William D. Witcraft, 87, of Great Bend, died Nov. 26 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 21, 1924, in Fairfax, Okla., he was the son of Chauncey and Mattie Smith Witcraft. He married Marian McAfee. They later divorced. He then married Betty Schiewe. She died in July of 2009. A long-time resident of Barton County, he was a retired oilfield perforator. He enjoyed playing golf.
All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it's appropriate to consider all we have to be thankful for, even during these difficult times. All of us need to remember and thank our ancestors for having the courage to immigrant to this country and later spread out and settle from coast to coast since we are a nation of immigrants. We should also spend time thinking of the bountiful supply of food available in this country. There are always news features during Thanksgiving focusing on what foods are different today from that first Thanksgiving. Even here we are a "nation of immigrants." We ...
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include, policy development relating to fundraising practices in the district and presentation of any offers received on the Shady Grove property. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Great Bend High School.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27, Great Bend will be holding their annaul Christmas Dinner, instead of their monthly meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., northeast conferance room.
Charles Waknitz was elected president of the local Golden Belt Chapter of NARFE at the November meeting.
Jeanine Laughlin and Margie Nairn hosted a pot luck luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Foundry Methodist Church for members and guest of Bungalow FCE Family and Community Education Unit.
Farmers and rancher voting delegates from the state's leading agriculture/rural advocacy organization have adopted their policy roadmap for 2012 and elected their leadership.
Theresa Leiker and Dianna Disque of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plan Consultant designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration and Plan exams.
Gladys Byers will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 4 with a card shower.
Barton County Historical Society will provide a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, Prairie Meals and Memories - Living the Golden Rule. Just in time for Christmas shoppers, the book is a delightful mix of her memories living near Olmitz, recipes from earlier days that are still tempting, and helpful hints. Her books will be available.
Justin and Rachel Mawhirter announce the birth of their son, Jace Matthew Mawhirter, on Aug. 16 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 in. long.
Great Bend Middle School announces the seventh graders who received the Above and Beyond Award for the first nine weeks. The student has to be nominated by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The student receives a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the principals.
Dianne Morse, Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 11 percent of the approximately 82,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker® system.
On April 12, seven 4H'ers from Barton County, traveled to Alma to compete in the 2014 State 4H Air Rifle Match. There they competed against the best 4H air rifle shooters in the state. To qualify for the match, the 4H'ers had to shoot 400, or higher, out of a possible 600 points, at a qualifying match earlier in the year.
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The following meals will be served April 22 through April 25. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a Regional Mitigation Plan Kickoff Meeting at 1 p.m. on April 25, in the Stafford County Annex Building, 201 E. 3rd St., St. John. Entities, including school districts, municipalities, special districts, and certain non-profits, within Barton County have been invited to attend the meeting. Interested individuals are also invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the plan and the planning process.
The following column is from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department. The Prairie Star and Prairie Bloom programs highlight the best varieties of annual and perennial flowers for the state of Kansas. Along with this piece, I will be giving a lunch program about these programs as well as highlighting plants that will grow well in a drought situation. This will be at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon on Wednesday, April 23, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, please call 620-793-1910 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CPI Barton County Endowment was established in 2009 through the Golden Belt Community Foundation when CUNA Mutual Group acquired CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) and made a generous donation establishing the corporate grantmaking fund. Since then the fund has grown and CPI employees have begun reviewing projects that will benefit Barton County. Earlier this year CUNA Mutual Group announced the rebranding and newly targeted focus for CPI, which included a new name: CPI is now known as CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions.
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The USDA's RMA Management Agency (RMA) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning revisions to its position on cover crops, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Cover Crop Termination Guidelines, and crop insurance for the 2014 crop year.
This week, Hank Aaron broke the hearts of millions of Republicans and conservatives who supported him and cheered him on in 1974 while racists threatened his life.
Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendship and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.