Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
The Hoisington Swinging Stars will host a square dance on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m at the Hoisington City Auditorium, 1st and Walnut. Caller will be Peggy Anschutz from Gorham. Swinging Star members are asked to meet at 7 p.m. at Country Place Living, 259 W 6th, for a demonstration for the residents.
HUTCHINSON- Lt. Governor Troy Findley and Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton helped announce the winners of the Main Street Awards of Excellence at the annual Kansas Downtown Symposium Oct. 22 at Memorial Hall in Hutchinsson. Hoisington Main Street Inc. was recognized with four awards.
Ellinwood Grade School students are making a difference by collecting aluminum cans for Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer which benefits Barton County children.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School alum Kelsey Menges has recently earned awards as a participant on the Kansas State University forensics team.
"What is the What" by Dave Eggers. This true narrative illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. As a boy, Deng was driven from his home, and forced to walk cross country seeking refuge. As he traveled in desperation, he faced both hostile soldiers and rebels, as well as lions, disease and starvation. Unexpectedly, he also discovered kindness and love. The story continues through his immigrant experience in the United States.
This year marks the 11th annual "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 11 and 12, to be hosted by the Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist Churches with help from other area churches. The "Journey" takes visitors through first century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. "Travelers" meet the Wiseman, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds, and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem. They will come upon a market place full of sights and sounds complete with live animals, and culminate the journey with an encounter with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.
There have been statements made by some fiscal conservatives, most notably the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour that we should not focus on life issues in this election and risk losing the election.
The Barton Community College Foundation kicked off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Slide Rules to Smartphones" on March 1. Longtime supporter and former employee of the college Paul Maneth will serve as the chairman for the month-long fundraising drive.
When Ana Refinetti, M.D., discovered the details of her uncle's illness and death, it reinforced what she already knew. Breast cancer in men may not be very common but it is serious and can be fatal.
When Orion Edwards first started attending the Sunflower Diversified Services Early Education Center (EEC) in September last year, he wasn't using any words. He was just turning 2.
GREAT BEND - John Edwin Taylor, 85, died Feb. 27, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Richard Thier, 75, died March 4, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
HOISINGTON - Lorene C. Horton, 86, died March 5, 2014 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.
The new graphic artist at Office Products Inc. understands that sometimes customers don't know exactly what they want and may need a little guidance.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a new Thursday afternoon grief support group in Great Bend from March 13 through May 1. It will meet each Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend. Use the Lincoln Street entrance.
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The Hoisington High School forensics team placed fourth out of nine schools at Central Plains High School in Claflin recently. Sterling finished first; Hodgeman County (Jetmore) placed second, and Sylvan-Lucas placed third.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team qualified four new events for the state championships tournament with their stellar performances at competitions held at Central Plains and Lyons High School last week.
In a vehicle driven by Christopher C. Jaso, 30, of Scott City, Skyler M. Denning, 23, Hoisington, Maria D. Cavender, 32, Great Bend, and Saxon A. Denning, 20, Great Bend were injured in a wreck at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Dr. Russ McCaulley of Great Bend has been re-elected to his third two year term on the Heart of America Contact Lens Society Board of Directors at the societies 53rd annual congress held in Kansas City Mo. on Feb. 14-16th. Dr. McCaulley will continue as a Director of Education.
Governor Brownback signed a proclamation declaring March 23 – 29 as Kansas Agriculture Week and Mar. 25, Kansas Agriculture Day. A cornerstone of the agriculture celebration is the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive.
Nearly 300 of Kansas best educators gathered in Topeka in February for the 2014 KEEN (Kansas Exemplary Educators Network) Conference. This by-invitation only conference was hosted by the Kansas State Department of Education. It is for active KEEN members, their principals and superintendents, and recognized educators. They met to discuss current education issues and classroom practices. The two days were spent celebrating the achievements of Kansas public schools and collaborating on ways to better serve Kansas students.