4-H Family Fun Night will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, located at 12th and Stone. Extension interns, Priscila Aguero and Patricia Lugan, along with local staff will lead 4-H activities. The activity is free and open to everyone.
Great Bend Eagles No. 646 will hold a barbecue cook-off on Saturday, June 21, with a live band in the evening. The contest will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the dance with Ronnie and the Rockets will run from 7 to 11 p.m.
The City of Great Bend will show the movie "The Outsiders" at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, in Jack Kilby Square. The movie is free and free refreshments will be provided by the city and Waters True Value.
The Great Bend Public Library parking lot will be closed all day Wednesday. Parking is available on side streets.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold its annual retreat at noon Thursday, June 19, in the conference room of the Administrative Building. This meeting replaces the monthly study session and is for planning purposes. No action will be taken.
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ELLINWOOD - The USD 355 School District approved Chad Petz to the Ellinwood Recreation Board for four years at its regular meeting last week. Steve Billinger and Bob Baker interviewed three candidates for the position. They presented their recommendation of Chad Petz to the Board, according to the unofficial minutes.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Recreation Commission will be taking trips to Kansas casino's in July.
Severe storms with ping pong ball sized hail and damaging winds are expected over parts of central Kansas roughly along and west of Highway 14 late Wednesday evening. Barton County has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday evening.
Fort Larned National Historic Site named the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility its volunteer organization of the year for its cooperative work. From left, Roger Chapman, Fort Larned facilities operations specialist; Doug Waddington, LCMHF warden; George Elmore, Fort Larned chief ranger; Betty Boyko, Fort Larned acting superintendent.
HOISINGTON - Wilma J. "Juanita" Susank, 88, died on June 14, at Diversicare of Council Grove. She was born on June 29, 1925.
Usually state parties nominate candidates at conventions, activists adopt a pre-approved platform and everyone goes home happy. What happened in Fort Worth was a combination of a demolition derby and an inauguration. Rick Perry may have kicked off the weekend with a well-regarded speech, but there was a new king when delegates left town. Ted Cruz is now the head of the He-Man Woman-Gay-Immigrant-Science-Logic Hater's Club formerly known as the Republican Party of Texas. Long may he reign.
In 2006, I invited the late General Bill Odom to address my Thursday Congressional luncheon group. Gen. Odom, a former NSA director, called the Iraq war "the greatest strategic disaster in American history," and told the surprised audience that he could not understand why Congress had not impeached the president for pushing this disaster on the United States. History continues to prove the General's assessment absolutely correct.
HOISINGTON - I. Marie Ritter, 94, died June 14, at Holiday Resort in Salina.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
TOPEKA - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $8.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Kansas. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year's total by more than $244 million.
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ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.