Back in the winter, Republicans were perfectly happy to let the sequester happen. They hewed to their math-challenged belief that Washington could slash the budget deficit by taking an axe to entitlement programs, preserving or hiking defense spending, lowering tax rates, and foregoing any new revenue. And if the Obama administration refused to go that route, Republicans were fine to let the sequester kick in on March 1 - as mandated by the 2011 deal between the parties.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the possible replacement of an historic stone bridge near Claflin, a National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, an emergency vehicle designation for Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac and new doors for the Health Department.
Faith Community Church of Great Bend is holding weekend meetings with the Rev. David Patterson of Denton, Texas. He will be speaking at the Men's Fellowship Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Faith Community Family Center and in the Sunday Worship service, at 10:30 a.m. on April 21.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ has Fair Trade items at The Gallery, 2021 Forest Ave., Great Bend. For over 10 years the church has brought Fair Trade products to church bazaars, Christmas sales and for sale at the church. Supporting Fair Trade is helping people through the purchase of quality items by connecting the artisan to the public in a more direct manner.
Surrendered Family Ministries will host an area-wide event for the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday, May 2. All are invited to participate in the area-wide choir that will take part in the event that will be held at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater in downtown Great Bend.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts attended the ceremony at the White House on Thursday to award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for bravery, to Father Emil Kapaun, a Kansas priest who served in the Korean war and who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Following the ceremony, Roberts issued this statement:
CHERRYVALE - Walter Frank Eilts, 74, Cherryvale, died on April 8. Born in Rush County on March 14, 1939, he was the son of Edward and Anna Eilts. In 1957 he graduated from Great Bend High School. He attended Salt City Business College. On Aug. 4, 1961, he married Phyllis Chapham.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Lilbourn Duane Karst, 76, of Phoenix Ariz., passed away on Sunday, April 7, after a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a loving spouse, respected business owner, proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was born in Hoisington on October 27th, 1935, proceeded in death by his father and mother, Constantine Karst and Elsie Irene Eurich.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will hold a special board meeting for discussion of flower placement for Memorial Day at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1209 Williams, Great Bend. The public is invited to attend.
The Great Bend Public Library Board's next meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center of the library, 1409 Williams St. Unfinished businesses items on the agenda are heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the 2016 budget. "Safe Child Policy" is on the agenda as new busines.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hear a report from the playground advisory committee when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also discuss goals for the coming year. There will be an executive session for discussion of a personnel matter. Board action will be needed in connection with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress, set for Sept. 15-17.