Local students from Holy Family School recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments. On Monday, April 11, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
EMPOIRA – When it comes to competition and the economy, students from more than 15 Kansas high schools have been learning the ins-and-outs. Words like monopolies, oligopolies and externalities are becoming more familiar. Inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy and supply & demand are now seen in the routines of life. These students have discovered the world of economics.
Great Bend Fire Department
Leo Radenberg, left, building engineer for the Great Bend Public Library and Central Kansas Library System, is shown with family at his retirement party on March 28. Radenberg ended 22 years of employment on March 31, with plans to pursue other lifelong interests.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn session titled "Spring Flowers" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Gerry Esfeld from Northview Nursery will talk about some of the new perennials and annuals available this year. She will also share tips on selecting the perfect flowers, fertilizing, mulching and care of flowers.
Carlie Brown, education director at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, will bring some zoo animals to the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., for a free program from 1-2 p.m. Friday. Brown will bring a Columbian red tail boa constrictor, kinkajou, hedgehog, great horned owl and maybe a few other animals, said Garet Fitzpatrick, program coordinator at the Great Bend Recreation Commission. She will also discuses what's new at the zoo.
Dodgers 6, Giants 1
Rangers 2, Tigers 0
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
GARFIELD - Pawnee County fire crews fought a prairie fire for 12 hours along the Arkansas River west of Garfield Saturday and Sunday.
LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center invites the public to a vintage baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday on the museum grounds.
Larned Police Dept.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School Panthers varsity tennis team came through with their best outing of the 2011 season on Monday at the Hays Invitational.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
If we really care about our children's future, now is the time for Americans on both sides of the aisle to cast aside their political aspirations long enough to carry on an adult conversation about debt reduction and spending cuts.
CLAFLIN - Laura A. Tinkel, 94, died April 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Donna Leatrice Herren, 83, died April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Flora J. Grace, 90, formerly of Great Bend, died April 15, at her home in Prescott, Ariz.
Barton Community College music student and opera specialist Jessica Perez will present a special recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building.
Late registration is still available for the second annual Wild Goose Chase 5K/3K Fun Run, 9 a.m. Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Registration and check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, northeast of Great Bend.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Smoke from a large grass fire burning north of Interstate 70 on Monday caused a chain reaction accident involving five vehicles, Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Kansas historian Leo Oliva will present the program, "What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?" when the Barton County Historical Society hosts a joint meeting with the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association next week. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281 (Main Street) in Great Bend.
Monday, April 21
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
A dinner and raffle fundraiser for Kadin White medical expenses will be held at 6 p.m. on May 17 at the Ellinwood American Legion. Free will donations will be taken for the dinner. Raffle tickets are $10 or five for $40. To donate for raffle tickets message Roch Miller II at 620-786-0405; Ryan Wirtz at 620-617-1355; Shannon Peterson at 620-639-5919; Joe Vinduska at 785-393-4882; or call Toyia Roblyer at 620-796-2133.
You'd think Americans have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.
Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you've been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?