The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
Central Kansas Christian Academy's children will visit Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to sing Christmas carols for patients, staff and visitors. Candy canes will be distributed. Their visit is scheduled to coincide with the Touched by Cancer support group meeting at 2 p.m.
The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
The Barton County Historical Society will host the "Ghosts of Christmas Past" open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the historical village and museum, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend. Admission is free.
The Great Bend Public Library is conducting "Food for Fines" to support the Barton County Food Bank. From Dec. 10-29, one non-perishable food item will pay for $1 in fines on library materials. This will cover late fines as well as fees for lost and damaged items, said Jennifer King, marketing director at the library.
Kansas Certified organic produces or farmers interested in becoming certified organic growers are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The cost share program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill to assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.
Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, "My life begins with the land." Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work.
June 28, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
By the late 1950s, many veterans of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps were "aging out," and a paradox ensued. While an all-time number of pre-teems were applying for membership, an all-time low were correctly trained musicians. To address the dilemma while reducing the strain placed on a volunteer staff, the Rebel-Heirs feeder corps was organized.
Golden Sheaf O.E.S. Chapter 226 of Great Bend met on June 15 at the Hoisington Masonic Hall for their last meeting before summer break. Kristi Hord from the Proficiency Team and Cindy Moore from the Membership Team for District 9 were present.
Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27, Great Bend, hold their annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser, Saturday July 4, at local businesses in Great Bend. Chapter 27 members will be stationed at both Dillons stores, WalMart, Waters True Value Hardware and Orschein Farm & Home Store.
More than 450 young men from across the state, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2015 session of the American Legion Boys State of as Leadership Academy. The event, in its 78th year, was held May 31, through June 6, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.
If you are out and about in Barton County right now, you will be able to spot combines rolling through the wheat fields. To me, it is one of the best sites of the year, and I can spend hours watching harvest. All of the hard work raising a crop is coming to the end for a while, and finally, the producer will be able to see a return on the long days he has spent to bring the crop full circle. Many people I have talked to are very pleased with how well the wheat has turned out this ...
Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.