Welcome to another edition of Marsh Musings. It seems as though every media source in the United States is inundated with the upcoming election. All we hear is mud slinging, personal convictions, and often depressing news about our economy. We often lose sight of what America stands for: freedom, hard work, perseverance and never giving up just to name a few. Right now, we have a critter visiting the Bottoms that embodies all of these things: the bald eagle.
Thursday, Jan. 26
Todd Bailey, an evangelist from Fort Collins, Colo. will minister at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1609 24th in Great Bend, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Todd has ministered in hundreds of denominational and non-denominational churches worldwide, boldly proclaiming the Word of God without compromise.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetland Education Center's Feb. 4 winter kid's program, "Feathered Frenzy."
AUSTIN, Tex. – It's a new, unsettling era for Republicans on many fronts. For instance, take Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Please.
Veteran New York City performance artist Marni Kotak, 36, gave birth to her first child, Ajax, on Oct. 25 - and that was her "art," as the birth took place at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., after Kotak had moved into the space two weeks earlier to interact with visitors.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.
Bernice L. (Walters) King, 80, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Nov. 20. She was born May 27, 1934, in Catherine, to Marcellus and Severina (Karlin) Walters.
ELLINWOOD – Charles "Chuck" Frydendall, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellinwood on Nov. 17. Born Jan. 20, 1928, near Portis, Chuck was the oldest son of Milo and Bessie Frydendall.
ODIN - Anna M. Klug, 84, died Nov. 19 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 23, 1930, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of John and Regina (Schmidt) Werner. On June 4, 1947, she married Leo L. Klug, in Odin. He died on May 28, 1999. She was the postmaster at Odin. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who was all about family. She loved gardening, playing games, and cooking for her family.
Pam Martin will present "Kansas Snakes at Cheyenne Bottoms" when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the BCHS Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend American Legion invites the public to help provide Christmas presents for retired military personnel at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
It took a while for the Barton Community College women's basketball team to get things going Tuesday night but in the end it was an easy win for the Cougars. Barton returned home for the first time in five games and rolled to an 88-59 win over the Sterling JV at the Barton Gym.
It didn't take long for the outcome to no longer be in doubt. After a slow start the Barton Community College men's basketball put the pedal to the floor, rolling by the Sterling JV 114-43 at the Barton Gym Tuesday night.
The autumn dark is lengthening, which means the English-speaking, Judeo-Christian Holiday Season is about to split open wider than a crocodile mouth at the bottom of a baby duckling water slide. It begins with Columbus Day. No mail and the banks are closed. Much is to be said for starting slow. Then the downward hurtle is set off by Halloween, when people toss about candy, free, incognito.
Most Americans, regardless of ideology, oppose "crony capitalism" or "cronyism." Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests.