Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 14 at the Hoisington City auditorium. Caller will be Tammy Gough of Wichita.
The Ellinwood After Prom Parents will be selling bierocks at the Ellinwood Winter Homecoming basketball games beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. If you placed an order for bierocks and/or cinnamon rolls you will need to pick up your order no later than 6 p.m. in the Commons Area. Come support our group in providing a fun and safe after prom for our students.
By Tracy K. Williams
"Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than all those who put into the treasury. For all have put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all that she had, her whole life." Lent is approaching once again, as we begin preparations to reflect on our Lord's suffering and sacrifice for us. It is also that time of year when we call upon all the congregations of our county to share their support for Barton County Emergency Aid, through their participation in the annual fundraiser: The Widow ...
By Tracy K. Williams
Activities Feb. 12-18
LARNED - Larned Middle School student Macy Haas has qualified for the 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee. Haas, a fifth-grader, will compete in Sunflower Spelling Bee scheduled March 17 at the Barton Community College fine arts auditorium.
It seems to me that what is missing in the top two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination is passion.
Even in a flagging economy, Christie's auction house in New York City was able to attract a record sales price for a photograph.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd says he probably pitched under the influence of cocaine "at every ballpark" during his 10-year career.
CLAFLIN - The Central Plains High School girls' basketball team built a 30-16 lead by halftime, and maintained the lead throughout the second half to beat Larned on Thursday night.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
Thursday, April 17
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.