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.
A week ago, President Obama and Congress avoided sending the country over the fiscal cliff, at least for a few months. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and House Representative Tim Huelskamp have issued their statements about their positions on the last second agreement.
They live in cars or trucks with all their belongings, parked along the road or in parking lots. They live in abandoned houses, mobile homes or other buildings. They live in campgrounds in rickety trailers or tents. Sometimes, they can only find the shelter of a bridge, overpass, or dumpster. And if they aren't spending their days or nights working or going to school, they may be walking from place to place, resting in libraries, department stores, fast food restaurants and parks. They are the rural homeless.
The Great Bend Tribune ran a half-page advertisement in January, 1963 for newspaper delivery boys: "Buying at wholesale , selling at retail, and figuring his own profits -- the newspaper boy puts into practice everyday what he is learning at school. That is why many boys become better students after they have a newspaper route. And calling on prospects and signing up new subscribers does much more than teach salesmanship -- it develops poise and a winning personality. No wonder so many present-day employers--when they have job openings with big possibilities--say, 'Find me a young man who has had newspaper route experience."
A.J. Mosier, Hoisington, is a band member on a mission, and he brought that mission to the attention of board members at the USD 431 Board of Education meeting on Monday, Dec. 1.
Primus Sterilizer, based in Omaha, Neb., has been in the international spotlight recently because it's thanks in part to their autoclave machine that the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit has been able to successfully treat two patients that were on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in Africa.
Another Great Bend tradition returns Sunday with "Ghosts of Christmas Past" at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. Each year, the museum sponsors an afternoon slate of entertainment and a free come and go complete with cookies and refreshments at the museum.
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.
Thursday afternoon, the Subway restaurant in the Great Bend Walmart filled briefly with excited children dressed in red t-shirts, checking in with adults, barely able to contain themselves. They were the third and fourth grade students that are part of this year's class of America's Promise participants, and they were ready to do some holiday shopping.
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