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Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on June 2 at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing in June and July in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series on Thursday evenings.
Great Bend High School Class of 1957 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th St., to continue planning the class get together scheduled for Sept. 28-30.
HAYS - Starting during the fall 2012 semester, the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University will offer an undergraduate minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Area high school students presented their artwork in a juried exhibit in the Shafer Gallery on Thursday, April 26, with the top three award winners receiving scholarships from the Barton Foundation during Central Kansas Prairie League Art Day at Barton Community College.
LINDSBORG - Bethany College is proud to welcome five new members to the Athletic Training Education program, including Alexa Gerber, Walsh, Colo.; Taryn Henning, Winfield; Michael Hlavaty, Olmitz; Tevis Linnebur, Cherryvale; and Samantha McFall, Santa Fe, N.M.
Haley Deines and Jenna Williams, both seniors at Great Bend High School, recently signed with the Barton Community College Dance Team for books-and-tuition scholarships.
Two pediatric endocrinologists, one of whom is from Great Bend, have opened an outreach clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Both specialize in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Eighteen members of Great Bend Garden Club answered the role for their April meeting held in the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room.
Barton Community College's Community Student Organization donated almost $100 cash and various donations they collected on campus including food, blankets, litter and other animal care essentials to the Golden Belt Humane Society. Co-sponsor Shanna Legleiter said the group decided to host this "mini-drive" because several members of the group are animal lovers. "I think animals really just pull on our heart strings," she said. Pictured are, from left: Barton students Kathleen Duncan, Devan Boeger, Jordan Bangert and co-sponsors Legleiter and Kathy Boeger, with resident great dane "Chopper" at the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday afternoon.
Great Bend Fire Department
HOISINGTON - Eleven Hoisington High School forensics team members have qualified 17 entries for state forensics in Wichita on May 5.
Editor's note: Julie Stielestra is a medical librarian, longtime birder, hiker and fiction writer. She lives part of the year in Chicago, and part of the year in Ellinwood. She is a guest columnist for Marsh Musings.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.
Trina Delgado, principal at St. Mary and St. Dominic schools in Garden City, has been appointed Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City by Bishop John B. Brungardt effective July 1. She succeeds Randy Steinle, who served as the interim Superintendent.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
Barton County Jail
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.
It is almost unimaginable that something so bad could last so long. I am talking about the BCS system that the NCAA used to determine its' Division I football champion. It was 16 years ago that the system was put into play. It proved to be more difficult to get rid of than an obnoxious cousin!
Jayce Brack signed a letter of intent to throw for the Kansas State Univeristy track team. When asked what was going through his mind from the time he received the acceptance letter to when he made it all final and it became a reality he said, "It felt good to finally make it official. I've grown up a Kansas State fan and really love the atmosphere at Kansas State and Manhattan. A lot of schools always talk about family but Kansas State is a school that genuinely has a family atmosphere. I was just really excited to have the ...
Join us at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell for the Pickin' Jam Session will be held on Sunday. Bring your acoustic instrument and play along or just come to listen, sing, and dance. Jammin' starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a dish and have dinner. Potluck is served around 5:30 p.m.
TOPEKA – Following a nationwide search, the Kansas State Board of Education today announced its selection of Dr. Randy Watson, Superintendent of McPherson Unified School District 418, to become Kansas' next Commissioner of Education. Watson replaces Dr. Diane DeBacker who resigned her position earlier this year to serve as senior advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.