HOISINGTON - Participants in the 2016 Barton County Relay for Life breathed a sigh of relief Friday evening as each in their turn entered the cool, air conditioned Hoisington Activity Center. As they escaped the heat and humidity outside, energy that was lagging returned. Inside, they were met with a palpable sense of excitement that radiated from team members who had arrived early to set up food tables, team camps and activities for the night ahead.
HOISINGTON - Thursday morning, Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood Chambers of Commerce held a joint coffee at the Hoisington Activity Center, leading up to an important announcement from the United Way of Central Kansas. The gathering was visited by representatives from both Senator Jerry Moran's and Senator Pat Roberts' offices, signaling the importance of the occasion.
At the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development CEO Jan Peters confirmed that Freddy's Frozen Custard is indeed coming to Great Bend, and developers have begun work on the new restaurant that is expected to celebrate its grand opening in early October. Construction was delayed briefly due to the rain received at the end of May, but now work is beginning on the site.
The Great Bend City Council will meet Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the council chamber. The agenda includes informational items including city council reports, the City Administrator Howard Partington's update, appointments, an economic development report by Jan Peters, and Partington will give an update on the calendar that is being developed for the bond issue to pay for the improvements to the city's water system.
Throughout the year, teams from all over Barton County have been raising funds for the 2016 Relay for Life. A look at Relay for Life of Barton County's facebook page tells the story of ordinary people coming together to hold bake sales, pulled pork dinners, brunches and pancake feeds, 5K run/walks and "Diva Days" in an effort to keep Barton County a top contributor in the state to the cause focused on finding and funding a cure for cancer, a disease that has stolen many lives in its many forms.
"Every since Barton County has existed, we have been represented in every war foreign war this country has fought in," said Beverly Komarek. director at the Barton County Historical Society museum. Visitors to the museum this Memorial Day weekend can view military uniforms from all past wars, from The Spanish American in 1898 to the Mid-East conflicts of today.
As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as our right to serve our fellow Americans through public office.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organizing Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival parade to be held Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9 a.m. on Park Street on the west edge of Ellinwood.
USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and sixth graders, recognized good citizenship and good grades, and students who had near perfect and perfect attendance were given special recognition. School administrators, representatives from Barton Community College, and a group of 34 patron donors made sure the students who strove all year to make it to school on time understood how proud they should be for showing that level of dedication to their education.
Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms, let's take a moment to remember the bathroom debates of 20 years ago. Specifically, gender parity and the growing need for family restrooms. Both needs came to the forefront as the result of societal changes that took root following the Women's Liberation Movement.
The Claflin City Council met Monday, May 9, at the city building. City Clerk Patricia Schmidt submitted minutes from the meeting. At the meeting, the council heard a report delivered by Public Officer Gary Vaughan concerning several properties he has served notices on, in the city's continuing effort to enforce property ordinances and control blight.
Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming to Hoisington Thursday, a pink fire truck will be turning heads. The Pink Heals Tour is making a stop at the Hoisington EMS open house that evening.
The competition team at Euphoria Dance Center has been making heads turn from Wichita to Colorado Springs in the past three months. Starting with the Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize March 5-6, and returning for the Stage One National Dance Competition at Maize High School April 9 and 10, to Talent on Parade Regional Dance Competition April 22-23 at Colorado Springs, Colo., and finally the Talent on Parade Regional Dance Competition at Century II at Wichita, Great Bend dancers have been racking up trophies and awards at a frenetic pace. We have highlights from each competition: