By Veronica Coons
Editors note: This is part two of a series about the tradition of quinceaneras, a coming of age celebration for young women of Hispanic decent. Last week, the focus was on the religious elements, and today the focus is on the party and all the trimmings. Great Bend's population includes 20 percent people of hispanic decent, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Quinceñeras are a popular custom celebrated often during the late spring through early fall months.
Flooring installers at Great Bend Middle School are making headway on the project that will give a modern look to the hallways and classrooms of the school by the time enrollment begins on August 1. Installation of carpeting squares in classrooms and the library is complete, and work is underway in offices.
USD 428 school board members okayed a new wellness program at a Wednesday morning meeting July 18. The program was introduced at the regular monthly meeting July 12. It will be open to both current and retired employees. By taking part in the program, participants receive a maximum of $50 per-month reduction in the monthly premium for their health insurance.
Barton County Health Department Administrator Lily M Aikings and Beverly Frizell, RD work every day to ensure babies in Barton County get off to the healthiest start possible. They are in charge of the local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) up to 5 years old. WIC focuses on providing food assistance and education, and has been around since 1969. The Great Bend office administers the program over a five county area that includes Barton, Pawnee, Rush, Rice and Stafford counties.
For the 16 youngsters that competed in the mutton busting competition Saturday at the Barton County Fair, a career in the sport is probably not something their parents are encouraging. But for Lorraine McClaine, mutton busting has become an important sideline.
Ileen A. Hanhardt, 89, died July 13, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born November 11, 1922 at Alexander, Kan., she was the daughter of Peter and Elsa (Ebert) Boese.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about the tradition of quinceañera in the Hispanic community.
Members of the USD Board of Education heard and approved an alternate plan for the much anticipated gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School at the July 9 board meeting.
Bruce and Nina Dozier have operated the Dozier Vineyard and Winery since 2001, and are ready to close the curtain on an 11 year run. Once the decision was made, it only took two days to locate a buyer for the property, Mr. Dozier said. The couple look forward to retirement, though they haven't yet decided where.
Fireworks are a no-go in Great Bend for Independence Day today, but that doesn't mean the holiday is a bust, said Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator. She has plenty of ideas for ways to enjoy the holiday at home.
The smell of leather, glue, and polish and the sound of a quiet fan oscillating in the back of the store greet customers as they enter The Boot Doctor, the shoe repair shop of Matt Felke, a long time cowboy turned cobbler.
School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes the second week of June. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.
School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes last week. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.
When authorities learn a child has been abused, the child enters a system that sometimes serves to re-victimize the child. Fear and confusion on the part of the child can jeopardize the case against the perpetrator and ultimately, more children are destined to be hurt.
While the much-anticipated ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court on Gannon v. State of Kansas school funding law suit answered a few question, several more are bound to surface in its wake.
The Kansas Supreme Court announced Friday morning their decision on Gannon v. State of Kansas. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by parents and school districts after the state cut funding to schools back to 2005 levels of funding. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to discuss the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on the Gannon vs. State of Kansas, The lawsuit asserted lack of adequate funding for education in the state was unconstitutional.
Thursday morning, American AgCredit held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new facility to be built at the corner of 10th Street and Patton Road in Great Bend, in spite of the colder than expected temperature.
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island," Walt Disney is quoted as having said. And soon, foster kids in Great Bend will be receiving some of that loot.
Before you could make a trip to your local department store and pick up a $5 throw rug for your entry, the bathroom or the kitchen, it was up to people to make their own. It was a common skill most women and some men learned before they married, said Heartland Farm's Sister Jane Belanger, O.P. She helped students attending Fiber Space 2014 workshops on weaving recapture those skills.
Thursday, the USD 428 Board of Education met at a noon meeting at Great Bend Middle School. Principal David Reiser and staff took the opportunity to update board members of committee efforts of the school's Professional Learning Communities model.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
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