LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
A 24-hour childcare center in Great Bend celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Chamber ribbon cutting, and owner Erika Julian hopes to reach out to area employers as she grows her new business. All The Little Children, currently located at 1416 Broadway in Great Bend, is the only 24-hour licensed daycare in the area. "Businesses who employ evening and overnight help often struggle with high turnover because their staff can't find reliable childcare," Julian said. "I hope to develop good relationships with these types of employers to help solve that problem so they can retain the valuable employees ...
LARNED - Santa's House has been added, but photos with Santa will not be scheduled in downtown Larned.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Santa and his elves will move their operations from the North Pole to Great Bend on Monday evening. The 16th annual Santa's Workshop runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Great Bend City Auditorium.
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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.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School is recognizing students who are caught living with the schools' core values. They were:
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
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The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
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Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.
I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.
It is almost unimaginable that something so bad could last so long. I am talking about the BCS system that the NCAA used to determine its' Division I football champion. It was 16 years ago that the system was put into play. It proved to be more difficult to get rid of than an obnoxious cousin!
Jayce Brack signed a letter of intent to throw for the Kansas State Univeristy track team. When asked what was going through his mind from the time he received the acceptance letter to when he made it all final and it became a reality he said, "It felt good to finally make it official. I've grown up a Kansas State fan and really love the atmosphere at Kansas State and Manhattan. A lot of schools always talk about family but Kansas State is a school that genuinely has a family atmosphere. I was just really excited to have the ...
Join us at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell for the Pickin' Jam Session will be held on Sunday. Bring your acoustic instrument and play along or just come to listen, sing, and dance. Jammin' starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a dish and have dinner. Potluck is served around 5:30 p.m.
TOPEKA – Following a nationwide search, the Kansas State Board of Education today announced its selection of Dr. Randy Watson, Superintendent of McPherson Unified School District 418, to become Kansas' next Commissioner of Education. Watson replaces Dr. Diane DeBacker who resigned her position earlier this year to serve as senior advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.