Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, center, presents a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to Chris Kruger of the American Legion Riders on behalf of Home for the Holidays Parade sponsors. Sunflower, which organizes the annual holiday event as a way to thank the community for its support, recognized the Riders for many years of leading the parade and their many other community-service efforts. Others pictured are Kenny Smith, far left, Roy Titsworth, second from right, and Bill Titsworth.
Miss Kansas Organization officials were thrilled with the revival of the scholarship pageant in Barton County last year. It was the first time in 20 years that talented young women were crowned to represent the area at the Miss Kansas pageant.
WICHITA - Jeff Baxter, a high school English language arts teacher at Leavenworth High School (Leavenworth USD 453), was named the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year during ceremonies in Wichita Saturday, Nov. 26. Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker made the announcement before a gathering of 400 education officials, corporate leaders and state policy makers.