It's not every day that the superintendent of schools can walk into a classroom and make teachers cry, but that's just what happened earlier this week. Fortunately, they were tears of joy springing forth from Tandi Mai and Cody Lee as they were informed by Dr. Tom Vernon that they had been named teachers of the year for USD 428. Mai, a sixth-grade teacher at Riley School, and Lee, a business teacher at Great Bend High School, are now eligible to compete for Kansas Teacher of the Year honors as elementary and secondary representatives for the local school ...
Great Bend High School instrumental students will present their solo and small ensemble contest selections at 7 p.m. on Monday, in the GBHS Band Room (#190).
There will be a Drivers Ed parent meeting in the Commons area of the high school on Wednesday Students interested in taking driver education must be age 14 by June 1. Last names starting A-M will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Last names N-Z will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Enrollment will take place after the meeting, enrollment forms will not be accepted without payment. Cost for the class is $150 ($100 for students qualifying for free/reduced lunches).
The Family Crisis Center will hold a Volunteer Training soon at the administrative office located at 2008 11th Street in Great Bend. Volunteer training consists of 24 classroom training hours, 12 on-the-job training hours, and four additional hours of training through videos, books and other sources.
The Great Bend Noon Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan through the Lions Club International Foundation. The funds are part of more than $6 million LCIF has committed to the effort, including $3 million contributed by Lions in Japan.
Only once in a blue moon do Kansas farm and ranch families have an opportunity to tell their story to people half way around the world. That was the case March 23-24 when a Dutch (public broadcasting company in the Netherlands) television crew traveled to Smith and Sheridan counties to portray life on the farm in rural Kansas.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education announced several administrative changes following an executive session at Thursday's luncheon meeting.
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Individuals from Greensburg and Woodston died and two people from Garfield sustained possible injury Friday when two pickups collided in Ellis County.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Laverne Lessor of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Senior Center. No gifts are requested.
Francis and Becky Demel of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kacey Elaine Demel to Kyle James Beck, son of Anne and Allan Beck of Claflin. Grandparents of the bride-elect are James and Lorraine Schneweis, and Lawrence and Sidone Demel, all of whom reside in Hoisington. Grandfather of the prospective groom is Eugene Beck of Hoisington.
Bryce Alan Divis, son of Steve and Dixie Divis of Great Bend, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The Otis Lions Club will hold a benefit Pancake Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Otis Bison High school gymnasium. Cost per person is a free will donation. The 2nd Annual Pancake Races will start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will be used for Otis Beautification and youth projects in the local area with funds matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Kenton and Anita Sanko of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Annie Jean Sanko, to Michael Patrick Tolbert, son of David and Carole Tolbert of Overland Park. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Virgil and Vinita Gatton of Stafford and Rosemary Sanko of Great Bend and the late Floyd Sanko. Grandparents of the prospective groom are James and Judy Tolbert of Farmington, N.Y., the late Patricia Tolbert, and the late Irving and Ruth Dutton.
Tom and Shirley Lytle of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 26 with family and friends.
Todd and Geneva Ost announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Ost, to Taylor Braet, son of Steve and Dana Braet. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Osborn Ost of Ellendale, N.D. and late Gladys Ost and the late the late Steven and Eva Binek. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Paul and Arlene Griffiths of Coffeyville, and Bob Braet of Leawood and the late Darlene Braet.
Parnassus Club met on April 8, at Darline Boley's residence
Derek and Jaime Tournear, of Fort Wayne, Ind., announce the birth of their son, Weston Martin Tournear, on Jan. 17. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long. He has two sisters, 7 year old Savannah and 2 year old Dakota.
Art and music come together in the last concert of the Fort Hays State University music season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.
Silver Key, the sophomore leadership honorary at Kansas State University, has new members for the 2014-2015 school year.
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.