. 5 at the home of Patricia Halbower with Becky Dudrey as co-hostess. There were 15 members present.
"Rebel Returns" begins Dec. 18 at the Deines Cultural Center with an opening reception from 2 to 4 pm. The show runs through February 12.
Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) voting delegates attended the 2011 KFU Convention at the Topeka Ramada on Dec. 2-3 to vote on policy, elect the 2012 Board of Directors and elect delegates to the National Farmers Union Convention.
LARNED - The Hoisington High School boys' basketball team didn't seal the deal until the final seconds of the championship game of the Keady Basketball Classic on Saturday night.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Michael Sturla, an opponent of increased natural-gas drilling in his district, warned that one effect of the drilling would be an increase of sexually transmitted diseases "amongst the women-folk."
LARNED - The Hoisington High School girls' basketball team cruised to a 52-37 win over Spearville in the championship game of the Keady Basketball Classic on Saturday night in Larned.
There have been some twists and turns since Melvin Vink started what would become a fixture in central Kansas 55 years ago. But each of those paths has led to Office Products Inc.'s continued growth with a strong emphasis on customer service, the current owners said.
Six-year old Landon Titsworth smiles from ear to ear as he rides atop his horse, Daisy Duke. It's a crisp Friday morning and the spring session of equine therapy has begun at Rosewood Ranch for children with developmental disabilities.
Donations are being accepted for a May 31 garage sale at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, located at 504 Washington St. in Great Bend. This project is sponsored by the hospital part of VFW Post No. 3111 M.O.C., and all of the proceeds will go to veterans in need of help.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 19. The hunt will be at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley St. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Chairman Mike Nicholson said there will be lots of Easter eggs for all.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
HUDSON - Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He died peacefully in the presence of his family.
ELLINWOOD - Velma Ann Wornkey, 75, died April 7, 2014 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1939, in Menlo, she was the daughter of Frank and Rose (Mannebaugh) Moos. On Aug. 31 1957, she married Jerry Wornkey. A lifetime resident of Kansas, she was employed in multiple clerical jobs along with being a good and loving mother.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, 2014 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 27, 1915 in Susank, she was the daughter of Peter and Katrina (Bitter) Eichman. In 1942, she married William E. Orr in Wichita. He died in 1956. A Great Bend resident since 2000, living in California from 1970 to 2000, she was a beauty operator.
If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.
According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.