A free Stop 'N Learn program titled "Spring Flowers" will be offered at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Jerry Esfeld will talk about a variety of perennials and annuals available to plant in flower gardens this year. Topics will include selecting the perfect flowers, fertilizing, mulching and care, plus a question-and-answer time.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will continue its discussion on youth baseball and softball rules Monday. The board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. It is expected to vote on any rule changes for this summer's ball teams.
Barton Community College will celebrate Poetry month through April by offering community members a chance to share original poetry or to recite others poetry at live reading sessions from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on April 10, 17 and 24 in the Student Union as well as an opportunity to upload their own poetry to Barton's website.
EMPORIA - Kansas high school students interested in careers in education have an extra few weeks to apply for the Kansas Future Teacher Academy. With the previous deadline of March 15 having passed, applications will now be accepted through April 12.
PEA RIDGE, Ark. - Alex Roberts has received a Distinguished Scholars award from Arkansas Tech University, beginning with the fall 2013 semester. Roberts, who is majoring in English education, is the son of Eric and Lisa Tolan. His grandparents are Larry Hunt and Kent and Terri Kohls, all of Great Bend; Connie and Jim Knowles of Grove, Okla.; and Linda and Doug Holley of Shell Knob, Mo.
Barton Community College honored 20 employees during an all-college forum March 28, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.
When an Office Products Inc. customer is wondering how to equip a workplace or home environment, Tom Curran is the go-to guy. His colleagues have long known about his furniture and design capabilities, and now he has received a prestigious award for his efforts, said Jim Grabbe, OPI sales manager.
Spring turkey season opened in Kansas on April 1. There are some other things that happen about this time every year also. The morel mushrooms start to appear and they are one of the finest delicacies in the world. A secret spot to collect those mushrooms is a treasure far beyond money. The other thing that happens is that the asparagus in my garden starts to push its head up through the crowns of last year. It is a gastronomical extravaganza that doesn't last very long-- but it is elegant eating for a few weeks. Sandra makes a asparagus ...
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant for the Family Crisis Center's Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, the local recycling grant award and High Risk Rural Road sign replacement.
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.
Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita office has opened an investigation into the report of an oil field worker's death. Travis Underwood, 30 of Great Bend, was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site north of Great Bend.
I salute...the editor of a colonial newspaper who shut down his paper rather than pay the Stamp Act tax of 1765; his last edition proclaimed liberty as "the greatest blessing human beings can enjoy"and taxation without representation as being "fettered with the chains of inimical servitude."