Tomorrow starts finals' week for students at Barton with graduation ceremonies Thursday evening. While things are winding down a bit at the college, lots of activities from other graduations to area events and farming activities are ramping up. With that in mind, here are some random items.
NEW YORK (AP) - A former U.S. attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program said Thursday the evidence shows players received payments for hits on targeted opponents.
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter and break open the game, and the Miami Heat took a 3-0 lead, sending the New York Knicks to an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss, 87-70 on Thursday night.
MCPHERSON - Great Bend High School head softball coach Carrie Minton said that on Thursday her team saw the best pitching they have seen all year long.
NEWTON - More than 50 percent of the Great Bend High School girls' swim team had time improvements in Thursday's meet.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was carted off the field and taken for tests after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night.
There are days with young children that stretch out before parents like an ocean.
RUSSELL - The Barton Community College Theatre Department, in conjunction with the Russell Arts Council, will host auditions for their upcoming summer musical production of Gilbert & Sullivan's satirical opera "Pirates of Penzance," at 6 p.m. Monday, May 7 in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.
The medical laboratory technician program has been a staple in Barton Community College's offerings for more than three decades, and thanks to the hard work of MLT Director Cheryl Lippert, it's presence remains concrete, college officials said.
Great Bend Fire Department
Members of the Thr3Elements youth group at CrossPoint Church will don their favorite superhero costumes this weekend to help battle hunger. The youth, in grades 7-12, are inviting community members to become heros as well by donating items to the Barton County Community Food Bank, Youth Pastor Randy Mills said.
Chili cook-off Saturday for Winget mission trips
A month-long celebration of Great Bend's Central Baptist Church quasquicentennial (125 years) culminated with a celebration held April 21-22 at the church, which has been located at Lakin and Harrison streets since 1964.
One Heart in the Heartland, a cultural festival of Midwestern music and dance, will precede the dedication of the new Kansas City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) this weekend. The festival will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, and the actual dedication of the temple will follow on Sunday.
Great Bend's 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place Saturday in the courthouse square.
After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.
The 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Radiothon will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 27, on all four Eagle Radio stations. There will also be special activities, including live-remote broadcasts, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kans for Kids can drop locations: Walgreen's in Great Bend; the recycling center in Hoisington; Knop's in Ellinwood; behind the library in Claflin; and at Sportsman's Corner in Russell. Donate your aluminum cans at any of those locations or call 620-562-5437 and pledge your support to make a difference to children ...
The EHS band had a good day at the league music festival on March 10 at Barton Community College. The band received First Division Ratings from all three judges at the festival. The Brass Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble both received "I" ratings and the Saxophone received a "II" rating, missing a "I" by one point. Additionally each of the soloists from the band received First Division ratings for their solos. They were: Elizabeth Frakes, flute; Mikayla Monday, bass clarinet; Hunter Pemberton, trumpet; Katelyn Robinson, trumpet; and Rachael Dickson, marimba. Members of the brass ensemble are Katelyn Robinson, Cody Woodruff, Hunter ...
A retirement reception honoring Renee Johnson, who is retiring from Keller Real Estate and Insurance Agency after many years of service, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at St. Patricks Parish Center, 4100 Broadway. The public is invited to attend.
A highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in four states can be very deadly for birds, but a Kansas State University poultry expert says humans don't need to worry about their own health or contaminated poultry products.
Beginning in June, the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) at Fort Hays State University will host a brand new summer program: the KAMS Summer Academy. The academy will consist of six residential week-long enrichment camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Kansas State University is leading an international, multimillion-dollar project that is looking at unmanned aerial systems - or UAS - as a quick and efficient method to detect pest insects and diseases in food crops before outbreaks happen.
The 12th Highlander Reunion and Car Show will be held on April 18, at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita. The car show will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the hotel parking lot. Admission and entry are free. Dinner and a short program will be held at the hotel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., by reservation. Contact CC Wiley at 316-689-6959 or Ann (Anderson) Smith at 316-683-4597 for more information and cost.
The League of Women Voter's of Great Bend will be presenting a candidate's forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crest Theatre on the square, downtown Great Bend. It is free of charge to the public. Candidates who have someone running in opposition will be on the forum. There will be three races for the spring election. There are openings on the Board of Trustees for Barton Community College, Great Bend
The Kansas Authors Club invites "would be" and interested writers to attend their 61h District meeting from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Delos Smith Center, 101 West First Street in Hutchinson. The registration fee is $5, to be paid at the meeting. This is an opportunity for writers of all kinds to come together and get acquainted and to share their abilities and ideas with one another. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given.
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.
Clayton Karst celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9, with a dinner held in his honor at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. Attending were his sisters, Isabella Dumler of Hoisington and Pauline Ray of Junction City; daughters, Jan Spencer of Overland Park and Sue LaFaver and husband John of Greeley, Colo.; granddaughter, Angela Walts of Odessa, Texas; sister-in-law, Janet Smith of Hoisington; nieces, Barb Nolte and husband Roy of Hoisington, Jolene Hindman, and Patty Stueder and husband Bill, all of Claflin, and Donna Potter of Junction City. A granddaughter Amy LaFaver of Atlanta, Ga. was unable to attend.
Carlos Miller recently celebrated his 95th birthday. His family commemorated this milestone with a small family dinner in his honor. Carlos has been a lifelong resident of the Great Bend area and would love hearing from relatives and friends.