The weather says differently, but inside the Rosewood Service Inc. greenhouse, it's still tomato-growing season. In its first full year of operation, the greenhouse is filled to capacity with 265 tomato plants producing two varieties – brand names Celebrity and Truss. Their success is dependent upon a few dozen clients at Rosewood who work to care for and grow the tomatoes and then bring them to market.
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Great Bend Public Library will accept food donations in place of overdue book fines, library spokesman Jennifer King said.
Ticket sales start Monday for Habitat for Humanity's "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater on Saturday, Jan. 21. The non-profit organization has hopes for selling out the Grace Community Church sanctuary and raising at least $10,000 through a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships from local businesses, and freewill donations at the event.
Local history enthusiast Joe Boley will present "Planeview, the Miracle City," at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The 15th annual Santa's Workshop event will take place Monday evening at the City Auditorium.
We've got two words for all you Detroit Lions fans - boo Suh.
HAYS - Playing in a seventh-place game of the Hays City Shoot-Out at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Great Bend High School Lady Panthers led Kearney, Neb., 23-22 at halftime.
CLAFLIN - The Central Plains High School girls' basketball team jumped ahead by the end of the first quarter.
The Barton Community College women's basketball team struggled, shooting just 35.4 percent from the floor, but the Cougars were able to pick up a win against Fort Scott on Friday night.
Lucky 13 came in the guise of vintage Barton Community College men's basketball that the Cougars have become accustomed to this preseason.
HAYS - For the second straight day on Saturday afternoon, the Great Bend High School boys' basketball team struggled mustering some offensive firepower.
Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.
Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.
It was summer when Mom had first mentioned the idea of our going as a family to Disney World. We were ecstatic. Because we were a family of 12, trips that necessitated hotels and plane rides were extremely rare. This would be a first for many of us. Before we got too excited, Mom explained to us that the only way this trip would be possible was if each of us worked hard and saved up money to pay some of our own way. We weren't worried about that, though.
Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, grew up watching her parents struggle to keep their family business afloat. But instead of discouraging her from entrepreneurship, their example inspired her to change the face of how entrepreneurs get financed.
What's it like to have strangers disappointed that you weren't eaten and potentially killed by an anaconda? Just ask Paul Rosolie, the host and (almost) snake snack on Discovery Channel's recent "Eaten Alive" special.
The death of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but during the holidays, grief can be overwhelming. Instead of being "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be the most dreaded.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.