On Saturday, Jan. 26, a long time Scout leader from Great Bend, Kenton Abbott, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award at the 2013 Council Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting in Wichita. The award is the highest designation a registered adult leader can receive. Abbott began serving in 1999 and in 2013, became the Kanza District Commissioner of the Quivira Council. All three of Abbott's sons have been active in scouting. Both Michael and Luke acheived the rank of Eagle Scout, and son Daniel is now a Weeblo Scout in Pack 184, which Abbott leads.
Editor's note: This is the second two stories about Central Kansas CASA. While part one cast a spotlight on the organization, the people it helps, and the upcoming CASA Chocolate Auction, today we look at one longtime volunteer. Donna Staab has served CASA for more than two decades.
Saturday evening, the chocolate fountain will be flowing at Central Kansas CASA's 8th Annual Chocolate Auction which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus.
The USD Board of Education heard a proposal by the GBHS student council Tuesday at the monthly noon meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. Representatives from the Great Bend High School student council asked for approval for an all-student community service project. The students hope to organize the student body to take on several cleaning and maintenance projects at the school and around town from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. "The aim of the project is to foster a sense of community responsibility and giving back," said senior class president Chon Chavez.
The meeting room at Barton County College's Fine Arts building was filled to capacity by concerned constituents eager to interact with "Big First" U.S. House Representative Tim Huelskamp Tuesday morning. It was one of several town hall meetings organized by Huelskamp staffers taking place during a brief congressional break.
"Stalking isn't just what you see on television, where some fan is obsessed with a celebrity," said Laura Patzner, director of the Family Crisis Center. " It's a very prevalent kind of crime."
January is a heavy month. It's cold, you have to start working on taxes, people get colds and flu, and its dark. Luckily, its not as dark as it was in December. At least when I've left work, I've been able to spy bits of Kansas sunset through the branches of slumbering trees and around the rooftops of the houses on these city streets.
"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
When I was growing up, my mom made a point of going to the grocery store by herself, rather than dragging us along. There were several reasons, but mostly because she didn't like listening to all the pleading to get snacks that weren't on the list.
For many homeowners, now is the time to plan improvements to the landscape. Spring is only a few months away. Members of the Great Bend Tree Board are already looking toward 2013 for encouraging even more residents to take advantage of the city's initiative to improve the condition and variety of tree species contained in Great Bend.
Saturday, Barton County Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Barton County's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. Director Rachel Mawhirter said this is the all volunteer organization's main fundraiser for the year, and the outcome will help determine how soon the next build will happen. It will also help kick off a new service for Habitat applicants who are struggling to maintain their homes.
Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.
January is School Board Recognition Month, and the administration, faculty and staff of USD 428 made a point of doing just that at Monday night's school board meeting. Each board member received a gift of a pie.
At the USD 428 Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Tom Vernon prepared board members for some of the questions they will likely receive from patrons. He also addressed recent developments with the Gannon Decision concerning school funding by the state.
Doyle D. Folkerts, 84, died Jan. 13 at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. Born March 21, 1928 at Rush County, he was the son of Carl and Anna Marie (Steitz) Folkerts.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
Fourth grade teacher Tammy Cale and physical education teacher Bryan Scott, both of Riley Elementary School, were given well-deserved recognition by the USD 428 Board of Education, led by Kevin Mauler, president, Monday night.
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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